SBI PO Group Exercise & Personal Interview Experience 2017 – 18

Dear Readers,
SBI PO is the most sought after recruitment process by banking aspirants. Group Exercise and Personal Interview is the final round (Phase-III) in SBI PO 2017 Recruitment. Last year SBI introduced a prioritisation based group exercise which is also being conducted this year in the Group Discussion Round. Interview experiences can help you get an insight of the difficulty level, environment and types of questions being asked in SBI PO 2017 Group Exercise and Interview Round. Keep on reading to understand the experience of Somrita Ghatak.

After reaching the venue (LHO PANEL-2; 07/09/2017 Kolkata Samriddhi Bhavan) they conducted document verification which was followed by the start of Group Discussion.

GD Topic- “Should govt focus more on establishing more IITs and IIMs or rather focus on  Primary Education?”

I started the discussion and also ended it. Each candidate spoke on the above-mentioned topic for few minutes after which the group came to a conclusion. Group Discussion can be a tensed situation for some, but with confidence and clarity of thought, one can easily score in this phase. It is important to maintain the decorum of the session and avoid being too loud. Put forth your views and opinions firmly best backed by figures or facts and also let your fellow group members voice their opinions.

Group Exercise – Qualities companies are looking for in new recruits 

Group Exercise is performed after the discussion. In this group, exercise candidates were given a set of few qualities/ attributes/ traits/ parameters which they had to prioritize according to their understanding of the topic/ situation/ thinking ability.

  • Willingness to listen
  • Communication skills
  • Technology readiness
  • Flexible
  • Multitasking
  • Analytical and research skills (and there were few other qualities in the list as well)

Personal Interview

May I come in? Good  Afternoon Sir, Madam. (They replied ‘Good afternoon take a sit be comfortable’.)
Q. Why did u leave an MNC?
Managerial job, relevance to PO with more job security, stability, lucid Career growth prospect. Age limit approaching, not much time left to achieve my dream.
Q. So you were not preparing while working?
Sir, Mine was Production Engg. not a desk job, 365 days 24 hours, 3 shifts plus weekends anytime. But SBI is also critical. So decided to take one objective at a time and excel.
Q. But I thought they wanted to get rid of you or was it the other way round?
No sir, I was the only female in Dept, I got many assignments, project, award etc. Performed fine arts and music and excelled on many platforms etc.

Q. But people say girls have family duty so they leave. How will you handle it?
Sir, girls are genetically programmed to multi task. Since history, guys were just hunter gatherers, and girls took care of babies, den, food, security etc. but still perception does not change in one day. So I will create such work culture that people will believe in us. 

Q. Your hobby is listening to good music, what is bad music?
Sir, bad vulgar lyrics, pungent loud music.

Q. Where you studied Marathi? 
Learnt during my stay in Maharashtra.
Q. Who taught you these answers? Did you go to coaching?
Sir I’ve never attended any sort of coaching for this, all they can do is provide students with some study notes, you can’t be your true self with others answers but I saw YouTube free videos to get some guidance.
Q. You have taken such a risk, how can we trust you with the public fund? 
Sir what you are saying is different. That is inattentiveness, insincerity to work. Even though I had SBI in my mind, I never neglected my job. But experimented or risked my own life not my job. I feel one life one dream, one opportunity, if not taken a nominal risk, whole life I might have felt repentance.
Q. OK, so u have an account in SBI?
Yes, Barrackpore branch 29 code
Q. Interest rate?
I am poor person, sir,  I don’t have 1 crore, so it is 3.5℅ 

Q. OK, what above 1 crore?
Q. Girls get annoyed with too much pressure! What’s your take on this?
Sir, in starting days of my career I gave similar importance to all task and struggled to adhere to timeline. Then the last manager asked me to prioritize my tasks. I cherish those words and did according to his advice.
Q. Who else is there in your family?
Mom, Dad and Me

Q. Have you been preparing for other exams as well?
Last year I failed in SBI mains, so again this year I tried again with full determination.
Q. So you are determined and want SBI only, nothing else? 
Yes, Mam precisely.
Thank You, you may go now.

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