If you thought competition for jobs around the capital was tough, just be glad you’re not a duckling.

More than 50 feathered candidates reckoned they fitted the bill when an online retailer put out a bizarre job ad for an official bath tester.

After shortlisting the top eight birds from around the UK, Bathrooms.com invited the ducklings (and their owners) to its Watford head office for the interview stage.

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The hopefuls were put through their paces, with swimming trials, ‘splashability’ challenges and tests to examine the comfort of baths.

They were rated on their enthusiasm, inquisitiveness and waddling in and around the baths.

Ian Monk, company CEO and founder, said: “Who knew there were so many talented ducklings out there?

“The interview day made the process real for us, and watching the shortlisted ducklings go through their challenges was a great day.

“Now we have the difficult decision to make as to who we hire as the official bath tester.”

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The winning applicant will be announced next week at www.bathrooms.com/duck-tester