It’s 5:18 in the Morning, 30th Dec, a lovely Friday, 2016. I just got off watching Rang de Basanti, and I must admit my emotions are a running lil high and this post is indirectly an attempt to write off some part of my life here. Lot’s of this is random and isn’t in any chronological order.
I learnt a crazy thing while I was preparing for my Job interviews as a fresh grad. While at College, I had this crazy habit of picking up and reading books wherever I could find them. And one fine Sunday, I picked up a used book which was either a GMAT/CAT Prep book by Manhattan/Princeton (don’t remember the exact title). What I do remember was a fantastic article and some insights by candidates who’d share tips about how they cracked the ice-breaking interview. One girl mentioed how she used her name’s meaning to tell how that had “brushed off her nature as well”! And I was awe-struck by that! What a powerful way to answer a stupid formal interview question “Tell me something about yourself?” (This is the most stupid interview question I feel an Interviewer begins with. Dammn, is this even supposed to be an ice-breaker? Why not bond over weather or sports or breakfast etc? Hell, this is such a stupid question that’s guaranteed to be asked, that almost everyone rigorously prepares for this question, as if their life depends on it. And bam, 90% of candidates I’ve interviewed later (ohh yeah, I got to ask this shitty question when I sat on the other side of the table) would go on like a parrot not realizing why I’m asking this question in the first place.
Anyways, back to this first interview question, I think I prepared a very solid impressive ice-breaker answer (if I can recall most of it):
Interviewer: Hi, Good Morning/Afternoon. Tell me some (shit) about yourself.
(Let me clear my throat first…)
Syed Anwaarullah: Good Morning/Afternoon. To begin with, my name is Anwaar which means rays of light/illuminating the surroundings. I belive the name has brushed off my nature as well as I’m multi talented and (and some flattering stuff that I now don’t recall after 6 years). I also love helping people around me (and some more stuff I don’t recall)
In the first 30 secs, I’ve made sure the Interview pays attention to me. He/She’s probably thinking, this dude is crazy. I’ve never heard anyone introduce themselves this way. So they stop faking their busyness and give me their utmost attnetion. Knowing that I’ve made my first impression, I carry on…
Syed Anwaarullah: I was born in Hyderabad, but was brought up in Saudi Arabia where I did my Schoolling. Living abroad and interacting with people of different nationalities has given me a multicultural experience and mindset.
Notice how I’m already pushing myself as a highly probable candidate to go OnSite (when that ever happens) :P. Nope, I’m trying to sell myself to an MNC, which expects candidates to be open to different cultures and interact with people across the Globe. Win/Win (ohh, let’s later talk about this Win/Win phrase that actually Won me a fantastic Job with Mphasis, Mangalore. )
And I conclude by saying how I enjoy doing things creatively and love exploring new stuff and reading.
All of the above in around 60-70 secs. I avoid all the shitty non-sensical Biography that most candidates talk about. They tell about their Primary School, X, XII, parents details, siblings, uncles, aunts, pets, watches, hobbies, movies, shit shit and shit. Stop for Christ sake!
I didn’t even start yet the main theme of this post 🙂
(to be continued…It’s 07:03)
So this anecdote revolves around my first year of Engineering.