Tracing the origins just because we have lost them is foolish yet necessary as someone has to do the hard job of recovering the lost memories. We knowingly and unknowingly pass on secrets, traditions and information to our next generation. In fact, writing is all about that. Most of the time either consciously (not all the things are good to be recorded) or unconsciously we avoid recording information and stories. That is exactly when we lose track of everything.
Grandma stories are how most of the history resonates in the world. These days we prefer modern stories where everything is written or recorded in a blog post. We announce to the world what we used to shout to our family. Life has become easier and more impactful. If you are good you can inspire not just your circle but the entire world. Globe has remained the same but the chains of communication have grown stronger.
Communication is how we exist and continue to thrive. The moment when the thread stops swirling we are done.
When the industrial revolution began, entrepreneurs started putting up huge factories for manufacturing weapons, chemicals, steel and a lot of other stuff. With huge factories came the requirement of massive manpower. Labor was very crucial for every industry which expects to break into the top league. When there were professions like forging, farming and cattle rearing there was no need to search for a job. Every child continued his/her father’s profession proudly with all the might. But Industrial revolution changed it all. For starters, it introduced jobs- professions where one can take a minimal risk and earn a substantial portion of the company’s money sustainably (salary).
This interesting thing called security pulled people into it and induced them to start developing skills relevant to industries. Unskilled labor needed men and not necessarily men with nuances and technical knowledge. The more they were the more the industries manufactured (when it started it was all man-u-facturing – hand making). Hope we all remember the famous serial entrepreneur and humanitarian Oskar Schindler!
Wherever there is money there is a need to account, optimize and improve it. With this need came the art of interviews. Not everyone out there was eligible for a job in accounting, initially, when it all started. But when people realized that there are jobs where one could make some easy money sitting, which lowers the risk further below (health risks associated with industrial jobs) they happily trained for these opportunities.
When supply exceeds demand there is a need to filter and choose the best. This is how consumer becomes the king- remember your high school economics? In fact, more than accounting it was research which called for something close to an interview. And the fun fact is the man who gave us the light conducted the world’s first interview- Thomas Alva Edison. His tests included questions from geography and literature. Imagine someone asking questions on Shakespeare in a python or C interview? It could happen but it would not be very relevant to the job though.
Edison started this tradition to shortlist people for his company which soon evolved into the interview system as we know it today. For good or worse this system has helped companies connect with the like-minded people in the process helping them re-invent and innovate.
So when you sit for the next interview in the bright room, remember Edison and hope you come out with flying colors. All the best for all the interviews you intend to attend.