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Does anyone know what an interview for Junior Executive at SECP would entail?
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somebody help meeeeeeeeeeeee
can any 1 tell me when these interviews will be conducted?
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Well.. got the letter for interview yesterday, mine is on the 10th. Still don't know what to prepare for though...
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i have also recieved the interview call,it'l b on 10thjuly.yet i have no idea for preparation.can any1 help me?
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I've appeared for that interview already. I asked them about the absence of any ToRs for the job as that made it difficult for me to prepare myself mentally about what I'll be questioned on. They said it was just a general interview so I needn't worry.

I had a 25 minute long interview and they asked me very basic questions about Economics, which was my Grad Major (differentiate between MPS and MPC) and Finance, which was my Post Grad Major (Differentiate between rights shares and bonus shares). They asked me something about the role of the SECP, about what other regulatory bodies like that are doing.

For the most part, we just discussed what I'd submitted in my written interview. They asked me my opinions. They asked me if they post me to a different city, would I be willing to move ?(I had marked yes) If yes, what would my preference be? Why is my permanent address Lahore and not Islamabad if I live here? Does that mean I can move to Lahore easily? etc My strengths, my biggest weakness. Something about the place I am currently working in. They tried to corner me by asking questions like the 3 things my current employer can improve, etc. That was a classic question to try and test whether you start dissing your employer so I just stated what our weaknesses were and how the department, after identifying the weaknesses, was working towards solving them. It was a generic interview. You just need to read up on the SECP and other connected regulatory authorities. (For they also asked me about the Competition Commission and its functions)

For the most part, it was so general that I came out with no idea of where I stand. Is there a right answer to the questions 'So you did FSc after your O Levels, what difference did you find?' ? It wasn't a good interview. It wasn't bad. It was just very general so I'm wondering what they're marking us on.


Just be confident. The panel consisted of 5 members and that's a bit intimidating but the questions were excellently phrased, well put and relevant. Their overall mannerisms and style left me with an excellent impression of the place. The atmosphere was nice.

The only thing you need to be aware of is: In a general interview like this one where they're not concentrating on your subject knowledge, per se, there were some silences where they all looked at me trying to get me to jump in and fill the silence (sadly, I fell for it one time and rushed in to fill the silence and REALLY got confused and tangled over a very basic thing!!) But after about ten seconds, I recovered and rephrased myself as to be clear. To be fair, if they kick me out of the running for that moment of confusion, I can't complain!! (But other times politely asked if I should explain my point further).

This was my first panel interview so I made that mistake; I think if you’ve appeared in one before, you’ll do relatively well
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Thanks a lot man. I'm not very nervous about interviews but I've never had a panel interview before..they didn't even say whether it was gonna be a straight interview or a panel one. As for the written interview I guess as long as what you've mentioned is the truth there should be no problem discussing that. I think its good the interview is only 25 minutes, but did they give you the opportunity to ask questions? And did they say if they would get in touch whether you cleared the interview or not?
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I think its good the interview is only 25 minutes, but did they give you the opportunity to ask questions? And did they say if they would get in touch whether you cleared the interview or not?
They gave me a lot of time to ask questions. That's when I asked the question about the ToR for the job. Like I said, it was very relaxed but professional. It was more of a discussion than an interrogation (for most interviews fall into these two categories, hehehe) so you can slip in questions in between. But they did give a proper time in the end for me to ask questions.

@ time frame:they said they'll be in touch within two weeks.
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I had my interview today and it was pretty disappointing. In fact it was more of a rapid fire round the way they threw questions at me. Nearly all questions were academic in nature. It was predominantly one person who was asking the questions. Two other interviewers asked two questions, the remaining two sat silent the whole time just looking at me. One question was related to my research project (internet banking) at university and he asked me to apply my findings to the market in pakistan. At this point I was thinking thank goodness theres a question I can freely talk about. Other questions were..what is accounting? What is accounting system? What is debit?! What is the market capitalisation of the KSE? What is the difference between banking and non-banking financial institutions? At times I hadn't actually finished answering where he quickly moved on to the next question. It seemed to me they were trying to test my reaction under stress or something. When you're not allowed to finish your answer it is very disconcerting. Then there was a bit about what I have been doing since I graduated (I haven't actually started a professional job). At the end he asked me what area was my preference and asked me whether I had any questions. The whole thing lasted around 15 minutes.
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I had my interview today and it was pretty disappointing. In fact it was more of a rapid fire round the way they threw questions at me. Nearly all questions were academic in nature. It was predominantly one person who was asking the questions. Two other interviewers asked two questions, the remaining two sat silent the whole time just looking at me. One question was related to my research project (internet banking) at university and he asked me to apply my findings to the market in pakistan. At this point I was thinking thank goodness theres a question I can freely talk about. Other questions were..what is accounting? What is accounting system? What is debit?! What is the market capitalisation of the KSE? What is the difference between banking and non-banking financial institutions? At times I hadn't actually finished answering where he quickly moved on to the next question. It seemed to me they were trying to test my reaction under stress or something. When you're not allowed to finish your answer it is very disconcerting. Then there was a bit about what I have been doing since I graduated (I haven't actually started a professional job). At the end he asked me what area was my preference and asked me whether I had any questions. The whole thing lasted around 15 minutes.
You're right, that doesn't sound like a good interview. Maybe they were testing you under stress as you say but it doesn't look good if only one person asks the questions.

I gave my interview in Islamabad. The panel actually took turns asking questions except for the HR director who observed for the most part.

I wish you all th best but I agree with you; that doesn't sound like a very professionaly conducted interview! Maybe they were tired out, hehehehe. :-)
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I don't think they were tired out...my interview was one of the first, at 9:30am. I think thats just their approach for all the Lahore candidates, more of an army approach if you ask me.
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