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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

RBS only allows you to apply for one graduate or internship programme. You should therefore think carefully about which programme best suits your passions, skills and interests: try the 'Find your path' tool on the RBS wesbite.

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 its culture and values.
  • Read through all the information available to you, including the RBS website. If you can, visit career events and talk to the bank's employees. Make sure you check out its Facebook page, Twitter feed and LinkedIn channels.
  • Use the research stage to find out more details about your chosen 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.

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.
  • Do your research. Find out about our business, our values, and the programme and show us what interests you about them.
  • Think carefully about your strengths and motivations, and why this programme is right for you.
  • Try to be specific in your answers, and avoid generalities and clichés.
  • Practice recording and listening back to answers to likely interview questions.

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

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