Thursday, January 27, 2011

Confusing Realization

What is the definition of Superstition? Is it having to step back when a black cat crosses the road or when someone sneezes at a time when you’re about to do something important. Neither of the them seem any cause of turbulence to me. I believe when we do something very desiring to our heart we tend to consider these meaningless signs of existence.
Well, having said that I might not be a follower of my own opinion. Two days back as I was on my way to an important interview near a crowded flyover the speed of our cab got suddenly reduced by the traffic, as there were many vehicles ahead that had slowed down as well. As we went along I discovered the reason for slowing down was that a street dog had been crossing the road just after waking up from a night’s sleep had been brutally crushed by a speeding car just  a few seconds before. The dog lay in a bloody mess still alive struggling to move an inch (probably had a broken lower backbone, two broken legs one of which was so badly damaged that it had been bent in a wrong way ).

Every day in our lives we commit sins knowingly, sometimes unknowingly. I had a pity on him and went ahead with my cab as it had been almost my reporting time. Few among us call themselves animal lovers like me but do not care to help at the right time, I messed up my opportunity at the interview, missed my turn to help a dying living being. To say the least I do not know what happened to the dog afterwards, probably would have died few minutes later. But I do hope someone would have helped the creature.      

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Interview Paradigm’s

Long queue outside, HR’s positioned inside, volunteers hovering around, names forwarded and the interviewee enters the room upon getting the call, comes in draws the chair.
Interviewee: May I have a seat sir?
HR: Sure! Have a seat.
Interviewee: Good Morning Sir!
HR: Good Morning!
Interviewee: (Smiles back)
HR: So tell me what are your subjects of proficiency?
Interviewee: Sir, Networking, Operating System (Specifically Linux)
HR: Okay, Tell me about the different Layers of OSI model !
Interviewee: Sir, There are Seven layers ………etc (names said)
HR: Write the names! Draws a paper forward.
Interviewee: Takes the paper and writes the names. Adds that the order of the layers might be inappropriate.
HR: No problem !
HR: Where are you originally from? Tell me are you homesick at all?
Interviewee:  No sir, I stay in the boy’s hostel which is away from my home so am already adjusted.
HR:  Didn’t you have any problem adjusting here at first?
Interviewee: (In a dilemma inside, thought wouldn't lie)
 Initially I had problems adjusting to the food but later on got used to it, and now its fun.
HR: Tell me about Address and Data bus !
Interviewee: Said
HR: Can you pictorially define it ?
Interviewee: Gathers the pen and paper and starts thinking !
HR: Can you really do it ?
Interviewee: cannot recall at this point sir !
HR: No problem!
HR: Why do we use the checksum field in data transfer mechanism?
Interviewee: Said (for error detection and correction) HR wanted elaboration said a few more lines.
HR: If  someday we bother to relocate you would you be comfortable?
Interviewee: Sure Sir! I think I have good enough communication skills to make friends and get accustomed to situations.    
HR:(Gives a smile)
HR:  Okay,Tell me about your hobbies !
Interviewee:  Sir, My hobbies include Meeting and interacting with friends, Surfing the internet, playing computer games .
HR: What you surf on the internet? Facebook ?
Interviewee: Yes sir ofcourse, but besides that I do also keep track of the news, latest softwares available for downloads , Web designing stuffs, various email based sites etc
HR: Okays.
HR: What are CPU cycles and I/O cycles? Which according to you is more important and why?
Interviewee: Said
HR: Are you satisfied with your answer ? Like are you confident ?
Interviewee: says yes am confident!
HR: Okays,done !
Interviewee: Have a nice day sir.
HR: Thanks, You too have a nice day. It was a Pleasure meeting you. Take care.

Well most people Post successful interviews but sadly in this case it wasn’t to be. Here the Interviewee was me and the HR,well I do not know his name. A Subtle and nice gentleman.

My faults in a summary
*Presented myself as a not-so-Confident, tensed candidate to the HR.
*There was a pattern in my interview, which some of you might have noticed regarding me adjusting to a new place. Rather relocating myself. The HR somehow had a permanent impression that I would struggle to adjust to newer places.(Inspite of me trying hard to override that notion)
*Appeared a little Over-Polite and not commanding,lacking attitude.
* Voice clarity not perfect.
My Improvement areas for next interview :
·         Represent a confident me.
·         Voice clarity
·         A deterministic yet strong voice
·         Don't need to be overtly honest.

After this Interview I also appeared for a second MNC where I couldn’t reach the PI’s sadly to prove my improvement. Nevertheless Failures do point out more areas of my weaknesses to lay stress upon,and time to gather oneself again. Hoping to do it the next time.
As a reader do not forget to post your thoughts marking areas of re-improvement you’ve noticed in me.