Freedom to work on whatever you want


Here I came across a nice conversation between a recruiter and an ambitious college student hunting for job but no that eager to take whatever he is offered.

An excerpt from Josh’s post.


Perky MS Recruiter – “Congratulations Josh, I’m calling to let you know that your interviews went well and that we’ll be extending you an offer!”

Nervous College Student who’s not sure what he wants to be when he grows up – “That’s great! Is there any way to find out more about what I’ll be doing as an intern?”

Perky MS Recruiter – “Well, you’ll be working as an SDET with the Visual Basic team. Do you plan on accepting your offer?”

College Student – “What if I would like to work with a different team or try a different type of work?”

Perky MS Recruiter – “Do you know just how lucky you to have a chance to be an intern with us? It won’t matter what team you’re on, the experience is a chance of a lifetime”

College Student with a competitive offer that was more compelling than name brand or money – “We’ll, I’ll have to think about it. I have an offer from another company that told me I could work on whatever I wanted to within reason”

Slightly Annoyed Perky MS Recruiter – “But think about the experience and the opportunity…”

Ambitious College Student – “If I really don’t have a choice in what I’d be working on then I’m going to have to turn down the offer”

Annoyed, but still perky, MS recruiter – “You don’t get a choice in what you are going to do, but people don’t turn down offers to Intern at Microsoft. It would be very stupid to do so”

College student’ who’s nervous he’s about to make the biggest mistake of his life and get a big perma-snub from Microsoft – “I’m likely going to say no then”

MS Recruiter – no longer sounding as perky – “Well, good luck to you then.”

Frighten College student saying to girlfriend – “She just hung up on me”

Ambitious Recruiter with Renewed Perkyness – “I just wanted to apologize for the way I acted before and also let you know that I can give you another 24 hours to reconsider your choice. “

Frighten College student – “ok”

Recruiter with Renewed Confidence – “I assume you’ve reconsidered our offer?”

Jilted college student who is starting to think he was wrong for telling the linux zealouts that MS really isn’t that evil – “Nope, I’m going to intern elsewhere”


What about those of my batchmates working in Mainframes @ Infy when they wanted to be in .NET or J2EE but they were not given any choice. I know many of them…although I was lucky enough to get what I wished. Touch Wood.

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