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About NAB

The National Australia Bank, also known as NAB, recruit their staff at different levels - from graduates to seasoned professionals - and across a whole range of jobs, from Banking and Accounting to Marketing and HR. Whilst recruitment assessments are tailored to the applied role, the processes all contain several key stages. Read on to learn more about the NAB assessments you can expect. Prepare with the PrepPack™'s dedicated practice resources.

NAB Recruitment Process

As a NAB applicant, you can expect to have all your skills thoroughly tested. Below are all the recruitment stages for the NAB graduate programme, but most of these stages also appear in general recruitment.

NAB Online Test

For the graduate programme, if your application impresses, the next stage is the NAB tests. General recruitment applicants may have tests later in their recruitment process. NAB’s tests are provided by Testgrid and include up to four tests: verbal, numerical, diagrammatical and a behavioural styles questionnaire.

NAB Numerical Reasoning Test

The numerical reasoning test assesses how well you can use numerical information in a variety of formats to inform your answer to a question. Question types can include word problems, number series questions, or questions based on the information contained in a table or graph. You must be able to perform mental arithmetic calculations in order to answer questions, as this may be a no-calculator test. The test is timed, requiring you to answer quickly and accurately under pressure. However, with adequate preparation ahead of your test you will be able to stay calm and confident and get the score you deserve. Prepare for your NAB numerical reasoning test with the product's cut-e-style numerical reasoning tests.

NAB Verbal Reasoning Test

A verbal reasoning test examines your language skills. The NAB test may include some vocabulary questions, as well as analysis questions, requiring you to answer questions based on a written text. Learn more about how to improve your reading speed, identify the key points and answer the questions with the verbal reasoning tests.

NAB Diagrammatic Reasoning Test

Diagrammatical reasoning tests are non-verbal tests assessing your logical thinking problem-solving skills. In this type of test, you are shown a panel of operations and a series of processes. Your task is to follow the logic in a series of questions to identify the missing shapes in the process. Learn more about these tests and how to prepare for them with the diagrammatic reasoning tests.

NAB Behavioural Work Styles Questionnaire

The final test in your online testing pack is a behavioural work styles test. This test is a type of personality test which aims to create a picture of how you work, your preferred work styles, values and motivation. You are asked to pick out the word that best describes you from a list of options; each answer is put together to create a whole picture. The aim of this test is for you to be truthful in your answers, but by taking a practice test ahead of time and thinking about what the words mean you can gain the confidence to create the most truthful account of yourself. Prepare for this test with the personality profiling practice.

NAB Video Interview

If you pass the online assessments, the next stage is the NAB video interview. This interview is taken at home and you are asked to record your responses to a set of pre-recorded questions. These NAB interview questions will probe a little deeper into your motivation for applying to NAB and get to know what you know about the role you are applying to. Ahead of the interview, prepare more examples that you can use in your answers. Think of reasons why you are applying to NAB and what you can offer. Since this is an interview at home, you can prepare a cheat sheet, but remember to keep it off camera. Think some more about your interview technique and prepare with the PrepPack™'s interview preparation materials.

NAB Assessment Centre

For NAB graduate programme applicants, the next stage is an assessment centre and interview rolled into one. This day contains both a set of group exercises and a behavioural event interview.

  • NAB Group Exercises: These exercises are a series of activities undertaken in a group. You are watched by a group of assessors who are on the lookout for your team working, leadership and listening skills. The types of activities you may be asked to do include practical team exercises, problem solving, discussions or debates on a topic relevant to you. If you need to work with information, you will be given that information and time to absorb it. The greatest challenge of the group exercise is getting the balance right between putting yourself forward and not taking the group over. Ahead of your assessment centre read up on and prepare for your group exercise.
  • NAB Interview: Applicants for all positions with NAB can expect a behavioural event interview during their recruitment. This interview takes place with a manager in the area you are applying to and a member of the recruitment team and contains questions about your past experiences. The interviewers are looking for evidence of how you behaved in certain situations and what came out of your actions. Ahead of this interview, you will want to look at the skills and person specifications of the role you are applying to, learn more about NAB and how they work and pull together examples that demonstrate your skills and experience. Think about answers to questions using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result). Once you have pulled all your research together, the final stage is to rehearse delivering your answers. 


Make Sure You Succeed on Your NAB Online Tests

Preparing for NAB online tests should not be intimidating. With this product, you will receive not only comprehensive practice materials, but also answer keys, explanations and study guides, to give you a leg up on other candidates over the course of the hiring process. Don’t wait to start preparing for your NAB tests and NAB interview questions.


NAB Recruitment Process in Short

There are a number of different stages in NAB's recruitment process. The first stage of any application is the online application form. As your introduction to NAB, you are asked to tell them about you, your skills and experience. For NAB graduate programme applicants, you have to choose the programme stream you are applying to before you start the online application. Every application contains a set of role-specific questions to give you the opportunity to impress the recruitment team. Make sure to answer every question carefully, giving examples that show you in the best light.

The next stage of NAB's hiring process is the online tests which you can read more about above. 

Finally, you will participate in NAB's interviews. This is usually the last practical stage of the process. For applicants to the NAB graduate programme, all that remains now is an offer. For general recruitment, the interview is followed by the assessment stage, work reference checks, probity checking and, finally, an offer. Make sure you get to this point of the process by doing the hard work at the start of the process. This page has set out how you can do this by preparing with the product's complete set of resources.

Why Does NAB Administer Aptitude Tests?

The NAB aptitude tests come into play where your resume can fall short. Aptitude tests are used to provide a deeper insight into your workplace capabilities and persona. NAB uses aptitude tests to ensure that they are hiring someone who matches their competencies and standards.

How Is the Verbal Test Scored?

You will not receive a raw score on your Verbal Reasoning Test; that is, your results will not be calculated according to the number of questions you answer correctly on the exam. Your score on the Verbal Reasoning Test is calculated relative to the scores of other applicants. Such a method of calculation allows employers to choose the best candidates competing for an advertised position. Candidates, however, may be put in a disadvantageous position by this method of scoring. Even those applicants who do well on the Verbal Reasoning Test may be winnowed out, if the majority of their competitors do better than them. Such objectively high percentage of right answers as, say, 92, may disqualify you for the position, if most of your competitors get 94% of questions right. With such comparative method of evaluation, it is highly advisable to come to the Verbal Reasoning Test well prepared. Practise with the pack's thoughtfully compiled resources and shoot ahead of other applicants.

What are typical NAB interview questions?

NAB interview questions include the following: 

  • Why choose NAB? 
  • What is cash flow? 
  • How do you motivate yourself?

Can Past Interview Experience Help Me?

Yes! Keep a diary or log of your interviews regarding questions, responses and the flow of the conversations. Perhaps there is a question you receive often that you could have answered differently? Perhaps the interviewer gave you a signal to stop talking or to keep talking that you missed? Study your past successes and failures and keep trucking.

Why Were the Assessment Centres Established?

Many employers believe the usual methods of pre-employment assessment do not provide a reliable and just evaluation of job applicants. They maintain that neither tests nor interviews allow them to create a full picture of applicants’ personalities or predict their performance at work. Therefore, employers decided to enhance their assessment methods and created assessment centres. The Assessment Centre allows a more comprehensive evaluation of job candidates, because, in addition to tests and interviews, they are required to participate in a number of other activities. Job applicants deliver oral presentations, discuss various topics with their peers in a group, participate in case studies and simulation exercise and, in so doing, reveal their cognitive abilities, professional skills and personalities more clearly.

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