Chapter 51: My Guanxi, My Interview Nightmare | Speaking of China

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  1. George
    George April 6, 2010 at 6:57 am | | Reply

    If you apply for a job in the US Federal Government it is not much different either! Jobs are generally given on the basis of friendship than on the basis of merit or experience.

  2. globalgal
    globalgal April 6, 2010 at 8:18 am | | Reply

    I lived previously in the Middle East, so I knew about the concept of wasta – their version of guanxi. Still, I was surprised by the extent of guanxi here in China. I can’t knock it, though, as it seems guanxi is responsible for my husband possibly getting his dream job. Keeping my fingers crossed!
    .-= globalgal´s last blog ..A Little Spring Reminiscing =-.

  3. G.E. Anderson
    G.E. Anderson April 6, 2010 at 9:02 am | | Reply

    My condolences. 🙂

    I have been in bizarre situations like this in China more times than I can count. It makes me hesitant to accept invitations to dinners and events. Nothing is ever straightforward. There’s always some kind of scheming going on, and the only thing I can be sure of is that I will never know what it is.

    Good for you for getting out of there as quickly as you did.
    .-= G.E. Anderson´s last blog ..Questions raised by Geely’s Volvo Purchase =-.

  4. Crystal
    Crystal April 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm | | Reply

    Here is another version of interview being an unpaid job.
    Company put an ad of searching candidates for a position of secretaries who command a good skill of fast-typing in English.
    They promised a very good salary. So for the test day many girls came to try their luck. Each got some text to type.
    In the end nobody got the job, but the company had their task completed… haha
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Ancient Chinese Wedding =-.

  5. Juliet
    Juliet April 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm | | Reply

    When I was 18, I worked one day at a job I had been hired for. I worked hard. I did well. I was overweight then, though. Much bigger than I am now. (Much bigger than I have been in the last 15 years, actually.) At the end of the day, the boss handed me a $20 bill and told me not to come back. It was very odd…
    .-= Juliet´s last blog ..Illinois trip: Day 1 =-.

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