Job recruitment drives are a nerve wrecking, back breaking and anxious experience where you sit through grueling tests, presentations and group discussions to get what every fresh graduate or graduate-to-be is desperate for – a job. Reputed companies make these recruitment drives as pleasant an experience as possible for the final year students because these are a glimpse into the companies work environment and business philosophy and the demeanor of the employees is generally courteous and helpful. To top it all they even give you goody bags as giveaways whether you make it or not – all in the spirit of good will.
However, all of the above pleasantries do not apply in the least to the recruitment drive carried out by Zong Telecom on 21st May 2012 at the NUST College of E&ME. The entire process was unprofessional and downright humiliating and carried out in the most demeaning manner by the employees of Zong. The employee who seemed to be in charge berated the students for talking together in mute voices before the test had even started and went as far as actually making students stand up on their seats for an indiscretion as slight as turning their heads towards the other side. All questions regarding the test were treated with derogatory remarks and each student present in the auditorium was shocked at their downright immature behaviour. The behaviour of the employee conducting the test reminded me of my grade 6th Urdu teacher, her high pitched voice and her ability to scold and punish students without reason.
The results of the IQ test were to be announced at 2 pm to be followed by another test, however the results were delayed till 5 pm without any explanation and the students had to wait in the searing heat outside the auditorium. Even at 5 pm instead of announcing or displaying the lists of the candidates who had qualified for the test they insisted upon announcing the names and token numbers of the disqualified students, making them endure the walk of shame and humiliation as they were expected to walk out of the auditorium. At this behaviour a student rightly exclaimed how unprofessional the entire practice was and made us all wonder if that is how they do things at Zong.
We might be fresh graduates, final year students and unemployed engineers, but we still worked very hard to get where we are today and what each one of us deserves from our prospective employers is a little respect. If not for the non-existent job market and the increasing competition each and every student would have walked out of that auditorium and out of all the students present only two of us actually couldn’t be bothered to stay. All of this is a little something Zong should think about.
Posted by Maryam Syed