How many candidates turned up and how did the interview go off, asked my husband (he was referring to the interview I conducted to select a part-time help).
Well, there were three of them and it was a harrowing experience interviewing them, I said.
Have you appointed one or not, he asked with concern.
Well, I am not able to decide, I said.
Do you mean to say you found none of them suitable? Why don’t you tell me more in detail so that I will decide for you, he offered.
OK. The first candidate stated her terms even before I could state mine. It appeared she worked in three apartments by the hour. She didn’t “mind” working for me exactly for an hour provided I release her promptly at the end of it.
He let out a deep sigh.
The second one was smarter than the first. She said she didn’t believe in taking up more than she could chew. She offered to work “only” for me if I paid her “a good” salary.
What did she mean by saying “a good salary”? Don’t you think good is a relative term, said my husband.
Hold your breath, she wanted Rs 2,000 per month and the perks.
Did she mention them?
Yes, a good breakfast, lunch and a weekly holiday plus a yearly bonus of double her salary. She says what she mentioned is very reasonable because people living in independent houses can easily afford to pay the salary she quoted and the perks.
It is ridiculous, even corporates will not be convinced of such logic, he remarked.
What about the third candidate? Was she any better, he said, and I knew he had already ruled out the first two.
The third looked too old and too frail. I thought she needed someone to take care of her than the other way round, I said , quite exasperated.
I have a bright idea, he exclaimed after a long pause.
What is it, I asked eagerly.
Do you really need a part time maid ? he asked stressing on really.
Yes, of course, you don’t expect me to do the household work all by myself, do you, I said surprised.
What if it fetches you Rs 10,000? Will you then consider the offer, he asked looking straight at me.
Give me some time to decide, I said.
N .Meera raghavendra rao