10 Body Language Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview
Below are ten body language mistakes in brief which any candidate appearing for any defence exam like CDS, AFCAT, NDA, Territorial Army, INET, SSC- Tech, etc so that he/she can crack the interview and make it to the next level.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Improper Posture
- Slumping in your chair does not exude confidence. Individuals who sit up straighter are more likely to perceive themselves as having strong leadership skills, while those with hunched postures are more likely to feel easily stressed.
- Sitting up straight as well as squaring your shoulders not only makes you appear confident, but also demonstrates that you respect your interviewer and the situation.
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- As if a string were tied from the top of your head to the ceiling, sit. This trick is also useful if you have a habit of leaning back in your chair, which may be interpreted as not taking the conversation seriously.
- Sit up straight, but not so straight that you appear to be craning your neck to the ceiling. It may appear that you are stiff and prudish. Similarly, when standing, keep an eye on your posture.
- Stand with your feet slightly apart, shoulders back, & chin up. One thing is consistent across all branches of the military: their shoulders say, 'Look at me, I am a leader; follow me.' This is part of the process of establishing hierarchy, but it is also how we show respect.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Direct Eye Contact
- When you're being interviewed, it's critical to maintain eye contact. People who avoid eye contact or have jerky eye movements appear suspicious, if not creepy.
- Distracted/upward eye movements may indicate that a person is lying or is unsure of themselves.
- To convey confidence and certainty, it is critical to look someone in the eyes. Looking down as you speak may give the impression that you lack the confidence or are self-conscious, causing your words to lose their impact.
- Avoid looking at the clock, which conveys disinterest and can be misconstrued as disrespectful.
- Eye contact is important for conveying a sense of confidence & ability, but maintaining eye contact for extended periods of time without breaking can be harmful.
- Long, forceful eye contact can be perceived as aggressive. Every seven to ten seconds, break eye contact. The way we break eye contact sends a message as well.
- Looking down conveys submission, whereas looking to the side conveys confidence. Make eye contact with every person in the room if there are more than one. Also, avoid staring at the mouth or the brow.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Being Overly Serious
- Smiling not only makes you appear warm and friendly, but it may also help to calm your interview nerves.
- While frowning & scowling can convey displeasure or judgement, smiling can elicit positive feelings from the interviewer as well as help create a positive long-term impression.
- Smiling reveals so much about you to an interviewer, but when we're nervous, we naturally stop smiling. Rehearse answering interview questions while keeping a smile on your face.
- If you don't smile at least once during the SSB interview, the interviewer may mistakenly believe that you're not a positive person or that you're not excited about the whole thing.
- However, this does not imply that you must always smile. This may once again demonstrate your lack of seriousness and may land you in hot water.
- Smiling at the start and end of your interview, but not so much in between, will make you appear more approachable & likeable.
- It all comes down to balance. Don't overthink it and just do what feels natural. A simple idea is to try to match your interviewer's energy or demeanour.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Touching your nose, mouth, or face
- Playing with your hair or trying to touch your face is a no-no during an interview. The first makes you appear immature and stressed.
- The latter conveys an even more ominous message. Face touching, particularly on the nose, is frequently interpreted as a sign of deception or lying.
- If you have long hair, tie it back neatly so you don't mess up the ends. Also, make a concerted effort not to touch your face for the duration of your visit.
- Bite your nails or scratch your head to demonstrate your childish anxiousness as well as lack of self-control.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Defensive or Aggressive
- Avoid attempting to cross your arms across your chest, leaning in too far, or invading the interviewer's personal space (aside from the handshake).
- All of these body language signals indicate that you are closed off, narrow-minded, defensive, hostile, or simply bored.
- The last thing you want to do in an interview is come across as someone who constantly questions or challenges everything.
- Turn off the hostile body language cues and instead place your hands in your lap, on the arms of the chair, or anywhere else that conveys a sense of calm and even-temperedness.
- Keep your hands open, relaxed, as well as visible. Clenching your fists gives the impression that you are closed off & defensive.
- It can also make you argumentative because you will appear to be ready to act at any time.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Excessive Hand Motions
- You may be overjoyed about your performance in the SSB Interview, but wild gestures with your hands or arms can appear, well, a little wacky.
- Even if you're enthusiastic, this can be interpreted as a body language error. Set aside some time to research when & how to use your hands during an interview.
- Hand gestures, when used sparingly and precisely, can be a powerful way to make a point.
- Too much pointing of fingers or air chopping makes you appear obstinate rather than decisive.
- Mopping your arms enthusiastically or making intense pointing gestures can be unsettling as it comes across as chaotic and hectic, which aren't attributes interviewers look for in a defence candidate.
- Wild gestures can also be interpreted as an attempt to compensate for a speaker who is stretching the truth.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Fidgeting
- If you fidget excessively, you will appear anxious and nervous, which may cause your interviewer to question your assertiveness as well as interpersonal warmth.
- Avoid the urge to fidget with your fingers. You can project the image of a confident & capable leader by embracing stillness.
- If this is difficult for you, practise answering questions while remaining as still as possible in front of a mirror.
- A big interview blunder is shifting your seat or tapping your foot. Do not even jiggle or wobble your feet. It's both irritating and distracting.
- Place both feet firmly on the floor, then focus all of your nervous energy on responding the interviewer's questions with all of the knowledge you've prepared.
- Unfortunately, you may become fidgety during the SSB interview without even realizing it.
- Try a mock interview with a friend so they can point out any nervous gestures you're making.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Shrugging
- Shrugging is not a good look for any interviewee in the SSB Interview because it indicates that you are indifferent or dissatisfied with what your interviewer is saying.
- However, shrugging just one shoulder can imply that you're lying, so avoid shrugging at all costs.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Fiddling with Objects
- If an interviewer notices you fiddling with your jewellery, picking at your fingernails, or twirling your hair, he or she may assume you're dull or impatient.
- Fortunately, this is a simple body language error with an easy fix. Simply remove the source, whether it's leaving bracelets at residence or pulling back hair.
- One other trick is to press your fingertips together to form a church steeple. You'll exude confidence while keeping your nerve digits in check.
Mistakes to Avoid During the SSB Interview: Too much nodding
- People frequently believe that nodding in agreement to everything the interviewer says will help them.
- That is not the case at all. While it's fine to nod in the agreement when you truly agree with something, you should avoid the ‘nodding dog syndrome.’
- Nodding in agreement with almost everything, regardless of the message, gives the impression that you are sycophantic, if not spineless.
- Worse, if you are not paying attention and are then asked a question about the matter you were nodding about, you may appear foolish. Maintain control over your nodding and shaking your head in disagreement.
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