SSB Personal Interview: Do’s and Dont’s
Personal Interview is one of the most important parts of SSB. It gives you a chance to represent your personality in front of an officer. He will be a high-rank officer and his remarks on you will matter the most. This interview can increase or decrease the chances of selection, so prepare well.
In this article, we will study about “Do’s and Dont’s” in a personal interview
So Let’s start,
1. Before the Interview: Do’s
- Make sure you are in formal attire and well dressed.
- Try to be smart and well equipped.
- While going for the interview make sure you are wearing chest no. and is properly tied.
- Use neck tie below the chest no. so that the officer can see your chest no. easily.
- Don’t ask for anything to anyone like a tie, shoe etc. make sure you carry your own.
- Don’t give anything to another person as it may lead to unwanted frustration during the crucial hours of your golden chance and can disturb your attitude as well.
- While waiting for your interview don’t talk to others.
- Don’t talk to the candidates who are coming after giving the interview. It can lead you in trouble as a warning is given in the waiting room that does not stop on the premises after the interview.
Interview: Body Language
- Keep your hands out of your pockets during the interview. Hidden hands indicate that you have something to hide.
- Beware of over-using hand gestures as it can be distracting.
- During interview avoid folding your arms as it will be interpreted as you are in a defensive mode. You can fold your hand loosely on your lap or place your arms on the armrest if your chair has them.
- It is important to make eye contact with the IO. Make sure it is not staring.
- If you feel uncomfortable try to look at the nose of IO.
- Make a smile during eye contact it will be a sign of positive body language.
- If you feel your eye contact is becoming staring, it is ok to take periodic breaks, but don’t look down as it may indicate that you don’t believe what you are saying.
3. Sitting Posture
- When sitting put your feet on the floor and lean slightly forwards.
- Your posture reflects your energy, as well as your interest level, enthusiasm and self-control.
- Sitting on the edge of the chair will give the impression that you are tense and uncomfortable.
- Avoid sitting too far forward.
- As you will seat IO will ask you about your well being, SSB board and whether you liked it or not. You went for a movie or not, Just to break the ice and to make you feel comfortable.
- In the second phase, he will ask you about your score in school and college whether high or low and the reason for it, regarding your participation in co-curricular activities.
- The third will be general awareness problem-solving technique and decision making.
- And the rest of the questions will be related to practical knowledge.
- If asked why you want to join armed forces. then just be firm and grounded. Try to give emphasis on principal qualities and experiences.
The three best ways to get better at interviews are to practice, practice, and, yes, practice. The best way to practice is in front of a mirror.
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