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British retailer apologizes for forcing interviewees to dance for their jobs

If you want a sales job with Currys, you'd best bring along your dancing shoes.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer on

We often have to go through hoops to secure a new job, but Currys took things a step too far.

Resumes, a crisp suit, prepared answers and company research ahead of time -- all these elements are part-and-parcel of what applicants often do when trying to impress a firm and secure a new role.

If a jobseeker is looking for a sales job in electronics, then naturally, they need to show off their dance moves outside of a nightclub or embarrassing family wedding. At least, that's what Currys' Cardiff store interviewers believed.

In a group interview held at the store, jobseekers and hopeful applicants were made to perform dance routines during part of "team building" -- although these tasks were nothing to do with formal hiring procedures.

Alan Bacon, one of those at the interview, told the BBC:

"I think everyone initially thought it was a joke. But they were serious. I ended up dancing to 'Around the World' by Daft Punk, doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers. Another middle aged guy looked really upset as he danced to a rap song."

The British electronics retailer Currys issued an apology Thursday, and has promised to conduct a formal investigation.

"We are extremely sorry to those interviewees impacted; all are being asked to attend another interview where they will be given a proper opportunity to demonstrate how they can contribute to our business."

Via: Huffington Post

Image credit: Flickr

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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