While we’re on the subject of prepping for interviews, if you find yourself applying for a gig in China, please be advised that according to the South China Morning Post, “mainland job-seekers are increasingly required to exhibit ‘grey skills’ – binge drinking, playing mahjong and even ballroom dancing – to provide them with an edge in the market.” Several individuals took this advice to heart recently, resulting in the following scene.

Those would be the 4 men who were found passed out in Baguocheng Square earlier in the week, after they’d gone on their second round of interviews for sales jobs at an unnamed firm.

At noon, the company leader invited them for lunch. Eager to impress the boss, they competed in drinking more alcohol. In the end they were wasted. At first, they just sat on the ground chatting, but soon three of them lied down and passed out. The fourth guy leaned against a telephone pole, standing unsteadily, occasionally muttered some words out his mouth and shivered non-stop. Two of them slept while hugging each other and their backpacks. The police eventually called 120. And minutes later three men were sent to the hospital by ambulance.

Passing Out Into The Real World [SCMP]
Competing In Drinking For Job, Interviewees Pass Out [CH]

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  1. Posted by Anon | November 12, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Pictures or it didn’t happ…oh, never mind,

  2. Posted by AmericanBandersnatch | November 12, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Stuff like that happens in the BofA exec suite all the time. No big deal.

  3. Posted by Guesty Guest | November 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    And they didn’t even make it to the Minetta’s round….shame really

  4. Posted by PasteSpecialFormats | November 12, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    I’d drink myself stupid too if I were interviewing for a sales position.

  5. Posted by Kenny Boy | November 12, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Four loco, hell of a good time.

  6. Posted by Cam Newton | November 12, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    I see nothing wrong with doing whatever it takes to get the right job.

  7. Posted by CoveredLong | November 12, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    I’m not sure how or why but this undoubtedly is UBS’ fault.

    …in other news, Ken Lewis is moving to China.

  8. Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Looks like I have what it takes to get ahead in Mainland China.

    -Guy deeply regretting the beer/wine/gimlet/beer combination last night.

  9. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Me Chinese, me make joke, me make pee-pee in your rum and Coke.

  10. Posted by Guest-o-Rama | November 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    They said something about not wanting to get punched in the face. But it was in Chinese, so they could have been saying “I’m a closet Bitch”, I’m not really sure.

  11. Posted by Chuddy | November 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Where should I send my resume?

    ~ Lindsay Lohan

  12. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    You have no idea.

    -Guy who’s responsible for getting it banned.

  13. Posted by Hhhttteee | November 12, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Taleb and Falcone = one trick ponies

  14. Posted by Observer | November 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Fuckin flash mobs.

  15. Posted by Geust | November 12, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Why do people hate on UBS?

  16. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Loko

  17. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Why is the sky blue?

  18. Posted by Blanal | November 12, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    they must have split a six pack

  19. Posted by Chucky Sheen | November 12, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Fake.Taking photos of them drunk and stupid is,perhaps,part of the requirements.

    It’s like New York Times.Rumor that NYT is paying locales for the interview and often locales make up stories because it’s what NYT reporters want to hear.

  20. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    I wonder which one got to sleep on the wet spot?

  21. Posted by Chuddy | November 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    We need to add this as step #137 inour interview process.

    ~ Goldman Sachs

  22. Posted by Chuddy | November 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Bess, it’s friday, how about a caption contest post? those are always fun.

  23. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    They don’t suck. Haters gotta hate.

  24. Posted by R.Kelly | November 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    ballers gotta ball. I dont want non of the above i want to Pee on you. drip drip drip

  25. Posted by R.Kelly | November 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    ballers gotta ball. I dont want non of the above i want to Pee on you. drip drip drip

  26. Posted by Stewie G. | November 12, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    I work really hard cus i’m no fun!

    (GOOOOOOONG)

  27. Posted by guest | November 12, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    UBS is hiring sales people

  28. Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    ROR

  29. Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Nice grammar, Ty.

  30. Posted by VPutin | November 12, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    So true . . . Stuff like this happens in Russia all the time.

    -Vladimir Putin

  31. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    feel free to caption this.

  32. Posted by Jimmy Cayne | November 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Fags.

    -Jimmy Cayne

  33. Posted by GueSt | November 12, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Ari: Blackouts? Fuckin’ Blackouts! Thank you very much!
    Mrs. Ari: The town will understand it, Ari. It’s not the movie’s fault.
    Ari:: Baby… It wasn’t the Cubs’ fault when that douchebag grabbed the foul ball either, but they still don’t get the World Series’ ring. There are no asterisks in this life, only scoreboards, and ours is currently reading “FUCKED”!

  34. Posted by trojan | November 12, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    E*TRADE Securities
    P.O. Box 1542
    Merrifield VA 22116-1542

  35. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Acura MDX or knock off?

  36. Posted by trojan | November 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    hop-a-long knussbaum

  37. Posted by Nympho | November 12, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Ooooooooh…..and I just happen to be a recovering nymphomaniac and I’ve whittled my “triggers” down to cowboys and jewish investment bankers!

  38. Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Getting blindfolded with dental floss is the NKI.

  39. Posted by Jayson Blair | November 12, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    There is no way such a classy and prestigious news organization woudl do anything like that

  40. Posted by Creative | November 12, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Idea for E*Trade commercial: Lindsay Lohan appears on screen, wearing a tank top. She says, “Trade fast with E*Trade [or something to that effect, still working on the wording.] Don’t be a milkaholic, like me, Lindsay Lohan!” And then, with a huge grin, she rips off her top and proceeds to self-lactate herself into the camera lens. This continues for the remainder of the twenty-five seconds of the spot.

    You are welcome, Mr. Ken Griffin.

  41. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Face.

  42. Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    This photo looks eerily reminiscent of Tiananmen Square circa 1989.

    Too soon?

  43. Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Too well dressed.

  44. Posted by BackOfficeSales | November 12, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Dong, where is my automobile?

  45. Posted by Lloyd Dobler | November 12, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

  46. Posted by L. Duk Dong | November 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    No more yankie my wankie. The Donger need food.

  47. Posted by Ty Webb | November 12, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Me winning isn’t. You do.

  48. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    redesigned, bigger, “better” Dealbook back to old stealing from Dealbreaker roots (no mention of where they obtained not one but two hedge fund letters cited here: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/tudor-jones-questions-feds-bond-buying/) hint: they found them on dealbreaker, who reported them weeks ago.

  49. Posted by Zachary Kouwe | November 12, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    I couldn’t possibly agree more

  50. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Did they get the job?

  51. Posted by Gozer | November 12, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Give me back the P out of my PnL 10 yr cash man

  52. Posted by Guest | November 12, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    They must be soooo ronery

  53. Posted by Ivon_sh | November 12, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    I guess this journalist has what it takes to get
    ahead in china- –reading news over newspaper then translate into english to entertain folks back in US. Here is what real journalism goes!

    Aa

  54. Posted by TempoGuest | November 13, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Yes, you are very correct.There was no blood but pee and saliva.

  55. Posted by Rarian Rakista | November 13, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    This just makes me hungry for Oreos.

  56. Posted by Rarian Rakista | November 13, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Did you drink water or iced tea while you were drinking ?

  57. Posted by Rarian Rakista | November 13, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    It tastes like a jolly rancher getting it on with a mouthwash.

  58. Posted by Rarian Rakista | November 13, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    This is what 20% of Russia looks like at any given time.

  59. Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    The Irish have stolen all their jobs.

  60. Posted by BorisYeltsin | November 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    When, where, u talking to me?

  61. Posted by Guest | November 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Sake-it-to-me baby!

  62. Posted by No | November 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    It’s not “lied down”; it’s “lay down.” Geez.

  63. Posted by sabby | November 16, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Soo… Did they get the job?

  64. Posted by joshua number-3-trillion | November 20, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Sake is japanese. the chinese prefer moet mixed with greentea.

    – just returned from nightclub with chinese client. maybe he was drunk. maybe i was drunk. maybe i am drunk.

  65. Posted by mrshanghai | March 26, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Moutai straight up

  66. Posted by lsaglobal1 | January 6, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Lolx this is insane :D drinking alcohol to impress the boss this is funny…

    Interviewing Skills Training

  67. Posted by Tris | February 7, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Hahahaha! Oh these Chinese. What are they doing :D
    Behavior Based Interviewing Experts