Interview strategies Series – Team Bankedge

Interview strategies Series – Team Bankedge

What to do Before Interviews?
Before you go for an interview you need to prepare yourself well. This is because in the process of an
interview every aspect of yours will be analysed very critically. Whatever you have to say about
yourself will be probed. Your answers will make room for many other questions. So you have to be
very careful with your answers.

A few steps and tips to successful interview preparation are listed below:
Go through your resume – You should always go through your resume and understand it from the
point of view of the interviewer. Think about what attracted the attention of the interviewer for you
to get an interview call? This will help you know what it is that the company is looking for and what it
is expecting from you. Once you know this you can know about the responsibilities that the company
expects of you. When you can pre-empt questions about job responsibility you are always at an
advantage during the interview.

Go online and research – A company would want a candidate, seeking employment, to know more
about the company. If you have no idea about the company, they may form a poor opinion about you.
Before the interview it is important for you to visit the company website and understand everything
about the company and its activities. The more information you have about the company the better
equipped you are for the interview. Knowledge about the company and job responsibility is your best
friend during an interview.

Rehearse and practice hard – It always makes sense to make a script for an interview makes sense. If
you rehearse the kind of questions that will be asked you can give the best answer possible. You will
be asked about past positions and achievements, strengths and weaknesses, and what you can add in
terms of skill to the workplace. You can ask a friend to help you with your rehearsal and point out your
mistakes to you and also help you rectify.

Prepare a list of questions and answers – Don’t ever think when you go for an interview, you have to
answer all the questions and ask none. Most interviewers love to entertain questions. This sends the
message that you have prepared before coming for the interview, and that the job is important for
you. Do not ask questions about remuneration and benefits in the beginning. Ask these questions
later. Ask questions that are company oriented and job related. Dwell on questions relevant to the
information provided by the interviewer.
When you go for an interview make sure you wear no loud clothes please. Dress decently in formal
clothes before an interview board. A business suit is best for an interview. Cleaning and ironing your
suit to give it a crisp, clean look is also an integral part of your interview preparation.
Preparing for an interview can be tough task for some people but if you follow the above mentioned
steps assiduously you can always perform well in the banking and finance sector interviews, clinch
that job you always dreamt about and a strong career which will reward you for life.

Find out in advance how to reach the venue – Don’t delay this important activity. Take google map
help and locate the exact venue of your interview. Research and talk to your friends’/family
members/elders about how to reach the venue and how much time is required to reach the place.
Reach the venue 20 minutes prior to the interview timing, update the receptionist about your
presence, freshen up and sit patiently.
Know the name of the interviewer and when you are inside the cabin, greet them well with their first
name, for eg: Good morning Mr Rane, Good morning Ms Upadhyay, Good afternoon Mr Pillai etc.
Carry the updated resume (original printout only, don’t carry photocopies and ensure your resume is
neat, no spelling mistakes or grammatical mistakes, alignment mistakes, don’t fold your resume), carry
3 to 4 copies along with your passport sized photograph, PAN card and Aadhar card in general (carry
the color copy photocopies).
Always tell yourself, good things will take time and patience, never run away from hardships and
struggle as you know, there are no shortcuts to success.
Think about the finest clay pots you see in the market; it is the result of the hard work of the artisans.
An artisan’s hands shape the creativity and talent they possess into tangible products.

In short, to get the desired results or outputs, you have to be ready to put in the right inputs.
Thoughtful decision making is important and the faster you understand the fact that nothing comes
easy in life, better it is for you. We recommend you put your career on priority track and pick up the
essential skill-sets and certifications which will add value to your current and future employers. Keep
learning and growing in life, create and sculpture the life you have always desired for, come out of the
comfort zones as soon as possible.

What to do After Interviews?
Interviewers like to ask questions but they may also throw a googly to you and tell you to ask them
questions. Here, they are testing your awareness and inquisitiveness towards this
job/organization/market information etc. Take this opportunity to ask the interviewers some relevant
questions about the company, their products & services, revenues, business & marketing strategies,
quarterly financial performances, future outlooks and product suggestions, if any etc.
Thank them for their valuable time and express them cheerfully that you look forward for their positive
feedback and if any further questions, you are available for next round of discussion.
You must also thank the Reception counter person while exiting the venue, return them the ID card
and make sure you are carry all your belongings before you exit.
In evening same day, you can write a thank you note to the HR person (if you have their email ID noted
with you). Be available on phone calls and check emails twice or thrice a day. You can also contact the
HRD within 3 to 5 days to check for any update. If you don’t get any response within 7 to 10 working
days, consider you are not selected and move on for another interview. However, take time to write
notes and analyse about what must have gone wrong and improvise always for future rounds.

Best Regards & All The Best!
Team Bankedge

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