In one of Satyajit Ray films the hero of the film appears for an interview. One of the interviewers asks him, what the weight of the moon is. Our man wonders what the weight of the moon has to do with this job. One comes across various kinds of interviewers, and they ask infinite variety of questions. Some interviewers want to know how much a candidate knows. Some want to tell the candidate how deep their knowledge is. There are many kinds of job seekers. Some prepare to face the interview. Some go to visit the city and claim TA. Higher the position, lower is the preparation.

I often think of my first interview that I faced at one of the prestigious Research Centres at Bombay. After reaching the venue I found hundreds of engineers waiting at the reception hall. In spite of large number of interviewers there was no chaos. Everything was systematically arranged. We were divided into various groups. My group was sent to the first floor. When my name was called I appeared before the interview committee, consisting of four members. After one or two brief introductory questions, the committee asked me what topic interests me the most. In other words, they wanted to know from which area they should ask me questions. When one is given a choice, taking the decision becomes more difficult. I chose mass and energy balance. Each one of the four experts asked me a few very basic questions. I could reply some and some I couldn’t.

I realised that I need to know much more than I know in mass and energy balance. I was not among the candidates who were selected for the job, but I must say, it was the best interview I ever faced. This interview prepared me to face future interviews more confidently.