22 February 2017
Would you rather? Another badly conducted interview revealed in the press

The other week a candidate received an emoji along with a negative message about why she did not get a job. Last week the Derby Telegraph reported on “Disgusting, sick and pathetic” questions at a job interview that left a candidate “absolutely gob-smacked” and prompted him to leave.

With claims like this hitting the headlines, along with claims of discrimination and sexism is giving recruitment a bad name.

The 18-year-old candidate, who wished to remain unnamed, applied for a part-time role at restaurant chain TGI Friday’s, and was asked the questions during the interview process.

The candidate left after being asked: “Would you rather watch your parents have sex for a year or join in just for the start?”

Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, he said: “It was a quick and open interview in the restaurant which is what I had been told would happen. I’d already had a successful phone interview and I was really looking forward to this.

“I was quite excited but also a little nervous. It was a company I had heard good things about and I thought this job would suit me.

“The first question I was asked was whether I would rather watch my parents have sex for a year or join in just for the start. I was absolutely gob-smacked.

“This was followed up with whether I would rather s**t a brick or cry glass. Before I’d had chance to respond I was asked whether I would rather eat chocolate flavoured s**t or s**t flavoured chocolate. He seemed to think I would find it funny and join in.

“I thought it was disgusting, sick and pathetic. I left the interview at that point.”

A TGI Fridays spokesperson said: “Fridays offers an industry-leading recruitment process, and this incident fell severely below our high standards. The questions posed during the interview with the candidate are absolutely not part of [our] interview process and we were very disappointed to learn of this incident. Immediate action was taken, with the person involved suspended.

“We have apologised to the candidate for the experience and offered them the opportunity to re-interview with us, which we hope they will take up.”

An interviewer is encouraged to ask tough questions to see how the candidate reacts under pressure, but not of this nature. We hope the candidate in question lands a job soon!


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