Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Interview(s)

The last few days have been pretty hectic and draining but I received support from all quarters. Seniors, batch mates, friends and luckily my brain( if u have read my previous posts u could have realized that I don’t claim ownership of my brain and it takes lot of hard work from my side to get it work in sync with the rest of my body ). There were people who got up at the same time or probably earlier than me and where there at the "well" helping /consoling /supporting /motivating /explaining /serving
* and what not. Thanks a lot guys.

*effect of SIP. Got used to using adjectives.

This blog was not actually meant for senti stuff so here comes the real crap.

I was part of an interview that I am really proud of. It was one of the last interviews of the day. Before that companies interview, I attended 3 group discussions and 3 interviews and could not get past the first round of the elimination. I was trying to relate my self to the hero of the 80's Hindi movies where the hero was unemployed and was always on a look out for a job. 5 mins into my thoughts and I heard my name being called out. It was for the interview for this XYZ company. I was totally exhausted but my brain was still stuck with the hero thoughts. I was not keen on working for that particular company but I had to attend the interview as I applied for it( one might ask why I had applied when I was not interested to work for that company....well as I said earlier I dont claim ownership of my plz no questions). I reached the room where the interview was supposed to take place and asked one of my friends (he was doing some volunteer work there) what was the job profile the company was offering. He had no clue but he said the interviewer was pretty chill guy and all the questions were HR based. I enter the room with out any idea about the company or the job profile. There was only one guy in the room and he was totally relaxed and laid back. This is how the interview went

Interviewer: So pramod why XYZ company
ME: (thanks to my wonderful brain I answered) Sir U are asking as if XYZ is not a good company to work in!!!!
Interviewer: WHAT? Who says is a market leader. Its revenues are so and so ..(I was told about all the good things of the company)
ME: that’s why XYZ sir. There are very few brands one would like to be associated with and XYZ is one such brand.
Interviewer: ok, so tell me about yourself
ME: gave him the usual answer that I have been telling from morning
Interviewer suddenly gets a call and starts talking in his phone
I interrupt him here and ask him if I can drink some water. He also offered me some chocolates and I took one mint.
interviewer : so were where we?...ya tell me something which is not in the resume
ME: I play tennis. Not because I like tennis but because I can burn calories. Its not just burning calories but it’s having fun when burning calories. I prefer tennis over cricket because in cricket I have to wait for the ball and in tennis I keep running for the ball
Interviewer: why not squash? Why only tennis?
Me: because squash rackets are very costly
Interviewer: hmm...ok..Are u willing to come in night shifts?
ME: Sir, there is lot of academic rigor at XL and if I come in night shifts for 2 months, it would be difficult for me to adjust back again. So...

At the end of the day it was 3 group discussions and 4 interviews that I unsuccessfully attended


Blogger Smile said...

WHERE IS MY NAME???? I dont find it mentioned here

8:19 AM  

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