Is a distasteful ringtone enough to turn away a job applicant?

I interviewed an applicant for a job. His qualifications were suitable, he was punctual and well-presented. Near the end of the interview, his phone rang, which he silenced, then apologised for. I wasn’t worried about him not silencing his phone before the interview, but his ringtone was Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport. Is that reason enough not to employ him?

S.M., Keilor East, Vic

Credit: Simon Letch

A: Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport is one of Australia’s most globally renowned novelty songs,…


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Bourbiza Mohamed is an award-winning travel journalist who has been writing about her adventures around the world for over a decade. With a passion for exploring new cultures and experiencing different ways of life, Bourbiza Mohamed has traveled to over 107 countries across six continents and has documented her journeys in numerous publications. Bourbiza Mohamed writing is known for its vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, which transport readers to the destinations she writes about. Her articles cover a wide range of topics, from off-the-beaten-path adventures to luxury travel experiences, and she has a particular interest in sustainable tourism and responsible travel. In addition to her writing, Bourbiza Mohamed is also an accomplished photographer, capturing stunning images of the people, landscapes, and wildlife she encounters on her travels. Her photos have been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Lonely Planet, and Conde Nast Traveler.

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