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How to Prepare for a Government Job Interview?

Most of the government exams results like SSC CGL results are declared after evaluating the candidates on subjective knowledge and conducting personal interviews. Personal interviews are meant to judge a candidate's overall personality, knowledge, problem solving and behaviour in general.  Sometimes the interviewer also checks if a person is able to handle stress or not.Thus, it is extremely important for all the candidates to ace the personal interview.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare better for the interviews:

Lead the Interview:

Keep a track of the cutoffs. For example, the ssc cgl cutoff carries a good weightage of the interview’s marks. The panellists in the interview would shoot questions to check whether you fit the job you've applied for. Thus, every word that you speak initially in the conversation must show your hold on knowledge concerning the job. One straightforward mechanism is to utilize those words that lead to the area you are well versed in. You must try to make the conversation go in your direction i.e. you must be the one who should be indirectly putting further questions in the mind of the interviewer.

For example, if your strong point is current affairs related to national importance, you must try to mention your interests as reading current affairs or bring in some important recent event in your conversation.

Questions to expect:

You must be well prepared to answer the traditional ice breaker question, which in 90% of the cases is “ Tell me something about yourself”. You must carefully plan this answer as it would serve to drive the interview further. You must be precise and place keywords strategically to drive the interview in your direction.

Apart from this, you can expect questions related to your job profile. For example, you may be asked about the repo rate or MCLR in a banking job interview. So, be aware of the terms and concepts related to the profile applied for

A very common topic is current affairs. It has also been observed that panellist shoot questions related to current affairs pertaining to your interests, hometown or any random issue. So, it is always suggested to be aware of current affairs.

Some questions may be situational and case study based to check the problem-solving ability of a candidate.

Personality testing:

Interviews are conducted to evaluate the overall personality of an individual. You must be prepared to answer questions about areas of your interest, strengths, and weakness. Apart from personal questions like these, you can expect the panellists to ask questions about your family background, long and short term career goals and achievements in the past.

There may be questions related to your undergraduate or postgraduate course. They may ask you questions about your favourite subjects, papers published, final year projects, thesis etc.

Examples of the common question asked in government exams in 2020:

1) Why are you leaving your current job? ( if you are working professionals)

2) What is your motivation to join our organization (For freshers)

3)Where do you see yourself 5 years / 10 years / 20 years from now?

4) Why did you go for engineering when you had to apply for this exam?

5) Your views on the economic policy of your country post COVID?

6) Your suggestion on better policy framing pertaining to COVID management?

7) New world order, your views on it.

Be ready for digital interviews:

Given the current pandemic situation, there have been scenarios where the interviews had to be conducted online via Skype or ZOOM app. You must take special care to ace an interview digitally. Avoid using a handheld device. Practice several times beforehand and adjust the frame in a way that ensures proper lighting and background. Record your interviews to know where to lag.

Hope this quick read helps you perform well in your interviews.

Be aware, be confident! All the best.

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