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Frequently Asked Questions - V

1.   Tell about yourself

2.   Why do you want to become an officer?

3.   Why do you want to work in army?

4.   What are your goals?

5.   What are your strengths?

6.   What is your greatest weakness?

7.   When have you been most motivated?

8.   How would you describe your personality?

9.   What went wrong in your previous rejection?

10.  Why has it taken you so long to apply for the SSB?

11.  What experience do you have that qualify you for the offr?

12.  How would your current superior describe your job performance?

13.  What do you know about Army?

14.  What do you think are the key qualities required of you?

15.  Describe your leadership/management style

16.  In what ways has your current or last job prepared you to take on more responsibility?

17.  What do you value most in a teammate?

18.  What are the most important things for you in any job?

19.  How do you stay current and informed about trends in army?

20.  Do you believe you are over qualified for an army officer?

21.  If I ask your co-worker/friends/parents/superiors/enemies to say 3 positive/negative things about you, what would they say?

22.  Why should we select you?

23.  If I remember only thing about you, what should that be?

24.  Do you have any questions?

25.  Tell me about the biggest achievement you have done so far?

26.  Tell me about a time when you had to overcome obstacles to get your job done

27.  Tell me about a time when you had to handle a stressful situation.

28.  Your PIQ states that you are a hard worker.  Can you give me an example of a time when you worked hard?

29.  Tell me about a time when you had a disagreement/confirmation with your superior or co worker

30.  What was the most difficult problem you have handled? How did you deal with it?

31.  Tell me about a time when you had to adapt quickly to a change.

32.  Can you give me an example of working in a fast-paced environment?

33.  Have you been able to sell your superior on a new idea? How did you do it?

34.  When was the last time you have changed your personal style to adapt to someone? Describe the situation.

35.  Give me an example of a time when you did more than the job required

36.  Give me an example of a time when you hade to sacrifice quality to meet a deadline

37.  What has been the most difficult training class you have even attended?

38.  Give me an example of a marketing strategy/training you have used

39.  Tell me about a time when you helped in the development of a co worker or subordinate

40.  Tell me about a time when you coordinated a job or event

41.  Describe a time when you had to make an unpopular decision   

42.  Tell me about the most creative job you have done so far

43.  You say you have good customer service skills.  Tell me about the time when you used good customer service skills in your job.

44.  Tell me about a time when your communication skills made a difference

45.  Give me a specific example of a time when you took the initiative.

46.  Tell me about a time when you were driven to achieve and succeed.

47.  Tell me about the most difficult job you had to make.  What did you do to get it done?



How best would you describe your personality?

You must think about what makes you unique and how you cam make yourself stand out and be remembered.

Interviewers ask this question for a couple of reasons: To hear where you place the emphasis in your description and to see how quickly and creatively you can think on the spot.

Don’t give the interviewer the same answers everybody else gives.

Typical 1 :  I am a high energy person. ( This answer needs more details)    

Unique    :  I am energized by challenges and problems.

Typical 2 :  I am a hard worker ( This is the most common phase used.  It   shows no imagination )

Unique    :  I do whatever it takes to get the job done, sometimes even working 10 hrs days.

Typical 3 :  I am a quick learner.  (This is an overused phrase that has lost its effectiveness)

Unique    :  I can hit the ground running and come up to speed faster than anyone I know.

Typical 4 :  I’m analytical.  (This is a lackluster answer that does not reveal much)

Unique    :  I’m a wiz at analyzing data and transforming it into useful information.

Typical 5 :  I am very organized. (This answer is understated)

Unique    :  I am a person who can bring order to chaos.

Typical 6 :  I am reliable.  (This answer needs more information to get the point across) 

Unique    :  I pride myself on my record of never missing deadlines.

Typical 7 :  I am good with customers. (This answer needs clarification)

Unique    :  I build great relationships with customer, they always ask for me.

     Describing your personality is like writing advertisements for a product.  What makes you unique?  Are you the type of person who would fit into this organization? You job is to convince your interviewer that you have the perfect personality for the position.

     Make a list of personality traits that describe you.  Determine the qualities you would like the interviewer to remember after the interview. Incorporate some of the same words used in the job posting. For ex: if the job listing reads – ‘Must have five or more years’ experience managing a diverse population of employees’, you might say to the interviewer: ‘I am a person who values other people’s qualities and contributions.  My employees would tell you that I am a fair manager who listens when they have something to say’

      The more specific you are with your answer, the better your chances off leaving a lasting impression. Interviewers usually talk to several candidates in a single day.  So make an impression that makes you more memorable than the rest. 


·         Poised candidates have relaxed, balanced, upright postures.  As you sit down, don’t slough.  You may sit slightly forward when asked a question indicating interest and friendliness on your part.

·         Maintaining good eye contact. But this does not mean that you constantly stare at the IO.  Instead look elsewhere (preferably into ‘nothing’) while you are thinking and re-establish eye contact when you continue talking.

·         Keep a friendly smile to show your enthusiasm, but make sure that you don’t go to extremes.  Don’t look too eager for the job or too relaxed as if you don’t care. Try to project a serious and professional image to your interviewers.

·         Speak clearly and relatively slowly.  Stop speaking when you are thinking of appropriate replies.  But don’t pause too long or too often in the middle of your answers.  Also, don’t fill your gaps with “Uhh or Umm”.

·         Don’t cross your legs.  Sit straight up in the chair, facing your IO directly.  Crossed legs indicate a defensive position.

·         Don’t cross your arms across your chest.  It demonstrates nerves and a degree of inapproachability.

·         Use ‘affiliation body language’.  For example, if you nod your head slowly in acknowledgement of a point put across  to you, it will show your interest in what the interviewer is saying and make him feel that a ‘connection’ has been made between you.

·         Avoid touching your nose or rubbing your eyes.

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