The selection criteria for SBI PO recruitment involves three phases; a preliminary exam (Phase I) followed by a mains exam (Phase II), and Group Discussion and Personal Interview (Phase III). Those who clear pre and main examination are called for GD and PI.
Phase III is crucial in selection procedure. A panel of members will gauge you on the basis of your knowledge on the current happenings of the world, your command on the language, your ability to keep cool under all circumstances and also if you are capable of handling the responsibility this job will bestow upon you.
Lets take a look at some Tips For SBI PO GD and Interview 2015
Tips For Group Discussion
- Current Affairs– The only way to prepare for GD is to read and read, develop a keen interest in current affairs and also find out the topics that are repetitively asked.
- Be a good listener – Train yourself to be a good listener. Be receptive to what others have to say. Give fellow candidates a chance to speak. Respect their view point.
- Body Language– Sit straight with a confident posture. Avoid leaning back on to the chair or playing with your pen or your fingers. Make an eye contact with all the participants. Be careful while using gestures and do not get aggressive.
- Balanced Tone – The tone at which you speak is very important. Your voice should be clear and audible at the same time. Some people tend to mumble or talk very loudly, avoid both.
- Stick to your point – It is important that you take a logical stand, and defend it using a good reasoning. Remember that the discussion is both a measure of how to contribute to a group discussion and also how you can convince others to agree with you.
- Language – Work on your communication skills. You should have a good vocabulary and a decent command over English. Rehearse well with your friends and family much before your actual group discussion rounfd. You can sit with a group of friends and choose a topic and indulge in a friendly banter. Not only will this increase your knowledge, you will be a better speaker by the time it is time for your GD.
- Use quotes-Use quotes, facts and figures, statements, everyday life examples to express a clear chain of thoughts.
- Grab the opportunity to initiate and conclude the discussion – It will be advantageous if you start the discussion. In GD, it is mandatory to conclude the discussion by communicating the essence of discussion, some important points and if the group is in favour or against the topic. Most of the candidates forget to conclude a discussion. Grab opportunity to close the discussion and summarize it. If the group has not reached a conclusion try concluding it.
- Dress – Wear proper formal attire. You must look presentable.
- Pen and Notebook – Always carry a pen and a notebook. This will allow you to jot down important points.
Tips For Personal Interview
- Subject matter knowledge – Most of the questions that the panel members ask are from the latest happenings of the world, especially in the banking sector. Read newspapers daily and go thoroughly through the latest government policies, budget, RBI guidelines and policies. Refer to our banking awareness and economics section for latest news.
- Rehearsal– Practice with your friends. Ask them to throw any question which pops in their mind. Go through your resume, find out all the possible questions that the interviewer can ask once he goes through your resume. Be prepared for questions pertaining to your educational qualifications, why and what made you choose the banking sector etc.
- Dress – Dress again would be similar to what you do in group discussion. Keep it formal, you should be clean and shaved (if applicable).
- Documents – Carry all the documents mentioned in your call letter in original and their photocopies too. Also keep a copy of your resume.
- Confidence – Be confident in what and how you answer. Keep calm and take deep breaths before entering the room, this will help you to relax. Make eye contact. Not making eye contact can make you look nervous and disinterested sometimes.
- Greet the interviewers – Walk in with a smile and do not forget to greet the interviewers before you take your place.
- Be honest – If you do not know an answer, tell your interviewers honestly. It is better that you admit something you do not know rather than making up answers, making a fool of yourself.
- Show that you are interested – Even before going for the interview, it is a good idea to make a list of qualities which you think your employer might want to see. All your responses (what you say and what you show) should help you display these qualities.
- Questions, if any should be asked – Many a times, at the end of your interview, your interviewer might give you an opportunity to “ask a question”. So be prepared to ask a thoughtful question, which would tell your interviewer that you are deeply interested in the job. In case you have an important question, you can request the interviewer to answer it!
- Always thank the interviewers – Once the interview is over, thank the interviewers for their time and for giving you this opportunity.
Good Luck !
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