HR Strange But True!
May 19, 2006

Guy Goma's most memorable interview started when he showed up at the British Broadcasting Corp. to apply for an IT job.

When he arrived, a receptionist greeted him just before another BBC employee took him for what he thought was a job interview. Given the camera and bright lights, it was a strange environment for a job interview.

"Were you surprised by this verdict today?" was the first question of the interview.

Goma, who learned English as a second language, was more surprised by the unusual interview question. Still, he answered.

"I'm very surprised to see the verdict come on me because I was not expecting that," he said.

Before the interview was over, Goma answered two more questions that had nothing to do with the IT job for which he was applying.

So, does the BBC have a unique way of conducting job interviews? No, it turns out there was a mix-up because two guys named Guy showed up for interviews--one was there for an on-air discussion about online music; the other was applying for a job, the Associated Press reports.

The receptionist mistakenly thought Goma was Guy Kewney, an expert scheduled to discuss a trademark lawsuit over Apple Computer's use of a logo in its online music store, called iTunes. Unfortunately for the BBC, it interviewed Goma about the lawsuit, on live TV.

Once the BBC discovered the mix-up, it apologized to viewers and later invited Goma back for another on-air interview about his experience, the Guardian reports.

"I was very shocked. I just thought, 'Keep going,'" said Goma about the mix-up.

There is no word on whether the BBC offered Goma the IT job.

You can watch video of the initial interview at YouTube. Keep an eye on Goma's face as the host introduces him as Guy Kewney.

Sources: Associated Press and the Guardian

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