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Unfair interviews

1 Jan

Sometime ago I interviewed for a big and well known MNC … I thought that the discussions went pretty well but after a few days got a callback but this time for a different group, that is, restart of the process 😦  .  After some days another call and same story.  “The last discussion went pretty well but unfortunately we could not hire you since we got an internal candidate.  It is our company policy to give priority to internal candidates.”

After a few such good interviews but bad experiences I asked the HR representative for a frank opinion about whether I had a fair shot at the job or was I making up for numbers ( do they have a target of ‘n’ interviewees per position) .   The answer was an expected ” we have fair hiring practices ” etc.  But I didn’t get anymore calls.

Why do people do such things?   Why force a candidate to take a day off to interview when you know beforehand that you are fulfilling some shortsighted HR policy.



How to deal with Odd/Even madness

4 Dec

1.  Double the number of cars you own and ensure that you have an odd/even number on the cars.  RTO can make money by charging extra for the odd/even plates.
2. Buy extra parking slot for the new car.
3. Used cars rates will increase – who can bear the cost of the new car.
4. Corporates will provide two cars as perks.
5. Govt organizations can buy a hoard of cars inorder to honour the new rule and make money in this mega buy.
6.  RTO can come up with a new scheme wherein you can buy just an extra number plate for your car.  Just 1 lakh only.
7.  More hafta to be collected; do u have license – yes; do you have insurance – yes; do you have emission check – yes; do u have the correct number – no – that will be 100Rs without receipt sir.
8. People can start buying more 2 wheelers – more people can die on the roads.  Don’t more 2 wheeler riders die in accidents; atleast 2 wheelers are more risky.
9.  An ambulance with a patient at 2 in the midnight will pull on the side of the road to change vans.
10.  Buy auto instead of car.

11. Convert your car to a taxi – get a yellow plate.  That is the most realistic and cheaper solution.

31/200 can get you a medical seat

17 Jul

Recently there was an article in relation to the Vyapam scam wherein the daughter of senior staff of the Chief Minister’s office attempted 31/200 questions in a pre-med exam and surprise surprise got a set in a coveted medical college.  Read more here.

I have also seen similar things during my student days.  One of my senior Ms.A did not attend one exam since her grandmother passed away of that day.  The next exam she walked out after the mandatory 30 mins.  While 40/100 is the minimum required for passing; all the questions are of subjective type and it is impossible to even pen down answers worth 40 marks in 30 mins – even if you are a genius.  But Ms.A did pass this paper with 40+ marks.  There is not even an iota of doubt that the root cause of these marks did not lie in the answer sheets submitted.

This is always demeaning and deflating for a serious candidate; not to mention unfair.  Also, what kind of inept doctors/engineers do we produce with such a system.  This is not just immoral or unethical – it is outright illegal.  Think of all the people these kind of doctors / engineers will murder kill due to their shoddy work.

Controversially Yours By Shoaib Akthar

15 Jul

Recently read the autobiography of the cricketer Shoaib Akthar.  The book is popular, I guess, based on the long waiting period in my library.

The book is well written and eminently readable.  This statement is also a comment on the life of Shoaib Akthar 😉 very interesting to read.  Shoaib takes this opportunity to call himself a “good boy” and all the unsavory events in his life were due to the many villains in his life; the enemies he made in his refusal to kiss-a**.  Conforming, a large part of life, most importantly adult life is lost of Shoaib; though it is true that there is no dearth of pointy-haired-bosses (aka Dilbert‘s boss) who make life difficult for non-suckers.  Sorry Shoaib, though I feel sorry for you at times, like the leaked (untrue as per Shoaib) personal medical reports, seniors considering juniors as competitors, etc., there are a lot of times where you do not come across as a “good boy”.    Shoaib goes out of his way to pull-down Sachin Tendulkarnon-conformist again.

However it is a good read … as long as you are not in an impressionable age where you believe everything you read.

Favourite Shop Half Price Sale … :-( not all good :-( some cheating :-(

5 Feb

Have you visited Favourite Shop’s Half Price sale at commercial street Bangalore?  If yes you will know that – (a) the shop is extremely overcrowded during this period (b) refunds are not allowed and only limited exchanges are allowed; and the same is allowed only during the period of the sale (d) it is impossible to check for defects / size at the shop during the sale.

On the last Sunday (29-Jan-2012) of the sale I purchased some stuff at the shop – unfortunately after I checked the material at home I found (1) one dress material with a huge huge huge hole and (2) a bottom shop soiled (paan stains?).  I went to the shop with the complaint the next weekend – so the sale was over.  As per the rules of the shop exchange is not possible due to 2 reasons (a) no exchange for dress materials and (b) sale period being over.  However, since I am a regular customer at this shop I was reasonably confident of getting an exchange since the complaints were genuine.

Obviously I couldn’t visit the shop on a week day when the sale was on since I need to work – and I need the job to shop obviously. So, the next Sunday (04-Feb-2012) I went to the shop and showed the dress material  – the first reaction “Sorry, no exchange for dress materials.”  Well, I said … but the basic material is at fault how can u stock such material … then the second lie “All material is checked before billing” …. Hmmm I said dont tell me – I know how much checking happens … zero!  Then he whispered to his peer “… psst … ther was a damaged similar material… ” and took a similar looking (but very ugly colours) not from the display but from somewhere hidden inside a plastic cover.  And he said that the best he can do is replace the damaged material with the possibly-damaged-also-material.  And for the shop soiled stuff – tough luck!  The sales man was Mr.Asif (the name is longer) Then I spoke to the manager Mr. Ramesh – he had a new idea “since the dress material was a free piece out of buy 2 get 1 free (or was it buy 3 get 1 free) it doesn’t qualify for replacement!!!”

Since I had no luck, I  listened to a lot of nonsense from the staff, burnt some petrol, and finally I left the damaged material at the shop and brought back the soiled material – hoping that some dry-cleaning will work.

Has anybody else been / felt cheated by this shop – let me know.

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