Job rejection is always hard to take but here we tell you how to cope with it and keep your head held high. Article by Antal International
A Facebook reject went on to sign a $19 billion deal with the company that once did not consider him worth employing… This story about WhatsApp founder Brian Acton is fast becoming the stuff of legend. However, equally interesting is what Acton posted online in the year 2009 once he was told he wasn’t getting the job – “Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.”
Hey, even Twitter didn’t think Acton had what it takes. “Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute,” is what he had posted on his, ahem, Twitter account after getting to know of the rejection.
As a recruiter, it’s these two sentences by Acton that have really caught my attention in the entire ‘WhatsApp sold to FB” saga. If only our candidates reacted so positively when informed that they were not considered a suitable fit in the companies we had helped them contact for job change. While the more positive ones shrug and move on with a “It’s their loss if they are not hiring a talent… I was doing well in my current company and another new company has recognised my talent,” more often than not I’m faced with reactions like “How is that possible? I had an hour long interview with the CEO? Was I being led along for the last 6 months only to be rejected now?” Oh yes, I have had one of these too. Worse, he insisted on speaking directly to the MD about his rejection, only to earn himself a black mark.
To be fair, rejections are sad news, especially in these lean times, what with the Indian economy in doldrums. But it is especially in times as these when candidates need to be more positive about rejections. For, when the economy is in a bad shape, companies tend to be very conservative in hiring and one may not get selected for minor points that work against him. For instance, the candidate I was talking about earlier was rejected because, according to the hiring heads at the major pharma company that rejected him, he did not display “energy”. Their exact words to me were, “The role we were interviewing him for requires one to display energy and aggression, which during our interaction with him we felt was lacking.” Now, they did not understand that the candidate having cleared up to 7 rounds for a role he really aspired for, was understandably nervous and maybe just slightly subdued. Does that make him a bad candidate? Not at all. The hiring heads can also be excused for misconstruing his nervousness as lack of energy and aggression.
However, it is very important for candidates to not take a rejection as the end of the world. For that may force them to take wrong decisions. And this also comes from experience. In fact, even as we speak I’m dealing with a candidate, who is aggressively looking for a job as his current firm is downsizing. Now, having been rejected in an interview, this particular candidate seems to be losing hope. If we are not careful he may end up accepting positions in minor firms which will give his entire career graph a negative turn.
Therefore, my advice to jobseekers in today’s times: a rejection does not mean you are a hopeless candidate, it just indicates that you may not be the right fit for a particular role or company. Similarly, HR heads agree that judging a candidate in even an hour’s worth interview is tough. So, when faced with a rejection slip, sit back and review. Always go back to your recruitment consultant to discuss what went wrong because HR heads are able to explain freely to consultants the reason for rejecting a candidate. Even this can be illustrated with an example.
My recruitment consultants were dealing with a candidate who had applied for the senior manager position at the multinational company. Unfortunately he was rejected in the final round and was understandably upset about it. My recruitment consultant, after having a detailed talk with the hiring manager discovered that the candidate was seen as lacking on the commercial aspect. It took a little convincing but in the end, the candidate took the entire episode on the chin as learning experience and went on to have better interactions after some training in these aspects.
So, take time out to iron out the wrinkles and go to the next interview with your head held high and a confident smile.
Antal International Lucknow
The last gentleman of what used to be gentlemen’s game exhibited his skills for possibly the last time today.
Why is Sachin Tendulkar loved all over by the people is not hard to fathom. He embodies the qualities everyone wants to see in his child. He has been a hardworking, honest man dedicated to his extended family not just his wife and kids, who scripted a rags to riches story through sheer grit, determination and dedication to his chosen vocation. Sachin never looked for shortcuts, did not let success go to his head, kept his mouth shut in an era when thanks to TV and social media everyone thinks his/her opinion matters to others and must be expressed. He came at a time when India was worried about who after Gavaskar?
He embodies the qualities everyone wants to see in his child. He has been a hardworking, honest man dedicated to his extended family not just his wife and kids, who scripted a rags to riches story through sheer grit, determination and dedication to his chosen vocation.
Sunil Gavaskar was the original Little Master who silenced the West Indian quickies, gave it back to the Australians and told a generation of Indians that it was time to stop confusing timidity with politeness and to stand up to the world. In case of Sachin it was the bat that did all the talking. He was core to the renaissance in Indian cricket which culminated with the World Cup and Champion Trophy titles. His greatness lay in the fact that he was ready to sacrifice for the good of the game and country. It could be something as small as giving up shots which were getting him out to now his place in the Indian team. Sachin even did not hesitate in giving up captaincy, whether it be the Indian cricket team or the Mumbai Indians, as he felt there were others who could do a better job. As Sharad Pawar has revealed, Indian capitancy was his for asking for a second time but he recommended MS Dhoni.
His records may be broken but just like there will never be another Lata or Kishore, cricket fields around the world will not see another Sachin for whom the game was a passion and not a means of livelihood. If wishes were horses then the fairytale ending to the Sachin saga would be to see him come out of retirement in 2017 and be part of the Indian team that wins the Test World cup in 2017. May be the God above will make true this wish for God of Cricket. Adieu Sachin. We wait for your next avatar.
Adieu Sachin. We wait for your next avatar.
by RITU MAHENDRU, 15.11.2013 | Kabul
With just under a week before the final list of candidates for the spring elections is expected to be announced, no one is asking how the political power relations in the country would be managed – a timely and relevant question in the context of current efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
It is forecasted that Afghanistan will face major security and development challenges once the full responsibility for security is handed over to the Afghan National Security forces by the end of 2014. There are a number of challenges that threaten peace and stability in the country. Most important factors that have caused insecurity and instability are primarily growing presence of Taliban, dependence on illicit poppy cultivation, weak institutions that also relates to lack of economic opportunities as well as ‘poor governance’.
The governance structures in Afghanistan are complex. Thomas Barefield in his book argues that to examine the changing notions of power and political legitimacy in Afghanistan, it is important to decipher how the political structures are historically relevant and established, how power and elites function at the village and district levels, and how this links with higher level political and geographical structures.
Just to illustrate an example of Ghor Province, located in Central Afghanistan in the North West, is considered one of the most insecure places in the country. The province has more than three governments reports Obaid Ali of Afghan Analyst Network. The local people often face austerity at the hands of informal structures. Existing social order influence the ways in which public services are accessed and delivered; and the political and social conflict allows itself to preserve legitimacy and authority over Ghor.
Indeed, in the absence of an alternative formal recognised political structure at grassroots level, such growing desire for power tends to threaten and disrupt society as a whole through which a certain degree of legitimacy is gained. With such complex informal governance environment, protection of certain tribal groups do not comes easy. Negotiation with local power-holders in exchange of social and economic obligations and services is currency to stable governance – a passive stability.
So how do we deal with such complexities, which are relationship based and decentralised partially reflecting country’s complex history of state-society relations on the basis of which regional power holders have legitimatised their position as warlords, drug dealers etc
A common thread between different arguments is addressing the behaviour of local power holders (formal and informal) at different levels that pave its way to a more absolutist state with its support from militias and little administrative penetration. The presence of multiple power holders that operate in districts and villages across the country has caused a major challenge in promoting governance and development.
More recently, the two Afghan government ministries responsible for governance and rural development in the country came together and drafted the “Policy for Improving Governance and Development in Districts and Villages” in order to promote equity, fairness and justice. With this policy, yet to be approved by the Office of Administrative Affairs, local District Coordination Councils (DCCs) will be formed across the country as councils at the district level and will be recognised as formal government bodies.
However, equitable participation and representation of women, fair election process, appropriate funding as well as implementation of Afghan led priorities and agenda will remain some of the key challenges in terms of implementation of this policy.
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Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh’s version of the Bob Marley classic No Woman, No Cry, protesting the ban on women driving in the kingdom has become an internet sensation.
Fageeh’s satirical version of the song, which has been watched almost 3 million times, includes lines such as “ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies”.
“I’m an artist and social activist. I don’t really listen to music, but while studying in the US I heard this song by this Jamaican guy that caught my attention. I decided to do my own rendition; with lyrics relevant to my culture,” he states in the beginning of the video.
Whilst no specific law bans women from driving in the country, women are simply not issued licenses. Online activists at first has planned a global “drive-in” on last Saturday, but cancelled the campaign after threats from the government; instead an open-ended campaign was declared. Some 60 women braved and sat behind the wheel according to the activists.
For years, women have been asking the same question: Why a ban when it is legally allowed to drive? And what is the punishment if someone defies this unsaid rule?About 17,000 people signed a petition calling either for women to be allowed to drive or for an explanation of why the prohibition should remain in force.
This is not the first time women have come out to exercise their natural right of driving. In 1990, some women first defied the “no-driving” rule. It is not just about driving. Saudi Arabia also forbids women from travelling abroad, opening a bank account or working without permission from a male relative.
Despite India’s cabinet withdrawing an ordinance aimed at protecting convicted politicians, the country still has a long way to go before extinguishing corruption completely within Parliament. Dina Patel investigates
In 2005, 85-year–old advocate Lily Thomas, filed a petition that disallowed convicted MPs and MLAs from holding office from the date of conviction. This applied only to MPs and MLAs whose criminal offenses are punishable with imprisonment of two years or more.
The provision Ms Thomas was fighting against, section 8(4) of the RP Act, allowed a convicted MP/MLA to file an appeal or revision within three months from the date of their sentencing. This allows the MP/MLA to stay in office until the appeal or revision is disposed. In July 2013, Fali Nariman, senior advocate to the Supreme Court, argued the case for Ms Thomas and finally the provision was struck out by the Supreme Court (SC).
However, only two months after the SC ruling, the Union Cabinet cleared an ordinance in an attempt to invalidate the court’s judgement. Ms Sowmya Kidambi, Director at Society for Social Audit, Accountability & Transparency (SSAAT, AP), Andhra Pradesh commented: “There was justified anger and indignation when the Indian cabinet took a decision to pass an ordinance providing protection against disqualification to Parliamentarians convicted by a court. The ruling party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi called the ordinance “utter nonsense”, and the ordinance seems to have received the burial it deserved.”
Corrupt governance has always plagued India but it wasn’t until 2009 when data compiled after the last general election, by National Election Watch (NEW) and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), was released stating that the situation is indeed severe. The reports were collected from all 28 States and seven Union Territories during the Lok Sabha 2009 elections in India. In a meeting held in Delhi prior to these elections, it was decided to formally launch a campaign called National Election Watch (NEW) for bringing together all the state election watch groups.
NEW is now a nationwide campaign comprising of more than 1200 organisations working on electoral reforms and improving democracy and governance in India. It was the first time that criminal and financial information was available from the affidavits of contestants for two consecutive Lok Sabha elections. This allowed comparison between the 2004 and 2009 elections.
According to the data, of the 7810 candidates analysed by NEW , who contested Lok Sabha 2009 elections, 1158 candidates declared pending criminal cases against them. Out of these 1158 candidates, 608 had pending serious criminal cases such as murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery and extortion whilst 395 candidates with pending criminal cases against them were from the four main political parties, Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP).
According to Kidambi convictions are only the tip of the iceberg: “For the three Members of Parliament being disqualified now, there are many more facing trial with serious charges against them. 30% of the MPs in the Lok Sabha have pending criminal cases against them (162 of 543).”
Kidambi argues the convicted politicians can only be controlled through the actions of active citizen groups: “Active citizens groups are now demanding that political parties that field candidates with criminal charges pending against them will have to vouch for their innocence. These kinds of demands from political parties might be the beginning of a basket of measures that are needed for cleaner politics and a healthy nation.”
Meanwhile, India has announced warm-up elections for the world’s biggest election which will be held next year. Throughout November and December, there will be state elections in five states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Mizoram. These elections will kick start from November 11. In the November polls, voters will choose members to sit in state assemblies. However, there is a larger prize at stake: history suggests that the results are likely to indicate the results of general elections in those states, which together account for 73 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha or the lower house of Indian Parliament
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We all know tiffin, tofu and teriyaki, but what about the more unexpected words that have come out of Asia? This week, our resident word-lover Jonathan Galton discusses the story of Orange
There is a grand tradition of naming food products after places. Think of Cheddar cheese. Think of Danish pastries. Think, for that matter, of Parma ham. There’s no guarantee that the name corresponds to the food’s place of origin - what we call a turkey, the Portuguese call a peru, which is only marginally closer to the fowl’s actual ancestral home in North America. It should therefore not come as a complete shock that in many languages an orange is referred to as a “Portugal” – take the Greek portokali, for example, or the Arabic burtuqal. Oranges don’t come from Portugal, as it happens, but it was predominantly Portuguese traders who brought sweet oranges (probably from China) to Europe, and the name seems to have stuck.
No amount of etymological twisting and turning will get us from “Portugal” to “Orange” so for the main event we need to look back into history. Until the 16th century, the only oranges available in Europe were bitter oranges, first introduced by the Crusaders with their Arabic name tag – naranj – intact. This word is still used in Arabic, but only to refer to bitter oranges, and a similar usage in Greek has given rise to a preserve called nerantzi glyko. On an English breakfast table, meanwhile, bitter oranges are mostly likely to be encountered in the form of marmalade, typically made from a variety named after the Spanish city where it is cultivated: Seville.
Until the 16th century, the only oranges available in Europe were bitter oranges, first introduced by the Crusaders with their Arabic name tag – naranj – intact.
In Spanish, however, Seville oranges are called naranja amarga (bitter orange) and we can instantly recognise the Arabic origin of the first word, which is now used to refer to all oranges, bitter or sweet. The same is true in other south European languages, where havoc has been played with the initial “n” giving us the Portuguese laranja, Catalan taronja and Italian arancia. To understand what probably happened in Italian, here’s an experiment: say “una narancia” over and over again getting faster each time and what do you get? Un arancia, in my case. The same is thought to have happened in French, where une narange ultimately became une orange, the form in which (fanfare, please!) it passed into English in the 13th century.
But the story doesn’t end, or begin, with Arabic. Naranj, in fact, comes from the Persian narang, which in turn comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “orange tree”, thought ultimately to derive from a south Indian language. Indeed, in many Indian languages narangi, or similar, is still used for some varieties of orange, while santra is used for others. There is a delicious theory that santra may actually be a corruption of Sintra, a town in Portugal, but this is not widely supported and a good rule of thumb for a budding etymologist is that if it sounds that nice, it probably ain’t true. Perhapsthe Dutch and Germans have a better idea with sinaasappel and apfelsine respectively, both meaning “Chinese apple”. Likewise, in Puerto Rican Spanish, sweet oranges are simply called chinas, while Algerian dialects of Arabic use tchina.
And finally… in case you were wondering, the majority of the languages referenced here give the same word (or similar) to the colour as they do to the fruit. I’ll leave you to ponder that one.
Disclaimer: while the above is based on well-established theories of etymology, it should be noted that alternative theories exist for a number of the word origins described.
It has been nearly three years since we heard of Anni Dewani’s murder, which took place during her honeymoon with husband Shrien Dewani, and still the case remains open. Dina Patel investigates.
On 13 November 2010, Shrien and Anni Dewani were kidnapped at gunpoint in Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town. Western Cape police claimed that the couple’s driver was made to leave the car before two men drove off with the vehicle with both Mr and Mrs Dewani inside.
Whilst Mr Dewani, 30, was released unharmed, Anni’s body was found in the back seat of the car in Lingelethu West, with injuries to her head and chest.
On December 7 2010, the Dewani’s taxi driver – Zola Tongo – claimed he was offered 15,000 rand by Mr Dewani to kill his wife and was jailed for 18 years for his part in the killing. Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence.
Shortly after Mr Qwabe’s sentencing, a third suspect, 26 year old Mr Mngeni, was also convicted of firing the shot which killed Mrs Dewani and was sentenced to life in prison.
Mr Dewani was arrested on December 8 on suspicion of conspiring to murder his wife. Since the arrest, Anni’s family has pleaded for Mr Dewani not to resist extradition to South Africa and to clear his name if he is innocent.
Unfortunately for those seeking answers, Mr Dewani’s extradition was delayed in February 2011.
In April 2011, Mr Dewani was moved to Bristol’s Fromeside Clinic, a medium secure NHS hospital where he was under supervision 24 hours a day. For the next couple of months, Mr Dewani avoided extradition due to his illness.
Meanwhile, Mrs Dewani’s family handed a petition to the Home Office to call on the home secretary, Theresa May, to grant the South African government’s request to extradite Mr Dewani to South Africa to stand trial. An order was signed by Theresa May on 26 September 2011.
Over the next few months however, the extradition of Mr Dewani was further delayed on the grounds of his mental health. Mr Dewani’s lawyers have been avoiding a trial in South Africa and have said they will launch a bid to take his case to the Supreme Court.
The most recent news on the case came in the form of a BBC documentary aired last month. The BBC Panorama documentary suggests the shooting could have happened by mistake during a struggle and has since raised doubts over South Africa’s investigation into Anni’s murder.
Mrs Dewani’s family have since formally complained to the BBC about the programme, claiming any attempt to cast doubt on the case against Mr Dewani will only undermine an impending trial.
Anni’s uncle, Mr Ashok Hindocha, argued: “This should be a case for the legal process in South Africa and we cannot see why the BBC has declared itself as judge and jury without allowing us to contribute to the debate. We would like a right of reply on the programme on what your ‘verdict’ is.”
With the constant delays, Shrien Dewani’s lawyers are now planning to ask the Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with a prosecution to limit further delays. This will take place on 22 October, nearing the third anniversary of Anni Dewani’s murder.
If brain power is a nation’s asset then right now India’s balance sheet is loaded with NPAs. The public utterances of two leaders from different fields reveal the intellectual deficit at the top which is among the reasons why India’s sorry state today. The gentlemen being referred to here are India’s petroleum and natural gas minister Veerappa Moily and former chief of Indian Army, General VK Singh. One is from North and the other from the South, so the sample effectively reflects India. Both have been shooting and scooting, going against the adage that it is better to keep quiet and let others question your intellectual capabilities rather than prove them right by opening your mouth.
Moily has been hard-selling childish solutions to India’s oil problems. This includes shutting the petrol pumps from 8 in the night to 8 in the morning and, propagating car pooling and increased use of public transport. The minister says this will help exchequer save money and reduce the subsidy bills but goes on to waste Rs 50 crore of taxpayers’ money through mega fuel conservation campaign and hires Viraat Kohli and Saina Nehwal as brand ambassadors. The gems are sure to keep on flowing out. The minister has earlier been accused by an Indian Member of Parliament (MP) of transferring an honest officer whose stand was proving detrimental to the interests of an Indian oil giant. The MP also accused Moily of helping the same company by delaying the imposition of a $1.8 billion penalty. The minister had questioned the MP’sintegrity because the MP had used leaked documents. Moily must be excused for being a dinosaur in the era of Wikileaks.
At a time when China is becoming a fat-cat bully, India cannot afford to humour intellectually and morally-handicapped overambitious people or their supporters.
The utterances of the second person need to be taken more seriously. The controversy arising out of the response of former chief of Indian Army, General VK Singh, to a so-called secret report being leaked to a newspaper reminded me of an interesting anecdote by a retired official of the Indian Foreign Service. The gentleman had been twice rejected by the Military selection system before he made it to the IFS. Years later when he was an Ambassador, he had a chance encounter with a General at a dinner party he was hosting. After dinner, with the guards down after a peg or two, he told the General about his failure to get into the Army and asked him why despite his strong academic background he had been rejected by the Army. The General said it was exactly because of his intelligence that he was rejected. Intellect is not an asset appreciated for selection in the Army. The General may have said this jocularly to humour the Ambassador but General Singh’s loose talk seems to suggest that the General may have actually spoken the truth.
A soldier is supposed to put the national interest before self-interest. But General Singh has been doing the opposite for quite some time now. First he tried to get an extra year at helm by fighting with the government over his date of birth and now his irresponsible statements have created trouble in a state whose cup of woes is already brimming. As a retired army man he has the right to take his war with the Congress government to the political battlefield but he must ensure that national security does not suffer collateral damage. General Singh has a greater responsibility towards the nation than the Congress leaders, ministers, their crony journalists and officials because he was the Chief of the Indian Army while his opponents are, to borrow a phrase used by Mohinder Amarnath in another context, a bunch of jokers. General Singh must realise that he can harm India in his brawl with the political establishment. He must also be ready to face character assassination attempts as he is now treading the minefield of politics. He enjoys certain brand equity with either an Anna or Narendra Modi or for that matter the media only because he was the Chief of Indian Army. Singh must prove his worth minus his appellation of General to be accepted as a political force or now as they call them civil society. Publicly divulging state secrets does not behove a soldier and creates doubts in the mind of the Indian people whether he is putting up a façade to settle personal scores.
At a time when China is becoming a fat-cat bully, India cannot afford to humour intellectually and morally-handicapped overambitious people or their supporters. The elections of 2014 could be the inflection point after which India either takes off or crashes into the abyss. Those positioning to be part of next government must remember that with great powers, comes great responsibility. The electorate must once again not repeat the mistake of handing the sword to the monkey.