HOLGER GOSSMAN, general manager of Inchcape's MD Motors division in Hong Kong, offers this list of real-life experiences listed by professional interviewers in the United States. 1. Job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm wrestle. 2. Interviewee wore a personal stereo, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and music at the same time. 3. Candidate ate a hamburger and french fries during the interview. 4. Candidate explained that he never finished high school because he was kidnapped and kept in a closet in Mexico. 5. Applicant offered to demonstrate loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm. 6. Applicant interrupted interview to phone her therapist for advice on how to answer specific therapy questions. 7. Candidate brought large dog to interview. 8. Applicant refused to sit down and insisted on being interviewed standing up. 9. Candidate dozed off during interview. The employers also were asked to list the most unusual questions that have been asked by job candidates. 1. 'What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?' 2. 'I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?' 3. 'Will the company pay to relocate my horse?' 4. 'Would it be a problem if I'm angry most of the time?' 5. 'Does your health insurance cover pets?' 6. 'Does your company have a policy concerning concealed weapons?' EVER tried booking tickets through Urbtix's telephone reservations number? You get a recorded message which asks you to wait. After a while, there is another recorded message which tells you that the lines are still busy. It then makes a helpful suggestion: 'If you are in a hurry, please call later.' FRIEND called the receptionist at the switchboard for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) yesterday. He asked to be connected with the CASS Centre for Human Rights Studies. Wang Jiafu, director of this group, met reporters in Beijing in January. The woman at the switchboard had never heard of it, however: 'Connect you to WHAT?' 'The Centre for Human Rights Studies.' 'We don't have that here.' 'I'm quite sure such a centre is part of CASS.' 'How could there be? Impossible!' (Click). MY favourite word has fallen from many mouths recently, including yesterday's report about Naomi Campbell at a fashion show in Milan. 'She was literally kicked out,' a staff member said proudly. They'll be done for assault, then. An official investigating Serbian war crimes said: 'We have literally mountains of intelligence material.' He must have a huge office. Hong Kong restaurant entrepreneur Wilson Kwok said that from Cafe Gypsy on the Mid-Levels escalator 'you can literally watch the world go by'. Goodness me, are there really 51/2 billion people using the escalator? It certainly feels like that at times. FOR many weeks now, invitations from the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) to speaker luncheons have a curious message attached: 'Venus: Main Dining Room.' 'I've been several times, but have never found her there,' member Fred Fredricks said. INCIDENTALLY, I hear there has been a little friction between the FCC and the St Patrick's Society of Hong Kong. The latter invited De Dannan, one of Ireland's best-known to play in the territory on St Patrick's Day, March 17. The FCC booked them for a warm-up concert, and invited 1,400 members. Alas, the St Patrick's Society insisted the band was theirs exclusively, forcing the FCC to send out hundreds of cancellation notices. The band has been deprived of what would have been a nice little earner. So much for the fabled luck of the Irish. PSST. I'll tell you a secret if you absolutely promise not to tell anyone. Staff organising the Hong Kong Tatler Ball at the Conrad tonight are adamantly refusing to comment, but I have it on good authority that Hong Kong's best-known love-hate story is going to take a bizarre twist tonight. Model Terri Holladay has booked a seat at the magazine's party, and booked in the seat next to her is none other than - yes, her ex-maybe-husband, multi-millionaire businessman Cecil Chao. I understand her lawyers want her to retain the right to be called Her Royal Highness. FROM yesterday's column by businessman and politician David Chu: 'The time is coming when we cannot point a finger at Britain or lash out at China for our blunders.' Funny. I can find lots of examples of the former in David's columns, but not a single case of the latter. How curious.