Prepare for Interview
IBPS has released the Interview Call Letter for CRP RRBs Officer Scale-I, II & III and with this Interview season has been started. All the candidates who make it to the Interview must be preparing being enthusiastic. It is to be noted that for getting Success in the Interview, all of you need to prepare for the same at the earliest. All of you must have to analyse yourself as well as organisation in advance. Preparing for the Interview in advance, give you the better understanding of Yourself which means you can better present yourself competently. The presentation of yourself as well as your attitude matters most for getting success in any Interview.
You all need to understand that Interview is just for checking whether the Candidate is best fit for the organisation or not, whether the Candidate when hired will stay for long time or not, whether the Candidate can interact with customers with etiquette or not? If you all know this in advance then this will help you to present yourself in the proficient manner, which will certainly award you the Success.
Remember Interview is all about Planning, Preparation and Presentation.
Interview questions and styles may change from business to business however there are questions that are commonly asked at interview.
The interviewers try to ascertain a few things:
- See if you have the skills and experience to conduct the job on offer
- Check your enthusiasm, motivation and interest for the job
- See whether you will blend in with the working environment, style and teams
- See what type of attitude you have and that is useful for the job or not
We are providing some common questions asked in interviews to help you prepare for your upcoming Interview:
1. Tell me about yourself?
Ans. Deliver a confident answer to this, usually the first question asked in most of the interviews which lets the interviewer know a little bit about you. It is advised to rehearse before you go for the interview.
It is important that you identify areas that is relevant for the job you are being interviewed for, and show your enthusiasm and interest for the job. This can show the interviewer how you are well suited to the job. Also try and include some of the achievements you feel are important and relevant to the job.
2. What are your key strengths or skills?
Ans. It is important that you respond with relevant skills and strengths that make you best suit to the job while answering this question. For this analyse your core competencies and then prepare for the answer.
Doing research beforehand can help prepare an answer to this question. By studying the job advert and person specification, it can help you think about the requirements that make you relevant and appropriate for the job role.
3. What are your weaknesses?
Ans. Try not to be too critical while answering this question. Instead pick one of your weaknesses and try to turn it into a positive one.
For example, you could be a perfectionist, which means that you sometimes take longer on tasks but you make sure that they are completed to a high quality. It is important to make a negative into a positive as it doesn’t make you appear overly critical and shows you can reflect on your own performance.
4. Why do you want this job?
Ans. Answer this question with a response that highlights why you would be a good candidate for the job and how enthusiastic you are about it.
Ensure that you show an interest in the job sector, understand the company and their ethos and show how your skills match their requirements.
5. Give me an example of a difficult situation/task at work and how you dealt with it.
Ans. This is often asked so that you can express situations in which you use problem-solving and communication skills to help resolve the situation. It is suggested that you identify a situation that you assisted in settling through showing emotional intelligence.
6. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of.
Ans. This question gives you the opportunity to show how past achievements will benefit the business. It is suggested that you only include personal achievements if they are highly impressive or prestigious. Otherwise try and identify a time where you achieved something relevant to the job you are opting for.
7. What are your career goals?
Ans. The reason for this question being asked is because the employer wants to understand how long you intend to stay with the organisation. Reassure them by explaining how the job role fits your career plan, as this will display your long-term commitment to the organisation.
8. What do you know about the organisation?
Ans. It is very important that you show you have done some prior research of the organisation before the interview. Looking into areas such as the company history (past and present), structure, office bearers, finances, customers, products and services, competitors and market trends as these are the key areas.
How to succeed at interview
You need to show you have a thorough understanding of what the organisation is about and how it works. If not, it will look like you have no interest in working for the company.
The key to a successful interview is preparation. Almost without exception, the candidate who has done the most preparation will be the person who gets the job.
Prepare your answers: You can never know exactly what you will be asked at the time of Interview, but there are numerous questions which consistently come up at interview and by doing your research you can have a bank of answers ready for most of the questions which are going to come. There will always be questions that surprise you, but if you’ve thought through your work history, prepared examples and know your strengths and weaknesses inside out, then you should be able to answer everything competently.
Research the organisation: In almost every interview situation, you will be asked, at some stage, to confirm what you know about the organisation to which you are applying for. You should demonstrate that you have done your homework and understand the organisation. Their website is always a good research tool and if you have time, call the company and ask them to send you any relevant corporate communications.
Plan your journey: Know the address, print out a map and if possible do a trial run so you know exactly how long it will take to get there. Many people turn up late for an interview, because they got lost. Give yourself plenty of time.
Finally, an interview is as much about first impressions as it is about your skills and experiences. Be enthusiastic, positive and professional, give a firm handshake, look the interviewer in the eye and smile!