SSC EXAM PREPARATION – Interview Tips
The pressure of cracking the SSC exams along with the added stress of clearing the interview rounds, is enough to make the most cool headed person around break into a cold sweat. However, with Studycopter acting as your guide and advisor at every step, you don’t need to worry anymore. Here we provide you with vital SSC Exam preparation tips and instructions which help you develop the skills required to ace an SSC interview.
1. Crisp / To-the-point Answers
First skill to develop is to answer to the point. You must not be over elaborate in your answers. For example, if asked “What does your father do?” you are to answer as follows: “Sir/Ma’am, my father works as a….with …… company/is a ….”
There is no need to begin from your father’s education, school, family, etc.
2. Confidence Streak
- This is very important for your SSC exam preparation particularly for the interview round. Many times a student who does exceptionally well in the written exams may not get selected because of his faulty interview skills. You must understand that the very purpose of the interview is to put you through a personality test. The main motive is to see how well you are able to handle stress. And the first thing that slips when in stress is your confidence!
- Developing the confidence to face your interviewers will take some time, and can best be developed with practice. A good way to build your confidence is to sit in front of all your family members (3-4) and ask them to interrogate you on common topics asked in the interview. Make sure you critically analyse all your answers.
- Another way is to sit with your friends’ group and follow the same procedure. You can do the same for them. A lot of learning comes when you are on the other side of the table. So knowing the interview, both like an interviewer and an interviewee is very beneficial!
3. Posture / Body Language
A common folly that many make, and one in which you can gain an upper hand, is your body language and your posture. The way you walk into the room, the way you sit, your expressions, all leave an impact on your panel.
How do you walk? Well, you should be sure to walk with your back straight. Never walk with a hunch, and if you do now then start practicing walking with your back straight.
Note that a lot of things that matter in an interview are part of daily habits, like walking, sitting, etc. To amend these requires time, and so you must begin now!
How do you sit? For boys, the best posture is to sit with both feet on the ground and straight back before the interview begins. And then to sit with a forward bend facing the panel when questions start getting deeper.
For ladies, it is always good to sit straight with both feet on the ground. Casually, you may put one leg on top of the other for a short moment when you know the questions are lighter ones. But be careful never to sit with legs apart!
What not to do? Never seem shaky in front of the interview panel. Take good care not to shake your legs, or to crack your knuckles. These are everyday habits in most people that can ruin your chances because they are a perfect show of how nervous you are!
4. Answering questions / Style of speaking
- An important part of your SSC exam preparation could be practicing answering questions without stammering . During the interview, make sure you have heard your interviewer’s question completely before you venture an answer. Do not override your interviewer.
- Never try to debate on a topic with your interviewer. Remember, you are not there to win the discussion but to win over your interviewer! Let them complete what they are trying to say, then take a few moments to think about the answer and then state clearly all your points.
- For example, if they are asking you “What is your take on the NBRGA….”, do not begin talking about the NREGA! This may happen if you do not understand the question or listen to it fully.
All interviews, at some point, will have an embarrassing moment. Do not get flustered. Always answer questions with a smile. That gives off a pleasant charm about your personality.
- Again, do not get over aggressive about any topics on which they may want to hear your viewpoint. They want to know what way you think, so handle this with a calmness and integrity.
5. Personality shaping
- Never forget to dress sharply for the interview. You must have your formals ready (shirt, tie and pants for the men; shirt and trousers / coat and trousers / salwar-suit / saree – although it is better dress in clothes that are easier to manage, but go with whatever makes you most comfortable).
- Neatly ironed clothes, well-polished shoes / heels(for women), neatly done hair are must-haves. You should not sport a trendy haircut at the interview, with strands of hair all over your face. This gives a shabby impression to the interviewer. Ladies with long hair can always carry a neat bun. Men most often like to go in with short hair, neatly combed back.
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