M: Hi, Lisa. I'd like to ask you a question. How many job interviews have you had?
W: Well, Tom. That's difficult. At least ten.
M: Ten. That's quite a few. And do you enjoy going to job interviews?
W: I absolutely adore them. No, I'm joking. Who does? Nobody does.
M: Well, for me, interviews are torture. I hate being grilled by a panel of people. I know I can do the job, but I hate having to convince them.
W: Yes, I agree. I hate answering questions like "Why do you want this job?" or "Where do you see yourself in five years time?"
M: Yeah, that's a tricky one to answer. But some interviewers even go a bit further and ask the interviewees to do some inappropriate things.
W: You mean they will ask you to do things that are not really relevant to the job?
M: Yes, I was asked to do a dance as part of my interview last year.
W: Well, maybe the position was for a dancer or a children's entertainer?
M: No. It was actually for a job as a sales assistant in an electronic shop. You know, someone who works on the shop floor, giving advice to customers about what to buy. There is no dancing involved.
W: Then what did you do? How did you feel about doing a dance?
M: I wanted the job. So the idea was just to keep smiling and go for it. On the surface, I had to look positive. I was smiling. I was laughing along with it. But inside, I felt degraded and humiliated, especially.
W: Oh, poor you.
M: So, that's how I felt on the inside. But I really wanted the job. So I put on a brave face. I even laughed. But later on, I did complain. And I got an apology.
W: Well, some experts say there are now too many candidates chasing too few jobs. So companies are trying non-traditional ways of recruiting people to see who stands out.
M: Well, in any job interview, it's good to leave a lasting impression, which means to get noticed and make people remember you. I suppose doing a dance is a good way of breaking the ice. But being asked to do something outside your comfort zone also seems a bit unfair to me.
W: Yeah. But I guess if you really want that job, you'd have to do anything.
M: Well, almost.
W: So do I.