AFPA

Whether it’s your first time or you are a repeater, facing an SSB interview can be really daunting upon aspirants.

Generally, there is more pressure upon repeaters because their mind is clogged with thoughts of whether they will get a chance to express themselves or no, or will they be overpowered by other candidates and so on.

Making a strong influence on Group Discussions and Personal Interview needs unique thought process. Interviewers are just humans like you. They are affected by same psychological preferences just like all of us.

The way you hold yourself and the way you speak can make a huge difference to your personality and even make you much more recommendable, likable and potent in their eyes.

Following 7 psychological tricks will help you make your presence felt:

1. Speak Expressively:

One thing that’s a total turn-off in an interview is speaking in a monotone.

  • If you really want to sound smart and make an impression on the assessors, try to talk a little louder without taking too many pauses and be variant in volume. This way, you will sound more energetic and intelligent.
  • If the speech is expressive with proper modulation in volume and pitch, the candidate is more likely to be considered as intelligent.
  • Depending on the importance of the topic being discussed, you need to speed up or slow down your speech.
  • If you are providing new information, try to speak slowly yet in a moderate volume.
  • If you are revising something, be quicker in your speech.
  • If you are deeply explaining an important subject, try to slow down and let the examiner absorb it properly.

2. Maintain Eye Contact:

  • Don’t be shy when you first look at the interviewer or greet them. You need to make a good eye contact.
  • Candidates who avoid eye contact throughout the interview are likely to be not recommended.
  • On the contrary, candidates who maintain proper eye contact and be more enthusiastic were considered as smart.

3. Mimic your Interviewer’s Manners:

Mimicking the posture, body language, gestures and tone of your interviewer can help you bond with them.

  • Such behavior makes you come off as an easy-going and trustworthy candidate.
  • Check whether the interviewer is using a formal tone or is more casual. Observe the personality of the interviewer- whether they are friendly or being strict? Once you figure it out, try to mimic their manners and body language.

Whilst doing this, keep in mind that:

  • Mimicking does not necessarily mean parroting. It’s just a mere reflection. If you copy their every move and every posture, interviewer might be alienated.
  • Only mimic that which is positive. Don’t copy arguing or complaining attitude.
  • Don’t get too focused on copying, so much so that you forget the whole point of interview and lose track of a conversation.
  • Rehearse the interview process with your friends or family until you become fluent and confident about it.

4. Remember the aim of the Interviewer:

Before heading for the SSB interview, always know what the interviewer is looking for in you. This will help you fine-tune your responses to their questions.

The Interviewer is looking for a candidate:

  • Who fits the job profile
  • Who is mentally and physically capable of handling the duty
  • Who has OLQs (Officer Like Qualities)
  • Who is enthusiastic and passionate about getting selected

For these reasons, every candidate needs to do thorough research on what they are about to get into. You need to have basic info about the service you’ve applied for, in order to show your suitability for the position.

5. Be Honest about your weaknesses:

When asked “What are your weaknesses?”, providing an over-smart answer is a turn-off. Don’t determine “I am very hard-working” or “I am a perfectionist” as your weakness.

  • Try to be more subtle and honest about the answer. You could say, “I am not so organized” or “I need to work on my time-management skills” could sound more genuine.

Your interviewer might be impressed with your honesty.

6. Don’t keep that smile all throughout:

Don’t frown at the interviewer, but at the same time don’t keep smiling all throughout the interview.

7. Be enthusiastic:

Project some energy and excitement during the interview. Don’t sit laid back in your chair, giving neutral expressions and speak in a monotone voice.

Candidates who have low energy level and low pitch are prone to get rejected.

  • Take deep long breaths. While speaking, if you take short and rapid breaths, you might sound as if you are running out of the air and this shows your nervousness.
  • Never interrupt your interviewer.
  • The Body language of your interviewer speaks a lot about how the interview is going. If they yawn, lean back in the chair away from you or look elsewhere as you are speaking, know that you are being too lengthy and uninteresting.
  • If they lean forward or look at you directly, know that you are doing it right and elaborate more.

Pick up these small signs and accordingly tailor your replies to uplift the interview.