Body language is the important thing one should keep in minds to be a perfect officer in the Armed Forces. Body language speaks more where words can’t speak, the body does and develops a positive body language for the same becomes a necessity. Observed closely, the body language of a person tells much about them. This is, in particular, assessed in the Interview part of the selection process. Its true that not all are perfect, most of us feel nervous during certain tests and it’s a normal human behavior, but the forces only need confident officers. In this post, I will tell you about important body languages that are super important for your upcoming SSB interview.
Thus, you have to overcome your nervousness, which can improve your body language during a personal interview because your non-verbal communication speaks more about you. Recently, CDS (2) 2017’s results were announced and almost 8692 candidates cleared the exam successfully. If you or any of your friends are on this list then congratulations this article is for you.
7 important body languages that you need to keep in mind during your SSB interview are as follows:
1.Standing Posture and Walking Manner:
The crucial moment i.e when your interview starts or ends, you walk and take/leave your seat. This also indicates a lot about a persons’ psychology. The amount of space occupied by the candidate, the manner of confident walking, all reflect that the candidate’s confident and nature as well. Candidates who generally assume a ‘power stance’ for about two minutes feel more powerful and confident and tend to act that way. Sit straight, with hands on your thighs and walk like a confident boss.
2.Sitting Posture and Leg Movements:
Positioning the body with a little-bit leaning toward the interviewer, the arms at one’s sides, and the chest, abdomen, and lower body visible. This posture of body language implies that the candidate is actively listening and interested in the interview. Few of the sitting postures and their meanings are as follows:
- Sitting Erect: Shows confidence
- Sitting Crossed Legs: Shows feeling insecure or being really very bold.
- Ankles Crossed: Shows openness and being down to earth.
- Arms Crossed: Indicates your defensive nature.
- Hands on the Lap: Tell that you are thoughtful
Hand gestures are considered as really a powerful aspect of communication. Usually, our hand gestures complement our speech to convey a point. But nervous candidates start making unnecessary gestures for the same purpose. The basic hand gestures and their meanings are as follows:
- Hidden Hands: This displays the lack of trust between you and the interviewer.
- Open Hands and Palms at 45-degree: This is mostly seen in people’s speeches where it communicates that the speaker is being honest and open.
- Open Hands with Palms Facing Down: Indicates that the speaker is certain about what he is talking.
- Palms Facing Each Other with Fingers Together: Indicates expertise of what you are talking about.
- Hands Grasped, touching hair, neck, etc: Indicates nervousness.
4.Facial and Eye Expressions:
One can display generally 7 emotions through facial expressions – anger, contempt, disgust, fear, joy, sadness, and surprise. This mostly depends on the context and situation. You actually cannot smile if the interviewer says that he is feeling hungry. Also, maintaining eye contact plays a crucial role in the same. It is an important part of a good body language. Here’s a simple technique to improve eye contact:
Whenever you meet the interviewer or someone else, look into his eyes long enough to notice what color they are. But be careful, keeping too much eye-contact might creep people out. Giving no eye-contact might make you seem insecure.
Voice is a very powerful tool in body language that a candidate must know while speaking. Not only does it reflect confidence but it also helps in convincing the person to whom you are speaking with. The few tips to have a good voice modulation are listed below:
- Maintain Pitch: Lowering the voice slightly indicates that you are open and secure in front of the interviewer. Do not shout, neither do speak very slowly. If the interviewer asks you to repeat what you said, its time you raise your voice a little.
- Speak Slowly: Speaking slowly helps you to get your point. Also, it makes you clear on what you are speaking. A fast speech indicates nervousness.
- Stress on vocabulary: Your choice of words as a future commander has the ability to make peace or even declare a war. Use words wisely and hopefully.
6.Stray Movements, fidgeting and shifting positions:
In simple words, this indicates nervousness. When you start fidgeting with your hair or pen, unnecessary movements and frequently adjusting yourself indicates that you are uncomfortable and nervous as well. If you really need to adjust, politely ask for interviewer’s permission then only adjust yourself.
To become an armed forces’ officer, you are expected to have fitness in you. Your physical fitness should come only next to your mental fitness – no compromises. Start running, exercising and keep yourself physically fit. Meditate to maintain your physical and mental fitness.
This is all (according to me) are important for your SSB interview. Do read and share with your needy friends. Share your queries in the comment section below or connect with me on on Social Media if you want to know anything.
All the Best!