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For our International Graduate Programme, you must have an undergraduate degree, be eligible to work permanently in the country that you are applying to and, as English is our business language, it needs to be at least one of those you speak fluently. These are our only requirements as our selection and assessment system is designed to measure strengths, fit to our business and cognitive agility.
For our Global Internship Programme, Interns must be in their penultimate (second to last) year of study. We will accept internship applications from final year students who are required to complete mandatory National or Military service after graduation. You must have the legal right to work on a permanent basis in the country for which you’re applying for the full duration of the internship. The Bank does not sponsor work permits for the purposes of Internships. If you are applying in the US, you must have the legal right to work on a permanent basis. If candidates are applying for a role in the UAE, we may consider applications from nationals of Middle Eastern and North African countries.
No, we want and encourage applications from candidates from all degree disciplines.
No. Work experience can help by giving you an insight into what it’s like to work in a bank and the type of work you might like to do or be good at, but we do not expect applicants to have prior work experience.
For our Graduate roles, you must be eligible to work permanently in the country that you are applying to. If you’re applying for a role in the UAE, we may consider applications from nationals of Middle East and North African countries.
For our Internship roles, you must have the legal right to work on a permanent basis in the country for which you’re applying for the full duration of the internship. If you’re applying in the US, you must have the legal right to work on a permanent basis. If candidates are applying for a role in the UAE, we may consider applications from nationals of Middle Eastern and North African countries.
No, you must have the permanent legal right to work in the country that you are applying to.
No, you must choose one role. If you want more information to help choose which opportunities are right for you, you can find out more at our campus presentations and networking sessions.
The first step in our online application process is a short application form. After this form you will be invited to take our online Strengths Assessment, which is designed to help you, and us, get a sense of what you are great at. As soon as you complete this assessment you will receive your own ‘Strengths Report’ over email. This will tell you what the assessment tells us about your strengths.
To be great at the types of roles we offer, we are on the lookout for people with a certain combination of strengths. Everyone who progresses past the Strengths Assessment will be invited to take our Abstract and Numerical tests.
Again, we will email you immediately with a report fully describing your results. Finally, for all those who progress beyond ability testing, the last online step is a strengths based video interview. This is our first chance to meet you properly and ask you questions about how you like to work.
Yes. Paying you back for the time it takes to complete assessments is really important to us. The first step of our application process is a Strengths Assessment, and we provide an individual Strengths report to every applicant.
After this stage, if your strengths match up with what we look for, you will move on to our Abstract and Numerical tests. Again you will receive all your results from us so you know how you are progressing.
No, you can only apply to one role/region at a time. Nevertheless, you may complete an internship in one region with a view to move to another to take up a permanent role with us. The international nature of our business and our Programmes often attracts students that are studying overseas and we love to recruit the internationally minded. The only criteria is that you must have the permanent legal right to work in the country you are applying to.
Yes, but only the following year. We accept one application per applicant, per year.
If you make it to the face-to-face interview stage, the first person you will meet will be a member of our Early Careers team. If you wish to change streams, you can discuss it with us then and we can let you know what is possible.
Our application process is set up to capture your basic information so you can get started on your application quickly. You can upload your CV to our system when you register. We don’t shortlist based on your CV, our selection is based on your strengths and aptitude.
You can apply online from 1st September onwards. We do not have a deadline but we look to close most of our vacancies before February so it’s wise to apply early. For Africa & Middle East, applications will open 1st January 2021 and close by 31st March 2021.
About the International Graduate Programme
Our Programmes commence 1st September each year.
The International Graduate Programme is an 18 months Programme.
If you have forgotten your username or password you can reset it through the main application page. Please go back to the main login page, select the Login Help section and you can obtain a new password or find your username from there.
Testing & Assessments
The only time your username and password is not required, is if you click on the link in the email invitation. This is because the link is unique to the user.
For all assessments you will need a computer with internet access. For the Numerical test you will also need a calculator, paper and pen. We recommend that the assessments are completed using a mouse, but they can be completed without. No specific software is required.
Our testing systems are designed with this in mind. The system will automatically save your progress so you can re-enter the test and pick it up where you left off.
To help, you can get ready for your aptitude tests by taking practices tests – click here to take a practice assessment.
When you login in to complete the actual tests, each assessment has a practice section that should be completed first. You can attempt the practice questions as many times as you like before starting the assessment. The practice questions provide feedback on your answers, detailing what the correct answer should be and why. If you would like a little more practice after your first attempt, click ‘Leave Practice’ and you will be taken back to the home page where you can choose to start again. Practicing is a great way to increase your familiarity with the type of questions asked.
Our assessments are not freely available online.
The tests are ‘adaptive’ which means that it is incredibly unlikely that any two people could receive the same assessment. Questions are selected based on how you performed on the previous question. There are also multiple versions of each question so practically every test is unique.
The assessment time limits are:
- Abstract Reasoning - 15 minutes total
- Numerical Reasoning - 16 minutes total
Each question is individually timed. You should complete each assessment in one attempt but you can choose to take each assessment separately if you prefer. When completing the assessment, make sure that you will not be disturbed. We also recommend that you close any other applications, software and browsers on the computer you are using.
Your answer will still be submitted. If you select an answer so that it appears in the ‘Selected answer’ box, but do not click ‘Accept and Continue’, the system will submit the answer on your behalf if the time runs out.