Six Flags job fair puts applicants in the spotlight

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Saturday, March 5, 2011; 6:16 PM

Ikea Hunter didn't know quite what to expect at her job interview Saturday, but she was relatively certain it wouldn't involve dancing with one of her prospective employer's managers.

Yet there she was at Six Flags America in Prince George's County, explaining to park services manager Justin Litton how to do "the 21st Century-style Bump."

"I go low, you go high," Hunter said.

"I got no rhythm," Litton said.

"That's okay," Hunter said - and she bumped hips with him as other job-seekers began a rhythmic clap.

Hunter went low.

Litton went off-beat.

Everybody laughed.

Then Hunter, a 16-year-old Washingtonian, was given a conditional job offer to work on the Six Flags admissions team this summer.

So it went at the Six Flags job fair, at which the park - one of the region's largest providers of summer jobs - sought to fill some of its 2,500 seasonal gigs.

In previous years, the job fairs were fairly traditional.

This year, not so much.

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