Grad made to do the 'robot dance' at job interview
David Brent moment: Alan Bacon left 'humiliated' after Currys told him to dance for employment
A UNIVERSITY graduate desperate for work was left feeling "degraded" after he was told to dance to a Daft Punk song at a job interview.
Alan Bacon, 21, spent a week preparing for the interview at Currys in Cardiff, only to find himself doing the "robot dance" in front of a group of strangers.
He told the BBC how he and several other candidates were called into a room and told to make up a dance. "I think everyone initially thought it was a joke," said Bacon, who has been looking for work since gaining his degree in documentary, film and TV from the University of South Wales in July.
"I just felt so embarrassed and uncomfortable. I ended up dancing to Around the World by Daft Punk, doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers," he said.
Bacon compared it to a scene from the BBC's The Office. "I would have walked out but I need a job," he said. "Another middle aged guy looked really upset as he danced to a rap song."
Bacon said it was difficult to be taken seriously afterwards and that he felt "humiliated".
Currys has since apologised. A spokesman for the electronics store said the session was not part of its official recruitment process. "We are currently investigating those members of the store who held the recruitment session," he said. He added that all the candidates involved in the dance process had been invited back for another official interview.
Bacon has politely declined the offer and is still looking for a job. Although The Guardian reports that he has received at least one offer of work. The Sun has apparently promised a "handsome sum" if he will recreate the dance on film. But at the time of speaking to the Guardian, he apparently sounded unconvinced. ·