This happens in most Indian families — when someone is going for a job interview, all members assemble in the living hall to greet the individual and wish him luck. My cousin hates the rituals. He reported feeling more nervous afterwards.
About my brother I would say, he is a boisterous being; has faced many interviews but could never make it to the other side. But failures failed to put a dent on his spirit. Once after a few vodka shots, I finally mustered up the courage to ask him what’s wrong. Why in spite of owning comprehensive knowledge and needed skill set, he couldn’t crack the nut. In reply, he repeated words once uttered by Sir Thomas Edison, “ I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
You won’t believe what he does now. He has set up a recruitment agency and is using the wisdom earned from vast experiences– to help aspiring candidates find decent jobs.
After facing interviews and failures in equal proportions, he eventually found the right answers.
Also each question, which was thrown at him in the course of those grilling rounds– he has recorded it in a notebook. During our last outing, he said, “Shady, 95% organisations have the same set of questions or plagiarised versions. Ha ha. That’s the flaw I am simply cashing on. Using it to earn bread, butter and beer .”
He still goes out to face interviews—not with the hope of getting a job– but just to make sure the questions have not been changed.