The toughest part of an individual’s professional career is probably facing an interview. Personal Interview (PI) is the only opportunity for an aspirants like YOU have to show your prospective colleague what you can do and how good you are. Outshining an umpteen number of experienced candidates for a bank job (Officer or Clerical Post) can be a daunting task, especially for a first-timer. Nevertheless, with information as your weapon and a tinge of confidence, you can ace the interview and acquire a Bank (PO/Clerk) job you want.
Confidence is the key to a good interview. Nervousness and anxiety only hamper your ability to think clearly, resulting in confused answers. Think of the interview as an experience in itself and as an opportunity to learn something new.
Try to avoid flashy or lousy clothes and accessories and make sure that your perfume or cologne is not too strong. Make sure your clothes are neat& clean and properly ironed. For Women, Women should not dress heavily or put on too much make-up. Men should be clean-shaven, or their beards should be neatly trimmed. Your shoes should be clean and polished.
Your Homework on the Organization (You have applied)
Knowing about the bank and its policies are very important for an aspirants. Do your homework thoroughly. If necessary talk to people involved in the bank, visit their website, and scan their in-house journal carefully. Try to gather as much information as you can about the organization for which you. have applied. Don’t discard any information which you think is useless. Also find out the job responsibilities of the position (PO/Clerical) you have applied for, they may asked about it.
During the course Interview
It is very important for a candidate to be polite and calm. Appear relaxed and Don’t slouch while seated. Don’t bite your nails, chew gum or smoke during the interview. IT Reflects your weakness in-front of interviewer. Listen to the questions attentively and think twice before answering a difficult question. If you don’t know the answer, don’t try to over-smart the interviewer by guessing wrong answer. Simply say “Sorry Sir! I don’t Know the answer”. Don’t fidget or bite your lip, as it makes you appear nervous. Maintain eye contact with the interviewers. At the end of the interview you might be asked if you have any questions. Don’t say No—it will make the interviewers think you don’t care. Always ask at least one question based on what you know to show your interest in the particular bank.
After the Interview
Shut the door firmly but gently. Thank the receptionist or secretary on your way out. The interviewer might ask them your attitude towards other candidates and to them. It could make a difference to the final decision.
Other Important Tips:
- Arrive at least 15-20 minutes in advance for the interview.
- Switch off your cellphone or pager during the interview.
- Always carry your document such as certificates and their originals, recommendations, and a pen and pad.
- Make a list of expected questions and the answers to them.
- Be prepared with the answers, but don’t learn them by heart.
- Have a mock interview with a friend and learn from your mistakes.