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Friday, June 09, 2006

Interview;Iranian style

Interview; Iranian style

For A FEW “critical” jobs the interview is done in a weird, strange manner which is almost different with what is common elsewhere. Let me make this clear for you:

First, they send their special agents to search about the person in advance based on your home address you provided in your CV.They go to one of your neighbors randomly and start enquiring about your history.

A: Enquirer B: Your neighbor  

A: What kind of a guy Frank is? Does he pray?

B:”Yes, of course! He is one of the “best” guys we have ever had in our neighborhood for the last ten years.”

A: How about his family? What are THEY like? Are they religious “enough”?

B:”As far as I know them they truly are.

God forbid if they happen to go to the wrong neighbour; that’s the time you wish you weren’t born. If that neighbor gives wrong info on you based on the fight you had with them you are done; you lose half of the chance of getting the job.

If you ever have an argument with your previous principal then, your principal can start putting your personality down in a big way; kiss your ass good bye with the job.

Before the interview you should grow some beard to look like a true religious Muslim and you lose the chance of getting the job if you shave your mustache and beard.

During the interview you really shouldn’t be your self to show them your true color otherwise if you are a qualified person for the job with high skills, you won’t get the job.

If you don’t pray 7 times a day like a “true” Muslim, tell them you do.
If you drink alcoholic drinks, tell them you never do and bite your tongue as a gesture on how “UN Islamic” that is.
If you have antigovernment beliefs, try to cover them all or you won’t get the job.

All these must be accompanied with your qualifications like job experience, etc…

A kind of” Animal Farm” living…

Disclaimer: What ever I mentioned above shouldn’t be generalized to other jobs, only a FEW of them.


Blogger Farid Pouya said...


1:43 PM  
Blogger Kimia said...

You know the questions and you know the answers. It is such an easy interview :) you have got a good chance.
Here they make you cry with hundred of stupid questions!! it is definitely a hot chair over there in any interview.

6:07 PM  
Blogger PersianArchitect said...

"Agha ajab giri oftadim." I didn't know how to say that in English.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Nazbaroon said...

U know frank,
this is our government which teaches or people how to tell lies,in fact from elemtry school they learn to tell lie,
so it 's not strange at all if ur partner tells u lie or even ur close friend,it seems that we have been brought up like this, this is the problem I'm terribly busy with these days,
by the way, do u know any prefessinal english teacher with fluent speaking in american accent and skillful in writing reapotrs,
I'd be so much thankful if u help me

11:10 AM  
Blogger Frank said...


If I weren't afraid of my own privacy I wouldn't mind being your teacher;)

Why don't you get help from one of the language schools around you? I wish I could help you more:(

12:10 PM  
Anonymous mariamusic said...

Hi Frank,
Sounds like the investigation some parents do when their daughter has a khaasteghar.
Those people have such a strange way of thinking.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Dr O2 said...

It's not all like that anymore but for the governmental teritory. Things have cooled down great deal. Some years back it seemed impossible for people like us to be accepted for jobs where unqualified true muslims were in line for. Now adays things are much much better, lies are much much better learnt and applied :-D

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Bystander said...

As far as I know, fortunately as a nonreligious person, moslems pray five times a day not seven !
I say " Animal Farm " is much better than what people now experiencing in Iran," Fascistic Shia/Shiite ".

11:42 PM  
Blogger Frank said...


You dont know shit about anything."Animal Farm" is a book by George Orwell! Grow the fuck up!

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like an investigation of an inssurance inspectors

kupablo; Israel


10:57 PM  
Anonymous Mohammadreza said...

To put it simply, you're dead on correct :D

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this formula is currently used in guite every governmetnal organizarion for recruiting people:

your attitude toward regim + your degree of religiosity + your ex-activity as a true Basij + the density of your beard = success in getting the job with all benefits...

note: your accademic degree + your exprience and your scientific resume is optional :))

3:55 AM  

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