Well It was long since I played a prank. Also Abu(my colleague) was due for a prank.He just joined 1 month back and didnt know much about the policies in our company …Last friday thought of playing a prank on him. I just wanted to have him ph interview a fake person, who can give him a tough time… I started making the base by telling him that he ll need to interview someone and I would pass him the resume of the person. I also asked him as to what kind of questions he would ask and he was like ” I dont ask technical questions, I mainly look for the aptitude of the candidate.” . I was like “ok …lets see” …
Last Friday I asked Ajit(another colleague) , if he knows someone who can be that ph interview candidate.. He was like ” what ph interview?? ..Lets have onsite interview :p” …I was like “wow ..:D” …It was 5:30 pm on Friday ..We decided to do it on Friday itself …We had very less time since interview was supposed to be at 6pm …Abu has already lost faith in me coz of my other pranks , so I couldn’t ask him for the interview …
We decided to ask a senior person to ask Abu for the interview on the pretext that he had some emergency.
At 5:35 pm
Senior person : Abu, we need you to do an interview. Would it be possible for you to fill in at 6pm (another interviewer could not make it). His name is Manoj Garg . It is for a senior position. Take someone along with you, such as Shweta or Mona. He will be in Gilligan conf room.
Abu : ok
Abu told me about the same on messenger ..In the mean time Ajit/Piyush arranged for the interview candidate from our company itself.
At 5:49 pm
Shweta (4/21/2006 5:49:12 PM): ok I can come
Abu (4/21/2006 5:49:22 PM): thanks
Shweta(4/21/2006 5:49:33 PM): Wat position is it?
Abu (4/21/2006 5:49:51 PM): senior pos
Shweta(4/21/2006 5:50:12 PM): ok
Abu (4/21/2006 5:51:01 PM): tryin to get the resume of the candidate
Shweta (4/21/2006 5:51:46 PM): ok
In the mean time, I asked the senior person not to give him the resume
Shweta(4/21/2006 5:54:08 PM): wen do we hav to go?
Abu (4/21/2006 5:54:20 PM): See if he is a good fit for Y!. I’ll try to get a resume; if not, then wing it.
Abu(4/21/2006 5:54:23 PM): gicve me some fundas
Shweta(4/21/2006 5:54:45 PM): ask some technical questions
Abu (4/21/2006 5:56:11 PM): can u lead pls?
Shweta(4/21/2006 5:56:33 PM): no man
Shweta (4/21/2006 5:56:43 PM): its to train new ppl on it
Abu (4/21/2006 5:56:51 PM): really?
Abu (4/21/2006 5:56:58 PM): at such short notice?
at 5:57 pm , I got msg from Ajit that candidate has arrived in giligan conf room
Shweta : Abu , lets go
Shweta : Wats this man , interview on Friday ..that too at 6 pm ..Not good
Abu : Ya , I knw
Abu : Can you pls give me some fundas?
Shweta : U ll be fine … (I was thinking.. he looks for aptitude ..Y he needs fundas then ?? )
On the way to conf room , we met Ajit and he asked ” where r u going ,ppl?” n we were like ” interview man n that too on Friday evening ”
At 6 pm we entered the conf room and the candidate was already there …
Candidate : Hello ..
Abu : So how r u dloing ..How is it going so far
Candidate : It was fine..
* Candidate dint know that it was Senior position
Abu : So for how long u have been working
Candidate : I am a fresher
Shweta : ( Shit ) ..I winked at him ..We were told that its a senior position.
Candidate (Smartly ) ..Oh yes , actually I have worked for 3 yrs in India in Oracle…
Abu : cool
* Now our smart candidate started bombarding Mr Abu with all his questions
Candidate : I m so confused ..I dun know wat i ll be working here ( as if he has got the offer already)
Candidate : So wat kinda work you do here??
Candidate : For how long you have been here?
Abu : Jus joined 2 months back
Candidate : Where were u working before
Abu : xyz
Candidate : Y did you leave xyz? .Its such s good company
Abu : some personal reasons
Candidate : (Just trying to irritate Abu ) ..But y did you leave ur previous company ..I were in your place I wouldnt have left the company
Candidate : They pay so well ..Still u left the company??
Abu : Well I like it here a lot ..Ppl are so full of energy …Good team ..Nice work
Candidate : Still , y did you leave your previous company ..Its such a good company …
Candidate : Btw which part of india u r from ?
Abu : south India
Candidate : Which state?
Abu: (Lit iiritated) Andhra Pradesh , if that helps
Candidate : So wat do u do you in the evenings …Its k if you dun wana tell
Abu : I party every night
Candidate : What else do u do here? Its k if you dun wana tell .. I mean do u have some extra curricular activities also here
Abu : (Looking at me ) Do we have some?? ..Ya we have blah n blah
Candidate : Wat do yo do over the weekends
Abu : clubbing n all
Candidate : Where
Abu : City
Candidate : Which City
Abu : (Lit more irritated) SFo .I think thats the only city we have near by
Candidate : No, I mean we have some good clubs in san jose downtown also
Candidate : So what do you like here the most?
Abu : Good team …Variety of work ..Ppl are intelligent and helpful ..Blah Blah
Shweta : Abu, lets ask some technical questions
Candidate : (Started irritaing him again) ..I am so confused , I dont know what I ll be working on .. I have worked only on databases ad there is not much database work here
Abu : So from where did you do ur grad studies?
Candidate : Cornell..And u ?
(Abu still dint have the resume of the person)
Abu : Stanford..So which dept u were in …
Candidate : Comp sc
Candidate : I m still confused .Y did u leave youe previous company…Its such a good company
Abu : Given a list of numbers, find the minimum number ..What would be the running time
Candidate : So what kinda solution u want
Abu : (Pretty irritated by now) ..What kinda solution u have
Candidate : I have all kinda solution ..Worst case , best case , Avg
Abu : Give the best case
Candidate : n square
Abu : How
Candidate : Just sort the numbers n get the minimum
Abu : Y sorting?
Candidate: Its simple….
Abu : Which sorting algo u r using?
Candidate : What kinda sorting algo u want ..I can use anything
Abu : Which sorting algo u wana use
Candidate : I ll love to use the sorting algo tha u want me to use
Candidate : So which sorting also u want me to use?
Abu : (Now frustation was showing up on his face) Which one do you will be the best sorting algo
Candidate : Well , that depends on the application ..So what kinda application do you have.. I am still confused ..What kind of work will I be doing here?
Abu : (Well u wont be hired) ..Tell me the name of some sorting algos
Candidates : Quick sort , merge sort
Abu : Whats the running time for quick sort
Candidate n square …
Abu : Wat??
Candidate : But u have to tell me whether u want worst case , best case , Avg case :p
Abu : Wats the best case
Candidate : That depends on the pivot ..So where is the pivot ..It also depends on the applications..So what kinda application do you have here ..I am still confused as to what I ll be working on
Abu : ( Frustated like anything ) Can you do better than n square
Candidate : No , I cant ..I am very tired…Can you
Abu : Ya .. Take the first number and compare it with …… blah blah ..So running time will be order of “N”.
Candidate : Cool
Abu ( In a frustated voice ) Shweta, I m done . ..Do u have any questions?
Shweta: No , I dun have any questions…Since we have 10 more minutes ,so you can ask few more questions
Abu : No, I m done asking the questions :X
Candidate: BTW how did I do in the inteview..I m still confused as to what I ll b working on
Abu he had rejected him long time back) We ll get back you ..It was nice talking to u ..
Candidate: Thanks ..same here
In the mean time I gave a missed call to Ajit
At 6:35 pm ..Ajit came outside the conf room with whole gang of ppl..As we came out of the room ..Everybody started laughing at Abu ( MTV Bakra) ….He couldnt understand anything …Then Mr Candidate showed his employee badge and Mr Abu was like ” aaaaaaaarg” ….
Candidate : I hope u dint mind it ..I was given a very short notice else I could have done better
Abu : No man , its k …Btw r u indeed from Cornell ??
Candidate: No man..I am from Stony brook
All of us laughed like anything …
Well Abu is a very sporty guy who took the whole thing very nicely ..Kudos to him