This story about a Microsoft applicant came across the wire on LinkedIn on Christmas Day. While I agree that it is inspirational, as the poster intended, the skeptic's alarm bells were ringing like a five-alarm jobber in my head.

The title is "A jobless man applied for the position of 'office boy' at Microsoft" posted by Ankita Tiwary excerpted from The Verger by W. Somerset Maugham. Read it and let me know what you think. Please excuse the typos and grammar errors as they are the fault of the author and poster (I just copied and pasted). The errors actually make it pretty painful to read so, for that, I'm sorry...

A jobless man applied for the position of 'office boy' at Microsoft.

The HR manager interviewed him, then gave him a test: clean the floor. The man passed the test with flying colors.

"You are hired," HR manager informed the applicant, "give me your e-mail address, and I'll send you the application for employment, as well as the date you should report for work.

The man replied " I don't have a computer, or an email!"

"I'm sorry," said the HR manager. "If you don't have an email, that means you do not exist. And we cannot hire persons who do not exist."

The man was very disappointed.

He didn't know what to do. He only had $10 with him. Once that is spent, he won't have any money to buy any food.

He went to the supermarket and bought a crate of tomatoes with his $10.

He went from door to door and sold the tomatoes in less than two hours. He doubled his money.

He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $60. He realized that he can survive this way. He started to go everyday earlier, and return late.

He doubled or tripled his money every day. Soon, he bought a cart, then a truck. In a very short time, he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.

Five years later, the man became one of the biggest food retailers in the U. S. He started to plan his family's future, and decided to have a life insurance.

He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan.

At the end of the conversation, the broker asked him for his email address.

The man replied: ' I don't have an email.'

The broker was dumbfounded. "You don't have an email, and yet have succeeded in building an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an email?," he exclaimed.

The man thought for a while, and replied, "an office boy at Microsoft!"

If you just lost your Job or Just failed an Interview Don't worry be Optimistic..... Good days are on the way and something better is reserved for you.

All you have to do is Explore, Innovate and Explore !!!

First off, why would this guy need an application for employment if he clearly already applied, was called in, interviewed, and tested? The application process is complete. Even if the author meant some other form, HR departments typically have printed copies of forms for employment or, if they are a completely digital department, they should have an extra terminal that this guy could sit at and complete the forms right on the spot (this is supposedly Microsoft, after all).

Secondly, if the employer really liked the guy and was sympathetic to his situation, couldn't he have helped him out by setting up a freemail address via, oh I dunno, HOTMAIL.COM or OUTLOOK.COM, both of which are Microsoft owned, and then directed him to the local public library which has free computers for the public for subsequent account checking?

Thirdly, how did they call the guy in for the first interview? Phone? If so, why not use that method again? Why would they suddenly need to change communication methods? It clearly worked the first time as I can pretty much guarantee that the guy didn't just show up at Microsoft HQ, apply, and get interviewed right there on the spot. The HR department of a company the size of Microsoft would be too inundated with applicants for it to work that smoothly.

Finally, wouldn't it be illegal to discriminate in the employment arena because a person doesn't have a computer or email account? The claim that a person doesn't exist because they don't have an email address is complete and utter horseshit. You don't exist and are consequently unemployable when you don't have a Social Security number or some kind of work visa, not an email address.

There are just too many holes in this story for me to be truly inspired.

I'm such a cynic.

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You also forgot who in the hell would buy tomatoes from some random person showing up at their doorstep? To even sell them at a farmer's market you'd have to fill in A LOT of paperwork all of which requires an email address and takes A LONG TIME. Plus permits and what not.

Then let's not forget his "business" which, guess what you need! An email. Because you have to do taxes for that. Otherwise this is totally an illegal operation and would be shut down.

Lots of holes to poke in that story. It's just one of those "feel good" or "get inspired" bullshit stories that are utter crap.

Oh look, I'm a cynic too. Or as I like to refer to myself, a realist.


I don't think you need an email to incorporate a business. But the rest of what you say is very legit. Realist? I like it. 

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