The interview for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) takes place only after the candidate has cleared the UPSC Mains examination. The personal interview comprises of 275 marks and is designed to assess the candidate on various grounds such as social skills, team building, leadership qualities, etc.
Preparing for the interview is not that big a deal. However, you must ensure that you go with a positive attitude and answer confidently. An important thing to remember during interviews is that one must not make an attempt to boast or bluff. Being honest are virtues that the interviewers truly cherish!
The process of communicating, that is, sending and receiving messages without any words is known as non-verbal communication. It is also known as manual language.
From the past centuries, non-verbal communication is regarded as an important form of communication by psychologists. Non-verbal communication speaks volumes about the candidate applying for the interview. So the next time you are headed for an important interview, make sure you do not underestimate the power of a good body language. It will play an important role in creating your first impression.
Here are ten body language jacks to remember during your IAS interview:-
- Greet with a firm handshake– When you enter the interview room, ensure that you greet the interviewers with a firm handshake. Your handshake should neither be too loose or too tight. This will be the first parameter for your interviewers to form an impression about you. Make sure you succeed in projecting a confident and humble image.
- Smile– This is the most important key to a good body language. Smiling shows that the individual is comfortable with the situation. Moreover, it also projects the individual’s confidence. However, make sure you do not keep smiling all the time and too obviously, otherwise it may not portray this image.
- Posture matters– the way you walk in the interview room, sit on your seat; speaks volumes about you. Ensure that your posture projects confidence. Walk straight and tall in the room. Avoid fidgeting with things in your hand. Sit up straight and do no slouch.
- Make eye contact– When you communicate with someone using your words, your eye does the non-verbal communication. Make sure you make eye contact with the interviewers while addressing them. It gives them the impression that you are keen and interested in the communication. If there is more than one interviewer, ensure that you make eye contact with all of them.
- Focus on your pitch and voice– This is another important component of a healthy body language. They include factors such as tone of your voice, the pitch, and loudness. Not only what you say during the interview matters but also the medium you use to say it! Stress or emphasize on words, you feel are important in a sentence. Do not speak in a hesitant voice or stammer; it might portray that you are disinterested.
- Beware of portraying nervous body language– the signs of a nervous body language can spoil your first impression. Nervous body language includes gestures like, not making eye contact, fidgeting with something in your hand and not speaking clearly. Moreover, tapping your feet on the ground also shows that you are nervous.
- Beware of portraying arrogant or cold body language– An arrogant body language could make the interviewers feel that you are disinterested and cold. This may not build a good impression as social skills are one important factor that many interviewers look for, during interviews. The signs of a cold body language include folding your arms and legs and showing distant facial expressions.
- Appearance– the way you dress plays an important role in constructing your first impression. During interviews, go for neutral colors like black, brown, navy or white. Dress up in neat and ironed clothes and maintain your basic hygiene. Avoid wearing too much jewelry, makeup or perfume.
- Gestures through hands– Gesticulating is the process of making motions through hands in order to better explain what you are saying. You can make some gestures and motions through your hands to put forth your ideas. However, avoid gesticulating in excess else it can portray you nervous.
- Facial expressions– They help in conveying your feelings and state of mind. Have control on your expressions and avoid communicating in excess through facial expressions. Just a gentle smile works well!
Thus follow the above guide to maintain a friendly body language and crack the IAS interview.