SBI PO and IBPS PO-Questions asked in Interviews

by Jasjot Singh on October 5, 2014

SBI PO State Bank Of IndiaSBI has sent out call letters for the second round of SBI PO selection for this year which begins on October 8, 2014. Almost 4500+ candidates have been selected for the over 1800+ posts in one of the most prestigious banks of India. However, getting one of those seats is a task in itself. But since you have already left behind almost 16.95 lac candidates who appeared for the first stage of SBI PO exam, preparation for both the Group Discussion and Interview is critical. Here, I will guide you on how to clear the interview, based on my own experience in cracking the interview of IBPS.

SBI PO –¬†Preparing For The Interview

To start preparations for the SBI PO interview, I would recommend that you do the following:

  • Start preparations by going through commonly used banking terms like NEFT, ATM, DD etc.
  • Prepare thoroughly the terms used in banking industry.
  • Make notes !! They will help you in going through with a quick revision a few days before the interview.
  • Go in depth. You never know when the interviewer might go deep into the terms just to check your level of awareness and common sense. (This happened with me).
  • Apart from that, you need to be fully aware about every single detail in your bio-data (download here). After all, it contains details about yourself, and failing to answer those might be really awkward.
  • Be aware of current affairs:- local, national, international and about your own city. This is an easy way to create an impression that you are more than just mugging up books.
  • You can get additional information and questions by downloading the sample questions via two links below. In case you have to copy the questionnaire, please link back to this page.

General Questions asked in SBI PO Interview

Banking Related Questions asked in SBI PO Interview

SBI PO – Tips and Tricks For The Interview

While you may prepare to any end, that may be not enough in the end. Do not lose heart. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you remain focused and calm on the day of the interview.

  • Get your papers in order before leaving home. You do not want to end up at the interview without your necessary documents. These are last minute hassles you can avoid.
  • Patience is the key. You may have to wait for some time for your turn as there will be other candidates too. I personally had to wait 8 hours or my interview for IBPS, even thought there was no GD. (A good thing – interviewers are generally tired after going through the interview process many times a day, and hearing awkward answers can make them perplexed sometimes)
  • Remain calm, even if you’re disturbed inside. This can be due to issues inside and outside the interview room. REMEMBER- This is where all your hard work over the months will finally pay off. Thoughts can wait, the interview cannot.
  • Dress up in a professional way. Avoid wearing jeans and other unprofessional attire. Men can come wearing a nice shirt (preferably plain or stripes with at the max two colors) and trousers, and coat or a plain sweater if the weather is a bit chilly. Women can wear traditional dresses like suits and saris or the professional attire.
  • Always knock before entering the interview room. Wish all the interviewers and sit after being offered a seat. These are basic manners and will surely help to earn good points.
  • Answer in English, and avoid slangs like “ya”. You’re responding to a question from an interviewer, not a friend.
  • If you are not comfortable in English, request the interviewer to grant you permission to speak in your mother tongue. Though, it is not recommended as SBI is a national level bank with branches abroad, and they expect you to speak English.
  • If you do not know an answer, just say so. Wild guessing will land you in trouble (it landed me in trouble) as it portrays you as a non-serious candidate. The interview panel consists of senior officers, both serving and retired, and they can easily judge you on the basis of your answers.
  • After the interview is over, always thank the interviewers for their time, push the chair back in, walk out of the room and close the door behind you.

Did I miss any tip that you would like to add? Please share in the comments below !!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

AB October 5, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Will it be appropriate for me to wear trousers and shirt for the interview? I am a girl and a lil confused wether to wear traditional or western formals..


jasjotbains October 6, 2014 at 12:52 am

Yes it would be appropriate to wear trousers and shirt. Stick with the white shirt and black trousers combination


AB October 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

thanku sir.
Plz tell me will light purple shirt be fine with black trousers?


jasjotbains October 7, 2014 at 12:58 am

Yes. Till the time it looks formal, the color would be fine.


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