The IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) conducts the examination for recruitment of employees at Clerical posts in various public sector banks in India. The recruitment process consists of 3 rounds. The first 2 rounds are written i.e. Prelims and Mains. Candidates are shortlisted for the Personal Interview and Group Discussion round on the basis of the scores obtained in the Mains Exam. The interview can act as a make or break ground for Bank Clerk aspirants.
Following are some tips that can help you put in efforts for preparation in the right direction:
Know what they are looking for
Before we go on to preparation tips, let’s first understand what an interviewer is looking for in a candidate. Knowing what qualities are being judged can help you to prepare well for the interview. Some of the characteristics that are assessed include your attitude, mindset, and confidence. Interviewers also assess your clarity of mind and general knowledge.
How to drive an Interview?
In an interview, you simply need to show that you are the best fit for the job. In order to do so, the best strategy is to drive the interview. You need to be in command of the steering wheel that guides the whole conversation. You need to decide and start the discussion on topics that you are comfortable with. So, be sure to mention those words and domains that you are comfortable with. Interviewers generally tend to ask questions from topics that you mention.
For instance, if you feel that Accounting is your strong area, mention this in your introduction, or why you want to join the banking industry, etc.
What to Expect in an Interview?
Personal Questions: You need to be thoroughly prepared with your CV. Also, expect questions based on your hobbies, strengths, weaknesses, the values that you hold dear. Sometimes, interviewers ask you to tell them something that is not mentioned in your CV. In such cases, what they are primarily checking is your ability to think fast and answer.
Profile-based Questions: Based on your graduation discipline, you can expect questions on the basic concepts. In case you have work experience, then expect questions related to your work, reasons for leaving your previous job and interest in the current industry. In such questions, you need to justify your job change to the panel.
Knowledge-based Questions: In the IBPS Clerical interview, you should expect a majority of questions related to the banking sector. These areas can be broadly divided as follows:
- Current Affairs: The interview panel expects the candidates to have fair knowledge of recent developments, with greater focus on the banking industry.
- Economy: You are also expected to know the basic concepts of microeconomics, like law of supply and demand and macroeconomics, national income accounting (GDP, GNP), Fiscal policy, Monetary Policy, inflation, etc.
Apart from above mentioned categories, there might be questions to see if you understand the kind of work expected from you.
IBPS Clerical Interview Preparation
To prepare for personal questions, you should know the ins and outs of your CV/ Resume. For profile based questions, try to prepare your job description well consisting of how it impacted the business and connected with other business functions. You must also read up on the industry/ sector you were working with in order to know the recent changes and trends that it is witnessing.
Moving on to knowledge based questions, you must be thoroughly updated with the organization that you are seeking a job in. For that, visit its website. Furthermore, fair knowledge of banking terminology is also necessary.
Stay updated with current affairs, read English newspapers like Economic Times or the Hindu, with greater focus on news related to business and banking sector. You can also watch English news channel in order to improve your command over the English language and practice speaking in English as often as possible.
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