Different Questions asked in personal interview

Personal Interview in SSB takes time from half an hour to 2 hours (sometimes) having a wide range of questions, rapid fire, probing questions etc. Some questions are generally asked from most of the candidates. Some of them are mentioned below

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Are you easy to talk to?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What motivates you?
  • How do you evaluate success?
  • What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are your pet peeves?
  • What do people most often criticize about you?
  • When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
  • If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?
  • If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • Describe a typical work week.
  • Do you take work home with you?
  • How many hours do you normally work?
  • How would you describe the pace at which you work?
  • Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
  • Give some examples of teamwork.
  • What type of work environment do you prefer?
  • If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?
  • Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it. Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.
  • More job interview questions about your abilities.
  • More job interview questions about you.
  • What is your name, meaning of your name, meaning of other member’s names in your family, compare yourself with them, name of place you come from, currently what are you doing?
  • Family: How many members, since when living at the same place, description and sort of relationship with each member, closer to whom, why closer, whom you admire. Compare yourself with any of your brother/s or sister/s. If alone what would you prefer to have an elder/younger brother/sister? Occupation of working members in the family, if you are working what is your job profile, salary etc.
  • Education: Institution where you had your education, since when, any achievements, any responsible post held during your education at the institution, represented institution at what levels, subjects you liked most and those you did not like at all, why, teachers you liked most and those which you did not like at all, why (here include the teacher and subject till all these years of education and not only school), name and specialty of institution where studied and a brief description about it namely its location, crowd, cultural and other heritages it carries. What are you currently doing ,what are further options (if not army),why, Why ARMY, since when liked army?
  • Friends: What type of friends you like, what type you do not like, where have you gone and where would you like to go with your friends, why are these people your friends, describe your best friend, compare him with you (appearance ,height, texture, thinking, something common in both of you), their hobbies and interests,their way of living life and what do they want to achieve in life.
  • Why do you want to join the defense forces, if not defense other options, how did you come to the conclusion that you want to join the forces. Did you try for NDA, why not succeeded? Why not proper efforts were given?
  • Your hobbies and interests, how do you pass your time, which task did you find most interesting in psyche and GTO series, which books have you read, why did you not score well enough in 12th as you scored in 10th , NCC knowledge, Scouts, RSP, MCC, etc., knowledge.
  • Your life in college, any memories, what is the difference between your friends at Pune and SSB centre .If given chance what would you like to change in Pune ( Geographical, economical, agricultural, tourism, traffic etc.) Compare your hometown and hometown friends with friends in Pune and Pune as a place itself. Have you ever come before to the SSB centre previously? Which places did you visit at the SSB place
  • Give 5 current national and international political news.
  • Give 5 current national and international sports news.
  • Some international matters, international organizations, their working procedure and a good knowledge of your specialized subject.
  • How would you organize a football match /hike/cycle race/ local festival /trek/swimming competition?
  • Why were you weak in some specified sphere, how did you cope up with it.
  • Have you taken coaching, why, what sort of?