When Bill Gates came over to Chennai, India, he was flabbergasted at the sheer number of talented young men in India. So, wanting to recruit a new CEO from India for Microsoft in Eastern Europe, he advertised in the media.
Five hundred candidates from all over India came for the walk-in interview at a prestigious hotel. The assembly room spilt over with the aspirants.
Vivekanandan alias Vivek from Kovilpatti was one of those who had come to try his luck.Bill Gates: “I thank you all for coming over. We will make this selecting spree short and sweet. So, those who do not know JAVA may leave.
“Two hundred people left the room.Vivek thought, “I do not know who JAVA is, but I have nothing to lose if I stay!”
Bill Gates: “Candidates who never had the experience of managing more than 100 people may leave.”Another 200 people left the room.
Vivek thought, “I have never managed anybody but myself, but I have nothing to lose if I stay. Risking is like eating a rusk!”. So he stays.
Bill Gates: “Candidates who do not have management diplomas may leave.”Fifty people leave the room.
Vivek says to himself, “I do not have any diplomas, but what have I to lose? I have taken many risks before. This is just jujubes.”
Bill Gates then asked those who were not proficient in Serbo-Croat to leave.Forty-eight people left the room.
Vivek thought, “I do not know what Serbo-Croat is. It must be a new kind of aircraft! I’ll stay.”
So, Vivek stays and finds himself with one other candidate.
Bill Gates said, “Now that everyone has gone I find that you two are the only candidates who speak Serbo-Croat. I myself don’t know that language but I would like to hear you both speak in that language, so, introduce yourselves to each other. “
In a calm and assured manner, Vivek turns to the other candidate and says, “enna paeru, endha ooru,? (What name, which town?)”
The other candidate answers, nonchalantly, “Kumaravadivel Natarajan alias Vadivelu, Madurai.”