Developing emotional quotient for SSB interview

In the defence forces, an officer is required to keep his men motivated and buoyant all the time. A leader cannot afford his team to be disgruntled and dismayed. Hence, in the SSB interviews the assessors also take a measure of your Emotional Quotient. Emotional Quotient is an important quality which an efficient leader must have. In this article we will discuss the ways to develop Emotional Quotient for life.

Emotional quotient includes

  • Self-awareness or self-introspection: is major component of sub. Most candidates fail as they don't look inside themselves. Be sure of yourself, have confidence and be aware of your capabilities.
  • Self-control: a candidate is expected not to show extreme anger, aggression, depression, anxiety. Be open to new ideas. Accept others views and opinion. Don’t be rigid. Take responsibility for your performance.
  • Motivation: motivating you for any achievement requires clear goals and a positive attitude. Although you may have a predisposition to either a positive or a negative attitude, you can with effort and practice learn to think more positively. If you catch negative thoughts as they occur, you can reframe them in more positive terms.
  • Social skills: This includes influencing ability, effective communication, leadership, cooperation and team spirit.
  • Positive Attitude: In the SSBs you will be put through a lot of stressful and cumbersome situations. Keeping calm and maintaining a positive attitude is the best way to deal with those testing situations. Positivity comes from your inner self, if you do not exhibit positivity in your daily life, you cannot suddenly emerge as a positive person in the SSB interview.
  • Exemplary Sense of Duty: A good leader must keep the needs of his organization at the top most keels. If you set a good example your team members will follow suit. Being dutiful will not only fetch you the respect of your team members but also the organization.
  • Empathizing With Others: If anyone among your group has any type of inconvenience, it should not be ignored but addressed at the earliest. A leader is nothing without the support of his team members.
  • Admitting Mistakes: A good leader must have the finesse to know when he is wrong and admit his mistake. His act will not only be appreciated but will also send a message among others that their leader is a responsible person. In the SSB interview as well, if you have committed a mistake, be bold enough to take responsibility for your action instead of passing the buck to someone else.

All these can be easily assessed by the psychologist through your responses in SRT, what and TAT. Since these tests are of very short duration chances of bluffing is minimal. It is also confirmed by the GTO in various tasks.