My phone beeped one monday morning. It was a message from Shell; an invitation for interview. This bothered me a lot, because I'd just left there about a week for an interview. This stressed me, but since as at the time I needed the job desperately, I went for the interview anyway. At first I twitched and my mind went dilly dally, but I walked over my feelings, packed and booked a flight to Port Harcourt against tomorrow.
I sat before the board of directors tensed. I felt drowsy, but felt encouraged and found confidence in the fact that this may be the last phase of the interview.
After a thorough screening, a Lady in her mid forties said: "Lisa Banks from all available information you are qualified for this job but....." she paused. My mind skipped as I watched her struggle with the forthcoming words, as the smile which had lightened my face faded.
"Trust me when I say you deserve this job." She continued. "but as you know, shell as a company need competent hands to lift the company to a greater exploit."
"Ma I don't understand." I said as my heart ached with fear of disappointment.
"I mean your physique....... this work is sometimes strenuous and you will be doing a lot of traveling but with your structure.... (she hesitated but continued) I don't think you will be able to cope. We need...."
"I understand." I interrupted. "I've passed every test, the first interview and this very one. If there's a reason to disqualify me out side my qualification, you should have told me."
"Young lady, can't you see that you're on a wheel chair?" the man sitting next to her intervened.
This angered and struck me hard but I managed to be polite. "Sir, the fact that I lost my legs does not mean I have lost my brains. I am still productive and my knowledge is still with me. This situation has not changed anything in me."
I took my file and turned for the door. "Good day Miss Banks"
I nodded my head in affirmation disappointed and bruised emotionally as I turned to shut the door behind me.****
what's led to Lisa Banks desperation to seek a job knowing her condition?
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