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The Daft Punk dance-off and its role in recruitment

BY John Wilson
Employment Law & HR
BG Purple

Prospective employees attending a group interview at the Cardiff branch of Currys were left flabbergasted when told to split into two and perform a dance-off as part of the selection process.

One interviewee, a 21 year old graduate with a degree in documentary film and television, said he felt ‘humiliated’ and ‘degraded’ as he danced around in his suit to Daft Punk. Likened to a scene from the BBC’s ‘The Office’, the interviewee said he would have walked out but he is ‘desperate for work’.

Currys have since apologised stating “Regrettably, the store in question did not follow our official recruitment processes on this specific occasion”. The dance-off was intended to be part of a team building exercise but seems to have backfired somewhat.  Currys are investigating the members of staff involved in the recruitment session.

With high levels of unemployment competition for jobs is tough and employers may feel the need to adopt innovative methods to whittle down the vast number of applicants. While a dance-off may seem like a great ice-breaker for group interviews, or a way to see how an individual performs under pressure, it is perhaps best left to the realms of comedy television.    

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