Interview is :-
1) A meeting or one to one interaction.
2) With a purpose – to find one’s attributes, +ve or –ve .
3) In a controlled setting i.e. a formal environment.
AIM OF SSB INTERVIEW:-
The aim of SSB interview is to assess the leadership qualities or fifteen officer like qualities of the candidate by casual and personal interaction between the candidate and Interviewing officer(IO). In addition to judging present capabilities of candidate, IO also assess the future training potential of the candidate. Therefore, the IO will throw such questions on candidate that all his qualities will come out automatically.
INTERVIEWING OFFICER IS:-
A) Senior most officer- president/ deputy president of the respective board.
B) Mature person.
C) Aware of prevailing environment.
D) Specialist and well-trained.
So, in interview don’t:-
4) Be dishonest.
a) Interpersonal skills:- how you connect and understand yourself and others and whether you create win-win situation for both. Whether or not you can motivate yourself and others.
b) Communication issue:- 7% words
38% tone, tenor, gesture.
55% body language.
c) Attitudinal imperatives:- don’t have lethargic attitude.
1) Various kind of complexes.
3) Lack of self confidence.
4) Fear of failure.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN SSB INTERVIEW:-
1) Filling up PIQ form:- your IO (Interviewing officer) sees your PIQ before he sees you. He studies it in detail and form a picture about you and get ready with the set of question he is going to give you. Your entire interview will revolve around you and you will be known by the information you give about yourself in PIQ form. So, fill your PIQ form properly and remember what you have written and where.
2) Neatness:- be neat, clean and tidy when you present yourself for the interview. Have a good haircut, comb your hair decently, shave properly and clip your nails. Take bath and ensure that no bad odour emanates from your body. Your appearance should show that you are an orderly and disciplined person- the one that interviewer is looking for.
3) Dressing:- any person is recognized by the way he dresses. With some care for your dressing you can put right foot forward. Therefore, it is very essential that you turn up for the interview smartly dressed up. Preferable dress code for interview is :-
a) Dark colored formal trouser.
b) Light colored full sleeve shirt.
c) Neck Tie of color contrast to your shirt.
d) Leather shoes.
e) Socks matching with trouser.
f) Belt matching with shoe color.
Look yourself in mirror before going for interview.
4) Entry into interview room:- knock the door just twice and ask for his approval. After entering the room greet the interviewer good morning/ good afternoon/ good evening, as appropriate as per the time of the day. Shake hand firmly and with warmth but shake hand only if interviewer initiates it. After hand shake, keep standing straight until you are offered a seat. Thank him for offering a seat, if you are asked to sit down otherwise continue to stand in attention position if not asked to sit down.
5) Avoid mannerism:- sit with back straight and look straight into the eyes of interviewer through out the interview. Keep your fist open and on knees. Do not shake your legs or keep it crossed. Your thigh should be parallel to ground. Do not play with buttons or neck tie. Do not cough or clear your throat very often. Do not yawn in middle.
6) Behave cheerfully:- right from the time you enter the room to leaving the room, maintain a warm smile on your face. You should look keen, enthusiastic and speak loudly and clearly. Do not seem to be excited and nervous.
7) Be attentive:- concentrate on what IO speaks and try to grasp everything he speaks especially during marathon questions. Do not ask him to repeat very often. Also, do not interrupt him in the middle and let him complete the question. Do not argue with IO or challenge his opinion.
8) Do not bluff:- do not boast up yourself. Just state the facts and describe your achievements with modesty. If you don’t know any answer, don’t make false guesses. Just reply by saying that “I am sorry sir I don’t know. I’ll find it out and tell you in conference.”
9) Be natural and be yourself.
SSB interview generally lasts for 45 minutes to an hour. It is the shortest of all assessments that one undergo at the SSB but it’s the most important one as the interviewer interacts with you personally and find out what you are inside out. Stay relaxed, calm and composed throughout although everything will seem to add to your tension. Do not worry if you couldn’t answer any question. Just focus on what he is speaking at the moment.
Don’t give one word/ one sentence answer. Give reason for all your answers and explain the reason behind your every answer like if he asks “ who is your favourite teacher” then don’t just name him/her but also explain why he/she is your favourite teacher, what qualities do you like in him/her, what subject he/she taught and how he/she helped you when you faced any problem.
Remember what you have written in PIQ form. Like if you are asked what you do in your leisure time then you should immediately get that you are asked about your hobby and answer the same.
Be logical while answering the questions. Don’t try to present yourself as something you are not. At the end of interview, if you are given an opportunity to ask any question, ask a sensible and meaningful question or decline the offer graciously by saying “no sir, thank you”.
Do not accept beverages during the interview as this action is out of etiquette. Decline the offer graciously and thank him for this.
Spend at least 10-29 seconds with yourself to calm down yourself and get ready for the interview.
The interview will be conducted in five phases:-
1) Rapport building:- 5-8 minutes.
2) CIQ1- Academics:- 18-20 minutes.
3) CIQ2:- family set up:- 8-12 minutes.
4) CIQ3:- personal growth:- 5-8 minutes.
5) Miscellaneous:- 4-6 minutes.
A Set of few frequently asked questions are given below. Think, think and think about it until you arrive at a satisfactory answer and write it down. This will give you better insight about yourself.
1) How was your journey? Did you face any problem while coming for SSB?
2) Give a brief description of your journey.( include name of important stations any unexpected situation you came through, if any and how you reacted to that).
3) Tell me something about place you have lived most/completed major schooling time/ you are coming from/ places you have ever visited.( this will include historical ,geographical and political aspects, languages spoken, religion followed, culture, tourist places, important personalities and any special thing you want to share about your place which people generally don’t know).
4) How would you compare the place of your maximum residence to the one you are living in?
5) How many friends have you made at SSB and what have you been doing in the evening?
6) What all places have you visited in this city and what is your impression about this city.
1) Tell me percentage of your marks from 6th to present level.
2) Tell me about all the competitive exams you have appeared for and marks obtained in them.
3) What subjects you opted for in 11th class/ for graduation?( also tell why you opted that particular subject and how it benefited you).
4) What are your future career options? (must say defence forces but can also include if have any other option).
5) Tell me how was your education financed?
6) Why has your academic performance shown a decline/ why less marks in any particular academic session?
7) Why did you take an additional year to complete your 12th/ graduation?
8) How is your school/institution different from other schools/ institutions?
9) What were the difficulties you faced in changing your school and do you regret changing your school?
10) How do you differentiate school and college environment?
11) What benefits did you draw from the facilities given at your school/college?
12) What are your views on co-education?
13) Tell me about your friend circle both boys and girls and who were close to you and why others were not close to you?( also give reason for why friends you named were close to you).
14) what are advantages/ disadvantages of being a day scholar/boarder?
15) Teacher you like the most and teacher who have not impressed you much.( also give reason for it. Do mention if there is a teacher who couldn’t impress you much but don’t mention too many negative points about him and also point out positive points he had).
16) What is your favourite subject? ( it should be generally the one in which you have scored maximum marks).
17) Why did you change your subject from science to arts?
18) What advice would you give to your younger one regarding choosing a stream after 10th or 12th?
19) Why you couldn’t clear UPSC/SSB in previous attempt/s?
20) Views on friendly teacher/strict teacher?
21) Activities you involved in apart from studies.
22) Any responsibility you were given during your academic career and any challenges you faced during completing the task and how you handled that?( don’t include directly going to authority).
23) Any mischievous activity you involved in with your friends?
24) What Is the best memory you share with your friends?
CIQ2(family set up)
1) Tell me about your family.(speak about every one in your family their education, occupation and income).
2) Talk to me about activities you involve in at your home.
3) Differences and similarity you notice in your siblings as compared to yourself.
4) How do you share resources available to you with your siblings?
5) Responsibilities undertaken in any event happened at your home?
6) Whom do you approach when you have any problem?(it should be your parents or elder brother/sister at most because they have the best solutions to your problems as friends may not be mature enough to solve your major problems).
7) Whom do you love more, father or mother and why?
8) Describe the personality of your father and mother and what all their qualities you would like develop in yourself?
9) Whom do you tell your secrets?
10) How much pocket money do you get and how do you use it?
11) Tell me of your neighborhood friends and kind of activities that you all indulge in.
12) Which one according to you is better, joint family or nuclear family?
13) How do you help your parents in their work?
1) What are your hobbies and interests?
2) What books do you read?
3) What do you watch on T.V?
4) How do you use access of internet?
5) Let me know of your routine on Sundays.
6) What columns do you read in newspaper?
1) Why do you want to join services?
2) Why you prefer one service over other? Like if 1st choice is IAF and 2nd navy then why so?
3) What is meaning of your name?
4) How has your state progressed after becoming a new state or electing new CM?
5) What are the problems your village/city/district/state is facing and how would you solve them if you are given their command?
6) What is your preference for big city/small town/ village?
7) Question on services.
8) Subject knowledge.
9) General knowledge.
10) Questions for working candidates:-
a) Where are you working now and what position do you hold?
b) How much do you earn and how do you use that?
c) What are your duties and responsibilities?
d) Do your colleagues/seniors help you?
e) How do you manage if your juniors start reacting violently?
11) Questions for NCC candidates:-
a) Why did you join NCC?
b) What is motto, song of NCC and all other information related to NCC?
c) How did NCC training affect your personality?
d) Would you recommend that NCC should be made compulsory in schools and colleges?
e) What responsibilities did you get while attending NCC camps and if you didn’t get what do you think may be the reason for this?
THINK IT & INK IT!