Sunday 22 January 2017

An exercise in humiliation

Published 29/01/2013 | 17:00

• The interview season will soon be upon us. The job interview is one of the last surviving forms of unchallenged humiliation of others, matched only by 'The X Factor' and 'Dragons' Den'.

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The purpose of this ritual is to collude in the attribution of psychic powers to the interview panel as they presume to out-perform Mystic Meg, reaching conclusions about a person that would take a psychoanalyst years to unearth.

Interviewing panels invariably generate at least one self-styled expert in non-verbal communication, claiming to see, behind the slightest nervous twitch, deep levels of potential trouble.

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