After you have carefully selected the position that suits your skillset you have to start your application form. This is detailed and will take you time. Not only do you have to upload your CV but also that you have to answer a number of questions. These questions focus on your competencies and strengths. Some questions include the following:
Answering these questions in the right fashion is very important as they form part of the decision process along with the AXA numerical reasoning test. The best way to do this is to show the company values and behaviours that AXA look for in their candidates. These are:
There is a 20 minute time out period when answering these questions so it is advisable to copy the questions into a word document, prepare your answers there and then paste them into the online application form. If you perform well in this task you will be invited to take the AXA aptitude tests.
Almost all candidates will have to take the numerical reasoning AXA aptitude test that is supplied by SHL CEB. Aside from this test you may be asked to complete a verbal reasoning test and in some cases an inductive reasoning test as well. These psychometric tests are used to evaluate your thinking ability and are assessed in reference to the values of the company. You cannot afford to take these tests lightly as they are often the make or break of your application. We will outline the different tests below:
In this test you will be presented with complex information in the form of tables and graphs. After you have analysed this information you must use it to answer multiple choice questions relating to it. A calculator is allowed as there are questions dealing with percentages, ratios as well as currency exchange among other relevant mathematical concepts. You typically have only approximately one minute to answer each question so you have to work quickly and confidently. Although the subjects may be familiar to you, without having practice and complete clarity when approaching them, you will find the questions much more difficult than you originally thought. Learn how we can help you prepare for this test on our SHL CEB style numerical reasoning package.
In this test you have to answer multiple choice questions, normally in a true/ false/ cannot say style. You are given a statement that relates to a text and you have to decide whether the statement is true, false or impossible to tell based on the passage. Although this may seem simple, knowing precisely the difference between the different options is a skill that needs to be learnt as there is often confusion in this area. Moreover, tackling these questions when you are under time pressure can scramble your mind and if you are not completely confident it is difficult to do yourself justice. See how we can help you overcome SHL verbal reasoning tests.
For certain specific AXA graduate schemes you will be asked to take an inductive reasoning test. In this test you have to work out the logical thought pattern that forms the relationship between a number of different images or matrices. You then use this pattern to discern which of the possible answer choices is the one missing in the pattern. Prepare for your test with our CEB SHL-Style Inductive Reasoning pack.
Here we have gone through the first few stages of the AXA application process and provided information on how best to succeed in these challenges. However, more challenges await, the video interview and the assessment centre.