“You have studied till 12th from a village and with Hindi medium”, the most elderly man in the group of six interviewers asked me. I could not understand whether this thing would have positive or negative effect in my selection, I nodded, “yes! Sir”
“Ok, then if you are not comfortable in English, we can ask questions in Hindi.”
I humbly said,” No sir! I am comfortable in English. Even sir, I have qualified JEE in English language.”
“Don’t be afraid, we are not here to check your communication in English. DRDO is a research organisation; we hire people of good knowledge and analytical skills.”
I made no response and continued my answers in English.
I had already one dream job (Maruti-Suzuki) in my hand so as per placement rules I was not allowed to appear in interview of DRDO. However, on the day of interview, everyone(eligible one as their rules) was allowed to appear. Mentally I was not ready. Yet, I left my class test and within 15 minutes I was in training and placement office, with my resume and certificates. I was third person to appear in interview. I was really horrified to see my mates giving interview for more than 1 hour. And the worst thing was that HOD of electrical was also one of the members of interviewers. No doubt, Selection was the issue but feeling ashamed before HOD was really humiliating.
My interview also lost for more than 1 hour. But I could not feel until I saw my watch. Let leave the questions, they asked as I do not want to bore you. I was satisfied by my interview, though not fully confident as they made questions from my every answer until I surrendered. But I felt that the most elderly man (probably,he was scientist from BARC), was impressed.
Finally after 2 months, they declared result and I was fortunate one. J