Even with the rising percentage of youth opting for jobs in private firms or MNCs, still, the craze for government jobs continue to remain the same. Especially in India where the mindset is more on having a stable job and settled life, getting a government job is considered very prestigious. So here in this article, we will share some valuable tips with you that are quite effective and are the sure-shot ways to crack a government job interview.
The main reasons why people are after government jobs in India is because of the perks, allowances, facilities and job stability that they offer.Though private jobs are also well-paying once you gain experience but they don’t offer anything more than the salary itself.In fact, you cannot expect to have a good-paying job if you are a fresher without any experience in India unless you studied in the top colleges like the IITs and IIMs.Hence, only a government job can give anyone a good start right from the first day of his job.There is a great amount of competition for government jobs because they are less in number plus the reservation makes it tougher for the general candidate to secure a job.Even if you cleared the written examination after all the hard work, clearing the interview is an equally tedious task. But don’t worry, we are here to share with you the most effective tips to clear government job interviews.
Gather all the information you can about the organization, nature of work and the job profile.If you ‘ll know these things, you will feel more at ease as you will have an idea as to what you are getting into and what the employers expect from you.Also, know about some famous personality in the field you are applying for.This step is very important before attending any government job interview because this will set you apart from the rest of the candidates right from the start.This also shows how interested you are in getting the job.
2. Present yourself well
The importance of how you present yourself in an interview cannot be stressed any less.The impression that the interviewers get in the first few minutes is enough to last long throughout and for them to judge you.You can read some more tips regarding this here.
3. Smile and be confident
Wear a subtle smile while entering the room and greeting them.Stay confident because confidence pays off in front of the interviewer.There are a few ways in which you can be confident or even if you are nervous, you can still look confident.The first secret to looking confident is breathing.Yes, take long deep breaths whenever you feel nervous.Avoid all the fidgeting-Tapping on the table, playing with fingers, legs shaking, etc.Make eye contact and stop speaking when the question is answered.Don’t speak anything extra that is not needed.Lastly just be positive and don’t let your confidence fade.
4. Your body language doesn’t lie
What you are not saying, your body will speak.Yes, right from the time you entered the room to the time you sit down for the interview, you are being judged the entire time.Your body language has a significant impact on your performance in the interview because it gives the interviewers a better insight into you.So your body language must radiate the confidence you are feeling.If you don’t understand how to act then just mirror the interviewer’s actions.This will make him believe that you are capable of adjusting to the work culture.
5. The right attitude
Your attitude is what will help you in taking up the major challenges in life.How you react to different situations and challenges speak a lot about your attitude.Keep in mind that you have been called to the interview because they seriously see you as a potential candidate.You must feel that you deserve to be there.Attending the interview with a positive attitude is essential and also remembering that the interviewers are also humans.
6. Remain formal all through the interview
It is essential to be formal in an interview in order to look professional to the interviewer.It is usually observed that while candidates remain formal in the beginning of the interview, they become less formal as the interview progresses.Even if you are having a good conversation with the interviewer, don’t forget that you are there for a job interview and you have to maintain formality throughout.
7. Do more listening
While most of the candidates are primarily focussed on answering the interviewer’s questions, listening is also equally important because if you are not listening and paying attention, you can never give the best answers.Active listening results in better communication and it will enable you to build a good rapport with the interviewer as the communication becomes both sided then.Remember that if two candidates have same score and qualifications the one who is an active listener and connected more with the interviewer is more likely to get selected.
8. Think carefully before speaking
You must take your time to answer each question carefully so that you don’t miss out on what the interviewer is trying to ask.Don’t forget that Silence is golden, speech is silver. So when you listen to the question you may give confirmation to the interviewer that you understood it but take your time to think and critically analyze the question before answering.Taking a pause before answering will also help you formulate your answer well.Be sure to mention your answer in brief first and then get on to explanation and examples.
9. If you didn’t understand something, ask
If you were unable to understand what they are asking, ask again.Don’t try to jump in the ocean if you don’t know how to swim.How will you answer a question if you didn’t understand it?So ask them clearly if you did not get the question.You can clarify by asking-
Am I right in saying that you are asking me….?
Sorry, could you repeat that please
We all tend to go off point sometimes while speaking due to which we miss what we were asked. So after answering ask questions like-
Did I answer what you asked Sir?
I think I may have gone off-point, have I answered your question?
10. Be Honest
Whatever you do, don’t lie in an interview.Let me tell you why. because the interviewer is trained to catch a lie eventually.We know you have cleared the written examination after great hard work and now don’t want to let the opportunity slip from your hands.You want to create a good impression by speaking about your accomplishments and the worked experience you have.But no matter what, don’t exaggerate your achievements!! Let us tell you a secret, even if you did something you are not proud of or you don’t want to tell the interviewer(if it’s related to your career), you must be honest about it.In fact be honest about anything you can successfully justify.
written by- Ankita Srivastava