What are some interview questions asked during SBI PO interview round

SBI PO is one of the most coveted banking exams in India. Every year lakhs of students apply for the exam to realize their dreams of becoming a banking officer. The exam is conducted in three stages: Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview. Aspirants need to qualify in all three levels to get their names in the final merit list of selected candidates. After taking the written exams, students’ complete focus should be on interview preparation. It makes an integral part of the overall exam preparation as the final selection highly depends on how well you answer the interview questions. Interviews are conducted by the authorities to properly understand the actual merits and qualities of a candidate.

SBI PO 2018 Interview

As SBI PO 2018 Prelim and Mains exams are over, this is the time for the candidates to start preparation of the interview round. To prepare well for the next round, candidates should first check the schedule and syllabus. Find below the important dates for the interview round of PO exam by SBI.

SBI PO Important Dates 

Event Dates
Declaration of SBI PO Mains Exam Result  20.08.2018 (Tentative)
Download of SBI PO Interview Call Letter 01.09.2018
Group Discussion & Interview 24.09.2018 to 12.10.2018
 The Date for the Declaration of Final Result  01.11.2018


Common Questions Asked in SBI PO Interview Round

The random questions asked in the interview process usually confuse even the most intelligent students. Not just the tricky questions, due to nervousness and limited SBI PO Preparation, even easy and simple questions also create confusion among the candidates. Having a prior knowledge of some of the interview questions asked during the GD round can help you perform well. Based on our discussion with some banking experts and teachers, we have come up with some most common questions the interview panels might ask.

Personal Questions

Most of the times, the interview process starts with personal questions. These questions not just help the interviewers know about you but also help them ask more questions. Usually, the personal questions in the interview depend on your answers. For instance, while introducing yourself, if you say that you like to listen to music, they might ask you about different types of music, singers etc. So, you should be very careful with the answers and avoid providing any detail that you think might trap you. Here are a few questions that you may face during your interview.

  • Tell us something about yourself?
  • Why do you want to be a part of the banking sector?
  • What is your career goal for a bank job?
  • Why should we select you? What qualities do you have that others don’t have?
  • If you get appointed as PO and the clerk is of higher qualification than you, how would you cope with his ego and how will you extract work from him?
  • If you get a posting far away from your hometown will you work?
  • What is your weakness and how can it affect your performance?

General Banking Questions

In addition to your education, personal interests, and background, the interviewers also check your knowledge of the industry in which you are applying for a job. Based on your luck and the mood of the interviewer, you can get very easy or tricky questions. Make sure you read ample banking books before appearing for the personal interview round. Questions in the interview might be based on the recent policy updates in the banking sector or some basic questions about different terms used in the industry. Take a look at few sample questions for your reference.

  • What is NABARD and its functions?
  • What are the different types of Banks?
  • Tell us something about SBI, its vision, and objective.
  • What is the interest rate on savings account in nationalized banks?
  • Do you read any newspaper? Tell me today’s headlines…some Banking news?
  • What is NPA?
  • What is CASA?
  • How do you enhance your banking knowledge?

SBI PO interview questions also include some GK based questions. These questions and their answers will not be available in any SBI PO study material. To prepare for this, you need to stay updated with the current affairs by reading newspapers, listening to the news channels and downloading some mobile apps for daily news updates. You should be aware of the latest banking terminology and technology used in Indian banks.

Apart from some common questions, they also do cross-questions. The interview panel usually finds questions from the answers given by you. So you need to be very careful and play smart while answering the questions.

SBI PO Preparation for the Interview Round

The interview questions are not given in SBI PO syllabus. Though you can read about the questions and can prepare your answers in advance. However, you can never be sure about what the interview panel asks you. The best way to perform well in the GD and interview round is to be part of mock interviews and stay confident throughout the interview session.

Final suggestion:

Try to be relaxed and genuine during the interview. Don’t try to bluff because the experts know everything and by doing this, you might negate all your chances of getting selected.