22 Jun

Now that your hard work has paid off and you have cleared the written exam to make it to the interview round for your Staff Selection Commission exam, it is time to start preparing yourself for the next leg. Even if you are confident about your people skills and your ability to impress a panel of rather strict interviewers, it is important that you invest significant time in preparing for the big day.

Basic Guidelines on how to approach the Interview

  • Typically, you will be put before a body of 5 to 6 members who are there to assess your candidature.
  • You needn’t fear because tough cross questioning is rarely there; the panel does make an effort to make the candidate relaxed.
  • However, it is your responsibility as a candidate to showcase the best side of your personality. It is this aspect of the interview that you are required to prepare for in advance.
  • If you are able to remain positive throughout the interview process, you will find that the panel is also supportive. It is strongly recommended that you refrain from starting any argument. Remember that the members in the panel are far more experienced and knowledgeable than you are.
  • The key is to remain as composed, calm, logical, original and most importantly as confident as you can. Make sure you give answers that are genuine, realistic and in line with your personality.
  • The interview can last for anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes.
  • It is recommended that you arrive at the venue at least one hour before the allotted time.

Should you Enrol Yourself in an SSC CGL Coaching institute for Interview Preparation?

It is often found that signing up for interview coaching is a great way to stay prepared. If you choose to do so, make sure you enrol yourself at the best SSC Coaching classes. Go through online reviews of various institutes and pick the one that is known for giving holistic guidance for interview preparation. Many institutes will also give you the key to some of the commonly asked questions in an SSC interview. Here are a few out of the box yet common questions that candidates have been asked in the past –

  • How do you think you are different from other candidates being interviewed?
  • How have you invested your time since you completed graduation?
  • What are your views on the issue of arranged marriage?
  • Why did you take a year off after graduation?
  • Why should we select you?
  • Should there be reservation in Govt. jobs?
  • Why did you leave your previous job?
  • Why was your academic performance not up to the mark in class 12th?

While some of the questions asked may revolve around general knowledge or your knowledge in a specific subject that you have graduated in, many others may sound personal but are generally asked to assess your attitude, stability and future goals. The key is to not get anxious and answer questions in a composed manner.


Read this article for understanding the key elements that go into preparing for SSC CGL interview round.

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