Over the past couple of weeks, I have been very busy applying for jobs and preparing for interviews and some such related stuff. I was expecting to steal a couple hours each day from myself to post something on this blog, but it looks like I totally underestimated the amount of time and energy that job hunting can demand. It’s probably typical with students (in certain areas) who are new to the entire recruiting process (?).
The stress of the entire process eventually starts to take a toll on health, general state of mind, quality time, and what not. And then, there comes an interview that almost puts the nails in the coffin. It was one such interview that caused a big break in my blogging between last week and the current one.This interview in fact consisted of 13 one-on-one interviews with technical people (not a single HR representative) at various levels of the organization and one presentation (about my current work) - which was basically an invitation for interested folk to vent their general frustration on me. All this culminated in a series of written tests which included everything from IQ/EQ to some serious technical stuff.
I talked and talked (mostly about myself), and then I listened to everything that was being said - and did this from 8:00 am in the morning to 7:00 pm in the evening, with a 15 minute lunch break. Fortunately (and ironically), I was suffering from a pretty acute diarrhea which carried over from the previous day, and that led to several small breaks in the ordeal. I never really saw the positive side of diarrhea till then.
Anyways, the shortest interview was about 30 minutes long and the longest lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes! By the end of it all, I guess they probably knew everything about me except the size of my underwear.
Save a few distant recollections of terrible stomach cramps, I don’t have any memory of my journey back home from the interview. It took about 14 hours of sleep, starting later that night, to regain my lost senses.
But hey, who said good jobs come easy?