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Furore over drink or 'no deal' offer

A STAFF recruiter who asked applicants if they would drink a bottle of spirits to clinch a 50,000 yuan (US$73,196.36) sales deal has provoked a furore.

The recruiter, at a job fair in Chongqing Municipality for college students, said the applicants would get a 50,000 yuan bonus as well if the deal was signed.

At the fair only one of the seven students interviewed said they would drink the alcohol. Five walked out of the interview and one was rejected by the company, according to the local newspaper Chongqing Business Daily.

The rejected student is Ran Wenli from Southwest University who told the interviewer that she would try to persuade the client to sign the deal in other ways.

"You haven't convinced me of your courage," the interviewer told her.

The unnamed official said the question was meant to test the sales skills of job seekers, as liquor drinking is often required in rural Chinese areas, where more motorcycles are sold.

But netizens have been giving different responses.

By yesterday afternoon, more than half, or 3,787 of 7,243 respondents to an online poll at said they would drink the bottle, compared to 16 percent, or 1,127 respondents, who said they would not.

About a third, or 2,329, described the interviewer as a total idiot.


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