Crack the IBPS PO interview! What questions to expect and how to answer them

IBPS PO Interview: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts Common Written Examination and Common Interviews for the recruitment of probable candidates for IBPS PO /IBPS MT in Public Sector Banks (PSBs) every year. The IBPS PO – VI common interviews are expected to start from February 2017.    

IBPS calls candidates in a ratio of 3:1 for each post in IBPS PO, which means that there will be three candidates interviewed for each vacant post. So, in-order to crack the IBPS PO exam, you need to score very well in your interview. Here is what you need to know in-order to plan and implement your strategy to crack the IBPS PO interview 2016

  • Panel of Interviewers:  
  • Your interview will be conducted by a panel comprising 5-6 IBPS officials.  
  • The panel will consist of a main interviewer, who will ask questions based on your personality and aspirations. She/he will be the judge of your personality.  
  • One of the panel members with technical expertise will ask questions about banking and your decision to pursue a career in this field.  
  • Another member will analyse your profile/CV and ask questions based on facts mentioned in the same.

The questions asked in the interview can be grouped into some of the following major categories:  

  • Personal Questions  
  • Questions based on your hobbies, interests & activities.
  • Family background
  • Strengths & weaknesses  
  • Profile-based Questions
  • Questions based on your academic background and qualifications, job role and work experience
  • Basic definitions & concepts related to your field of education
  • Recent developments related to your field of your education/job  
  • 3. Personality Test & Decision-making Questions
  • Questions to check your EQ & IQ
  • Situation & behavior-based questions to assess your managerial skills and decision-making ability.  
  • 4. Questions based on Banking Awareness, Current Affairs and Computer Awareness.  
  • Questions like “Why do you want to join the Banking Sector?” or “Why do you want a government job?” may also be asked.  

IBPS PO Interview Preparation:

  • Firstly, list out all the possible questions that can be asked based on the major categories we have enumerated above.  
  • Prepare standard and comprehensive answers to each of the questions.  
  • Then, critically analyse these answers and note down questions that may arise from the answers. Prepare answers for these questions also. You can take help from your friends, parents or seniors for this exercise.
  • Also, try to modify your original answers to eliminate inaccuracies.
  • Make a flow chart of all the questions & sub-questions in-order to clearly understand the direction of the interview. A flow chart will also help to cover all the areas that you may have missed.
  • Before appearing for the real interview, practice by giving mock interviews to your friends or parents. It will help you analyse your performance and boost your confidence.

Link for the Most expected questions and their answers for IBPS PO Interview 2017

About IBPS: Synonymous to Banking recruitments, IBPS is a private agency in India. Established in 1975 as Personnel Selection Services, IBPS gained its autonomy in 1984. Gaining its prominence after a key event in the Indian Banking Sector (Nationalisation of 14 Major Banks in 1969), IBPS was entrusted to fulfill the human resource demand for the newly established branches of various Banks.
In 2015-16, a total of 1.27 crore candidates registered for various IBPS examinations. IBPS conducts recruitment exams to all Public Sector Banks, Associate Banks of SBI, LIC, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI and Insurance companies.
The Common Written Evaluation (CWE) conducted by IBPS is a must for anyone who wants to take up a job in any public sector and Regional Rural Banks for posts varying from clerk to probationary officer and management trainee.