Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The saga of interviews

I went for an interview at 10 am. The HR did not acknowledge and I started to form an opinion that they are unprofessional and doesn’t respect other’s time. She called me up from her desk and told me that it was scheduled for 4 pm. Came back and checked the mail to see that it was me who had requested her to change the timings from 10 to 4. How could I not remember?

Went to the Manager’s cabin on Tuesday for a one-on-one scheduled on Wednesday. I did not check the calendar and relied on my brains.

I think I am stressed out, stressed out from attending interviews.

Been attending interviews at a lot of companies and this is the first time in my life that I am facing a lot of rejections too. Ideally, when I apply in 3 companies, I get offered in 2 of them. I take one offer and stop the job hunt until the seat itches again. This time, I have been rejected in 5 companies already. One good company that I applied did not even shortlist me.

Are they getting wiser?

If you have to fail, failing in the first round is ok but it pains when you fail in the HR round or the 4th and the 5th rounds. By that time, I have forgotten what I am supposed to say and I am sure they have forgotten what to ask and therefore, whatever I answer is not right. Think about the time, money and energy wasted. I work in one end of the city and another company in the other end called me. I somehow managed to make the ends meet and attended the interview. They called me to a hotel that week-end. I went there. They called me again to the other end of the city. By this time, I don’t know which end to take care of. Atleast my rear end in the office was on fire due to the prolonged absences. Then they called me again, I went and finally, I am not offered. Bah!

I applied again to a company where I had failed two years back. I met the same manager. He had offered me icecream the last time. I gobbled up the ice-cream nicely but failed the technical round. This time, I wanted to say,’No’ to any ice-cream. (The ice-cream could be laden with something that would make your brain stop functioning at the wrong time. I mean I know it doesn’t function sometimes, but I expect it to function during interviews.) It did not happen. So, I asked for water. This time he cleared me and I met another person and I am still waiting after completing 4 rounds in that company.

My Senior Manager and Manager have joined another company and they wanted to pull me too. I applied as it would be fun to work with the same people again. I cleared some rounds and had to be interviewed by some head from Australia. I failed.
I told them that their company’s cab passes by my house and I am going to puncture the tyres.

Today, I have the 3rd round in another place. Sometimes, all I do is present myself in a nice formal attire as I have no idea what to prepare on or what else to prepare on. I come back and update Romila about my experiences. The other day when I said, “I went there and failed.” She said,”every dog(bitch) has her day. The bone is not far away. Don’t worry.”

Bone Bone Bone Bone
I want you in my life
Let's spend in work together

From now until forever ~ Inspired by Vengaboys

15 comments:

Romila said...

Hee! hee! made me tickle early in the morning.

I love the "my rear end is on fire"...:)

and so & so company's lost a brilliant and creative writer by deselecting you:)

Firms these days have just lost their sense of making correct decisions while recruiting people. What say?

Khuman Ngakpa Oinam said...

Interesting ! Threaten them perhaps, this will bring your dog's day nearer. :)

Arunima said...

@romila: can't agree more. They want such talented people to work for free or what? :-)

Alapana said...

Chill, your day will come:)

Pallavi said...

I am somewhat going through the same frustrated thing.. I just finished some 7 rounds... tele, video and face to face gave them what they wanted.. bloody well know that I am more than right for what they want and yet.. they are still deliberating... why call for 7 rounds if you really do not intend to follow up. grrrrr.. I have recruited so many people myself and it took me two to three weeks to get people..

I am wondering that I am better off in my present org.. GRR., If they take so much time, they might as well look for someone else.. SIgh..

Ritu said...

Ha ha... Rib tickling and sooo darned true!!!

I suppose companies aren't getting any wiser...you are just fatigued and are unable to give it your best.

Like u said, Every dog has his day... Just wait patiently for urs (even thru all the fuel expense and time & energy bieng spent!)

manuscrypts said...

the law of averages... or shaadi ke side effects :p

Arunima said...

@Pallavi: that company sounds like CISCO? is it by any chance? :-)

Canary said...

Hey Hr is not that bad :P (gotta defend my profession :D )

Arunima said...

@canary: I did not say it ether. :-)

Tys on Ice said...

well to make u feel a lot better abt urself...i have never got thru a single interview...suffer from a severe case of foot in the mouth disease and sometimes too much honesty can be a bad thing...

but, been reading all ur posts...and iam sure that a gud job is arnd the corner for someone like u...in the meantime, just continue puncturing the tyres of all the companies that rejected u...

Harmony said...

well!really that icecream must be hard to digest!i think GoD is pulling u back to give u he best!!hope for the best!!the Punctured Tyres hv to be repaired now!!

Cynic in Wonderland said...

sigh.been there.done that

Aqua said...

LOL :) i shall hold my peace here.

ok i need yr email id. can't find the comment where you had left it earlier. shorry.

pls to send again.

V said...

I think it's more to do with the hype companies want to create. More the rounds of interviews, more coveted it seems. They want to make you believe that they are too difficult to get in, so they are the best place to work. I would blame google to start this trend. Now every damned place needs at least five rounds.