THE INTERVIEW – SOME HARD FACTS!

Since the results have been announced, many of you are having the same question in the mind.

How to prepare for the interview?

This post is one of the many which we at Way2Bank plan to provide you with. It gives you an idea about why not to worry and how shall you start your preparation.

Any interview has two parties:
• The interviewer (one person or a group)
• The interviewee…You

You need to understand that you cannot judge who the interviewer is and which trait of yours he is going to assess the most. How many of them will he assess, that also you don’t know. But one thing is for sure.

HE IS A PERSON WHO IS NOT GOING TO PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW
AND
HENCE IS FOR SURE GOING TO BE LESS PREPARED THAN YOU
…PROVIDED YOU UNDERSTAND THE INTERVIEWER’S STRONG AREAS AND HIS EXPECTATIONS AND PREPARE ACCORDINGLY.

Let’s talk about this dreaded Interviewer.

Who is he? Which sector does he belong to? Why has he called you for the interview?
Which post is he going to interview you for? What is he going to expect from you?

The answers are simple…

1. He is some veteran in the Banking industry.

2. He has called you for the interview because he finds you a suitable candidate having IQ level as desired by him. So, he wants to have an enriching interaction with you. He wants to know more about you. He wants to assess you on the lines on which he cannot via some written exam.

3. He is going interview you for Bank Entry Level Jobs.

4. So he should be expecting that:
• You have a clear bent of mind towards joining his organization…Bank in your case.
• You have interest and hence some knowledge about banking industry, its functioning, Role of RBI in economy in a brief, basic banking terms, and finally his own organization (Bank).
• You have a pleasing personality.
• You have Emotional Intelligence if you are faced with some tough situations.
• You have decent communication skills.
• You would be flexible enough to adjust to their kind of working style.

Let’s come to the interviewee side now.

YOU are the interviewee. Though the interviewer has more knowledge and experience than you but he doesn’t know you better than you yourself.

Owing to his expectations mentioned above, it is clear that he doesn’t demand much in terms of banking industry related preparation.
It is just a healthy interaction cum discussion that he wants to have with you.

So, it is in your hands to show him what you want to show.
REMEMBER! HE IS GOING TO BUILD HIS INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ONLY ON THE ANSWERS THAT YOU GIVE TO FIRST FEW QUESTIONS ASKED BY HIM…AND GOING BY THE STANDARDS GENERALLY, THEY ASK YOU THE BASIC QUESTIONS THAT YOU CAN PREPARE BEFOREHAND AND HENCE GUIDE HIM TO YOUR STRONG AREAS AND AVOID WEAK ONES.

So what are these Questions we are referring to?
How much time would they require from your side to prepare them?
Do you need to mug up these answers?

The questions generally start from YOU. They can be broadly classified under following:
• YOU AS A PERSON
• YOU AS A STUDENT
• YOU AS A PROFESSIONAL
At any point of time you need to club facts and experiences from one or more of these three categories and put forward your answer.

So, we at Way2Bank, suggest you to focus on following while preparing for the Interview.

As a PERSON:
• Family Background
• Your childhood
• Family and personal values
• Lifestyle
• Expectations form life
• Viewpoint of self
• Your experiences and their impact on you…experiences can be from any sphere of life.

As a STUDENT:
• Your Qualification
• Extra-curricular Activities
• Achievements

As a PROFESSIONAL –
For most of you it is going to be your first job. DON’T WORRY! It will not harm your CV. Word PROFESSIONAL doesn’t mean that you must have some work-experience. It simply means that your conduct is like a professional. It means that you have:
• Proper body language.
• You dress well.
• You communicate politely.
• You abide by what you say.
• You have the potential to work and deliver.

YOU DON’T NEED TO MUG THESE ANSWERS.

TIME YOU NEED FOR PREPARING:
Going by our experience, we can surely say that this preparation would take not more than a week. Just what we expect from you is:
• Introspect yourself daily…ask yourself questions on the lines mentioned above.
• Prepare daily for coming few days. We would be posting the questions and other interview related post to help you sail through.
Stay Posted.

The author is a management Graduate from a premier B School, worked for nearly 3 years in the industry.
He can be reached through comments on the blog below

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