You may have read the news last week of Curry’s performing a ‘free style’ interview technique with prospective employees. Unfortunately, unlike the ratings for the hit TV show the Office, the reaction from prospective employees was certainly more tepid.
Alan Bacon was said to be ‘shocked’ by the company’s requests to dance with fellow interviewees in a back room during his interview. Desperate for the position, he ended up dancing to Daft Punk’s Around the World. His dance of choice, the classic Robot; “I ended up dancing to Around the World by Daft Punk, doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers. I told my dad it was like a scene out of The Office…Another middle aged guy looked really upset as he danced to a rap song.”
Whilst we all know its fun to circle an empty dance floor, pretending to be superman or elaborately body popping our way to the bar for what should be a glass of water and a taxi ride home, the prospect of side stepping to ‘Abba’ in an interview doesn’t really get the old endorphins flowing.
Lesson to be learnt? Employers – draft a recruitment process and procedure which you intend to stick to. You may feel that you’re helping prospective employees to ‘loosen up’ but in reality you may just end up issuing an embarrassing statement like this one; “[the dance] was not part of the official recruitment process which would normally include a more formal interview.” Leave Dad dancing and caterpillars for your private life.