Planet China

Bedroom to boardroom?

Most job interviews include at least one awkward question. But according to the West China Metropolis Daily, one particular query in Sichuan province had job candidates red-faced with embarrassment.

That’s because this year’s civil service recruitment exam asked applicants to rate how satisfactory their sex lives were. Many of the 739 candidates who had applied told media they didn’t understand the relevance of such a question. But the officials who’d framed it defended its inclusion, saying that the public security jobs that they were looking to fill required an understanding of mental status. The quality of recruits’ sex lives would play an important role in determining “who would cope with being placed under great pressure”, they added.

The newspaper did at least point out that not all interviewees were required to score their satisfaction between the sheets. Unmarried candidates had the option of leaving the answer blank.


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