The IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) recruits officers in the Regional Rural Banks (RRB). The selection process consists of 3 parts. The first 2 parts are written exams, namely, Prelims and Mains. After clearing these, candidates are called for Personal Interview and Group Discussion round. In this stage, your performance in the personal interview plays a decisive role in your selection.
Following are some tips that can help you put your endeavors in the right direction:
Know what they judge
Before we advance to preparation tips, we should first attempt to comprehend what the interviewers are looking for in a candidate. Understanding what qualities are being judged can help you prepare well. Some qualities that are assessed include your behavior, mentality, and confidence. Questioners additionally evaluate your clarity of thought and general knowledge.
How to drive an Interview?
In any 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 an interview. By doing so, you try to guide the whole conversation. You need to decide and start the discussion on topics that you are comfortable with. So be sure of only mentioning them during the course of your interview. This way, you increase the chances of being posed questions from such areas.
For instance, if you feel that Accounting is your strong subject, mention this in your introduction strengths, or why you want to join the banking industry.
Types of Expected Questions in RRB Interview
Individual Questions: To begin with, aside from the typical Personal HR Questions about your interests, qualities, shortcoming, profession objectives, and accomplishments etc., you should be completely thorough with your CV. You should also expect questions based on your value system. Further, the questioner may request that you tell something that is not specified in your CV. In such cases, what they are fundamentally checking is your presence of mind.
Profile-based Questions: You can expect questions on the basic concepts related to your graduation discipline. If you have prior work experience, then expect questions like: Why did you leave the previous organization? Why do you want to shift your job? Further, you can expect questions on your past work profile and job responsibilities. So, make sure you are well prepared for such questions.
Knowledge-based Questions: In the IBPS RRB interview, expect a majority of questions which test areas related to banking sector. These areas can be broadly divided as follows:
- RRB Specific: You are expected to know Why RRBs were established, basic functions, the source of funds, job profile, and regulation.
- Banking and Finance: Questions on banking and finance test your fundamental knowledge about key concepts, historical evolution and the working of essential institutions like RBI, NABARD, and SEBI.
- Current Affairs: The interview board anticipates that the applicants will have reasonable learning of latest improvements in fields influencing the banking industry.
Apart from above mentioned categories, there might be questions to see if you understand the kind of work expected from you and if you’ve applied for jobs elsewhere.
IBPS RRB Interview Preparation
To plan for personal questions, you should know the ins and outs of your CV. Also, collect more information on your interests, strengths, and weaknesses. For profile based questions, prepare your job description well. You should know how it affected the business and associated with different departments in your organization. You should also read up on the business you were working in keeping in latest industry trends.
You should also know the basic functions and historical evolution of key organizations in the banking and finance sector like RBI, SEBI etc. You can refer to their websites for the same. Besides, reasonable information of banking terminology is necessary. You can refer to websites like Wikipedia and Investopedia.
In order to stay updated with current affairs, you must read English newspapers like Economic Times and The Hindu with a spotlight on business and economy related news and watch English news channels. This will improve your English speaking ability and keep you updated on currents affairs as well. Furthermore, practice speaking out answers to frequently asked questions in front of a mirror to perfect your preparation.