The Grateful and The Ignorant

April 18, 2015

Last week, we were interviewing people for some position in the office. We always do a back to back interview in one batch, unless it's a director position, then we'll take a more personal approach.

Anyway, of course there's all kind of people with their own characters and personalities. And we usually know either we want to hire them or not within the first 5 minutes. There were many times when I told them straight away at the end of the interview that there won't be a follow up. I did it to save my time and their time and energy. And I don't have to feel bad because they won't leave the office with a false hope.

To my surprise, one of the interviewees last week has disability. He had physical disability as well as problems in speaking where he spoke in garbled manner, which is hard to understand what he was saying word per word. On paper, his experiences look really good, which is why we invited him for an interview. I couldn't help but wonder whether he was born like that or is it something that happened recently. Either way, his accomplishment is amazing. Not once he mentioned about his limitation, making it an excuse. He didn't even see the need to explain himself. With him, it's all business. He was also full of life, excited to take on more challenges and shared his past experiences with pride.

On the other hand, the next interview was this young woman who looked promising on paper. She get both her bachelor and master overseas and just started a new job but already looking for another opportunity because she wants something...err...closer from her house. And her current office is not too far from Kemang. She doesn't know anything about Female Daily and she asked how multitasking is her job gonna be and did/said other interview mishaps. Argghh, I was done after the first 5 minutes. It's just so sad when people have all the privileges but they don't use it to their advantage. And worse, they have this deep sense of self entitlement even before proving their worth.

So there, two very different individuals. One of them is grateful to be given the opportunity to live by doing more. The other one just seems to take things for granted.

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