A man appears for an interview in a start-up company and the conversation begins:
Interviewer: Vishwas, what is your area of expertise?
Vishwas: Sir, I have no expertise, but my strength lies in handling anything and everything. If I’m hired in one department, I’m flexible enough to move to another and manage the work with same ease.
Interviewer: Oh, I see. You seem to be a multi talented person. How do you manage that?
Vishwas: Thank you Sir. I don’t do it myself; I get it done by people.
Interviewer: That’s great. How do you do that?
Vishwas: I diplomatically handle situations, politically deal with peers and flatter my superiors. I also crack idiotic jokes to grab attention and disclose internal plans of the company with subordinates to win their respect. I know all the tricks “To win friends and influence people.” That is all I can do.
Interviewer: Wonderful! Since we are a start-up, we are looking for such people who are flexible enough. As you have come through Mr. Arora’s reference, I don’t have to ask much.
He continues, “Initially, you will be joining as the Manager in Operations. If it doesn’t suit you, let us know and we can move you to Marketing. You have all the scope to try your luck and keep on experimenting. You can also be promoted as the Head of a department by next year, if you keep justifying your salary as you’ll be on a higher package than other Managers. Wish you all the best.”
Vishwas gets scandalized with the kind of proposal.
Vishwas: Thank you Sir.
(To himself: What a bunch of fools, who’ll reward me for zero skills. That’s the benefit of being vocal. Thanks to such start ups. Who would want to quit such a company?)
Moral of the story:
- Don’t work, flatter.
- Have strong references, a strong resume is an outdated thing.
- Be friendly with important people at the top level like your immediate supervisor, HR or whoever will be of benefit. Hang out with them often.
Coming to the Deserving Ones
Poor people; they slog day and night, but neither do they show off nor do they flatter their bosses thus, they lag behind. They silently mind their own businesses, do their tasks with utmost sincerity and dedication, and still lose the race in the corporate world that have undefined set of structure. They join the company with high hopes, feel as an integral part of the organization and later on they leave with utter dissatisfaction.
**Between the lines – All those genuinely working people, you are saluted. Keep up the good work as in the end it’s you who are the masters of knowledge and expertise. It’s better to be learned than being the slave of a few. Live with pride and dignity.
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