Frequently Asked Interview Questions,
Here are 10 tips which can help you impress the interviewer and get that opportunity to prove your talent.
A firm handshake- A handshake says a lot about you than you can imagine. A firm handshake is a sign of confidence and leadership qualities, which organizations are always looking for in employees. But make sure you do not squeeze the hand of your interviewer, as it is a sign of insecurity, or being a control freak.
Maintain eye contact- Whenever we lie, we tend to avoid eye contact. Thus, whenever you fail to make eye contact, the subconscious of the interviewer would tell him that you are lying, even if you are not. Always maintain eye contact with the interviewer whenever answering questions. But don’t hold the eye contact for more than few seconds at a stretch, as it is considered rude.
Maintain your wit- Sometimes, interviewers throw candidates off track by asking weird questions such as “What if dinosaurs were still alive?” They are not looking for a right answer to such questions. Rather, they are looking for ability to handle unexpected situations. Maintain your wit at all times during the interview.
Be open- During the interview, be open in your stance, and in your mannerisms as well. Do not cross your arms or legs. If an interviewer offers you something, do not hesitate to accept it.
Be precise with your answers- Nothing impresses an interviewer more than clarity of thought. Always try and give to the point answers. Blabbering about stuff won’t help matters.
Dress appropriately- Professionalism is an important criteria taken into account when hiring candidates. Your dress is the first thing an interviewer notices when you walk into a room. Make sure you dress appropriately. Steer clear of a denims and tees. Instead, opt for something formal and more business-like for your interview.
Try conversing- Don’t treat the interview as a question-answer session. Treat it as a conversation instead. If you have some doubts or questions in mind, feel more than ready to ask them during the interview. It is important to form a rapport with your interviewer, as it improves chances of getting selected.
Be yourself- It is easier said than done, but it is important. When you are called for a job interview, the employer wants to meet the real you and not someone who is rehearsed by counselors etc. Try to be yourself during the interview, and if the interviewer likes you, you will get the job.
Arrive on time- Noting pisses off an employer more than a potential job candidate arriving late for the interview. Make sure you arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time. Arriving early shows that you are really interested in the job, which improves your chances of being selected.
Showcase your knowledge as much as you can- At the end of the day, an interviewer is gauging whether you are the right fit for the job. Whenever possible try to showcase your knowledge and skillset during the interview.
5 most common job interview mistakes
1. Trying to fit in to the expectations of the employer
It is by far the most common job interview mistake committed by candidates. As humans, we have an innate tendency to be accepted, and we often lie our way to it. But one simple lie leads to hundreds others, and eventually, you are caught. HR professionals are skilled at catching lies. In fact, that’s the first thing they do in a job interview- separate the genuine candidates from the liars.
Don’t try to put on a garb just to seek acceptance from the interviewer. Be yourself and speak of situations as they are. Even if you were fired from your last job, don’t hide it from your potential employer. Interviewers are humans too, and they understand difficulties and situations of working in an organization.
2.Asking no questions, or asking dumb ones
An employer expects you be research a little bit about the company and the industry before you come for the interview. When we research something, we often have our doubts and our questions. Surprisingly though, most candidates fail to put enough hard work in the research part. The end result- they fail to ask relevant questions, or end up asking dumb questions at the end of the interview. Make sure you avoid that mistake.
When you get the chance, always ask questions that make the interviewer think a little.
3. Rambling rather than answering
When an interviewer asks a question, he expects a concise, well articulated response. A to the point answer shows you are confident, and organizations are always looking for confident employees. When answering a question, you need to know when to stop. And you need to avoid the rambling pitfall that interviewers lay there purposely. Most times, when you finish answering, the interviewer will pause for a moment, expecting you to go further.
Don’t fall in that trap. Just remain confident and ask the interviewer politely whether he would like to know something else.
4. Not taking your CV with you
When you read it, it seems like a common thing to do. You need to take your CV and your documents along when you are going for an interview. But 60% of the candidates forget to take it along, or don’t bother taking it along.
Even if you have already sent your CV via e-mail, always take it along when going for an interview. Make sure it is neatly printed on an A4 size sheet, and do not fold it. Keep it safe in a folder with the rest of the documents. It shows that you are organized and serious about the job.
5. Speaking ill of the last employer
It is one of the most common reasons why employers reject a candidate. When you bad mouth your previous employer, it shows that you lack integrity and loyalty. No organization wants an employee who is not trustworthy.
Common Interview Questions
Tell me about yourself/ describe yourself?
What does you name means?
Why gap in education(if there is gap)?
Describe your work experience(if there is..)?
Why have you left your previous job?
What do you know about our bank?
How many bank exams(or)interviews have you attended so far?
What are your strengths?
What are your weakness?
Why are you switching your career?
How will your education help your banking career?
What have you been doing since now after education?
Are you willing to work anywhere in india?
When mnc’s are paying more salaries why you are settling down for low salaries in banks?
Why do you want to join in banking sector?
Why should we select you?
How would you take it if you were not selected for this position?
Do you have any questions for us?