The Perfect Interview

Hello to all my busy
stutter friends  :-). Today I want to share my experience of two days
ago. Our college went to a campus placement in Chandigarh. Most of the students
of my class did not prefer to go there because it was a tough competition and
other colleges were also participating. Perhaps facing interview and many other
things there, made students to foot back. I don’t understand this thing, why
fluent people feared with these things (I think if I was fluent then I would
never missed these opportunities :-). But I accepted this challenge; I think why I am
letting myself back due to my stammering. I will perform good or bad but at-least
I will get a chance to face fear and challenge. I went there with my few
friends; with a mind that I am not going to get a job but for enjoying the interview
and enjoying the challenge. Around 1400 students there and I were in those
lucky 600 who cleared the written test. I was not so much happy and surprise
because it was not a challenge that I was waiting for. Technical interview
started of all students one by one. Sometimes I feared by thinking that it may
be horrible; but every-time when this thought came to my mind, I overlap this
thought by this- ”I am not here to get the job, I come here to just enjoy the feared
things”. This thought relaxed me a lot and all my fear started to melt.
                     After a long wait that
waiting moment came, I took the seat in front of a young HR. First question- “Umesh,
Tell me something about yourself”. I started to tell after a deep breath while
he was gazing at my resume. But after two sentences my speech started to
breaking out. I thought this is not a time to hide my stammer, I asked him “Sir,
I have problem of stammering and I will took some more time to complete my
words if you don’t mind”.  He smiled and said ”Ok
Ok, It’s not a big issue. Take your time and speak as you relax”. I never
expect such words from an interviewer. I smiled and started to speak my own
words with less fear. Then after listening few answers from me; he asked- “Do
you know? Einstein also had this problem” I immediately replied-“Yes sir, also
Newton and Hrithik Roshan have this problem”.  “Tum tho sab jaante ho, fir kaya problem hai.
Do you do something to work on your speech?” He asked again. I said “Yes, I am
a member of TISA and we arranged self help meetings in Delhi. It really helps
us to come out”. After few minutes of this conversation I stuck to a severe
block when he asked to name my favorite subject. I tried but failed to say it,
even with my technique like bouncing. I said “Sir, I can’t able to speak this
name even with my techniques”. He politely said that ok; you can speak any
synonym of it. Then I speak it with a starter (prefix word) and took a breath
of relax. 
        Overall interview was good and he looked satisfied. Last question he
asked that you had written in your resume; stammering in your strength points,
why? I said that there was a time when I thought stammering is worst thing to
me; but after joining TISA it is no more. I got so such nice friends because of
it, I got a habit of speaking truth because of it, and many other things which
would took a long time to describe here.That’s why now I consider it as my strength not weakness. When interview finished, I went back
to my seat with immense pleasure in my heart. I thought that now if I not
selected then atleast I will not regret on myself that my stammering pushed me back. I
have no right to say it now because I got fully time to speak and well
understood. If I will not selected, it will only lack of my knowledge not my
What experience I got
by this interview which I gave for enjoyment.
  1.What we think in
our mind is not always right. 
  2.We thought people will consider us in a
negative way because of our ugly weakness but good and mature people never do
  3.Good people are always supportive and feel our
  4.We never let us
down or back foot in any work due to our weakness. 
  5.We can face some
challenges just for shake of enjoyment. 
  6.We can’t blame to society without involving in
  7.Why we hide our
self to external world? We can show what we are in real and it gives real
  8.Sometimes weakness becomes strength if you
implement it by right attitude.( Better to say this if I will get selected :-))

Post Author: Harish Usgaonker

16 thoughts on “The Perfect Interview


    (November 7, 2011 - 2:08 am)

    "I got a habit of speaking truth because of it"
    Umesh, this is the line, I will take with me to Andamans, if I were exiled there for the rest of my life without books.. Speaking truth is the best tapasya in this age. And, we the pws, get this opportunity (if we choose to) in our own small ways every day, because we stammer. So, even stammering is an opportunity for our SPIRITUAL evolution..
    I totally agree with your interpretation of the whole experience..
    Dont worry about selection. Just accept whatever happens. You have already reaped the biggest benefit of the moment..


    (November 7, 2011 - 2:26 am)

    Great going dude!!!!
    Best of luck !!!!


    (November 7, 2011 - 2:27 am)

    Grt going dude !!!!
    Best of luck !!!!


    (November 7, 2011 - 6:01 am)

    Great job Umesh, Really Hats off to you. Really very much inspired by you. You took the challenge and faced the fear of interview. Does not matter whether you get a job or not. the main thing you went there and had a good conversation with them. The best thing, you come out of your shell and took the initiative. There is a good proverd, practice makes a man perfect. Do not worry about not being able to speak there. Your acheivement is that you went there and shared about your stammering with them. Now you must be feeling a stammering is not a big issue.
    All the best dear. We are very pround of you.


    With good wishes


    (November 7, 2011 - 11:49 am)

    gud Umesh ji……thanks for this postzest


    (November 7, 2011 - 5:20 pm)

    Waah Umesh truly speaking, I don't have words to praise your guts. What an awesome post! You have inspired me and a lot of other PWS like me to face challenges head on.
    Thanks a lot!!


    (November 8, 2011 - 7:28 am)

    Superb man… me too did the same thing during my interview but i didn't mentioned my stammering…Just to face the fear of interview..but adding Stammering as your strength in resume really awesome dude…


    (November 8, 2011 - 7:37 am)

    We wont regret about interviews where we are open about our stammer.

    I had once read about a man from TISA who finally got his job after 50 interviews . Think of the experience he will be having?

    "Take a cup of concrete and harden the f**k up"



    (November 8, 2011 - 9:15 am)


    Buddy you make me proud 🙂

    I had never thought of stammering as a strength till now, but you forced me to think it that way. I owe you one 🙂




    (November 8, 2011 - 9:55 am)

    Umesh paaji Kirtiman pe kirtiman banate ja rahe ho aap. Thanks for sharinf these wonderful insights and a different perspective of looking at things


    (November 8, 2011 - 2:58 pm)

    Life is for – GO ON…….

    so keep tiking with life & enjoy all the experiences..

    Thank you for posting , Umesh.


    (November 8, 2011 - 3:59 pm)

    Thanks to all my lovely friends and guru's! All I have done because of only your support and guidance. Thanks again for your encouraging comments and love!


    (November 9, 2011 - 11:42 am)

    I am taking these lines of yours for my interview too. Thanks a lot Umesh, yours is a truly inspiring story.


    (November 9, 2011 - 4:19 pm)

    Wah Umesh great. By putting stammering as a strength and the courage you have shown to speak openly about stutter really inspired us a lot.


    (November 12, 2011 - 10:55 am)

    Umesh well done man !
    Try to absorb the maximum positives from the incident to reap the best benfits of the act you performed . and to tell you something which probably doesnt need to be mentioned : "Keep standing out buddy . Maybe you can end up starting a company yourself.


    (November 15, 2011 - 6:06 am)

    welldone umesh your post give us great motivation…for us to face interview…….all the best..

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