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IBPS PO 2016 Interview Questions

Last Updated - March 30, 2017

IBPS PO conducted by IBPS for recruitment of PO (Probationary Officers) and MT (Management Trainees) in various participating banks. The exam is conducted in three phases – Preliminary, Main, and Interview.  While IBPS PO Prelim is only a qualifying exam, marks scored in IBPS PO Main exam and interview is considered for making the final selection.

IBPS PO Mains was conducted on November 20, 2016. Now, candidates are waiting for their IBPS PO Result. The shortlisted candidates have to appear for the final phase i.e. Personal Interview. The IBPS PO Interview is scheduled in January/ February 2017.

As the IBPS PO Result will be released soon on the Official Website of IBPS. It is always better to know about the probable questions that might be asked by the interview panel. Hence, mentioned below are the questions candidates can go through to prepare themselves for ‘The Day’.

Common Questions Asked in IBPS PO Interview

The Interview for IBPS PO 2016 is conducted to analyze the aptitude and the personality of a candidate. Also, through interview a candidate’s banking knowledge is also assessed. The most general and regularly asked questions are as follows:

Q. Introduce yourself.OrTell me something about yourself?

A. The FIRST & BEST question for any interview. The answer to this basically sets the tone of rest of the interview. Good news is – You can earn a lot of points if this is answered right.

  • Give a brief of your education background (up to plus two is fine, your family and location, any of your hobbies etc.
  • You can also mention one of your major achievements, if it fits the circumstance.
  • Keep the answer to just about 3-4 sentences and not more than that.
  • No need to explain your strengths & weakness at this points (as that will definitely come along).
  • Keep the answer simple, to the point and give space and time for further questions. Do not stretch it too much.

Q. Talk about your family background

This is another question that might be asked. It will be considered as a base question, meaning all the questions that will be asked will be based on this. Like: Why did you choose this career/ sector etc.

Q. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Or What are your key strengths?

A. This is another most common question in any HR interview. The idea here is to understand how much you know about yourself and how confident you are about your strengths. It is better for the candidate to:

  • Just stay positive. Even a simple answer like “I am a very positive person” is good enough.
  • You can also change this as per the requirement of the interview. Knowing a bit about the profile you are being interviewed helps as well.
  • Explaining your strength with an experience from the past is desirable here.

One should make sure while talking about their weakness try to modify the answer so that it acts like a positive answer to them.  Also, try to make your answer job related.

Q. If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be and why?

A. This question is another variation to the weakness question. You can provide a similar type of question unless it is the same person asking them.  To answer this question, think of a person you respect and the trait they have that you really like.

Q. What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself five years from now? Ten years?

A. This type of question could be a trap. we should say that i always plan the things step by step that`s why I have a ready plan for the coming up year and that is feasible. If I say that to get a job and to settle myself in the company would be a practical answer.

Q. Why should we hire you? Or Why do you think you should be hired?

It is another question where you should modify your answer as per your strength and weaknesses.

Q. Why did you choose banking sector?

A. One can talk about the benefits related to the sector. Also, you can relate it to somebody that you know and how you like their working profile and personality. It is all about your convincing power.


Q. What do you know about Banking Sector?

This is common questions for IBPS PO interview as we are going to do job in banking sector. Banking related questions usually is data based as the past or current growth rate of banking sector, prevailing repo, reverse repo rates, CRR, SLR, etc. so keep the details on your fingertips. Last but not the least is the miscellaneous part, which is the unpredictable question which comes from the mind of the panel or any particular interviewer. However, this forms a minor part of the interview, so prepare well and give your best.

  • What is a Bank?
  • What is a cheque?
  • What is money laundering?
  • What is RBI? Or What do you know about RBI?
  • What is Plastic currency?
  • What is an ATM?
  • What is a Debit card & a Credit card?

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Highlights of IBPS PO Interview:

The IBPS conducts IBPS Bank Exam in two steps CWE (common written exam) and Interview. The CWE consists of IBPS PO Prelims and IBPS PO Mains exam.

  • The ratio of Interview and CWE is 20:80.
  • The time duration for the interview of IBPS PO will be around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • The interview will be taken by a panel consisting of around 5 to 10 banking professionals.

Note: It is suggested that the candidates should be thorough with the economic scenario as well as the ongoing current affairs.



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