A Typical Job Interview in China
When I was at the train station at Newport East Metro Station (新港东地铁站), I saw a big group of girls and boys all standing there on their mobile phones.
I am thinking, “What are they doing? Are they playing a computer game? Are they playing Pokemon Go?”
I approached them with curious eyes.
One young girl with a red jacket had a cute face, a drooping-lip, and curious eyes. I walked up to them and in Chinese asked,
“Excuse me, what is going on here? Are you guys playing a computer game?”
“你好, 不好意思. 你们现在在做什么? 你们都玩游戏吗? ”
The girl replied, “Examination.”
I reacted, “You are doing a test outside? Why?”
The girl replied, “We are applying for a job at this metro station.
I said, “Oh, that makes sense.”
I thought, “Wow, I have just walked into a job application.”
It came as a culture shock to me.
I saw the guards were collecting names via WeChat (微信), so everyone was nervous.
I don’t know what it is with me today but every time I am walking around with a suitcase, everyone is swarming around me. I got a lot of attention.
Five girls were standing around me.
One girl said, “你在这里出差吗?”
“Are you on a business trip?”
I said, “No, I am an English teacher.”
One girl moved forward, and could speak English. She was really cute.
When that girl started talking to me using some English, I asked,
“You speak English, do you?”
She replied, “A little.”
I said, “因为我的朋友在公园前地铁站已经做这个工作. 如果你做这个工作的话, 英文比较重要.”
“My friend has done this kind of work already at Park Front Metro Station. If you want to work in a metro station, English is quite important. You need to speak English because you are going to have customers like me.”
The author of Diary Of A Mad Chaos from 1996 to 2018, The Lost Years book, Wubao In China (猎艳奇缘) book series, and Foreigner (华人) an exploration of race relations in Australia. Fluent in Chinese Mandarin, Macedonian, and English, the author currently resides in China, Guangzhou where he continues to make comparative analysis of the cultural differences between Eastern and Western societies.