‘What are you reading with such concentration?’ my mother asked as she chopped bhindi on the dining table.
‘It’s the Citibank new employee form. I have to fill fifty pages. They want to know everything, like where was your mother born.’
‘On the way from Lahore to Delhi. Your grandmother delivered me in a makeshift tent near Punjabi Bagh.’
‘I’ll write Delhi,’ I said.
— Chetan Bhagat. 2 states. The story of my marriage.
Why companies want you to fill lengthy forms? Do they think they will collect data this way? The above example shows that this doesn’t work.
Or do they try to look important? I wouldn’t work for someone who gives me huge forms to fill. If an organisation spends a lot of time on bureaucracy, it spends less time on useful work, which means it will eventually fail.