In our society the job of a banker is treated as a gentlemen’s job. Especially in a middle class income group where desk jobs are the ultimate cherished desires, bank jobs are on the top of their list. Obviously, the level of competition among the candidates is extremely high. In this blog, I am going to share some exclusive tips that are essential to crack bank job interviews.
Primarily the selection process of bank jobs are segregated into three parts- written test, group discussion and personal interview. Here, I would concentrate on the third part i.e. personal interview. These tips cited below are to ease off the pressure mounted on the candidates on the day of their interviews for bank jobs.
Here the tips are classified into two parts- one, before an interview and two, on the interview day. The first one will help you to overcome the fear of interview and the other will give you some extra edge to impress the interview board.
Before an Interview:
1. Check the Bank’s Website
While preparing for a bank job interview, check the Bank’s website and your mails regularly, so that you never miss a notification regarding the schedule of the interview. Arrange all your documents and certificates well before the interview date to avoid last minute hurry-scurry. If the place of interview is unknown to you, find out the routes and conveyance available to reach the destination and if possible visit the place beforehand.
2. Shred the fear of ‘not known’
It has been observed on many occasions that student fails out of timidity. The worry of unknown is more dangerous than you actually don’t know. Remember confidence has no alternative in your success. Candidates often caught on a fear that what questions are going to be asked, whether he/she can answer all the questions etc. Don’t worry most of the candidates have the same fear. Well, there’s nothing to say about your preparation and hardwork. Your preparations should be up to the mark; apart from that your confidence should be at the peak.
3. Reach the interview venue on time
On the day of your interview, reach the interview venue well before the time, preferably one hour or so. This would help you to cope with the situation and make yourself accustomed to the interviewing environment. A chat with the fellow candidates often reduces your stress level and your body movements become relaxed.
Focus towards the interview is critical to your success. Meditation helps you in growing your concentration level. You understand the importance of such an interview in your career, but don’t let it overwhelm your life. Because it makes you feel nervous at the time of interview and even a single failure often devastate your mental peace. There are multiple opportunities, which have implications on your life and these interviews are one of them- this attitude will ease out the interview pressure mounted on you.
5. Practice Mock Interviews
Subject preparation and practice is essential to crack any job interview. Practice mock interviews in conditions simulating interview room. If you have a friend or family member you can ask for their help. Choose a room which you can assume as the interview room.
Your friend who is the interviewer can prepare a list of some important questions or ask any related questions. Do exactly everything you are going to do in the interview. Prepare a table and chair for you and the interviewer both on opposite sides.
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On the Interview Day
There is a saying “First impression is the last impression” and for personal job interviews it holds good. Even before you speak a word the interview board will notice you, your appearance, how you entered the room etc. Try to impress the board with your first look. Wear a formal dress that makes sense within the office environment. For men you should either be clean shaved or have a neatly trimmed beard. Always have a pleasant facial expression during the interview. Be calm and never haste.
7. Answer gently one by one
Normally in a bank interview, there are 3-4 members in the interview panel. As soon as you enter the room greet the penalists Good Morning/Good Afternoon. The panel head generally starts the interview by asking you to tell about yourself. Then the other members may throw questions one after another within a short span. That may perplex you. Be calm and answer questions one by one. It will help you judge your patience and presence of mind.
8. Don’t panic
In an interview you can expect some questions related to yourself like educational qualifications, place of birth etc. The questions are aimed at making you feel comfortable. Then you can expect some questions related to banking. These are mostly connected with the professional and work related question. By chance you couldn’t answer a question, don’t panic. Go for the next one and don’t lose confidence. Remember nobody expects you to answer each and everything you are asked.
9. Never argue
Whatever be the situation is, never indulge yourself in any argument with the panel members. That would pay you nothing. Sometimes a trap may be laid for you to see your reaction to that question. Don’t fall on their trap, keep your composure calm and confident. Tactfully avoid going into any argument. Remember your sole motto is to get the job rather than winning the debate.
10. Tricky questions
Lastly, you should always keep in mind that if you are from any technical background, you have to be ready for some kind of twist. If your educational qualification is engineering you can expect the question the most obviousquestion, “Why banking after engineering?” or “Why didn’t you choose (eng stream) job?”. You should be prepared with a convincing answer for such questions.
Cracking interviews takes research, practice and persistence. Most importantly do not forget to thank everybody in the room before you leave. This will give you an edge in the selection process over the other candidates. The tips suggested here will obviously add some positive vibes in your life and will help you prepare for a better interview. And above all never lose heart; “Be Optimistic”.