Date: 23rd Jan
Venue: Bank of India Training College, Sec 62, Noida
Name: Ankit Shubham
Disqus Name: Maverick_Spirit
I was called there at 1 pm, so i reached there at 12:30 pm (Had done reconnaissance of that campus last week). So no problems reaching.
I was wearing a formal suit(black suit, blue tie, white shirt) and was directed to a conference room quickly. Verification started then only at 12:45 pm and there were 2 persons who were checking all the documents. The guy who had gone before me was almost 30 years of age, but had very a casual approach regarding the certificates and photocopies. I mean how can someone who has done his Graduation in 2007, be unable to collect his final degree??? Well he got scolded. But thankfully he was still allowed further.
Guys I have seen people getting frustrated about the types of documents to take with them, so i am telling u,originals & Photocopies of all necessary documents should be ready with you and you need to keep them self attested beforehand.
I had taken many of my certificates and the concerned person was impressed. Verification went smoothly.
Then, I was sent to another room where other candidates were also waiting.
After 30 mins, i was called for Interview.
5 Panel Members, 1 Female, 4 Male(M1,M2,M3,M4)
Me: May I come in Sir?
M1: Arre haan haan aa jao bhai.
Me: Good Afternoon Mam. Good Afternoon Sirs.
M2:Haan Good Afternoon Baitho Baitho. Take your seat.
M2: So Mr.Ankit Shubham,What is the meaning of your name??
Me: Sir Ankit means “to make a mark”, and Shubham refers to “Being Auspicious”
M1;Ohho nice nice.So tell us Ankit, about events where you have made a “mark”.
Me:(Okay Achievements) Told them about my work experience, responsibilities. I got placed in IBM after Graduation. Then got placed twice in my MBA…etc…etc…
M1: Ohh okay, so what does your father do?
Me: My father is Bank Manager in Bank of India.
M1: Ohh acha, so here also we have a person among us who is also from Bank of India. Haan sir(M2) aap puchiye.
M2:So tell me Ankit what do you know about Bank of India?
Me(Knew this question would definitely come): Sir the most fascinating fact i feel about BOI is that, it provided ATM services even before i was born !! The Mahalaxmi Branch of BOI in Mumbai has been providing ATM services since 1989.
M2: Yes Yes you are right. But tell me which bank started providing ATM facilities in India even before 1989.
Me:(Kya re) Uhh…sorry sir I don’t know.
M2:Ok go on.
Me:BOI headquarters are in Nariman Point,Mumbai. Mr.Melwyn Rego is CEO and MD.
M2: So who is Chairman?
Me: Sir as much as i know CEO & MD is Mr. Melwyn Rego and there is no separate chairman as such.
M2: How is it possible that no Chairman?
Me: Maybe i just don’t know sir.
Me: BOI was started by few businessmen in Mumbai in 1906….Nationalised in 1969….Presently BOI has 50,606 employees….7,700 ATMs…. 4,963 branches
in India……60 branches in abroad ….And presence in 22 countries..
M2: So does BOI have presence in China??
Me: I don’t know sir (Really ?? Did I not mug up enough already?)
M1: Okay tell us about your work experience.
M2: He has already told us in the beginning in achievements.
M1:Okay, so Ankit what have you studied for the interview?
Me: Sir I have studied as much as I could. You can ask me whatever you want.(56 inch chest feeling)
M2:What is RTGS?
Me:Real Time Gross Settlement….told the concept…timings…minimum 2Lakh amount..etc..
M2:So tell me, if in RTGS i send money to the wrong account, can i recover it or not?
Me:Uhh….i read that RTGS is irrevocable…so i will say it cannot be recovered then…(wrong answer)
M2:Ok what is Bank Guarantee??
Me:Sir when someone takes a loan he has to put some collateral as guarantee…
M2: Haan haan wo to hai hi…par this guarantee is given by Bank.
Me: Sorry sir I don’t remember.
M1: So Ankit, sell yourself to us,why should we hire you??
Me: Sir I have done Graduation in BCA and in Masters also i have dual specialisation of Marketing & IT,so i think i will nicely fit into the customer serving tech friendly workplace of Banks…moreover i have been fascinated and felt attracted to BOI since my childhood …and my Dad used to take me to his Bank sometimes so……Blah Blah Blah…(u all know)
M1:Acha, Madam aap puchiye kuch.
F1:So where do you see yourself after some years??
Me:(In the Mirror……just kidding)….I will try to first strengthen my role and perform my duties as a manager first….Then few years down the line…i will try for Regional Manager…Zonal Manager…etc etc…Its a long shot…
M1:Ok Ankit thank You.
Me: Thank You Sirs, Thank You mam.
2 Panel Members M3 and M4 did not ask a single question…and were only observing me the whole time…Mostly Hindi medium of communication was used but sometimes i also spoke in English to flaunt my communication skills…Panel members will try to grill you sometimes but will also try to make you feel comfortable..
I feel my Interview was better than average…But don’t know for sure…was my first Govt. interview…..Let’s see what awaits me on 1st April…Thank You Friends