If you have been called for SSB interview, I’m pretty sure that you are doing practice and hard preparation. May your psychology test and GTO tasks are well performed but Youhave to impress your Interviewing officer. For that you have to do your homework right now, so that you can present your best version out of you.
From the beginning if you want to make a good impression your dressing sense, your greeting ways and first interaction with IO play an important roll to make an overview about you, and you must know all about this with deep meaning.
- Put on appropriate interview outfit:It can be really weird if you appear in the interview overdressed or not well dressed. You should be dressed up in your proper, neat & clean, formal professional outfit. Iron your clothes and polish your shoes. Behave well and dress really well.
- Make a good handshake:Don’t offer a shaky hand. Whenever you meet with prospective interviewers, offer an almost unyielding handshake, that’s a proper way to demonstrate your confidence and start the interview off in a right way.
- Be enthusiastic:Always have a smile on your face and carry a positive appearance. Remove negativity from your mind and environment and stay calm and cheerful. Show how willingly you want to be offered job but don’t show extreme excitement. Follow the protocols of the interview.
- Make Good eye contact:Establish a confident eye contact with the interviewing officer. Don’t stare or leer at IO which can be demeaning to him.
- Palms should be dry:Nobody wants to handshake with a wet, sweaty, slimy hand. Use the restroom before your interview; insure that your hands are dry or not sweaty. If not possible, use a handkerchief or tissue for the same.
- Stay cool:Although you have brushed up all your knowledge, skills and prepared well, scene of an interview still makes you nervous and you can be completely surprised by the questions you weren’t expecting. So, while hoping for the best, be prepared for everything and stay calm.
- Smile:You don’t want to overdo it, but fill mind with positive thoughts and smile while meeting the IO and in duration of the interview. Positive candidates with strong interpersonal skills are more likely to form a good impression on the IO.
- Use very light perfume:Strong smelling perfumes cause distraction and can be irritating to olfactory system while in an interview time. Use light, gentle and pleasant smelling perfumes or body sprays that keep your body odor away.
- Practice:Practice might not bring perfection in you, but it will definitely help you make a great impact. Practice conversing in English with your family and friends, which will also brush up your communication skills.
- Communication skills: Nervousness might make you hesitating. If you are asked a question, take some time and think about your response before giving your final answer. Don’t rush. Be more conversational and sound less practiced (don’t speak like you have remembered the answers).
- Research: It goes without saying that you must prepare thoroughly for the interview. Work on your PIQ form, basic questions related to your education, family, friends, hobbies and interest, etc., current affairs, topics involving the nation and the world. Dare not forget to study for the technical questions too relevant to your streams.
- Body language, posture & exposure:Have a decent body language; don’t indulge in fiddling. Sit straight and comfortably. Use the chair to relax and not get panic. Don’t use hands more than requirement while talking; instead of keeping them properly in your lap.
- Mirror your interviewer:Make balance in your posture, voice, and gestures to those of the IO. Balance your speech with his; speak at his pace and volume. This establishes a healthy affinity with the interviewer.
- Peculiarity: Stay polite, attentive and honest in your talk. Don’t sound rude, loud or rough. Be original and give correct/factual answers. Don’t fluke. If you don’t know the answer; say, “Sorry Sir, I don’t know the answer, but will definitely find it out”, instead of answering wrong.
- Show limitation: What you don’t say may be equally important as what you say during the interview. As a rule, don’t talk about the benefits (salary, perks) you will get from the service. Your conversations should reflect OLQs, don’t mug up them all by yourself (For example- don’t say, “I am confident, energetic young and dynamic man with good leadership skills”). You should already know if you fit the parameters of the service or not. Don’t comment or criticize about anything or anyone or any place, rather expressing gratitude and appreciation.
- Share Experiences/Memories/Stories: Don’t just state your qualifications or experiences; instead, use your story telling skills to share examples of what you have achieved so far. Engage in real life stories that have affected or influenced you.
- Get the inside scoop:Make sure you researched about the service you want to join; its missions, working, over all service related information including latest changes, and also have basic knowledge about all the three forces.
- Ask Questions: The IO may give you the opportunity to ask questions, it can be anything. Grab the opportunity and ask but make sure it isn’t personal or irrelevant to SSB or Armed Forces. Remember, whatever you pick to ask will reflect your qualities and personality and IO may pick something from that as well, so be sensible and wise in asking your questions.