Prepare for the BNP Paribas Assessment Centre and Interview

Have you been invited to BNP Paribas assessment day or interview? This is a key stage in the recruitment process and can involve various exercises and presentations. Learn more about what to expect and how to prepare with JobTestPrep below.
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The BNP Paribas is a day long event at one of their offices with about 20 other candidates. From the start of the day, you are divided into small groups and work with this same group throughout the day. It’s advised to get to know the other people in your group and you depend on them at different moments in the assessment centre.

The BNP Paribas Assessment Centre consists of:

The order of events during the day is subject to change as all exercises are done in a round robin between the four groups.

The final stage of the process is the BNP Paribas interview

BNP Paribas Manager Presentation

Although the manager presentation is not an assessment, it is full of useful information about your job and can help you in the other exercises. A manager from your potential field presents the job in full, what challenges you can expect and rewards as well. There is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the job.

BNP Paribas Group Competency Interviews

During this stage of the process, each group meets with four different interviewers for a 30 minute group competency interview. The majority of the questions asked during these interviews are competency based but you can expect a few technical questions concerning your position. As this is not a traditional interview environment, it’s a good idea to review your interview skills to make sure you get noticed for the right reasons by the interviewers. Have a look at our free pdf guide to interviews for some useful pointers.

BNP Group Exercise and Presentation

This stage in the assessment day is made up of two parts: a group exercise wherein you must prepare a presentation to be made to a panel of interviewers.

Group Exercise

As a group, you must pick a topic from five choices for your presentation. You have 1.5 hours to prepare, making sure that you have enough information to fit into a 10 minute presentation. During this preparation, you are being observed by assessors for your teamwork and leadership skills. You need to make sure your voice is heard with our overtaking the group. Plan out your strategy for the group exercise with our practice pack.


After your 1.5 hours of preparation, you and your group must present your work in a 10 minute presentation. Following the presentation, the assessors can ask questions about the work you have done. You are being examined both on your presentation skills and on the work you have done as a team. Be confident in your work and speak clearly. Learn more about making great presentations on our dedicated page.

Following a successful performance at the assessment centre, you may be invited to further interviews with BNP Paribas.

BNP Paribas Interview

There are two main styles of interview at BNP Paribas, a competency based interview, and a technical, skills based interview. There are some points to bear in mind throughout any of these interviews. Firstly you are expected to answer the questions (when relevant) using the STAR method. This is a popular method of answering questions where you present your answer in a story format by telling over a situation that happened and the problems that were met because of it, how you dealt with the problem and the result of your actions. Moreover, you are being assessed against the key competencies that were mentioned above so ensure that you have prepared answers that address these values. A further point to bear in mind is that an interview is a conversation, a two way street. You have to engage the interviewers as well by asking pertinent questions that show you are motivated to work for BNP Paribas.

Some interview questions include:

  • Why do you want to work for BNPP?
  • Tell me about a time when you showed ambition?
  • Tell me about a time when you faced a problem.
  • Tell me about a time when you used creative skills to deal with a problem.

Approaching an interview the correct way is probably the single most important part of your application and as such, you have to prepare in the right way. The best way to do this is to have a mock interview with a professional. Here at JobTestPrep we have a Skype based interview preparation package that will give you not only a great interview but also important feedback that you can use to enhance and tailor your answers to the highest level.

In Summary

We have seen that there are numerous steps involved in the recruitment process at BNP Paribas. In order to ensure that you are doing the best you possibly can you need to practise and understand the different steps along the way, including the demands of an assessment centre. We hope you have enjoyed this article and hope to hear from you soon helping you achieve success. Good luck!

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