HR Strange But True!
October 05, 2006

The Philadelphia Park Casino recently asked applicants at a job fair to dance to YMCA by the Village People or perform the air guitar to Bon Jovi's Livin' on A Prayer during interviews, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

If you had to dance during an interview, do you think your moves would help or hurt your chances of landing the job?

We at HR Strange but True! would like to think that our moves on the dance floor would guarantee us any job, but we'd prefer that our fortunes rested on dancing to a song by Beyoncé or Prince, rather than one by the Village People.

At least one applicant objected to the unusual interview format and left.

"I walked out," Mary Lou Bentivegna, 60, who was applying for an accounting position, tells the newspaper. "There were others who were walking out. I had my head set to go in there to talk about accounting. "

The company says a lot of applicants enjoyed dancing or performing air guitar during the interview.

"Every single person at Philadelphia Park Casino needs to know that we're in the entertainment business and customer service here demands outgoing, team-oriented people with truly positive outlooks," Stephanie Wheeler, vice president of human resources, tells the newspaper "We're getting a lot of people who say this is the most fun they've ever had trying to start a new career."

After contacting the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seeking comment, the newspaper asked Wheeler about older applicants and applicants with disabilities.

"Senior citizens and those with disabilities are applying and participating in the audition process by showing their enthusiasm as best they can, just as the other candidates are," Wheeler tells the newspaper.

Source: Bucks County Courier Times

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