This has been linked to and discussed a good deal. As I've claimed several times before, the Eastern APA "smoker" is just one more element in the morally horrific way the profession handles searching/interviewing/hiring. Seriously, one would be hard pressed to design a process that's more torturous for the candidates. In a process that's already seemingly designed to produce maximum anxiety in the most vulnerable in the profession, the way in which the "smoker" is incorporated into the interview process is morally appalling. It needs to stop.
Can we at least agree that the "visit us at our table tonight at the smoker" bit should not be a standard part of the interviewing process? Can we call a moratorium on the idea that job candidates should be invited to make such a visit? Can we affirm that the "smoker" is not part of the job interview (and thus that candidates that do not vist at the smoker do not thereby hurt their chances of getting the job)?