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Interview & GD Tips for SBI PO 2017!
(Chat Transcript)

arnav : HELLO SIR.... WHICH TOPIC NOW A DAYS IS EXPECTED TO COME IN GROUP DISCUSSION ?
asim : We recommend you prepare for all kinds of GD topics ie general, knowledge based and abstract. It's not advisable to selectively prepare for GD and PI rounds.


hwsc7a291 : CAN I KNOW THE NUMBER OF PANELIST IN THE INTERVIEW AND TYPE OF QUESTIONS ASKED??
hidayathullah : No of Panelists: 2 to 4 and questions will be asked on Banking & Economy (Stock & CA), Academics, About the bank and banking. In the last few years,HR related questions have come down.


hwsc7a291 : CAN I KNOW THE NUMBER OF PANELIST IN THE INTERVIEW AND TYPE OF QUESTIONS ASKED??
asim : Number of panelist is not fixed, it could be 2 or more than 2. Type of questions include personality based questions, career based questions, gk and current affairs ( esp based on banking industry ) , academic subject related questions etc.


chaitrali : WHAT KIND OF TOPICS ARE ASKED IN GROUP DISCUSSION?
asim : It could be general topic- for eg- Is love marriage better than arrange marriage, it could be knowledge based topic eg- Can India achieve 10% GDP growth rate, it could be an abstract topic for eg- Green is better than Red.


chaitrali : CAN YOU LIST A FEW TOPICS FOR GD?
asim : The following are some examples- How to make India tourist friendly? Would concept of smart cities solve India's economic and social problems? Can the world economy bank upon India for growth? Can India achieve 9% GDP growth rate? Should schoolchildren be allowed to use and own mobile phones? Should politicians be given Padma Awards? Commercialization of health care - pain/gain? Make in India or Make for India.


hwsc7a291 : IF A CANDIDATE DOESNOT KNOW THE ANSWER OF A QUESTION ASKED IN THE INTERVIEWHOW CAN HE DEAL WITH THE SITUATION ??
hidayathullah : It is not compulsory that you should know the answers for all the questions asked in interview. If you do not know the answer for a particular question, you may say 'Sorry sir, I do not know'


hwsc7s037 : NOW SINCE RESULT OF SBI PO MAINS IS DELAYED WILL G.D. AND P.I. START AT A LATER DATE THAN 10TH JULY 2017. IF THERE IS A DELAY IN G.D./P.I. IT WILL BE OF HOW MANY DAYS?
pcr : The interviews could have the same (or slightly shorter) lag as the results


hwsc7a291 : IS IT NECESSARY TO TAKE MARKS OBTAINED IN THE SBI PO MAINS IN THE INTERVIEW ROOM ??
hidayathullah : May not be required but you should carry the necessary documents mentioned in the call letter.


chaitrali : WHAT IS THE TIME DURATION FOR INTERVIEW AND GD?
hidayathullah : GD: 20 to 40 Mins and Interview: 15 to 30 Mins


bikash : IN INTERVIEW WHAT TYPE OF QUESTION THEY ASKS AND BASED ON WHICH TOPIC.
hidayathullah : Questions will be asked on Banking & Economy (Stock & CA), Academics, About the bank and banking. In the last few years, HR related questions have come down.


bikash : IN INTERVIEW WHAT TYPE OF QUESTION THEY ASKS AND BASED ON WHICH TOPIC.
hidayathullah : Questions will be asked on Banking & Economy (Stock & CA), Academics, About the bank and banking. In the last few years,HR related questions have come down.


hwsc7a291 : HOW SHOULD WE START GD ??
pcr : It is good to provide a brief background (in 2 or 3 sentences) to the topic, such as a broad definition of the key words. or quick recap of the genesis of the topic


hwsc7a291 : HOW MUCH PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO OUR BODY LANGUAGE IN BOTH GD AND INTERVIEW ??
pcr : Don't worry too much about body language. Just remember not to seem arrogant or timid, don't wave your hands in front of your neighbours, and din't point at people.


tina : IS GD A QUALIFYING ROUND?
hidayathullah : No.The marks obtained in GD & PI are considered in the final scoring.


hwsc7s037 : HOW MANY CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN 1 G.D.?
hidayathullah : 8 to 12


rafael : DO WE NEED TO GO IN FORMALS FOR A GD AND PI
hidayathullah : Yes


rafael : WHAT QUALITIES DO THE JURY LOOK FORWARD IN A PI
hidayathullah : Good communication, confidence, decent understanding of banking and economy concepts and academic subject knowledge.


tina : FROM WHERE WE CAN PREPARE GD TOPICS? THE ONES ON ECONOMY AND GK
pcr : GK - the newspapers and back issues of magazines - focus on topics that are related to social development, science and tech, standards of living (such as healthcare) etc. Finance and the economy - the economic times/financial express, and websites that focus on stock markets and investment. Also have a look at the websites of various ministries


hwsc7a291 : FOR THE INTERVIEW ROUND FOR HOW MANY MONTHS WE SHOULD PREPARE CA ?
hidayathullah : Last 6 to 9 months


tina : DO WE NEED TO PREPARE A CV FOR INTERVIEW?
hidayathullah : Not required. The biodata form provided by the bank need to be filled and carried to the interview.


ms : I HAVE ALREADY BEEN SELECTED AS A PO IN A PSB THROUGH THE IBPS 2016 PROCESS. WILL I BE TREATED A A FRESHER WITH REGARDS TO BANKING INDUSTRY?
hidayathullah : Query not clear. Fresher for what ?


ms : WITH REGARDS TO MY EARLIER QUESTION - IN THE INTERVIEW, THE KIND OF QUESTIONS THAT I WOULD BE FACING WILL BE OF THE LEVEL OF A FRESHER FOR A BANKING INDUSTRY OR WILL THE DIRECTION OF INTERVIEW CHANGE BECAUSE I HAVE A JOB IN A PSB
hidayathullah : As you have work exp in the relevant field, you will be asked questions on your work domain.


sam : WHAT TO DO IF WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE TOPIC GIVEN IN GD??
asim : In that case,listen to others for couple of minutes, that would help you understand the given topic and get ideas, then start contributing to the discussion. Let me add, if you read adequately this problem will not arise.


ms : IN THE NEXT ROUND, APART FROM THE PI, WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT? IS IT A GROUP DISCUSSION AS IT USED TO BE SO FAR, OR SOMETHING ELSE?
hidayathullah : Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Please read the information brochure for more details.


ms : WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE RESULT?
hidayathullah : Very Soon


ms : SIR, SINCE I READ AND RE-READ THE ADVERTISEMENT, I HAD THAT QUERY REGARDING GROUP DISCUSSION. SO CAN WE EXPECT GD & PI OR PI AND SOMETHING ELSE
hidayathullah : In the information booklet, it was clearly given as Group Discussion. Hence, next round will comprise of GD & PI.


hwsc7a291 : WHAT SHOULD WE ANSWER IF THE INTERVIEW PANELISTS ASK ABOUT THE ROLE OF PO IN BANKS ??
pcr : To support the regular officers in their functioning, to be willing to stand by whenever needed, and to learn as much as possible (through keen observation, asking questions, and keeping upto-date with circulars).


tina : I HAVE READ IN SOME BLOGS THAT GD COMPRISES OF TWO PARTS: ONE DISCUSSION AND ONE OTHER ROUND IN WHICH WE HAVE TO SORT SOME TOPICS BASED ON PRIORITY RANKINGS. IS THAT YOUR QUERY TOO MS?
hidayathullah : You are talking about Group Exercise. In the notification, it was mentioned as 'Group Exercise' but in information booklet released, it was clearly mentioned Group Discussion.


hwsc7a291 : WHAT SHOULD WR
pcr : ?? what was this question ??


hwsc7a291 : WHAT SHOULD WE READ FOR GD SESSION ??
pcr : please check the answer to a similar question a few minutes ago "from where can we prepare for GD topics?"


ms : @ TINA- THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING AN EFFORT TO HELP ME OUT, BUT IF WE ALL READ THIS YEAR'S ADVERTISEMENT VERY CAREFULLY, THE FINAL SELECTION ROUND COMPRISES OF PERSONAL INTERVIEW AND "GROUP ACTIVITY"
hidayathullah : Yes but in info booklet, it was mentioned 'Group Discussion'. We have to wait and see if any change will be made to this again. You need not worry about Group Exercise / Activity.


ms : THANKYOU SIR! THANKYOU TINA! :)
pcr : ms and tina - here's something that you should keep in mind. While they're playing it safe in the notification (by saying group exercise), let's remember that 'Group Discussion' is a broad term and could be any of: 1. The standard GD - topic, discuss till asked to end (This one is the standard - 90% of the cases) 2. Time bound GD - topic, discuss till a given point of time. Case study - Discuss a problem/issue to move towards possibilities of a solution/decision Discussion task - to list matters in order of priority/significance. Take Heart!! You realise that preparing well for the first type will help you deal with the others too, if they appear.


hwsc7a291 : WHAT CAN BE RATIO OF MAINS QUALIFIED CANDIDATES TO FINALLY SELECTED CANDIDATE
hidayathullah : In general 1:3


komal : HI. WHAT IF THEY ASK ME "YOU'RE AND ENGINEER AND WANT TO GO FOR BANKING. WHY?" WHAT WOULD BE A SUITABLE ANSWER? PLEASE SUGGEST?
pcr : Komal ! Engineers are the salt of the earth, and are supposed to be able to make things happen !! Tell them that banking is a career where you could understand peoples needs and difficulties, and help them in the most appropriate way - in managing and raising resources


hwsc7a291 : IN FORMALS DRESS CODE IS A TIE NECESSARY TO WEAR FOR GD/PI ?
pcr : For guys, a tie is recommended (unless you are going to treat it as a noose around your neck!). If you're not used to one, learn how to tie one, and wear it for about half an hour a day, for about 4 or 5 days before the interview, so that it doesn't bother you


komal : THANKYOU :) GIRLS CAN WEAR A KURTA OR A SALWAR KAMEEZ TO THE INTERVIEW RIGHT?
pcr : Salwar-kameez with a dupatta, please ! Not just a kurta with jeans or trousers (or leggings!) - that would be informal.


komal : ALRIGHT , THANKYOU. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST WORD OF ADVICE FOR US? SOMETHING THAT WE MUST NEVER FORGET..
pcr : Stay serious, stay confident, but stay cool ! It's an interview. It's very important. BUT....It's not the end of the world !!


ms : THANKYOU SIR!
hidayathullah : You are welcome !!


hwsc7a291 : THANK YOU
pcr : You're welcome, all of you. All the best!!


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