Posted by Anjali Kaur on Apr 11, 2022

An Interview with

The struggle to find a job or even to score an interview is so tough. We all have been through this. None spared. Let me do my part by sharing my experience, “An interview with”.

So I applied for another Sales Manager position with The Since it was a work from home company. I was relieved and got excited when I actually got a call from the company. That definitely means I had a good resume full of skills.

Step 1-How to apply?

I applied on 10 January 2022, via

That’s what my application looked like:


I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for the post of Sales Representative at, After living and breathing Finance and Economics for 8 years – first as a banker for 2.5 years, and then as an educator for the next 6, I am confident that I can bring my experience to add a ton of value to this position.

As a matter of fact, In my Banking and Teaching experience, the following were my top tasks:

– Hiring and training sales officers and new teachers.

– Planning, administering Bank accounts as well as conducting school functions.

During my role as a Branch Sales Manager at ICICI Bank (one of the largest Indian multinational banks), I led a team of 10 high-achieving sales executives to open 3500 new accounts, generating more than INR 350MM. Aside from this, I am well versed in banking processes and procedures, including managing accounts, customer queries, and bank data.

In 2015, when I decided to transition to teaching, I did so with an ever-growing passion to make a difference for the generation to come. In the next 6 years, I was able to rise through the classes and take on more challenging roles in multiple institutions. At the time of leaving my last role, I was the Head of Commerce and taught Economics, Mathematics, and Business Studies to Grade 11–12, while also successfully leading multiple school branches through the transition from offline education to online, due to COVID-19.

Having achieved a certain level of success as a teacher, I have decided to step back into the banking sector to challenge myself once again and keep my passion for Finance alive. I believe my experiences so far have provided me with valuable, and frankly, hard-earned skills – everything from being confident, well-spoken, having empathy and self-discipline, initiative and I can’t wait to contribute to the mission of Sales Representative.

Thank you for taking this time to review me as a candidate. I look forward to learning more about your expectations for this role once we get a chance to connect. Until then, have a great week ahead!

Step 2-The response

I received the response to my application on 13 January 2022 and was called for an online interview of 45 minutes.

Here’s the response:

Hi Anjali,

I hope this message finds you well! Thanks for your application to join our sales team at Hospitable!

We have shortlisted your profile and we would like to chat with you in a 45-minute introduction interview with one of our team members. We’ll be conducting interviews on January 20-21.

Could we find a to meet during those 2 days?

You can schedule the interview.

To help candidates navigate our recruiting process, and understand who we are, we have created an Applicant Handbook. We invite you to review it before the interview so that could enrich our conversations, and create an opportunity for a robust conversation. You can find the handbook on (on Notion).

We look forward to chatting with you!

Good luck!

With gratitude,

Step 3-The first interview

I had an interview on 20 January for 45 minutes. Wherein I was asked general questions about me, what I do, why I switched my career from teaching to banking again. Some situation questions were also asked based on my views on working remotely etc. I cleared this round.

Step 4-The written test

I received the following response to appear for the interview.

Hi Anjali and thanks for your time during our first interview.

We would like to explore your application further and invite you to complete an online test.

This test is meant to give us a window into your thinking process and problem-solving skills.

Be sure to let us know if you have any questions!

Good luck!

I gave my best shot, but I did not pass this test.

This is the response I received:

Dear Anjali,

I wanted to thank you for your time in taking a test for a position at It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance and we all appreciate your interest in the company.

I regret to inform you that, after reviewing the results of the test, we have decided not to invite you to the next steps of our recruiting process.

Although we appreciate this might be disappointing, we would be happy to give you a recommendation on The Family Talent Pool, an exclusive talent platform where highly qualified profiles like yours are matched to the best companies in our partner network.

Thanks again for your interest in, and best of luck with your job search.

Best regards,

Step 5-Ask the reason

Most candidates do not ask what was lacking in their performance. This is the mistake most do. I dared to ask and I got all the answers.

Hey XYZ,

Thanks for the update. Could you please share the test feedback for my improvement? That will be really helpful 🙂


I got the response with the full answer key. Isn’t it amazing?

Hi Anjali,

The written part was great. We require a 74% and your score was 54%.

Here is the summary below. All the best to you!

Step 6- Give your best next time

The following is the answer key for your reference. I wish you the best:

I hope this interview blog helps you in finding the right job. Prepare well. Feel free to share your interview experience, I would love to share them giving your content as credit.

Let’s spread the knowledge to excel in the future.

Thank you!

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