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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Of Warm Welcomes and Nice of People

Day of Interview at Enterprise Social Media. Like the eager flock of humans just out of college, job hunting, I too found myself on the same road ahead, wondering hard when I would get to kill one. When you go for an interview, whether you expect it or no, you shall get your fair share of having to wait too long before you’re finally summoned in for the HR Round.

HR Round- Having to endure a person, who will make you say things you don’t really know, understand or mean to do, now or in the future.

Being always on time is a weakness I have and I always live up to it.

Psst... Maybe I was a few minutes before time, not that they expected it!

Whilst I waited patiently in a small room, observed a few employees around. Whoa! Pretty busy people. It wasn’t long until my mind wondered how long it would be before they could call me in. In the process of being drifted away with my judgments of the place, I turned around; a huge wall made of glass was what confronted me. It overlooked a busy street seven floors down the building. Within seconds an airplane crossed my mind, wait no it was for real! It passed right through my eyes, a life-sized one, which couldn’t have been lost upon you. Now that was a serious reason I wanted to get this job!’

A cheerful figurine, lady, in her 30s (my mind decided) came hurriedly towards me, “O hello! Shweta? Right?”

I nodded and extended my right hand towards hers, a firm shake that one!

“How are you doing today?” followed by many smiles and many nods and handing over of a laptop, internet connection ET. Al. I logged in immediately, received a few topics to choose from on my Gmail id. Well thus began my attempt to make my mark as a possible employee. Couple of hours passed, I emailed my write up to ‘megsjoshi@gmail.com’ and relaxed back in my chair. Within a while, I was called in by the same lady, who took me inside a refrigerator, oops that was the director’s cabin. I was asked to take a seat and thus began the Final Round of interview.

Final Round- Don’t go by what it sounds like, this is just the beginning. But yes, you will be made to repeat a lot of things over and over and over again.

I nodded a thousand times, o yes I also said a few meaningful things, which led to the lady and the Director nodding, whilst I wished to get out of that cabin at my soonest. No, not because it wasn’t good, because I was freezing.

Then the nice lady led me out with words like you’ll be informed if shortlisted and such and smiles and nods. I thanked her. But it didn’t end there, she ordered for me a nice vegetable sandwich which I was invited to have along with the whole team, and I ate at my leisure right there next to the manager, yes the lady was my manager to be. Oops, isn’t this a li’l puzzling?

Well, sometimes a few things in life are best left undeciphered. When people are full of compassion and have absolutely no unnecessary airs (yes that’s possible), they exude such vibes that the gamut of mortal in you is pleased with immense reverence. This is the place where you want to be, this is the place you could survive in, you’re suddenly so sure.

The whole atmosphere at the workplace may have been whatsoever, it is of little significance, but what the lady did was home. My office is the second home I have been gifted with. I now work here; it has been an experience I am grateful for.
Of the incalculable things I have learnt here, one which I want to shout out loud is-

MEET A LOUD EGO WITH A SILENT PRIDE!