Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is a coveted career option for many as it not only promises job security and a decent salary package, but also offers a sense of satisfaction, when you serve society. For those who have cracked two crucial stages of the UPSC exam, the interview is the final decisive stage.
The interview is a critical stage as you will be judged on your personality, communication skills and decision-making skills, among other factors. Hence, it is important to prepare for the interview by doing a few mock interviews. Unlike the other two stages, the interview stage does not have any defined syllabus.
Here are a few tips that might help you crack the UPSC interview:
n Read the news regularly as it will help you frame your own opinions on various issues and happenings that are of national and international importance.
n It is important to engage in a constructive hobby and nurture it. This can help you explore another dimension of your personality and bring out your inbuilt skill or talent. That is why UPSC gives importance to hobbies in the interview round. We all have a passion, we just need to nurture it.
n Mock interviews, at least two to three, are a must as they help you get prepared for the real one. This will help boost your confidence to speak yourself in a more professional manner, keeping your point efficiently. While mock interviews help you understand the psychology of the panel members who will interview you, the post-interview discussion will help you analyse the weaker areas of your personality, and improvise on them.
Path to success
At this stage of Civil Services examination, aspirants must follow certain golden principles to make sure they leave an everlasting impression on the panel. So, here are some dos and don'ts that can help you in acing the interview.
n Confidence is key: Maintain a decently upright posture while sitting and maintain eye contact with the panel members at all times. When you are interactive, you are sure to leave an impact.
n Be concise: Express your views and points but make sure you are concise. Try not being repetitive, stay within the topic and frame interesting answers.
n Avoid fidgeting: This is one habit the examiners will never appreciate and hence you must avoid fidgeting with your hands, clothes, handkerchief or anything.
With these tips in mind, facing the UPSC interview may become a bit easier. So, take your time, prepare well and be confident of your abilities. Good luck!
(The author is founder, Chanakya IAS Academy, New Delhi)