Is Career Gap an issue in IBPS interviews ?

Hi all, today I recieved a mail from one of readers Achuta. She is giving English tuition yet been rejected in interviews by many banks for the job of clerk. She asked some questions which I am going to share here, these are the most common questions that are asked in the comment section so I am making this conversation a post.

I am Achuta Saripalle. I have scored 74 with general category.
I have done Post Graduation in Management & Insurance from XLRI Jameshedpur in 2008. It is a one year course offered by ICICI Prudential Life Insurance in collaboration with 17 B Schools in India. As it is conducted by ICICI, there is no CAT/XAT score required to join this B School. After completing my PG, I was offered as an Agency Manager with the same company but that was into sales and as I was not interested in sales, I did not join the job. after that I got married and as I was abroad I could not work anywhere. I came back to India in December 2012 and started giving bank exams but could not join into any organization; except that I have been taking spoken English classes at home itself.
I have appeared for clerks exam last December but was rejected in the interview. Reason not known to me.
I have appeared for KVB Clerks Exam and again was rejected in the interview.

Now questions are :-

Will the bank accept such long career gaps?

As any other employer banks don't want to hire someone with 5 years career gap.

You need tell them that you were doing something productive and you are serious about this. As most of the people of your age group are teachers and authors like me, so people from these don't join. Further you are from India's best B-school, interviewers doubt your seriousness. Just step in the shoes of interviewer, "A lady from XLRI with such a hold on English language,is appearing for Clerk job. She might not be interested in this job, I should give a chance to some needy person."

Are married women equally given preference for bank PO jobs?

Yes married women are given equal chance but you shouldn't expect local posting in first two years. As most of the married women don't join, again interviewer tries to give chance to someone who badly needs a job.

Why have you not worked anywhere else?

If you were giving tuition at home or you were expecting a child then nobody is going to ask this question. You were teaching English and as I can see your hold on language is really good, you are an ideal employee for any bank but the only problem is interviewer don't trust you. You are over-qualified for clerk post and that is fact. Appear for PO exams and do some work. Read this post for clarification :-


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  1. sir i am from eng (comp) background .in inerview will they ask more qustions of banking or my eng core subject.
    sould i prepare deep knowedge of banking or concentrate my eng subject...? Plz reply

  2. Dear,
    kindly answer to my query, anyone lose in interview after scoring good marks?
    i scored 83 (obc), if my marks in interview is average, i lost race????
    or there is some average marks for everyone attending interview?
    i am a graduate , 2004 passout, 3 years teaching experience and 5 years abroad experience(saudi)
    kindly explain my chances,score (83 obc)

  3. Hello sir, I am santhosh and got 94 in general category of PO -iii. i have a gap of 4 years preparing for civil services and before that have worked in IT company for 1.5 year. will this be a hurdle in the interview. will my justification of civil preparation be appropriate and be accepted.

    1. Same doubt from my side too. Passed out Engineering(computer science) in 2008 from then i was preparing for Civil services and state civil services exams. So "was preparing for civil services" will be right answer for this type of questions. kindly guide us with your reply. Thanks for this kind of posts on your blog.

  4. Sir...I would be thankful if u could answer me this...I am a ambitious married woman..I hv no prblm in being relocated to anywhr in at present my situation is diff...I am expecting my first for next 8-9 months I wnt to stay with my husband in I cannot stay alone in this sir can I say this in interview ? Will it hamper my performance in interview..what should I do...will my condition be considerd..

    1. Look sister Please dont hide any thing to intreviewer..They just want to know few thing about candidate like KNOWLEDEGE, HONESTY and just 5 minute..So, don't worry just tell them your problem without any hesitation...

  5. Dear Raman sir i have been following your website since the day i started preparations for bank job..and i must say that i am deeply indebted to you for your valuable guidance and since i have not taken any coaching your contribution to my success becomes significantly larger.
    Your analysis are very logical and you try to satisfy each and every user with your comments..

    PS: i got 79 score in ibps po3 and belong to SC category. Hope to perform well in the interviews..

  6. sir i am studying mca final year .i was completed my graduation in 2010.2010-2011 one year gap.and i was joned mca 2011-2014.what should i tell to interviewers for 2010-2011 one year gap

  7. i must say one thing sir, you are doing a very good work, you are discussing the common problems that every individual faces in an interview sometime or other.I am not as great as u are to say Keep it up. But, one thing I can tell u, Thank you for helping us and building confidence in ourselves.

  8. sir
    Iam from Odisha and I have scored 92
    the main problem for me that I am doing M.Tech after passing B.Tech in 2012
    if he will ask me that if I was interested in banking then why I didn't opt for MBA rather than
    First I had thought not to mntion M.Tech in there but seeing that the year gap is a major concern I am having second thoughts?
    your view....

  9. Sir i m working as a clerk in psu bank nd i m shortlisted for interview with 67 marks gen category,but i hvnt mention that i m working in psu in application form,nd i had completed my pg in 2012,so what should i say in interview when i m asked for what are you doing currently.please suggest me a suitable answer.

  10. please reply me, am a BE EEE graduate,
    IS am i eligible for it officer post
    reply me quickly, the last date will be 14th dec

  11. sir, i belong to pharma background and was at home since jan 2012 for nursing my mother who is suffering from cancer, while preparing for civils though i could not clear prelims.

  12. @admin u r doin gud job i hav becom a regular reader of this blog n i appreciate ur effort sir mine is a little prblm n that i have my caste certificate issued in 2011 so is it required to get new1 or this1 already wmh me is sufficient., my score in po3 is 88 OBC.
    Thanks n regards,

  13. sir,iam a b.pharm graduate,i m shortlisted for interview with 77 marks gen category,is there any chances for me to get a job?

  14. i had done pgdm with major as finance and minor as marketing am i eligible for IBPS SO exam or not plz reply as form last date is coming......

  15. sir,i am from general category and scored 101 in this exam .i have a problem of year gap as i completed my engineering in june 2012 and since then have been preparing for civil services ,recently i have concluded my civil services mains exam .I am confused what to say when they would ask what i have been doing during these 1.5 years and if i mention about civil services would they doubt my seriousness about bank jobs, though i am serious about civil services but at present i need a job desperately.

  16. hello sir,
    i've scored 66 in ibps po3. done mba with finance as major & hr as minor. i've worked in hdfc bank for a year, but then left my job in feb2011 due to a serious illness which needed medication n rest for a year. since a year m giving psu exams. i do clear written but get rejected in interviews, n this has happened 4 times. may b my career gap is effecting my interview.. how to handle my gap issue ?? kindly help.

  17. @minakshi i hv also same score in po3 done btech in eee 2012 do i stand a chance in po

  18. 106 in ibpsclerk 3 cat-general,state tamilnadu. any chances for final selection

  19. Sir I am a. graduate 2009 pass out and I don't have any work experience too.. I was only preparing for bank and SSC jobs what should I say about my gap in interview pls help me sir. ... I'm in very much need of this job....I dont wa not to loose this chance...

  20. Sir I am a. graduate 2009 pass out and I don't have any work experience too.. I was only preparing for bank and SSC jobs what should I say about my gap in interview pls help me sir. ... I'm in very much need of this job....I dont wa not to loose this chance...


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