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The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
As if governed by some law, in every class you attend there are invariably a few smart ones. They dominate every class, outshine in every exam, and have the rest lapping their notes and the experiences they share leave everyone else in awe!
There especially was a guy called R who stood out in the management school I went to. He was a loner, man of few words, with a dignified air around him.
Immaculate corporate dressing combined with the work experience he came with, earned him the nickname of CEO.
Lucky were the ones who got the chance to be assigned to his group for projects, for we had little to do but follow instructions from the CEO and yes-good grades were guaranteed. He just had a sense of how things worked. He was GOD.
It was finally time for campus placement. The campus was abuzz with excitement and we were all very sure that by the end of the placement drive, CEO would have multiple job offers. So much so we even took tips from him about facing the interviews.
Day one lead to day two and finally even the supposedly not so bright ones got their job offers. The CEO had by then stopped going for interviews. He told us that he was planning to start a company on his own and the job offers were not of his caliber.
Time moved on, and I was almost a year old in my job as a recruiter. My first few placements for my company had gone well and I was on a professional high.
The company was growing; the marketing chief needed a bigger team.
After the initial screening the selected few were sent to us, the marketing manager and me for the final interview.
It took me a few minutes to recognize our CEO, and I will never know who looked more shocked him or me. The rest of the interview was a haze at least for me, just a job that I had to complete.
He had a string of short-lived jobs to his credit.
The job offer was never made. I guess he had made up his mind not to fit in. We talk about him at reunions. He never attends any!
That interview is something I never talk about and I know I never will.
I have done various recruitments after that, but it stands out as the most painful interview I ever had to take.
What are the right ingredients to be successful I guess no Business school can teach!