The banking sector in India provides a major share of employment to the people here. Owing to the attractive salary and the job security that comes with it, most Indians have tried a hand at the bank exams. But because of a tremendous increase in competition in the area, banks exams can prove to be a tough nut to crack. Without proper preparation, chances of clearing the exam or the interview are very slim. But, worry not! All you need is some dedicated hours poured into arming yourself with the skills needed to tackle the test and the interview. Below are some tips that will help you to crack the bank interviews for scheduled banks.
- First of all, learn about the bank
While going for a bank interview, especially the scheduled banks, you need to study in detail as to how and when the bank was established, how the system inside works, etc. There are high chances that this topic might come up during the interview and you need to well-prepared for the questions in this regard. Go to the bank website and learn their history, achievements and all other relevant information regarding the bank. It gives the interviewer an impression that you have actually put some effort into getting the job and is genuinely interested in it.
- Prepare for the basic interview questions
Do some research and make a list of the frequently asked questions during a bank interview. Prepare answers to every single one of them and try to think and be prepared for all the questions that may branch out from these basic set of questions.
- Work on your spoken English skills
The interviews for a position in scheduled banks are fully done in English medium. So if you are fluent in the language it will be a huge plus. If your prowess in the English language is not very impressive, work on it, read newspapers and other articles and try to develop a solid ground in the language. Even watching English movies can help a lot.
Don’t speak too fast during the interview. Take your time and think about what you want to say, frame a proper sentence in your head and then speak.
- Ask questions to the interviewer
Most people get too nervous during interviews to even think about asking the interviewer anything. Stay calm during the interview and make sure that you ask some relevant questions regarding the job to the interviewer. This will help you stick out from the crowd.
- Stay updated
Stock up on your general knowledge before attending the exams. Read newspapers and make sure know at least the recent developments in the banking sector. Learn about how banking works, the major policies and changes and everything relevant about the area. This is also a chance to convince the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the job. You also need to be aware of the current happenings in and around India, and not just the banking sector.
- Plan and practice
Devise a game plan for your interview. There is nothing wrong with practicing for an interview. It will help you to gain a heads up on how to act around the interviewer and work on your demeanours. It is important that your gestures and postures do not be off putting to the interviewer. Greet the interviewer when you get into the hall. Maintain a positive attitude and never look away from the interviewer’s direction. Try to engage in pleasant conversations with the interviewer and do not forget to thank him/her when the interview is over. If there is a panel, greet everyone who maintains eye contact with you.
- Dress to the occasion
Make sure you have the proper attire planned for the interview. You need to come off as professional and fit for the job. Stick to formal wears and avoid casual wears like jeans, t-shirts at all costs. Dress to impress the interviewers.
Employment in banks like the State Bank of India is one of the most vetted jobs in India. It provides a decent salary, healthy benefits and job security. And moreover, the preparations needed to crack the tests and the interviews are not exactly back-breaking. All you need is some patience and perseverance and you will be able to find a job in the banking sector with relative ease.