How to prepare for SBI PO GD/PI: A Detailed Approach
Group Discussion and interview is the final hurdle in the way of a candidate to become a probationary officer in the largest commercial bank of the country. After coming this far with mains and prelims success, you need to make sure that you do not fall way off in the final stage itself.
SBI, the largest commercial bank of the country, is in the process of recruiting probationary officers for its various offices across the country. The mains examination for the same was conducted on 4th June 2017 all over the country for short-listing candidates for the next and final process of screening i.e. group discussion and personal interview which is slated to start from 10th July 2017. Candidates are now anxiously waiting for their mains result and with an unexpected pattern in the mains exam, SBI is sure to give many surprises to candidates on that day. Now, in this article, we shall focus on the upcoming phase i.e. GD and PI of SBI.
GD/PI: Let’s know the process in detail!
The whole recruitment of SBI PO is divided into three phases and they are prelims, mains and group discussion cum personal interview. While prelims is a qualifying exam, mains and interview marks make up the final merit list of candidates to be appointed in the bank. The GD/PI consists of 50 marks out of which 20 marks is allotted to GD and 30 for the interview.
The GD forum includes 12-15 candidates and they are seated around a centre table at equal distance. At the beginning of the GD, every candidate is allotted a number. After that, the panel members arrive and sit at the extreme ends of the table. Generally, they are persons who also make up the interview panel. The chairman and other members will introduce themselves and the group will be given a particular topic and some time will be given to you for jotting down your points. After that, a bell will be rung and after that, every candidate needs to speak for two minutes on that particular topic and once everyone is done, another one minute is given to each and every candidate to say something more on that topic and after everyone is done, the discussion is put to an end by the panel. The personal interview takes place after that, generally, in the next session.
How to prepare successfully for the final hurdle GD/PI
Group Discussion and Personal Interview is the last stage of recruitment to land that dream job of being an officer in the largest commercial bank of the country. It is imperative for you that you understand the requirement of SBI at this stage and prepare accordingly.
- Think rationally at the time of GD: You will get time to jot down your points on the discussion topic before it kicks off. Write down points which you can back with examples and also if contradicted by anybody in the whole discussion, can be established beyond reasonable doubt at the end.
- Keep a tab on current events: This is very important since whatever topic is given may not be a current event directly, but the panel will be interested to see how you can relate that to the events happening around you since that is what is expected from you as a banker.
- Be clear and concise: In a group discussion, the most important thing that is expected is to argue with valid points. Nobody is asking you to convert it into a fish market where chaos rules but as future bankers, you should maintain an ironic detachment from personal attacks and any invalid and irrelevant arguments.
- It is not necessary to start the GD: Though this is the myth among aspirants, there is not an iota of truth in this argument. There will be 12-15 candidates and if everybody thinks that he or she should start the discussion, the discussion will turn into a wrestling match albeit verbal one. As future bankers, you are expected to be courteous and have good listening skills as well.
- In the second phase of GD, try to refute points raised in the discussion: This is important since this proves that you have given attention to the whole discussion. This pleases the panel members a lot because a good banker should be patient but have a very sharp bent of mind.
- Prepare your profile very well: This is very much necessary for answering questions in the interview since the objective of your personal interview is to test the decision making ability of the candidate in his or her own life and the guidelines which have led the candidate to that decision. These say a lot about the psychology of a candidate.
- Practice in front of mirror: This is specially for persons who find it difficult to speak in front of a lot of candidates. Try to speak as much as possible in front of the mirror and another thing that can be done is to discuss with your group of friends. These two methods are very useful for dispelling this kind of stage fright.
- Be true to your own self: An interview is a test of your personality and not your knowledge base. Hence, never ever try to show off in front of the experienced panel members since they will know each and every lie you are telling them. Be true to your own self and that will serve your as well as their purpose to the best possible way.
- You should know basic of the sector you are entering: Yes, having said that interview is a personality test, it does not mean that you should be ignorant of the banking industry. Brush up your banking awareness and also current affairs related to banking before entering that interview room.
Hence, prepare with your best abilities and do not let negative thoughts like mains marks, your chances of making it to the final list based on that etc enter your mind during this journey.
All the best for your mains result which will come anytime now and after that, for the all crucial GD/PI round as well.