When I'd Accepted Her LinkedIn Request I Didn't Know What I Was Getting Into

Anonymous Anonymous in Life Is Tough on 4 August, 2017

Like any other day, I had received a few LinkedIn requests and I had added all of them as they seemed professional. Immediately after adding I received a message on LinkedIn that read something like this. 'Sir, Thanks for accepting my request. I have completed my B. Tech this year with 88%. Can you help me with getting a job in your organisation?'

In fact as an HR Manager there was nothing new about this message. Before responding, I checked internally and got to know that we were hiring a fresher. So I asked her to attend the test and interview. 

She came and was found unsuitable for our requirements. I asked her to leave. This was not for the first time I had asked someone to leave. I had informed thousands of freshers and experienced people in case they were not fitting our requirements.

After two months I received a message from an unknown number. It was just a normal 'Hi' message. I did not have any guesses so I replied 'Do I know you?' The reply was, 'Sir, I'm still looking for a job and it's difficult to get a job without the reference of person X.

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Immediately, I called her and talked to her for a couple of minutes and asked her to meet my friend who was also looking for freshers. So she went and got the job offer. After two days she told me that she was not interested and planning for higher studies. So she will not join. I felt bad as I referred her and she didn't join.

One fine evening, while I was drinking at around 10.30 pm she called me and told me that her friend had met with an accident and that she had been to Gurgaon. She had missed her last metro and she did not know what to do. She was in Delhi for three months.

So as she informed me, I thought it was my duty to pick her up from the station and drop her safely at her place. There were no good transport options back then like we did now, like Ola and Uber.

We were good friends and often exchanged messages and talked often. Her CAT results were declared. She had scored only 50 percentile. She cried wondering how to face her parents.

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I felt sorry for her and tried to console her and help her out with the next procedures. Her IBPS result got declared and she was held on waiting list. Luckily she got an interview call. I had suggested her for a coaching class and also paid her fees.

After the interview she came crying saying that her 10th and 12th standard certificates were missing and she had to submit them in the bank within three days. Immediately we registered a missing complaint in the police station and we started to Allahabad for duplicate certificates. We were asked to file a police complaint. We also published the missing complaint in the newspapers.

The next day we filed a complaint in the CBSE headquarters in Allahabad and got the certificate. It was a very tedious process. We came back and submitted the documents in IBPS and finally she got the offer letter as the manager. She was very happy. She shifted to my place and we lived together for 3 months.

After a few days, she left for some official training in Jaipur and found another guy who worked in her bank as a Manager. She started avoiding me. After getting back to Delhi, she started avoiding me. I am no more in touch with her.

I always wonder as to why I did so much for her.