Everyone saw Rahul Gandhi’s interview with Arnab Goswami, but there was another interview that escaped the same attention. Here is the full transcript of Rahul Gandhi’s interview for a job at Albela Private Limited:
Interviewer: Tell me about yourself.
Rahul: I represent all those millions of Indian youth who want to bring change in their careers, who want to switch jobs, who want to get a job. Without hearing their voices and noticing their problems, I don’t believe this industry is going to survive. And frankly speaking, personally I love your company a lot.
Interviewer: What are your strengths?
Rahul: Strength is a very strong word. People normally think that they have it, but as a matter of fact, they don’t. It’s an illusion, but it’s good to have illusion. But I want to clear one thing, my illusion is stronger than illusions of other candidates you are going to interview or whom you have already interviewed.
Interviewer: What are your weaknesses?
Rahul: Whatever are my weaknesses are not my personal weaknesses, they are weaknesses of the whole generation and system. For example, look at a donkey, he can’t fly, that’s his weakness. But I try to see weaknesses as my strengths. From my point of view, donkey’s so called weakness is his strength. Imagine if he could fly, do you think he could have served humans? No, because a flying donkey can’t be tamed.
Interviewer: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
Rahul: You see, Life is very fragile thing, as said by Gulzar Sahab, “Admi bulbula hai paani ka.” I strongly believe in this philosophy. After 5 years or 10 years, I imagine myself riding on an auto-rickshaw. I will ask that auto-waale bhaiya to drive fast and take me to Paranthe wali Gali in Chandni Chowk. That’s where I see myself after 5 or 10 years.
Interviewer: Why was there a gap in your employment between last August and this January?
Rahul: To change the system, you need to be a part of the system. In last August, while I was doing my last job, I felt need to switch the job. Then I saw myself as one of the millions who want a job, but I was little privileged as I already had one job. So to share and feel the pain of rest of the unemployed youth, I first made myself unemployed. I remained unemployed for few months and then started searching for a job.
Interviewer: What can you offer us that someone else can not?
Rahul: Well, what if I ask you the same question?
Interviewer: Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
Rahul: Accomplishments are a state of mind, I believe in the process of achieving accomplishment. There is a structure to achieve these things, and that structure is made up of earnest efforts. Efforts that you make because you strongly feel about something. It’s those efforts that I’m proud of. I have made efforts and I’m making more efforts, and I’m sure these efforts are what matter.
Interviewer: Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
Rahul: I never commit mistake, but if somewhat I am doing or have done appears as a mistake then it’s not my fault. I always do what seems best to me at that particular moment. For example, suppose if I fail in this interview, that will not not be my mistake, as I gave answers what sounded correct to me. I am, what I am, I can’t change myself for an interview.
Interviewer: Discuss your educational background.
Rahul: I spent time at various schools and colleges throughout my student life. And I have to say, I love those days. You asked me this question at a wrong time, as it has made me feel quite nostalgic. I think I need to call my school friends. You should also do the same, as you see, friends are real assets in life.
Interviewer: What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
Rahul: I want to change the whole system and the way company functions. I want to empower every hand working for this company. “Har haath shakti, har haath tarakki.“