Sunday, May 15, 2011


How to Appear for a Placement Interview
A Story

Do you work? How is your job? Are you thinking of changing your job? 

Are you studying for your MBA or an Engineering degree? Interested in campus placement?

Before you go for that job interview, please do read this story.

A job seeker, who was 30 years old, was being interviewed for a vacancy.

The employer asked him, “How many years work experience do you have?”

“20 years,” the job-seeker answered.

Observing his relatively young age, and quite surprised and curious, the employer asked him, “Tell me, young man, how old are you?”

“I am 30 years old”, the young job-seeker answered.

“When did you start working?”

“May 2000,” the job-seeker answered.

“You started working in May 2000 and it is now May 2010 - that means you have only 10 years service.”

“Yes,” the job seeker said nonchalantly.

Getting exasperated with this answer, the infuriated employer shouted, “What nonsense! With only 10 years service how can you have 20 years experience?”

“Overtime,” the young job-seeker answered coolly, "I did a lot of overtime." 

The employer, who had no sense of humour, was not impressed by the answer and so the job seeker did not get the job.

Wondering why he did not get the job despite his brilliant answer, the job seeker spent the next one year reflecting in deep introspection and contemplation trying to seek the reason why he did not get the job.

Suddenly one day he was enlightened and immediately he again applied for a job at the same place.

The employer, on recognizing him, asked, “So young man, how many years experience do you have now?”

“One year,” the job-seeker said without batting an eyelid.

“One year?  Are you crazy or something?” the dumbfounded employer asked, “ Last year you said that you had 20 years experience, and now you say you have only one year experience.”

The job-seeker gave the employer an astute look and said cannily:

“Actually I realized that I learnt my job in one year and after that I am doing the same thing for the next 10 years. That works out to be one year of experience, ten times, isn’t it?”

He got the job.

Dear Reader, if you are working, think about your job. 

Is your job adding value to you?

Are you continuously and constantly learning something new and adding value to yourself in your job (is your work adding value to you)?

Or are you stagnating at your workplace doing the same thing for years and years and years in your job?

Remember one thing. A job (or career) must be mutually beneficial. Of course, you must add value to your job, the organisation where you work, but more important, the job must add value to you. And the moment you feel that your job is not adding value to you - of course you know what to do!


Copyright © Vikram Karve 2011
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About Vikram Karve 

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures(2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 14 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts. 

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