This is all about an interview conducted for the position of Content Writer at XXXXX Datamatics located in Taramani Chennai. Please excuse me if I sound rude. I attended an interview for the position mentioned above last week. As much as I hate to admit, it was the worst humiliation I was subjected to. The HR asked for a briefing of my profile. She was absolutely wonderful and professional. After that I was put on to a briefing with the senior Manager (Ms YYYYY) who proved to be absolutely unprofessional and prejudiced. I'm an experienced candidate with 6+ years of service in the industry. While taking her through my profile, she elaborated the JD. She was constantly probing about my personal life and kept insisting "This is blessed place where girls get married once they join the organization. So longetivity is questionable". On top of that she violated the Code of conduct. When asked about my expected CTC, I said I expect 6.5 P. . SHE STARTED NEGOTIATING THE PACKAGE EVEN BEFORE I WAS PUT TO ANY BASIC TEST REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION. Then I was made to wait for about 30 min left in the dark. Firstly, how could Senior Manager is supposed to discuss someone's personal life? Salary? The worst of all is what happened next. While I was waiting at the reception, the security called out my name and told me all blunt, "They asked you to leave".

Any professional is not deserved to be humiliated or treated so mean. They called me wasting half a day even without conducting the basic test and just humiliating me. I really wish to sue that Senior Manager and I don't care about giving out her name. I might be looking out for a job, but people like me cannot be taken for granted. She doesn't even possess an affluent communication. I post this right here coz I don't want any other candidate to go through what I've been through. If someone is looking out for a decent career and save their self respect please don't accept any call from XXXXX DATAMATICS for an INTERVIEW.

From India, Chennai

What has happened with you is unfortunate. Let us do the analysis of the event.

The incident is nothing but the reflection of the company's culture. The company appears to be following culture of bygone era. Gone were the days when job candidates were desperately looking for the job. Now it is the candidates' the market. Getting right skilled person is very difficult. Against this backdrop companies need to strive for the maintaining the brand image in the job market. However, the owners of the company are yet to have epiphany of the current job market scenario and they are following a culture that is out of sync with the 21st century.

Partially the problem is also with the interviewer. It appears that she has not been trained on interview handling skills. Job interview is not just asking question and testing the candidate's knowledge or skill but giving him/her complete feel of the environment that prevails in the company. This company could be from SME category. In the SMEs, many times employees are rewarded for the length of their stay and not necessarily because of their professionalism. Since these people earn trust of their "boss", they also try becoming de facto boss.

In the midst of the interview, two things you could have done. One is when she started asking questions about plans for getting married, you could have told, you were confident of doing value addition during your stay that would outweigh your absence. Therefore, this cannot be major concern as such.

Secondly, when she started negotiating about the salary, you could have told politely, let us defer this discussion for the future rounds. It is too early to discuss these things at this stage.

Lastly, about suing the senior manager who conducted your interview. I can understand that you are flared up because you have got short end of the stick. However, my suggestion is to ignore the incident and move on. Life is made up of good as well as bad events. Everything cannot be good and everything cannot be bad. As far litigation is concerned, you need to have sufficient evidence. Did you do audio recording of the interview? Without evidence, how will you proceed? Even with evidence also, this incident does not worth investing time and money in the litigation.

At best, you may write letter to the MD of the company for the unfair treatment that was meted out to you. However, please be professional in your writing. While you have blamed the interviewer for not possessing "affluent communication", your English also needs improvement. It is better to refer dictionary and verify the correct usage of the words.

All the best!

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

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