Top tips for the application process at RBS

RBS will automatically invite you to complete a test which presents you with real life work situations to see if you share its values.

The graduate and internship recruitment processes at RBS are thorough; it expects you to be well prepared when it comes to your application. RBS's selection tools are designed to find out if you have the skills, behaviours and passions you’ll need to shape its future. Below is an outline of the stages you’ll go through before you’re accepted on to one of its programmes. As soon as you’ve decided which area interests you the most, be sure to apply as it recruits on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you should think carefully about which programme best suits your passions, skills and interests: try the Find your path tool on the RBS wesbite.  You'll then be ready to start the application process.

Application form

The online application requires you to tell RBS some key information, such as your contact details and educational history.

Top Tips from RBS

  • Tailor your application to RBS. Why are you interested in the bank, and why is the programme you've applied to right for you? If you covered up the name of the bank on your application, would it be clear you were talking about RBS? Find out as much as possible about our culture and values.
  • Read through all the information available to you, including this website. If you can, come to career events and talk to our employees. Make sure you check out our Facebook page, Twitter feed and LinkedIn channels.
  • Use the research stage to find out details about the programme: what it involves, projects you might be taking part in, development opportunities, teams you might work with … anything that helps your understanding, and shows you’ve gone that little bit further.

Situational judgement test

Once you’ve submitted your application, RBS will automatically invite you to complete a test which presents you with real life work situations to see if you share its values. The test has 15 scenarios, and should take you around 20-30 minutes. You’ll need to complete this successfully to pass through to the next stage.

Top Tips from RBS

  • Don't spend too much time thinking about the ‘right’ answer. If you don’t answer honestly, you could find yourself working in an environment that doesn’t suit you.
  • Try to find a quiet place where you can complete the test in one go, with no interruptions.

Sky Rise City

Following a successful situational judgement test, you'll be emailed an an invitation to take part in 'Sky Rise City', an interactive assessment game. The email will include full instructions including your user name and password. Here, you are tasked with tackling a host of challenges. The challenges are designed to measure complex personality traits and deeper cognitive processes, such as information processing.

The assessment usually takes 12-17 minutes to complete, but everyone is different and there is no time limit, so please complete it at your own pace. No practice or prior knowledge of the game or mobile/console games in general is required.

The game collects over 3,000 data points from the way you approach each level and how you decide to address each task. The best strategy is to be yourself and let the game capture the unique way you apply yourself to the tasks in each level. This information is used to determine your profile on certain job-relevant characteristics. After playing the game you will receive a report which will outline how you got on. This year RBS is piloting this latest game-based assessment so your results will not be used to inform the final decision about your application. For more information on how to set up and complete the game, you can read the FAQs on the RBS website.

Logical and numerical reasoning tests

If you impress RBS with your application form and score well on the situational judgement test, you'll be invited to complete an online logical and numerical reasoning test. The logic side is designed to assess your ability to think conceptually and analytically. The numerical test measures your reasoning skills when using figures, data and statistics.

Top Tips from RBS

  • Get a feel for the type of questions before you take the tests. There are several websites offering practice tests, so take advantage of them. Your careers service should also be able to help you find them.
  • You’re likely to be presented with numerical data to analyse. If you don’t use them in your work or study, think about refreshing your memory on basic calculations like percentages and ratios.
  • Work through the test steadily and carefully.
  • Make sure you have everything you need before starting, including some paper, a calculator and a stable internet connection.
  • Be aware of the amount of time you have left to complete each question – there’s a timer to help you.
  • Don’t feel disheartened if you think you’ve done badly on a particular question – move on to the next one.

Video interview

Once you have completed the logical and numerical reasoning tests it’s time for your video interview. You will be sent an email containing a link to access your interview. You can record your interview on mobile, tablet or desktop with a working web cam. There will be help and advice in the link you are sent to support you in setting up and recording the video. The video interview will be a one-way recording (rather than a Skype style interview with two or more people). There will be a mixture of strengths based and motivational questions and it should take you around 20-30 minutes to complete.

Top Tips from RBS

  • Read through all of the information and advice on setting up the video interview when you get the link
  • Choose somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed and have a good internet connection
  • Have a trial run if you can before you start

​If you impress in the video interview, the next stage of the application process is the assessment centre.

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