Answer by Ravi Pimprankar:
This is the type of question which has no specific answers. Just follow your instincts, and you will come up with an answer. If you don't, you don't deserve that job!
Let me share a story.
A person once went for an interview in a very reputed company. While entering the room, he slipped and fell on the ground. Humiliated, one might think. Documents scattered all over the place. What would you do if you find yourself in such situation?
The man picked himself up. And with a smile on his face he spoke out loud, "Finally, I have fallen into right place!".
Well, he was hired the very next moment.
Recently a friend of mine searching for a job was preparing for an interview. He cleared written tests and moved to the next round. He was rehearsing some questions that they typically ask in an interview.
The question was "Why government company? Why not a private company?"
I was trying to help him and suggested few points, which are as below:
India is a developing country, and there is a huge potential for development. Most of the PSUs work in diversified sectors such as Infrastructure development, Power, Healthcare, Transportation, Banking, Finances, Metals and Mining… I am able to contribute towards the development of India whilst working with any of these companies. I would like to contribute to shaping a better India.
Furthermore, I don't feel categorizing companies in Government PSUs or private companies. Apart from some factors I believe they have more things in common. In most of the cases, they work shoulder to shoulder to complete projects by outsourcing some of their processes or designs. So by any working with any of these companies I am able to serve my purpose.
To be able to be more precise, I asked him which company he appeared for. It was a bank. I added some more points as below.
Banks contribute more than 21% to the nifty. This share has increased from 17% in 2014. This is the most contributing sector in India's National Stock Exchange and took over IT. So I see many opportunities here to prove myself.
In an interview, apart from some typical questions I believe they may ask some questions that we haven't gone through. And if you work out the math there are a lot of possible answers. When I answered the question my friend posted I hadn't prepared, and I used whatever was known to me related to the question. And I think I came up with that by following my instincts. That answer may not be perfect but was a genuine and unique as everybody thinks differently. I personally believe in many cases they check your thinking process, your response (optimistic or pessimistic) and many other factors and in some cases that matter more than the answers you've given to the question. Obviously, he had cleared the aptitude test, and he is good enough for that job, but there are hundreds of more people who also did that.
Sorry for grammatical mistakes or typos and this Bold font. I couldn't turn it off (Yes I tried Ctrl B). My typing is not as fast as my thinking.
And thank you for criticism. This led me to think of a better answer.
And the story continues… As entertaining as it may sound it was just an example.