Interview Preparation Tips for IBPS and SBI
Tips on how to prepare for IBPS and SBI interview is one of the most dubious question for all Clerk and PO aspirants. So, here we are with the best interview preparations tips for bank exams.
So let’s begin without any further adieu
- KNOWLEDGE: By knowledge, we don’t mean the general knowledge or the current affairs. By knowledge, we mean, how much you know about YOU! The interviewers are always interested in knowing about you. It’s their job to know about you. They don’t want to select a person whom they are not sure about. For this, they ask several questions aimed at you. Let’s see for example; Why did you choose banking sector? Why did you choose so-and-so educational stream? Why so poor marks in 12th/graduation? Why should we select you as a PO? What do you have that sets you apart from the rest of the persons? And frankly, if you are not sure about yourself; or the decisions you made in the past about your career/education, the interviewers will immediately sniff it out. And like we said, they won’t hire a person, they are not sure about.
- CONFIDENCE: Just like the interviewer won’t hire a person who they are not sure about, they also won’t hire a person who is not sure himself! Interview is not a Kaun Banega Crorepati. You won’t get options for the questions. You won’t get any lifeline. So, answer only those questions about which you are confident. If you are not confident, better say so. “I think the answer might be so-and-so… ” This sort of answer gives a very negative impression of you. For clerk exams, they may make an exception. But for PO exams, they won’t select a candidate who isn’t confident! When we talk about Interview Preparation Tips for IBPS and SBI, we always suggest giving the answers confidently (even if it’s not the right one!)
- RESEARCH: Whatever are the current hot topics should be prepared well! This includes central govt. schemes, state govt. schemes, governors and chief ministers of all states, currencies of all famous countries, Nobel prize winners, Indians who got Nobel prize, Headquarters of all Banks, Taglines of all banks, various famous schemes of banks, important things about your state, UN bodies, etc. These are the topics that are common to written exams. But more than often, you’ll find student preparing these topics in objective-type manner. They won’t remember the entire thing! Just enough to tick the right answer if asked in the written exam. And this is where the interviewers may exploit your vulnerability. So, Research well!
- PATIENCE: Interviewers will always try to test your patience by asking questions that you might not have prepared well. They may dig in deep to topics that they know you don’t know. They may cross question on topics for which they found the answer to be unsatisfactory. But you don’t have to loose your cool. Be patient. Don’t hurry to convince them that you were right earlier. Listen to their point of view. If they are wrong in their opinion, try to prove your point patiently. If they are right, admit your mistake and move on. Being impatient will only make you nervous! And this will disrupt the flow of the interview. Sometimes everything goes well, and suddenly one question seems to change the entire mood of the conversation. This is where patience is essential.
- ACTIVENESS: By activeness, we mean the presence of mind. While interview, develop your personality to be dynamic! The interview will never go the way you have planned it to go. There will be twists and turns. Questions may arise that you hadn’t prepared beforehand. Cross questioning is also done to land you in jeopardy! But it’s your presence of mind that will help you overcome this. Be attentive through out the interview! Never say anything in contradiction to what you have said before! If anything is asked out of the blue, show your brilliance with something equally extraordinary. Being dull and trying to figure out the answer in a lame manner is not the thing to do. Being patient and being active are complimentary to each other.
- PUNCTUALITY: This is the one that needs little to no explanation. In the interview, punctuality counts! You shouldn’t be late. You shouldn’t be early.
- CONVERSATION: The interview is not a question and answer quiz. Rather, it’s a sort of conversation. The interviewers don’t just want the answers. They want to converse with you. Talk to you about topics to better understand your personality. They want to be extremely sure that they are hiring the best person if they are selecting you. All bankers, including the bank exams interviewers, have a personality to weigh everything in favor of the bank’s benefit. And the same applies to the bank interviews. So, for an interview be mentally prepared for a conversation. NOT some Bournvita Quiz Contest! Don’t be afraid to ask anything. In fact, if you’re asking something interesting, it may put you in a good light!
- FEEDBACK: When talking about Interview Preparation Tips for IBPS and SBI, we always advise students to take mock interviews and get feedback. Feedback is very important if you really want to give the interviews at your very best. Feedback doesn’t necessarily mean feedback from faculty. Even your friends may give you some or the other sort of hints to improve yourself. Don’t shy away from forming groups and helping each other. Everyone will benefit from such mock interviews and honest feedback!
- CONVICTION: Conviction simply means belief or faith. If you don’t believe that you are the best candidate to hire among the group sitting outside the interview room, neither will the interview panel. Have faith in your self. But always back your convictions with data. Merely stating that you are the best candidate is tall talk rather than conviction. Giving a strong reason to the interview panel for your convictions will work wonders for you. Believe in yourself and it will reflect itself during the interview.
- REVISION: Everything goes down the drain without the revision. Always revise important topics before the interviews. Go through and IBPS and SBI interview questions for handy guide about various topics. Also, go through the Top 5 Questions asked in the Bank Interviews. Go through the Interview Preparation Tips for IBPS and SBI as discussed in this post. Interviews are often taxing, and people seldom remembers things with one-time study. Multiple revisions about important topics is essential.
That’s all for the Interview Preparation Tips for IBPS and SBI PO and Clerk Exams! You may also listen the above mentioned tips through following audio.
BONUS MATERIALS FOR INTRODUCTION
An introduction is meant not only to break the ice, but also to plant in nuggets for further conversation. An introduction is to put power in your hands, to put the reign of the interview in your hands. And this is where most candidates makes the mistake of making the introduction extremely boring.
An introduction must be like layers of an onion, peeling itself slowly and feeding topics to the interviewers subtly. These are the topics that you may prepare before hand to put a really good impression.
Of course, you won’t be asked anything from this introduction, unless they find something interesting or worth talking about. So, crafting your introduction should be your first priority. Talk about the interesting side of you within reasonable limits. Don’t brag but talk about topics you are highly comfortable with.
A good introduction consists of some Background information. NO, the interviewers are not interested in your autobiography. Rather mention some important points that you think are worth mentioning. Educational qualifications should be talked about in a bit detail. This can entice several questions that you already know answer to (or have at least prepared beforehand). The same goes for the experience. And this is the part which every interviewer listens with his ears open. Feed them some red herrings and chances are the entire interview will be shifted in your favor. Hobbies/Strengths/Weakness are mostly for proving closure to the introduction. Keep it interesting and you can expect one or two familiar questions thrown at you.
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