I have been asked the Amazon story a bit, so here goes. ( I have added the interview questions at the end ).
It started with one lazy Friday evening. I was busy with work ( including 3 chat windows over Facebook and Gmail ). I got a call from some consultancy services asking whether I would be interested in a job. Not with Amazon, but some unheard of company. Obviously i wasn’t interested, but then asked the person to drop me a mail. I decided to forward it to friends who might be interested. 30 minutes had passed and no mails in my inbox. I got bored, so opened up spam. There among the top 10 mails was one by Amazon. But this was for a opening in Chennai team, and i was simply not interested. I junked it and was about to go to inbox.
Something in me prompted to search spam for other job related mails maybe. I searched career in my spam, and got another mail from Amazon in the results. I opened it, and the first word that i could comprehend was Pricing. It caught my attention, and i read through the mail. It was for an opening in the pricing team based in USA, and expanding to Bangalore. Seemed like an heavenly match for me. But i felt that as it was in spam, it was probably fake. But i went ahead and replied.
Its a new start once again. I have come a long way from where i thought i would be in middle of August. To think of it, i would not have dreamed remotely of being here and now 6 months back. But that is why i believe in Destiny. An analogy of Destiny that comes to mind is Air. It is omnipresent, and yet we don’t really feel it. Its only when it becomes turbulent that we realise that destiny can blow us to any path it wants.
“Are you kidding me?” This is the reaction to the events of past few days. I dont really know, what i have done. I needed to make a decision, and i had made it over the past 2 months. And yet at the last moment, i changed it. In just a split second. All through June i had been thinking, should i go for MBA at MDI Gurgaon, or go for a job.
The thing was before coming here, even till a day before, i was to join, i had decided in favour of MDI. The logic was that even after such a CAT fiasco, i had got admission to MBA. It wasnt the best college for finance, but i could make a compromise, and work hard, and get into finance and move up from there. And i would not have to spend time here and there, looking for a financial job off campus. But somehow, the decision was still hard and uneasy.
Well giving an interview, when you know it could be the most important one for you, sure is tough. To add to it, having the last interview is even weirder. You are surrounded by sea of emotions. So was the case with me, the last interview and quite an important one too (if not the most important yet). There were 2 people a Lady Prof (LP) and Male Prof (MP), and of course me.
I entered the room, and was asked to sit down. Said the thanks, and sat down.
MP: So how are you feeling? How are you feeling about having the last interview?
Me: Obviously it increases anxiety. People come out and give you so many opinions, insights etc. You get anxious what’s going to happen every moment.
Well its been a really amazing few days. I was out for a trip, and the CAT results, after being delayed for 2 months or so finally came up. I really was unsure of what to expect. I was scared of results being unfair. And everything about CAT that has scared me, comes true. This has truly been the Indian Institute of Mis-Management’s (IIMs) biggest blunder ever, supported fully by Prometric.
Right from buying the CAT voucher by going to a bank. ( This should have been online rather ). Then the totally crazy website to fill up your data, designed by people who have previously never designed a single HTML page i guess. The whole madness of buying new vouchers, filling up data, messing it up, new voucher and so on. Then the form filling got extended to cover up the madness. This was the starting signs of what is to come. Then the exam days turned disastrous. Papers canceling, Technical Glitches, Cheating, Computer shutdowns and hangs. Everything that could go wrong with CAT did.
Its funny to have a life full of ups and down. It can be traumatic too. And the twists and turns, the play of destiny, the factor of LUCK all play their part. Just wanted to rethink my experience. So started writing about it. The priority list for me was CAT, placements, and passing.
I had registered to take CAT on 29th Nov. But then that sudden feeling at the last moment of giving the exam in the morning slot. I had decided to take it on 30th. I got it changed, which changed my test site code. That was in September. As luck would have it, one of the companies i was interested in appearing was Future First. And it would be taking its written on the eve of my CAT exam ( 29th/nov evening ) . I choose to focus on CAT and not appear for the test. My CAT as this new test site got canceled. So i lost the CAT and the company, which was quite frustrating.
Before it even started, it felt like a scary night. It was the not the first time i would be facing this person Mr.X, but then i shiver thinking of him. Today was the day of my BTP presentation. The BEE TEE PEE or the Bachelor Thesis Project. Yeah we are all Bachelors, but then does this warrant a thesis?
Anyhow so i was working under my guide Mr.Y . He seemed to me as a genuine person, and i banked on him to help me out of the issue. I had worked decently, and i had showed him my report too. So before me there was another guy giving a presentation. And he had it coming his way, as he had copied everything. X gave it to him, and gave it hard. Y joined in. They almost called the security. X was shaking with anger. Y had said get lost.
It was the summer of 2003. I was in Class 10th that year. And perhaps it was one of the most beautiful summers i have ever had. There are a lot of sweet memories associated with that time. One of them was this song. I and a friend of mine used to like and listen to it a lot. I havent forgotten it, and have been listening to it lately. The best part of the song is the lyrics. There is something so captivating about the words, i cant stop thinking about them.
Here’s the song:
Well its been a long time. And it has been, kind of tough too. I just started work. Work, for the first time in my whole 20 years life. And to be really frank it has not been so good. I just expected it to be a cakewalk. After all, after PintOS and Networks and Compiler Labs what more harder things could there be. But i have been proved wrong. And in a thumping manner.
Initially, after getting here i was very tense about how i will manage. And i took some wrong decisions, which cost me mentally and financially. But right now, things have stabilised. I am living much better and peacefully. So more about work then. The first day, Continue reading
Well the last week has been crushing and the next week seems to be even more so. This is after all the EXAM time, that point where all disasters seem to converge into a one week period. For those who have never opened the books or visited the classrooms, its like living an entire 2 months in a single week.
To add to this, the professors seem to find extreme pleasure in piling up the load just days before the finals. They seem to remember all the sundry exams that need to be taken, all the assignments that should be done, and all the reports that have to be submitted. All this, appears as if to be forgotten for most part of the semester, and suddenly appear like a giant baseball bat running after you to knock you down.