Words with Meaning
I have always noticed this very subtle phenomenon which can be very easily missed throughout our daily interactions. What I have noticed is that words can be uttered with or without a meaning behind them so in a way it really is “not what you say, it’s how you say it”.
I have had times when I was being interviewed for internships that I was not really interested in, but I had to do it because I needed backups just in case. Now when the time came for me to answer some of the questions I actually had answers prepared – so I went ahead and answered in a very professional and eloquent way.
Something was missing though. Behind those sesquipedalian words and my professional delivery there was no meaning – the words just came out of my mouth and went right into the ear of the interviewer. No effect was made and so as expected I never heard back from them.
After interviewing for all of my backups I got called for an interview from a place that I really wanted to work at since I saw it in the listings of the recruitment system. I was so terrified to go on to this one since I have had bad experiences with my other ones. Though after a while I had a talk with myself and found courage to go out there, do my best and see what happens afterwards.
During the interview they asked me all of the questions that I didn’t expect to hear. At this point all I could do is strip down all the rehearsed stuff and be in the very moment of that interview. Once that switch of the mindset happened things became much different in a better way. At this moment all of my words were simple, my sentences short and best of all there was an underlying meaning – at this point my words went to the heart of the interviewer.
I have got an offer from them after 3 days of the interview and worked there for almost about a year. It was one of the best and life-changing experiences that I have ever had and it is now a type of memory that will stay with me forever.