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This is India – Quantity = Quality

Once analyst applied for a position in leading jewelry retailer, here is transcript of the interview

HR: tell me something about yourself
Analyst:… blah….blah….blah
HR:…hmmmm… (Followed with long pause as he is going through CV)…….hmmm…..(those thoughtful words are utter when one doesn’t understand anything about financial or business analysis, in between he plays with his iPhone)
Analyst: … blah….blah….blah, so that is what I am , what I like doing
HR: so do you have any idea about jewelry company?
Analyst: throws industry facts & figure, company specific facts, key success factor in business, important variables that needs to be monitored, key risk & how to manage those
HR:…hmmmm…(facial expression says it all….I don’t understand a shit pal…..let me check my whtsapp)
Analyst: … blah….blah….blah, so that what basically I know about jewellery industry.
HR:  so tell me something………which job have you applied for?
Analyst: (bit startled)……MIS Costing & Finance
HR:…ummm…..ummmmm.
Analyst: quickly removes print out of JD posted on job-sites
HR:  …hmmm….. (While looking at it)….ok…you know there are too many openings so I got bit confused.
Analyst: ok
HR:  tell me something…..have you done any kind of homework about our industry & company?
Analyst:  (copy pasting previously given answer but in new format) throws industry facts & figure, company specific facts, key success factor in business, important variables that needs to be monitored, key risk & how to manage those….blah blah blah….. blah….blah….blah.
HR: (is checking out his iPhone again) ok pal……we are in process of interview other candidate…so will let you know once we decide
Analyst: ok….thanks for having me.
HR:  on the way out of office, hey Analyst…do me a favour….make a new CV that is bit bigger than current one (1-pager)…its bit smaller.
Analyst: ok sure (whatever happened to concept of “Minimum Words, Maximum Impact”).

 

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