Prepare for ANZ Aptitude Tests: Numerical, Verbal and Abstract Reasoning Tests

Are you applying for a position at ANZ? Recruitment to the graduate scheme, ANZ internship or for experienced hires is a lengthy process, requiring you to pass any number of assessments for that all-important job offer. In this article we go through each of the steps in the process, giving you valuable advice as well as tips in order to get through the entire process from beginning to end.
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ANZ, or the Australia New Zealand Banking Group, is one of the largest banks in Australia. There are multiple entry points for students including internships and graduate schemes and generalist bankers. Positions are offered in a variety of departments such as retail banking, technology and accounting. Both the graduate program and internship have long recruitment processes which are detailed below. Applicants to other positions will find elements of the below useful. 

ANZ Recruitment Process

ANZ Online Application

The first step on your journey is to complete the ANZ online application form. This is a detailed application form including uploading your CV, a copy of your driving license or passport as well as some referees. Make sure you know exactly what you are applying for as your top two choices are recorded on the system. There are some other questions involving your participation in leadership experience and other extracurricular activities and these are multiple-choice answers. Make sure that the information in your CV is congruent with this information. In other words, make sure you include that information in your CV. For example, if you have led a team in University or outside of it ensure that you provide details of your responsibilities in your CV.

ANZ Key Values

You may also be asked why you want to work for ANZ and some other motivational questions that you need to produce a response for. In order to answer these questions and put yourself over in the best possible light you will need to include the key values of the company in your answers. These are:

  • Accountability  You have to be able to make decisions that take into account economic, social, environmental and ethical accountabilities.
  • Collaboration  There are branches all over the world and you have to be able to work together in order to make the best decisions.
  • Integrity  Open and honest, always aim do what is right.
  • Excellence  You are expected to think out of the box in order to pursue excellence.
  • Respect – In order to build relationships you need to respect everyone.

Using these key values throughout your application, particularly in your ANZ interview is your way of showing that you have the skills as well as the motivation to succeed in your desired position. Try out our CV package to help you create and tailor your CV to make it the best it can be for your application to ANZ.

ANZ Aptitude Tests

If your application form is up to the standard ANZ are looking for, you will be asked to complete a series of psychometric tests. These are produced by CEB's SHL, one of the largest aptitude testing companies around. These tests are generally used in the application process for both the ANZ graduate program and the ANZ internships. There are three different tests that you have to come through in order to progress to the next stage of the application and we will outline them below.

ANZ Numerical Reasoning Test

In this test you are presented with statistical tables, graphs, and ratios that you need to analyse carefully in order to answer multiple-choice questions relating to the material. Aside from the fact that the test material is often difficult to comprehend, you will also be under extreme time pressure. Many prospective employees have lost out at this stage due to lack of sufficient preparation leading to poor results. Hence it is important to practise these tests in order to understand the concepts and learn how to work productively under pressure. Learn more about how we can help you with a SHL-style numerical reasoning package.

ANZ Verbal Reasoning Test

In this test you will be presented with a passage of information that often contains a variety of interrelated facts. For each passage you will be presented with a number of multiple choice questions. These passages are often worded in a difficult fashion making them hard to evaluate. You will be given 24 questions to answer in just 18 minutes so you will have to work quickly but also carefully. Practising for these tests is very important in order to make sure you are doing the best possible job you can. Get ahead with SHL-style verbal reasoning practice tests.

ANZ Abstract Reasoning Test

In this test you are presented with a variety of different shapes and matrices. It is your task to use your logical reasoning skills to evaluate and work out what the next shape will be in the sequence. These tests are often acknowledged as the best predictor of success as you need to understand logical thinking patterns in order to successfully complete the tests.You can learn these logical patterns by practicing with SHL-style logical reasoning tests in both a test and untimed practise session that gives you full explanations to questions. 

ANZ Personality Test

In this test you are asked a large amount of questions in order to determine if you will be a good personality fit with ANZ. Provided by CEB’s SHL, the OPQ32, or occupational personality questionnaire, the test contains 100 questions and examines 32 different qualities. You are presented with a block of four statements and must choose which of the statements best describes yourself and which of the statements least describes yourself. It is not only possible but vital that you practice with personality questions in order to prepare yourself for the format of the test as well as the questions asked. Gain the skills you need with our OPQ32-style personality practice tests.

ANZ Talent Simulation

For this test you are presented with different work based situations acted out by a character on the screen and you have to choose what you are most and least likely to do in this situation. In many ways, this is a Situational Judgment Test, or SJT. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the situations and question types use here and you can do this with our SJT practice pack.

If you come through this stage of the application process you will be invited to attend the ANZ assessment centre and Interview

Have any experience with the ANZ application and aptitude tests? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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