So, I landed on Jan 27th night at Edmonton with my family. After having dinner at Amit’s home we came back to our house and I felt relaxed one hand that we all finally moved to Canada and on the other hand I was a bit tensed because I did not hear back anything about my interview with the MNC. Anyway, it was weekend and I thought that I’ll contact the HR on Mon.
Now the next thing was to buy some warm clothes for my family. We called a cab next morning and headed to a nearby mall where we bought warm jackets and also some woolen stuff for my dogs. My wife and daughter teamed up with Amit’s wife to do the grocery shopping and also to buy some necessary stuff such as vacuum cleaner, printer and toaster etc. We also bought some clothes during the weekend.
Somehow weekend passed and it was Monday morning. I wrote an email to HR asking for the feedback about the interview. I received a reply within an hour saying that they are in the process of short-listing the candidates and that they’ll get back in about a week’s time.
My wife and I thought that why not get my daughter join some school and continue in the 9th grade until June. Though my daughter completed 9th grade in India and she had to repeat same grade for next few months, it was worth because she would get some experience about the academic atmosphere in Canada and also will make a few friends. So we started the process and within a week my daughter joined a school. I have summarized My daughter’s schooling experience in Canada in a separate page.
By this time, I had a couple of documents such as my rental agreement, my bank statement and my mobile bill as my address proof. So I thought, to keep myself busy, it was a good time to start my application process for the driving license. It is a lengthy process and I have summarized The process of getting Driver’s License in Canada in a separate page.
Those days, the temperature in Edmonton used to be between -15 to -25 deg C. I travelled to Calgary from Edmonton by bus for the interview. It was for the Sr. QA position. It was a short interview of about 20 min with only one interviewer i.e. hiring manager. Though the interview went
fine, neither the interviewer looked impressed nor she asked any positive questions such as how soon I can join etc. I was even surprised to know that the interviewer did not know that I was coming down from Edmonton, which is a 3 hours journey just for this interview. After my interview, Julie’s colleague gave me a call to check how the interview went. I did not feel good after the interview and conveyed the same to Julie’s colleague.
I reached Edmonton around 9:30 PM and while I was on my way back from the bus stop to my home, I had a brief discussion with the cab driver who was from India. After knowing my status, he suggested me not to wait any longer and get a survival job as soon as possible. According to him, this was the biggest mistake people like us do and get depressed soon because of the continuous leakage in their savings.
By this time, I had got the driving license and I used to drop & pick-up my daughter to school. Other than that, I used to help my wife in daily chores and also used to apply everywhere.
One more week passed by after I went for the interview to Calgary and to my luck, it was Thursday, I received a call from Juliethat the employer liked me and wants to go ahead with me. Julie asked me to wait for about a week because she was waiting to get the purchase order for my services from the employer. It was a contract for about a year whereas the contract was supposed to get renewed every three months. The hourly rate was good and that made me feel good as well.
After one week, I got a call from Julie and she told me that some new software implementation is going on in the employer’s company and that is delaying in releasing the PO. But she also assured me that my job is confirmed and it is just a matter of time. After this, about 5-6 weeks passed by but there was no confirmation of start date. So it was a mixed feeling those days i.e. on one hand there was at least some hope but on the other hand the delays were making things worse. I forgot to tell that it was my ex-company where I worked for two and a half years when I was in Bangalore.
Then one fine evening, I get a whatsapp message “Congratulations” from my friend and ex-colleague who is still with this company. I am completely clueless and then asked him “What for?”. He says “For job”. Then I give him a call back in India and asked about the details. He said that my name shows up as a contract employee in company’s database and it is listed under the person who took my interview. Now I could believe the story of PO getting delayed which my friend also confirmed. I had to wait for two more weeks before I received a call from Julie in April mid that she has received the PO and that my joining date would be coming Monday.
This was the moment I was waiting for in the last more than four months. I joined the company and moved my family to Calgary. It was the most satisfying experience so far after moving to Canada.