Qualification- B.Tech (Electronics Engg.) + 10 months job experience
Place- The Grand JBR, Lucknow
Time- 1:00 P.M.
Entry time- 12:30 P.M.
Document Verification & Biometrics- 1:35 P.M
It was my first banking interview.
Entered in interview room @3:30 (approx)
Panel- 4M + 1F (The well-dressed higher official (M1) was at the middle)
Now, let’s begin the worst interview ever.
Me: May I come in, sir?
M1: Come in.
Me: Good afternoon Sirs. Good afternoon ma’am.
M1+M2+M3+M4+F1: Good afternoon.
M1: Take your seat.
Me: Thank you sir.
M1: Tell me about yourself. (Academic details, father, his profession, other family members (do not take anyone’s name) and other things, if you have.)
Me: Sir, my name is Deepankar Tripathi. I belong to Lucknow, popularly known as “city of nawaabs”. I have done highschool…..
M1: Tell only about graduation.
Me: Sir, I’ve completed B.Tech from ____college with ____aggregate marks in Electronics engg.in 2014. I’ve joined a pvt. firm named ____ after my college and I’ve a 10 months of experience working as a Product Manager, there. My father’s name is ____ and he’s a govt. employee. He’s working as ____ in ____.
(They wanted more)
M1: About other family members?
Me: Sir, my mother’s name is ____and she’s a housewife. And other family details……….
M2: Which company you worked in?
Me: ____. Sir it’s in ____.
M1: Immediately after your college, you joined it?
Me: Yes sir, college placement.
M1: What was the job profile?
Me: Sir, i was working as a Technical writer. Sir, ____ company is basically related to education field. It provides platform and courses to its customers for certification courses like, OCA, OCP, ComPTiA, CCNA etc.
M1: Then, why you resigned?
Me: Sir, the company has 2 key policies that made me to resign.
Me: 2 key policies
M1: What were they?
Me: Sir, 1st one was, “Do not settle for less, ever.”
M1: I didn’t get it.
Me: Sir, Do not settle for less, ever.”
Me: Treat your customer’s like god.
(Impressed but it was just a beginning)
Sir, when i was working there, i thought I’m settling for less. If i can achieve better and banking industry needs better, so I just wanted to be a part of better and do better.
M1: What is the problem in 2nd?
Me: Sir, the customers I was treating like god, basically were foreign students, foreign universities, and IT professionals. And i was working for them. I wanted to serve the people of our country and banking provides me a better opportunity to enhance the financial literacy of the common people of the nation.
M3: What do you mean? Customers are customers, if they’re foreigners, you’ll not treat them like god.
M2: And Modiji is saying come in our country and do business and all. I’m not convinced at all. (In Hindi)
Me: Sir, but I’ll choose to work for the people of our nation, first. (In Hindi)
M3: I’m not convinced. What are you saying?
F1: The company policies are really good and I don’t find this reason for your resignation. You shouldn’t resign from there.
Me: Ma’am, self-satisfaction matters.
M1: (Looking at my application form) You resigned and directly came for preparation of banking.
M1: What was your salary, there?
Me: Sir, I’ve taken my last month salary Rs. ____/-
M1: (Looking at my Application form) You’ve put EXIM, ECGC at top, there you’ll have to treat foreign customers, right?
Me: Yes sir.
Sir, In EXIM and ECGC I’ll get more salary.
Me: Sir, in comparison to other banks.
They are statutory bodies of GOI.
5 working days,
Less public responsibility.
Me: Less public dealings.
F1 to M1: nodded (Yes)
Me: Foreign exposure.
M1: Your concepts are not clear, you’re contradicting everything. You resigned from your last job coz you’d to treat foreign customers and now you’re saying this. Customers are customers and that’s what matters. It doesn’t matter they are Indians or foreigners.
Me: (I was already completely dead, meanwhile.)
M2: Enough of this. Let’s talk something about GK.
You said, Lucknow is the “city of nawaabs”? Ok, agreed. Would you please tell me the names of all the nawaabs since beginning to the end, serially? (In Hindi)
Me: Sir, the last one was Begam Hazrat Mahal and the rest i don’t remember. (In Hindi)
M2: She was nawaab?
Me: Sir, she was the last emperor of “awadh”.
M1: What is emperor?
Me: Sir, who has an empire.
M2: She was a lady and she was nawaab. She was begam of a nawaab and all other things. There’s a long history about it. (He smiled)
Me: (I was no more. May my solitary soul rest in peace.)
M4: You’ll have heard that dollar’s value is increasing in comparison to rupees. Suppose 1 $=10 Rs. and all.What will be the effect?
Me: Sir, the oil prices are falling and India has to export it and dollar is a global currency, a SDR. These transactions are done in dollars.
Me: Sir, we’ve to pay more.
M4: That’s what I wanted to listen.
M2: Tell me the exact figures of Indian foreign exchange.
Me: Sir, 352, something.
M1: Something…good. (taunt)
Me: Sir it has recently decreased.
M2: I’m not asking this. Tell me the figures.
Me: Sir, 352 million….
Me: 352 million crore rupees.
All: Lohl 😛
M1: What else exams you’ve given?
Me: Sir, i was out in RRB PO in mains due to few marks and now I’m looking for PO.
M1: Is it your 1st attempt?
Me: Yes sir.
M1: What about clerk?
Me: Yes sir, I’ve given it but currently I’m looking for PO.
Me: Sir, if I’ve the opportunity to be a PO then i won’t waste a seat in clerks.
M1: Ok, now you can go.
M2: There’s no interview in Clerk. Now what are your chances?
Me: Sir, in that case, the cut-off of U.P. will be higher and i won’t get in due to less no of attempts.
M2 to M3: hmm…clerk’s cut-off is state-wise. (In Hindi)
M1: Ok. All the best, Deepankar. Now you can go.
Me: Thank you, sirs. Thank you, ma’am.
Conclusion: I don’t know what they were trying to find out in me. Maybe they were checking my break down point or how I react in these tough conversations. And for that thing they pushed me down since the very beginning and keep pressurizing me on whatever I say. They were playing with my mind, very well. And, it was my 1st interview so the tension was reflecting from my face (maybe). Maybe they were expecting a negative reason of my job resignation but I was confident at that moment. But when it came to “nawaabs” and all, due to overthinking and regretting, “why I said this line in the beginning?”, I broke down and they got the reason to push me down. But the beginning was good and the last was too. Now, let’s see what happens. But it was disastrous, and I’m the one responsible for it. The things would’ve been better if in some cases, I would’ve replied, “Sorry sir, I don’t know”. But I keep uttering anything like hell. But it was ok, at least I’ve got a big lesson for future.