An interview is the last stage for securing that coveted job in a public sector bank. It is also the stage where most fail. If this is your first time, here are some tips which will help you ace your maiden bank interview:
Read about the current happenings in the banking world
Currently, India is going through a slow-down. RBI is taking measures to control inflation while maintaining the growth rate. These and similar happenings in the banking world are most often asked by interviewers. Make sure you read business newspapers regularly in order to stay abreast of current events. It is also wise to go through a bank’s website at least once every week. Banks usually update different policy decisions made by RBI, which helps you stay abreast of the latest in the field.
Work on your communication skills
Public banks are getting more competitive by the day, catering to a diverse profile of customers. That’s why, they are always looking for candidates with good communication skills who can converse in Hindi as well as English fluently. Practice your communication skills much before the interview date. During the interview, make it a point to speak in English, unless of course the interviewer starts conversing in Hindi. Always use short and simple sentences and avoid giving long answers.
Read about the bank
You must have read it in hundreds of other interview preparation websites, but it deserves another mention. It is important to read about the bank you are going to give the interview in. Read about the history of the bank, its achievements and its journey so far. You may not be asked directly related to those fields, but reading about them gives you an idea about the culture at the bank. You can mould your answers accordingly in order to have a better chance of getting selected.
Work on the “strengths and weaknesses” question
It is one of the most common questions asked during interviews and one of the trickiest ones too. Most of the candidates ace the strengths section, but when it comes to weaknesses, they make a mistake. When speaking about your weaknesses, it is important to put them in a way which shows the positive side of you. Never talk about your weaknesses in a direct manner. For example, telling that you are short-tempered is going to decrease your chances of getting selected.
Prepare a clear answer for the “public versus private” question
When you appear for an interview in a public bank, it is likely that you will be asked “why did you choose to get in the public field and not in the private field?” Prepare a clear answer for that question. Whatever the reason is, never put any field in bad light. For example, saying about the stressful lifestyle of the private sector does not bode well since it shows you are ready to do much hard work. Always keep your answers subtle.