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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

By the water cooler.... Sly me!

Parul from Brining up Adi  is all set to launch her second book ” By the water cooler” . If you read her first book-- ”Bringing up Vasu” you will look forward to her second book.... 

  • You need to write a post telling a story or an anecdote based in an office. It could be about you, your spouse, kids, neighbour, whoever – it just needs to be based in an office. It can be funny, serious, somewhere in between, but it needs to be based in an office. It can feature a single protagonist or multiple characters, but it…yes, I know, you got it. 
  • You need to link to this post
  • You need to put By The Water Cooler in the title of your post
  • You need to leave me a link to your post in the comments section
  • If you don’t have a blog, leave me your entry in the comments section and it will be counted
If your entry is selected then you will get autographed copy of this book :-) 

LAST DATE - October 31st, 2010

Here is my entry.............

It was Oct 2005, i still remember the day vividly.. I had been at this fancy corporate for little over 3 months, and had just about settled in. I was taking care of Middle and Senior level recruitments [on my own] and had been managing quite well. I sat in the 6th floor where all the Vice Presidents of various departments had their cabin. Our cubicles in the center and their cabins all around, like as if they were guards watching over us. 

Anyways, without getting carried away... It was a Saturday, and our Corporate HR head was in town for some Senior level interviews.  I had come in early, set everything up, made sure the candidates shortlisted for the final round remembered their schedule. It was 12.45pm and i was getting ready for my Spanish class. A candidate had just finished his interview and was walking out, when i decided to hop into the Boss's room to remind him of my heading out for a bit for the class and the afternoon line up.
This is what happened next.... 
Me: Sir, may  i come in?

Him: Yes, please come in and take a seat, will be with you in a minute[ he was on the phone]

Me: I stood anyways, waiting for him to turn

2secs later
Him: So, tell me why you want to move to Chennai and take on this position? From your resume i can see you have quite an extensive experience, and you have been in Hyderabad all your life.

Me: [Gaping and lost wondering what to say.. but understood that Boss had assumed i was the next candidate, coincidentally was a woman ;)]
Sir, i am looking for something new and challenging. yes, i have spent all my life in Hyderabad, but am ready to move to Chennai if the opportunity presents itself.

Him: The position Will require you to work during night since it is a US based process. Can you manage that?

Me: [cheeky me] Yes, Sir! In my present job i come in during the day, but work for atleast half a night... 

Him: [Swivelved in his chair and had the most stumped look on his face]

Me:[ was suddenly damn nervous and wee bit scared of what he was going to say]

Him: You know something, Aarti..[slowly a smile crept up his face] I was going to offer you the position. You sounded quite convincing back there... 

Me: err, umm. Thank you Sir... :)[gave the biggest sheepest smile i could remember]

Him: So, did you come to see me for something? Are there any candidates waiting or shall we break for lunch? :)

Me: Came to tell you that we can break for lunch and that i was going to go attend my Spanish class and return. Everything is taken care of, and the candidates will be guided by Sruti from the other HR team.

Him: Alright then, go on... get out of here!! 

This incident i shall remember always... He was also the one who was most reluctant when i said i was quitting.. Tried hard to get me to take a 3mth break and return!!


gils said...

ROTFL :D u reallly did tht!! wow :D

UmaS said...

WOW !!! Very confident and nicely answered.... :) :)

Aarti, all the best for ur contest. :)

Anonymous said...

I definitely want to read more soon. By the way, pretty nice design this blog has, but don’t you think it should be changed from time to time?

rauf said...

i never go to any office.
i don't take my spouse (i copied your spelling Orteedee) or kids to any office
i have no spouse, i have no kids

bad day bad luck took me to Airtel office.

i am sitting face to face staring at a lady, me fuming

no talk, She is scared. i look like a gorilla, oh you know that. i don't have to tell you Orteedee.

still silence, i can hear her breathing heavily, she knew i am trouble. Big trouble. She is sweating in AC.

Hello good morning ! i say

she is gaping at me

TING i said, nearly tapping my finger on her forehead

Which number do i press to get you start talking ?

oh deeah i am scaring her

How can i help you sir ? still nervous, scared.

Number 2 for English ? That is good you talked before i could press 2

she didn't get the joke still gaping at me without a blink.

Do i press 3 for mobile billing ?

Do you have any problem sir ?

of course deah ! that is why i am here.

May i help you sir ?

i pushed my mobile on the table ok, dial 121 and let me see how far you go.

silence. She didn't touch my mobile just staring at it.

Are you putting me on hold ? i don't hear any ghastly airtel music

oh i am not making her understand.

Madam, i am all at sea dialing your help line. i get nowhere. i have lots of patience. but dialing your help line will turn me into a serial killer

if you tell me your problem i can help you sir.
she is very sweet. i shouldn't be making her nervous

i have problems paying my mobile bill. You have no Airtel office in mount road where i live, or in Royapettah. Tata, vodafone, bsnl all the others are in my backyard but no airtel. i have to go all the way to Triplicane where the staff sell fish in the morning and handle your customers. They are so uncouth.

she heard selfish

are they selfish sir ?

No no they sell fish, ...sell.... fish..... they are so uncouth. you better have a fish counter in your office more profit.

poor thing was sweating again

Have you tried paying online sir ?

yes i have, but state bank of mysore is not in the options. And i have no credit card. i want to pay cash.

Do i press 5 for coffee ?

I'll be back in a minute sir.

rauf said...

Orteedee, did i tell you about my chennai blog ?

it doesn't appear on the profile. But its on the links of Daylight Again.

Anonymous said...

Pretty nice blog you've got here. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read more soon.
How about changing it from time to time?

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The cost of enterprise mobility solutions said...

I am waiting to read his first book..

Anonymous said...

Congrats to u too for winning the 'By the Water Cooler' Contest!!
Good Read.. :)

SG said...

Congratulations. Excellent post. I like your confidence.

semi said...

nice blog, congrats for your water cooler ;)

Phoenixritu said...

That was really cheeky :D

Anonymous said...

That was gutsy :D
Lovely post...enjoyed reading it.

congrats on the win :)

Anonymous said...

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