It was all about onboarding a software engineer with rare skills and experience in our global giant company. This time, Ramkrishnan, my President had guaranteed one of our global clients, a top leader in automobiles, in getting a resource from India. It was on my head as the head of resourcing, but the combination of skillset and the experience was a far cry from what we said we were going to do. Getting such a candidate was a challenge. We interviewed six candidates and four of them could not meet our standards. The remaining two candidates crossed all stages of interviews including client’s interviews and were ready to take offers.
On a Friday morning around 11 a.m, Ramya, my team member called my intercom number to say, “We’ve made it Raj. You know how we strained our nerves to get this position filled in the last two weeks. It’s all over now.” I could feel the excitement and ecstasy in her voice. I hesitated a bit, yet I had a feeling that I was passing into this recruitment clutches and if I gave in now I should become just like every recruiter calling the positions ‘closed’. I took no time to breathe at once!
Registering respectful attention, I patted my left shoulder with my right arm and turned to pick my hand phone to call up Ram, the President. Ram was extremely happy and ostensibly, he was in a lovely mood to appreciate my efforts. I painted a portrait of a man with my pen while I was speaking to him. All intents and purposes worked out and that weekend was peaceful.
It wasn’t a gloomy Monday and the time was around 9.30 a.m. The resourcing members were having chats with the recruiters inside the recruitment room about the various positions that were needed to be filled for the week.
Ramya confirmed that Ravi, the new candidate has reached our complex security check. She also confirmed that he was carrying all documents. That was good news. He had to cross two more security checkpoints, one at the entrance of the building and the next was our office security point. When we calculated, it was hardly 15 minutes to go.
20 minutes….30 minutes….60 minutes passed out and that candidate Ravi did not reach our front office security. I couldn’t spot Ramya in that place and that corroborated me that she should have gone to the ‘new resources on-boarding room’ , but I never realized that she was hiding herself from meeting me.