5 mistakes to avoid during IBPS bank clerk interviews

By : Muthu
Last Updated: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 06:59 hrs

Interviews for banking jobs are no different from written examinations. While one tests your hand, the other your mouth - meaning communication. But it’s not hard to crack bank recruitment interviews as many think. You have to keep just a few things in mind to emerge successful. They are explained through the following 5 mistakes which needs to be avoided.

1) Not creating your best impression:

How many times have you formed an opinion about someone you first met which stayed on for a long period? Everyone is being evaluated by someone or the other at every stage. During a job interview, such evaluations are given more weightage. Here are some tips that can help in boosting your first impression:

  • Appear professional. Men in formals & ladies in salwar or saree.

  • Ask permission before entering the room & proceed slowly. Don't run in.

  • Smile at the panel members and wish them “good morning/afternoon/evening”

  • Though handshake is not mandatory, gently shake if offered by any member.

With less than 10 mins allotted for the panel to each candidate, showcasing your best self is more important than ever.

2) Not concentrating on current affairs:

"I have bought a General Knowledge book. Is it enough to prepare for bank job interviews?" This is one doubt that is seen across online discussion forums. GK books do provide important places, people, dates & events but its not up-to-date. Current affairs tells us about the latest happenings in India & abroad.

While Newspapers are the best source of knowing what has happened yesterday, TV news channels updates you by the minute. Make sure to note down the important headlines for a week before the interview date & go through it often.

3) Not preparing for expected questions:

How many of you buy previous years solved question paper books for written examinations? Most of you would answer “I will”. We don’t know whether the same questions are to be asked but we rely on them for practice.

It is not the case for banking interviews where there are certain questions repeatedly asked to all the candidates. They are:

  • Tell about yourself

  • Why did you choose banking career?

  • What are your strengths & weakness?

  • Where do you see yourself after 5 years?

  • Why should you get this job?

No matter how knowledgeable you are in subject area, answering for the above is necessary.This is how a person's character, goals in life, value to the organization & decision making skills are gauged. So come up with a convincing yet realistic answer for these questions that separates you from the rest.

4) No local language knowledge

Now, this could be a surprise for many. If you had thought fluency in English language can bring in more marks during an interview, you are wrong. As per new rules issued by Government of India, proficiency in local language is required for all new recruits especially for those in clerical cadre.

Public sector banks are opening new branches in rural areas as part of financial inclusion plan.

Therefore it is compulsory for its employees to interact with their customers in a language that they know. A bank with its branch in Andhra Pradesh would want you to speak in Telugu rather than Hindi or English.

So brush up your regional language skills for the panel may ask you write/read or write in the state's language during the interview.

5) Not being confident

This is one of the biggest problems faced by candidates during bank interviews. Even those with high scores tend to lose here because of nervousness. Stand before the mirror & make sure to stand straight with your head straight and shoulders pulled back.

  • Sit in a relaxed position with both hands on your lap. Don’t lean front on the table or meddle with any objects like pen or mobile phone.

  • Always maintain eye contact

  • Don’t get restless and start biting your nails, look at the roof or scratch your head.

  • If you can’t answer a question. Politely say "Sir/Mam, I don’t know but I’m interested to hear the answer. Could you please tell me?"

You may feel tensed when asked about something you don’t know or this could be your first interview experience but remember to stay in control always.

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