Beggers CAN be choosers !
After the highly controversial and critically dumped ‘The much awaited soulmate’, I am back with yet another fiction. Please feel free to trash ! 😀 This time, the story moves only through conversations and I just hope everyone understands the underlying message in the story !! 😀 😀 😀
Pawan : May I come in Sir?
CEO : Oh yes yes yes. Please come in and have a seat.
Pawan : Thank you Sir.
CEO : Pawan, am I right? I believe you were referred by Timeless Jobs. Hmm…your contact person with Timeless must be Vinay, right? Do you have his number? I need to speak to him on something.
Pawan : Yes Sir, I do. But its stored in my mobile and I left the mobile at the security. They said camera mobiles aren’t allowed inside. Do you want me to get it for you?
CEO : No, that’s ok. I just asked; I shall get it from our HR after our meeting. Anyway, before we go ahead with the regular interview questions like ‘tell me about yourself’, etc. I want to know something! You had been working with Tetris Decisions before and your profile shows that you have been out of work for the last 1 year. Why is this so?
Pawan : Because of Global warming, Sir.
CEO : You mean, Global Recession, right?
Pawan : No Sir, Global Warming….its a long story !
CEO : Go on, I am a CEO, I have enough time for stories.
Pawan : I was basically a very good employee with Tetris; the recommendations in my Linked In profile itself provides evidence. I used to achieve my numbers quarter on quarter and life was peaceful. On Sep 9th, exactly a year back, I received an email from my colleague.
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The email read :
“Save the Earth 99999 Lights Out’ campaign. It is a ‘9 minute’ public display of unison, when everyone would switch off their lights at homes and offices for 9 minutes from 9 pm on the 9th day of the 9th month of the 9th year of this millennium (9 September 2009) in support of the fight against Global Warming”
Everybody in the office got excited with this. My colleague, who sent the mail wasn’t available at that moment and for some reason, the rest of them in the office convinced me in switching off all the lights in the floor. The entire sales floor was dark and we all decided to move out for those 9 minutes. While moving out, I also managed to shut the whole power supply to the floor by meddling with the main switch. In less than 5 mins, we heard a person shouting from our floor. We entered the floor and realized that it was our Vice President who had been crying out for help. My immediate manager switched on the lights and asked him what happened. Our V.P., apparently, was using the restroom while we were busy trying to ‘save the earth’. He had no idea of what was going on. It seems, he came out of the restroom and found the floor dark. He realized that the floor was empty after he failed to get a response from anyone. He then slowly moved to his room to get his phone so that he can reach us through a call. But since it was dark, he tripped on the lumps of the carpet and fell flat on the floor.
Our V.P. got up from the floor and then looked at a few of us, some of us were still giggling. He immediately demanded an explanation from our manager. In a few mins :
V.P. : Pawan, I don’t have anything else to say. You are fired for your irresponsible behaviour.
Pawan : But Sir, I was just being socially responsible. I wanted to save the earth.
V.P. : Yeah, and there was no one to save me. You are fired Pawan. You can collect the letters from your manager.
Pawan : But sir, everyone was involved. Even my manager!
V.P. : Who switched off the lights in the floor?
Pawan : Me.
V.P. : Who switched off the main power supply to the floor?
Pawan : Me.
V.P. : Do I need to explain more. Now don’t waste my time.
Pawan : But Sir, you are firing me because you fell down. If someone else fell…
V.P. : No more buts! Get out of my cabin, right now !
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Pawan : Sir, that’s what happened.
CEO : Its actually sad. Only if, all your colleagues pitched in a few words for you. Didn’t you try any another jobs?
Pawan : I tried sir. I tried all possible ways. But with a termination letter in my hand instead of a relieving letter; who would give me a job? I got into a few companies too though, but things didn’t turn up the way I expected. They couldn’t meet my priorities.
CEO : But how did you survive for an year without a proper job? Don’t mind me asking, I am just curious!
Pawan : It was difficult Sir. I cut down on several regular expenses of mine like watching movies, late night parties, etc. I sold my bike and started traveling in trains and buses to find work. To reduce the expenses on food, I started having road side food, because of which I once got hospitalized too. You know, my marriage got fixed and I got engaged just a week before I lost my job. It took my parents almost 3 years to get it fixed and so, we didn’t inform the brides family about the termination. I informed them only after my wedding, otherwise I would’ve lost that too. Until then, my brother and father used to send me money for survival. They still do, but after wedding situations are better. My wife works and every month even her father sends me money for all her make-up and KFC expenses. But I never sit at home just like that; I sell Tuppershare at my residence. I have an excellent network and I mail and sms my friends in the city to get them buy Tuppershare. I am also a part of Amway and so I cross-sell Tuppershare with my Amway network.
CEO : I have not met such an honest person like you in my entire life. It beats me how can one reveal such personal details, that too on his interview.
Pawan : I am an open book sir. I don’t believe in getting something by lying.
CEO : But you lied about your job to your in-laws before wedding, right?
Pawan : I hid the whole thing. But didn’t lie! There is a difference, you see !
CEO : Whatever! We are desperately looking for a dynamic sales guy to sell our IT products. Your Amway and Tuppershare business tactics wont work here. But it looks like you have the fire in you. Ok now, tell me, what are your strengths..….
CEO : Yes Siva, I am in interview. Anything urgent?
Siva : Sir, our internal server is down. We have an important proposal to be sent to our client, MicroHard. They need it by 12 noon and we had been waiting since morning for the server to be up and working.
Pawan (trying to act smart and interfering) : Why don’t you send it from your external ids like, gmail or yahoo account ? The client just needs the mail, right?
CEO : Pawan, give me a minute; I shall get back with you. Siva, we cant take chances with the client at the last moment. One of you take printouts and prepare a hard copy of the proposal and deliver it at the clients end at the earliest. Tell them we shall send them a softcopy later.
Siva : Sure Sir. Thanks. (looks at Pawan and smirks)
CEO : Pawan, it was good of you to give suggestions. This is the kind of work we expect here too. It’s a different issue that I couldn’t take your suggestion to practice today. In our company, we don’t have access to any external drives or websites. For example, for the present crisis, we could have as well taken all the stuff required in a USB drive and sent it from any cyber café outside. Only our company website can be accessed and only our internal mail account and chat can be used. The company policies are such.
Pawan : You mean, nothing at all. No access to Gtalk, or Facebook or Blog or even Google?
CEO : You are right Pawan. We treat our products and customer information as highly confidential and for the same reason, we have restricted all such external accesses and devices.
Pawan (gets up from his seat) : I am sorry Sir. I am not the one you are looking for then. First you take my cell phone away from me, and then you say I am not supposed to access Facebook. This is not done. I cant work in this atmosphere.
CEO : Are you kidding Pawan? You have come for a job interview…
Pawan : No Sir. This wont work for me. Facebook is one of my priority, my blog too. You expect me to work 9 hours for you without having to do anything with the outside world? That’s like being in jail!
CEO : Pawwannnn…….
Pawan : No Sir, I am leaving! Have a great day !
CEO (sighs! and grumbles to himself) : That is the fourth guy to leave in two weeks; just because Facebook isn’t allowed!! Hmmm….
He picks up his phone and calls the IT support……
CEO : IT support? Good. I heard the server is down. When are you going to fix it? …aahaan..ok…fine…Tell me one thing, what is the procedure to give Facebook and Blog access to every employee?