Inspired by Rahul Gandhi’s interview in Times now, candidates have gained confidence in attending interviews in corporate world, even without preparations or qualifications.
Candidates have now gained confidence to answer even those tough questions, for which they would have been clueless earlier. One of such interviews is given below, which was attended by a candidate earlier this morning. The name of the candidate is not disclosed on conditions of anonymity and whether the candidate is selected or not is yet to be known.
Interviewer: Tell me something about yourself and why are you applying for this job? Candidate: To answer this question, let me tell you on how I grew up and circumstances in which I grew up. When I was a child, my grandmother died and my father who was thrown into the system was made to fight the system. I have seen my grandmother die, my grandfather die, and I have also seen tremendous amount of pain as a child. The real question is I am sitting here as a candidate and you are a manager of this great company interviewing me. When you were small, you must have said to yourself I want to do something and you decided to come to this profession and today you are manager here. Why did you do that?
Interviewer: You are asking me the question. Candidate: Yes, I just want to make it a conversation.
Interviewer: Because I like and enjoy this profession, it’s a challenge for me. Ok, coming to the interview, can you tell me something about Indian economy and how do we compare with China? Candidate: Let’s forget China for a moment. About Indian economy, I see tremendous energy in this country. I see more energy in this country than any other country, even China for that matter. I see billions of youngsters and I see this energy is trapped. We talk about being a super power, but how can we, unless we empower the women in this country, and unleash the power of these women.
Interviewer: Can you tell something about rupee? What is the whole problem with rupee, what caused the crisis, and what can the finance ministry or RBI do to strengthen our currency? Candidate: Look, the whole system needs transparency. I am against current opposition parties which keep cribbing about black money. Black money has never been problem with our currency. Our current government has taken enough action to control our currency. We have RTI, Jan lokpal. We have six other bills pending approval in parliament.
Interviewer: That did not the answer my question. I just want to know what is driving the rupee depreciation, and do you suggest any actions or policy changes? Candidate: That’s what I have been saying here and also in debates across my friends circle. The problem with rupee is not economy, but has lots to do with current system and free flow of information. That’s why we have RTI and Janlokpal, and six other bills pending approval in parliament.
Interviewer: Ok, a more general question. If you are made a manager of this company, what changes will you bring to this organization? Candidate: To answer this question, we should first decide on how managers are chosen. I strongly believe that managers should be chosen by the board. Our system or the shareholders should elect the board and board should select the managers. So if the board decides to choose me as a manager, I am happy to do that.
Interviewer: If you are made a manager of this company, what changes will you bring to this organization? Candidate: Regarding manager, I do not believe in concentration of power in the hands of one person. I fundamentally disagree with that. I believe in democracy and I believe in opening up the system. I believe in giving power to employees. I have fundamentally different philosophies.
Interviewer: Ok, imagine you are made manager by the board in a democratic process, what changes you will bring to this organization. Candidate: Youth of this organization are the future. It is the youth which shows tremendous energy and slog through the weekdays and week-ends. We should also try to empower women employees in this organization. We should have more youth among board of directors.
Interviewer: Where do you see our stock markets going? Candidate: Our government policies are good. We have Lokpal bill the most powerful thing. We have RTI and six bills sitting in parliament house. We have FDI in retail. We have energetic youth. With this, I am sure Dow Jones will only be heading towards the north.
Interviewer: Dow Jones? Candidate: Yes, I mean Indian stock markets will outperform in 2014
Interviewer: Can you talk something about our banking system? Candidate: I have walked into several banks recently and surprised that youth and women are increasingly occupying various positions. The cashier I recently encountered was a woman. This shows how much we are changing as a system. The change is required not just with our banks, but the system as a whole. We have ATMs, net banking, mobile banking which shows how much we have processed not just in banking but the system as a whole.
Interviewer: Where do you see five years from now? Candidate: We have to transform ourself, we have to bring in youngsters, give them space.
Interviewer: Given a chance, how fast can you join us? Candidate: After joining lots of work has to be done to bring in the change. I am asking you. Provided I join, how can we cooperate and bring in the change. How can we ensure safe work atmosphere for women. How do we ensure fair treatment to all employees, proper reward and recognition, proper work life balance etc; I am asking you.
Interviewer: It was nice meeting you. Thanks for your time. We’ll get back to you.