Most of the time the interviewing officer at ‘Services Selection Boards’ prefers giving you the liberty to give your self-introduction in one go than asking different rapid-fire questions based on it.
“Tell me about yourself.” If you have an SSB Interview coming up, then there is a good possibility that this will be the first question your interviewing officer from you.
‘Introduction’ part plays a very significant role in any interview. It gives IO the opportunity to build a formal connect with you before deep diving in different domains of your personality. As he has just read your PIQ (Personal Information Questionnaire) form, he would further want to related it with your personality that too from your sub-conscious level. While this part may sound easy, many candidates often stumble over when asked to give self-introduction. A bad introduction also reflects that the candidate is not much prepared.
CIQs or Self Introduction is also used as a tool to make a candidate comfortable in the environment of interview room. It is believed that flow of information from one person to another takes place more effectively when the first person is at a state of ‘ease’ and is comfortable with the social environment around him.
When IO ask for your intro, they expect you to deliver it formally and in a much organized manner. Introduction is not only about delivering basic information about your birth, family, academics… it’s more about highlighting your personality. It is always advisable to take some time to hone your introduction.
Now, let’s talk about how you should prepare an intro for yourself.
Review your PIQ
Your ‘Personal Information Questionnaire’ has a great role in your overall assessment at Services Selection Boards. It is one of the main sources to gather valuable inputs related to your personality. Never ignore your PIQ. Give it a significant time and review it for further preparation especially for your personal interview. Not only your introduction should match your PIQ, also your overall performance.
Highlight main points in your PIQ that you would like to mention in your introduction. Your intro should revolve around your PIQ.
Introspect and find the answers of these questions:
- Who are you and why do you want to join armed forces?
- What are your strengths and weakness?
- What do you want to accomplish in your life?
Jolt down your own answers and craft your introduction accordingly.
Organize your introduction properly
As mentioned before, your introduction should not only include general info, it should also highlight the type of personality you are. Apart from your general info you should also include your hobbies, interests, skills, experience, achievements, strengths etc. You can also mention your goals.
IOs are always interested in knowing career goals as it reflects if you are a potential candidate or not.
Read about the thing you are going to be interviewed for
You should be aware what they are looking in a candidate. How a military officer is different from a common civilian! Read about the different ‘Officers like qualities’. This will help you in self evaluation of your introduction. Likewise, the profile of an officer is dynamic, your introduction should also be the same.
This is also important to answer the cross-questions, if put by IO.
Keep some real life experience ready for you
Think about what actually they are interested in hearing. It’s better if you can include some of your real life experiences as an example of your points.
Give your intro a final touch
Read your intro multiple times and see if anything needs further clarification. Write down the final outline and imbibe it. Remember, it should be a balanced intro, neither too lengthy nor too short.
Revise your intro and memorize the key points. Then re-write the complete intro. In this way you will be able to imbibe it easily. You can also try making videos of your intro to gain self confidence.