an interview and a reunion

rarely, do i get up at 730 in the morning, shave, have a bath, have my breakfast and go to class. Well, yesterday was a pretty important day, because i has an interview.

The interview was for a scholarship. and, for the first time, I actually felt some tension in the morning. This was perhaps the first time, where I actually wanted to succeed.

My first interview was for a job in CTS. I was not much intersted because I wanted to study. So, I walked in all confident into the room, without a worry of wrong answer/ false impression. It was pretty fun. The interviewer was a great fan of Ayn Rand, and I had just finished the fountainhead. So for 45 minutes, we discussed philosophy, capitalism, socialism etc etc. No one believed that my interview for CTS was more of a discussion.

The second interview was for admission into IIT-B. Here, again I had already got an admit to RPI in USA and was not worried. I answered confidentally and also told a lot of ‘I-DON’T-KNOW’ answers.

But, yesterday, for the first time, I felt the jitters and tension a bit.

The actual interview was however exactly 101 seconds. I was never given a chance to clarify my position, and my previous exploits as a leader in RVCE (my undergrad coll) was not considered. (the interview was supposed to identify potential leaders and the panel wanted only leadership/volunteer work in iit, which i had none). NO wonder that i did not get the scholarship. Also, my first ‘real’ interview experience was nothnig special. I was not given a chance to express my views at all.

But, after the interview, came the best 5-6 hours that I have spent in B’bay.
My oldest and best friend had come on a business trip to B’bay and I was meeting him.
I went to panvel to meet him.

There are some people who know you better than you yourself. Shriram and me probably share a similar relationship. We have been friend from class 1 onwards. I still remember the first day, I spoke to him. He was sitting in a corner, wearing his fathers goggles (trying to look cool, which he is still trying), and I go over and ask him : Nee tamilaa (are u a tamilian).

Time and distance has not affected our friendship. Everytime we meet, it seems like we are meeting just after a day.
So, yesterday, it was the customary updates on our lives, customary bitching abt our present situation vis-a-vis the past, but the happiness of talking to him was just too great.

This guy, is also a great example of my theory of destiny in life. Poor fellow, he did not study hard enough in 12th (i could not inspire him enough), and got into a not so good (infact pathetic) engg coll. No campus jobs. So, last june-jul, three of us were trying desperately to find him a good software job, he got this offer from a marine engg company. Initially, most of us were quite apprehensive about the job, and more so abt the hefty fees they were asking for the training. He took it all the same, and yesterday, when i saw him with his other ‘marine engg’ freinds, i knew that destiny had given the perfect job to him.

  1. #1 by Agarwaen Mormegil on February 16, 2006 - 7:24 pm

    It’s good to know you hve the confidence to have 45 mins. of conservation with the interviewer. Shows the value of reading a good book.

  2. #2 by kaushik on February 16, 2006 - 9:13 pm

    thanx for visiting.
    well, as i said, if i were not ‘free’ of tension (of desperately geetting the job), i could not have taken such an interview.

  3. #3 by Vidya on February 17, 2006 - 3:25 am

    RPI – cool .. All the best..

  4. #4 by Demonic Dude on February 17, 2006 - 11:15 am

    Cool post.. and tough luck with the scholarship.. btw I too am a huge fan of Roark.. you should also try the movie, one of the few movies which I’ve not been disappointed in, after reading the book

  5. #5 by kaushik on February 17, 2006 - 3:36 pm

    vidya: i got RPI, but i am currently in india only…IIT-bombay

    demonic dude: thnx for visiting. Is there a movie on fountainhead?? I did not know at all

  6. #6 by Neema! on February 17, 2006 - 4:23 pm

    Good Luck!

  7. #7 by Yadhvi on February 17, 2006 - 6:32 pm

    agree with you!! keeping the cool is the key for success in interview… I got my job when I didn’t want it 🙂

  8. #8 by kaushik on February 17, 2006 - 7:22 pm

    yadhvi: that is true. cool mind and confidence is the key. lots of people have performed badly in the interviews because they have tried real hard to perform excellently!

  9. #9 by Demonic Dude on February 18, 2006 - 3:39 am

    Yup there is a movie.. old black and white..1940s i guess, with brilliant performances. Patricia Neal just floored me with her potrayal of Dominique

  10. #10 by Agarwaen Mormegil on February 18, 2006 - 6:30 pm

    Dude,, if you have the guts, go straight to Redmond in the headquarters of Microsoft and ask Billy boy to make you the CEO of his comp.

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