Interviewing for a job is stressful enough when it’s just you and the interviewer. It gets a whole lot more awkward when dozens of random strangers are encouraged to stare at you while you’re trying to concentrate.
A week ago, Droga5 organized a stunt for CNBC in which it installed a glass box outside Rockefeller Center and had real people interview for real jobs inside it—with passersby gawking the entire time.
The jobs on offer weren’t at CNBC; rather, one was a recruiter role for executive search firm ABS Staffing, while another was an HR role for Baked by Melissa. But CNBC was a key player, as you can see by watching the video below.
There are a number of cringeworthy moments. Our favorite is the guy who describes himself as a “generalist” and admits he doesn’t do “anything particularly masterfully.” Dude needs to brush up on Interviewing 101.
As the video reveals, the whole stunt was a promo for The Job Interview, a CNBC reality show that premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Here’s how CNBC describes the show:
The Job Interview takes an inside look at the world where the words you say, the clothes you wear, and even the expression on your face can mean the difference between success and failure. Each half-hour episode of this observational series brings viewers into the room as a real employer conducts real interviews with real candidates—only one of whom will land an offer.
Several of the interviewees spoke to CNBC after the taping.
“I had people bang on the door [and] throwing … cashews at the window,” said Lauren Sham, one of the candidates. “But I just kind of ignored it.”
Another, Nathan Figueroa, added: “So I just did a public interview in a hot box on television and I’m feeling not terrible about it. I think I did pretty well. I tripped over my tongue a bit. I sped up a bit, but that’s just … I’m excited.”
It was also a long day for the interviewer, Ariel Schur, head of ABS Staffing.
“I’m actually surprised how unfazed I am, probably for a multitude of reasons,” she said. “One, living in New York, you’re constantly in the middle of a lot of craziness. So yes, this is, you know, in a box, literally; but at the same [time], it’s a microcosm of what I often experience. So from that vantage point, it’s not that crazy.”
She added: “I have three children, so I’m used to people knocking on things and running around like crazy. So for me, I’m like, ‘Oh, this is actually calm compared to when I’m at home trying to do some work.'”
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