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GD & Personal Interview
GD & Personal Interview
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Group Discussion:

"Group Discussion", popularly labelled as GD, is a methodology used by an organization (company, institute, business school etc.) to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills that it desires in its members. In this methodology, the group of candidates is given a topic or a situation, typically given some time to think about the same, and then asked to discuss it among themselves for a specific duration (which may vary from one organization to another). As in a football game, where you play like a team, passing the ball to each team member and aim for a common goal, GD is also based on team work, incorporating views of different team members to reach a common goal.

Personal Interview:

A personal interview is a physical interface between the interviewer (called the panel) and the interviewee (called the candidate) with the objective of assessing the interviewee’s potential for a purpose.

Personal interviews aims to assess the candidates' suitability for a job/ programme. Candidates are tested on parameters like initiative, team skills, task orientation, and willingness to learn, leadership capabilities, goal clarity and stress management.

General pattern of interview in context of PSU Banks:

Personal interview preparation is provided by senior/retired bankers. The session starts with a detail discussion on what is the expectation of a bank from a candidate, what kind of questions a candidate can expect in interview and how to go about it all. On the very first day itself, candidates are guided about resume based questions, which each of them might be asked in the interview.

Course on Banking Concepts& terminologies:

The preparation for the Personal Interview for IBPS (or SBI) starts with a crash course on various Economic Terminology, Banking terminology and current affairs. The refresher is aimed at getting you acquainted to relevant content.

Personal Interviews

Each participant will go through a series of interviews and will be interviewed by a panel comprising Senior Bankers from Industry and other experienced trainers, who have years of experience in providing Personal Interview Training. Individual feedback will be provided and progress monitored over the course of the series of interviews.

Mock Interview with Expert

The faculty comprises Senior Bankers from various PSU Banks Such as Bank of Baroda, Indian Bank, Syndicate Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Union Bank of India etc and other experts having expertise in training students for Personal Interview.

Activity based CLUB

Organisation use Group Tasks Group Exercises to test team work, interpersonal communication skills and the planning ability of the candidates. The panel needs to know if one can mix well with others; sometimes business simulated exercises are also given to test candidate's performance in real managerial situations. In such exercises, a candidate's ability to work in a team is put to test, while testing his convincing power and reasoning ability. The task is assigned to the group by the panellists in such a way that all get equal opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities, express themselves and give suggestions when asked for. Leadership skills , good team working skills , strong reasoning and decision making skills, negotiating skills, taking initiative , facilitating others to perform and speak ,showing a positive attitude, staying motivated (Intensity, Direction and Perseverance) are some of the traits a Team player must possess in order to successfully accomplish the task and get selected. The candidate may be given an indoor practical task, outdoor group exercise, case studies, presentations, creating a proposal, performing skits, role plays and so on.

Its observed that any group formation has generally these 5 stages(Tuckman's Model):

  • FORMING: Getting Acquainted and Establishing Ground rules
  • STORMING: Resisting control by Group Leader and Showing hostility
  • NORMING: Start working and develop close relationships
  • PERFORMING: Working towards goal achievement
  • ADJOURNING: Task complete
  • It is important to know that that the rationale behind group tasks is to check the candidate's competence on team building skills, the institute somehow looks for a chemistry between the candidate and his future employer. The contemporary management practices emphasize more on Team work now, since managers need to handle live projects. So these team activities are an attempt to simulate actual managerial dilemmas, an insight into real corporate complexities.