INTERVIEW TIPS :
Tips 1

Here are some tips which will enhance your performance and help you to gain success:

Many aspirants are now question about the medium of language in the interviews, for the approaching banking interviews, what should be their medium while replying to interviewers questions, it should be in Hindi or it should be in English? It’s a very ordinary query but an dominant one. Over a period we have seen that in Bank PO or Bank Clerk interviews, medium does not really make any difference.

Important thing is clarity of thoughts and correct reply. Even if you are not aware of answers of a few questions, it is not going to make any difference. So, you should prepare for your interviews in the medium in which you are robust. Even a mixture of Hindi & English also works. So start your preparation and it would be wise to prepare assemble answers of few of the ordinary questions.
Let me tell you generally more than 50% questions which are absolutely common in nature can be well prepared in pre with structured answers. Practice the reply of some of the questions given below in front of mirror or among your family & friends which can give you a feel of real interviews.

  • What are your strong & weak points ?
  • Give an example of a situation you found yourself in and what did you do ?
  • How will you handle the situation if an experienced and old employee misbehaves with you in office ?
  • What are your hobbies ?
  • Why did you leave your previous job ?
  • Where do you see yourself five years down the line ?
  • How many marks will you give yourself out of 10 for this interview ?
  • Why should we hire you into our organization ?
  • Do you support privatization of banks and why ?
  • Who is governor of RBI ?
  • What is CRR ?
  • What was the name of first bank established in India ?
  • What are the tools with RBI to control liquidity in market ?
  • What is the difference between Savings account and Current account ?
  • What significant trends do you see in the future of the bank industry ?
Tips 2

First of all, for interview preparation, you should prepare a complete bio data of yourself i.e. your qualifications, places where you have studied, your hobbies, your place of birth, a little bit about your family, extra activities, your aspirations, achievements etc. Based on that bio data you can create questions of normal nature about yourself, which may come to your mind. For e.g. Take an example you have mentioned that your hometown is Delhi, than the likely questions may be “ Tell me something about your hometown” , “What is the historical background of your hometown” , “What are the major economic activities of Delhi” and so on. So in this manner you can create questions of common nature about your qualifications, background, family, hobbies, hometown, area of specialization etc. After creating such questions you should note down the detailed reply of such questions (maximum of 23 minutes) in the best possible manner.

Now you have the list of questions as well as their best feasible answers with you. You can now practice it on a regular & continuous basis. To practice, best strategy, I would like to advise you are that you can prepare & give the list of questions and answer to your family members or friends and ask them to ask questions, one by one. Other way which is equally constructive is that you can prepare in front of a mirror with eye contact. Rehearsal of interview in front of mirror is a very old and effective manner of improving communication skills. Another very important method which I would like to suggest or advise and which can be easily done now a days is that you can record your answers in a mobile phone or tablet to analyse how your answers sounds. Practice your answers on a regular basis and recording them again and again would surely help you to improve. So in this way you can prepare most of the questions about yourself and will not face any challenge in replying them in front of interview board. You also need to prepare questions on banking and economic news,banking terms, current affairs etc. to complete your interview preparation. Let me explain you that if you can prepare and practice in this manner nobody could disqualify from the interview round of the bank exams, it only depends how well you prepare and practice. Sometimes, you may not understand the significance of good preparation but let me remind you that in these competitive exams where fraction of marks decides the fate of a candidate, it is always better to prepare good and clear the final difficulty, rather than waiting for the next opportunity. You should also understand that interview is nothing but a test of your communication and presentation skills.
Apart from preparing well you should also know that to remain well mannered, respectful and to be well dressed are equally important, during the course of interviews. Never spoil in an argument with the board, whatever may be the condition is. Hope you will find this article useful. You can also take our help in preparing the questions in case you feel any difficulty. You can elevate your query on our Facebook Group which has recently become the largest students portal for bank exams preparation on Facebook or by leaving your comment below. In the coming posts I will explain you about Group Discussion Preparation.

How to prepare for the exam

With just a few days left for the exam, it would be start from start solving previous year’s papers.You can find many of the stuff over the internet or books from any of the recognized publishers.To prepare for the Verbal section, you can read a book which is somewhat above your reading standard.

Read the book daily for 1 to 2 hours and if required, take the help of a dictionary.
For Quant section, you should go through all the formulae and practice Vedic or short Mathematics tricks for faster calculations.

Drill yourself

Since you still have at least some days for the exam, we would recommend you to attempt some mock exams in actual exam conditions.Attempting these exams will let you know you’re sick areas, which you can either work on or avoid in the main exam.

What to do on Exam Day
  • Do not write everything on the paper
  • Do not experiment in the examination hall
  • Don’t make solving any question a prestige issue
  • Last but definitely not the least, DO NOT GUESS
Tips to optimise sectionwise performance

There are three sections and irrespective of your strengths in each of these areas, it is important that you clear the sectional cut offs.

Reasoning Section

This section is your golden goose. You can score 100 per cent, if you know how to optimise your time.

How to attempt

If you are good at reasoning, you can allocate 20 to 25 minutes for it 35 seconds per question
to attempt all the questions.Focus on your accuracy, as there is negative marking and you will be wasting time if you don’t priorities the right questions.If reasoning is not one of your solidity, reserve it for the end and allocate no more than 15 minutes to it.Your main focus point should be to clear the cut off.

Types of questions

You need to identify and analyse the easy reasoning questions, so that you can solve them immediately and have high accuracy.Easy question types include Classification/ Odd pair, Series Completion/ Analogy, Direction based tests/ Direction Sense Test, Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test and Alphabet test/ Dictionary.

Once you are done with easy questions, you should attempt ‘medium difficulty’ questions. Your score depends on your accuracy, practice and comfort level.Some of the ‘medium difficulty’ questions include Syllogisms, Inequalities, Blood Relations, Coding Decoding and Data Sufficiency.If reasoning section is your strong point, you must try and attempt complex and time consuming questions.

Examples of this type are Seating Arrangement, Complex Puzzle, Floor Puzzle and Input Output Machine.

Although the first two types (easy and medium difficulty) are sufficient to clear the section, solving the complex ones will get you a high score in this section.

Verbal / English Section
How to attempt

If you are fair with English communication, you will be able to accomplished this section with flying colors in just 10 to 15 minutes.I would recommend that you always start your IBPS PO exam with this section only.An attempt of 18 questions with good accuracy is enough to clear the cut off.This section should not require more than 15 minutes.

Types of questions

For Reading Comprehension questions, you should first only take a perfunctory look at the
paragraph, then while solving question, read that specific portion of the passage carefully.
For Cloze Test, if you are stucked between two three options, then easily move towards the next
question.By the time you complete the passage, you should be able to identity the right answer. For ‘Fill in the Blanks’ type of questions, process of elimination or leaving the blanks is the best method.
For Spot the error /Sentence Correction, speak the sentence in your mind 2-3 times, whichever
sounds perfect is your answer.

Quantitative Aptitude Section

If you are weak in Quantitative Aptitude section do not worry, you are not alone. Most applicants have struggled in this section.

How to attempt

If quant is not your strength area, you should attempt it after the Verbal section or in the last and allocate approximately 20 minutes for it.Your focus to be clear the cut off.

Types of questions

As I said before, you need to start with easy the most simplest section and scoring questions.
You can easily find 15 to 18 questions of this type.Most topics which fall in this category are Simplification, Problems on Ages, Percentage, Average, Simple Interest, Profit and Loss, Time Speed and Distance, Ratio & Proportions etc.Then these are the time consuming questions.

You should attempt these questions only after you have attempted the easy ones. These questions can reduce your rightness and eat away your important time, however there will be 12 to 14 questions of this type, so you need to attempt them as per your comfort level. Examples of this type of questions are Probability, Quadratic Equations, Mixture and allegations, Time and Work, Time Speed and Distance, and Number Series.

Data Interpretation

Use approximation as much as possible, especially if options are not close. Do as more mental calculations then using pen and paper. Round off the numbers wherever possible.

Avoid doing long calculations, they can eat up lot of your time, without giving that much reward.