My first interview after completing my post graduationFor any student interview is something which brings fear, apprehensions and anxiety but there is also a hidden hope to get through and reach ones career goal. Due to the immense competition for the advertised vacancies and huge rush of the aspirants, it is not necessary that one gets through in ones first attempt. That is why people are applying at many places and attending interviews regularly.
The first interview after completing our education has a peculiar excitement as it is the first test that we are going to encounter in this practical world. I still remember my first one and the palpitation of my heart and excitement while entering the interview room is still fresh in my memory.
It was the year 1973 and after completing my post graduation, I was desperately (as job condition was no better even at that time) searching a good job and meanwhile got an interview call from UPSC, New Delhi for the position of scientific officer. I was happy and read the call letter 2-3 times and noted the contents. I was also to get to and fro train ticket money from my hometown to Delhi from UPSC at the time of attending the interview. I really felt honoured with that gesture of UPSC.
When I reached the venue in the morning on the day of interview I was asked to get my documents verified at a counter and then wait for my turn. There were so many contenders sitting there and soon while talking to each other, I came to know that there were about 44 candidates called for the interview for merely 4 advertised posts. It was fearful. Another blow stuck me when I came to know that all the candidates called are I class/division holders right from their high school to post graduation.
I had nothing more than that qualification and I found that to that extent all of us were equal and sailing in the same boat. By that time it was also clear that interview is going to be the deciding factor in the selection.
The interview started at 10 AM and my turn came in the evening around 5 PM and by that time we learned that they were asking questions related to basically Physics, Chemistry and Maths and no question was being repeated by them. So there was no point in grabbing the candidate coming out of the room.
When I was called for interview, I entered the room showing full confidence and sobriety but as is said face is the index of mind, the board members soon found that I was nervous. The members are very experienced and know what is going on there in the mind of the candidate. Whatever be the reasons they were very polite and courteous in their approach and made me feel home in no time. Now came the shower of questions one by one from one member then other member and so on and then the chairman of the board who was the last to ask.
The time seemed to stand still and I thought it might had been an hour but I was told by other candidates outside that it was only 15 minutes. Still it was quite long. I did remember only a few questions and I was not very sure what I answered but on an average I was happy about my performance that I did not break down in that room.
You might have guessed that I was not selected. Your guess is true. After that I attended many interviews even when I was in some job but I became more steady and professional in attending them and also got selected in some of them and even do not remember what happened there but the memory of my first interview is still fresh in my mind.