Catlin is a world leader in insurance services. The company recruits at three levels: The Catlin Internship, the Catlin Development Programme and experienced hires, and across a range of areas including Actuarial, Underwriting, Claims, Operations and IT among others. The recruitment process for the internship and Catlin graduate programme is the same, whilst experienced hires can expect several stages to their recruitment process, depending on the role they are applying to. Learn more about the Catlin recruitment exercises and the resources we have available to help you prepare at each stage.
Catlin has a set of competencies or skills that they are looking for in all their applicants. Your task is to try and demonstrate you have them at each point in the process. The competencies are:
The first thing that you need to do in the application process is to complete the online application form. For the Catlin graduate scheme and the Catlin internship you will need to fill in a form where you are given the opportunity to upload your CV. As well as this, there are some competency questions that you will need to answer as well. When answering these questions, it is important to incorporate the key competencies of the company listed above.
If you come through this stage of the Catlin application process you will be invited to take the Catlin aptitude tests.
The Catlin online aptitude tests consist of four individual tests. You must pass each test in order to be invited to the next test. You must also complete all the online tests within a deadline, usually less than two weeks after the final applications deadline. These Catlin psychometric tests are provided by CEB’s SHL an in the order in which you need to take them.
The situational judgement test is aimed at assessing your alignment to Catlin’s values. In this test you are given a set of scenarios based on situations you may experience when working with Catlin, and asked to identify the most appropriate response to the situation. This test is untimed, which means that you can afford to take your time with each question, which is important given the approach Catlin are looking for. Ahead of the test familiarise yourself with this test with our situational judgement practice pack, to help you understand what is required, and how to answer with your “work cap” on.
The logical reasoning test is a non-verbal examination of your ability to identify patterns and solve problems. In this test you are given a sequence of shapes and have to identify the pattern linking them in order to choose the final shape in the sequence. This test is a timed test, meaning that you do not have long to linger over each question, and need to ensure that you can identify the pattern quickly to answer the question. Learn more about how to approach your logical reasoning test and prepare with our SHL-style logical reasoning test practice pack.
The Catlin numerical reasoning test assesses your numerical ability within 20 minutes. In this test you are presented with various pieces of numerical data such as graphs, tables and charts which you have to manipulate and analyse in order to correctly answer a set of multiple choice questions. You have to be comfortable with calculations such as basic arithmetic, percentages, ratios and currency conversions in order to work out the correct answer from the list of options. Find out more about these tests, and how to prepare for them with our SHL-style numerical reasoning test pack.
The final test in the Catlin online aptitude tests is the verbal reasoning test. In this test you are given a paragraph of text to read and analyse, following which you will have to answer some questions on the text you have just read. Questions may either ask you to assess whether a statement on the text is true, false, or you cannot say based only on the information you have just read, or to answer a multiple choice question. Once again you will only have a limited amount of time to answer each question, so preparation to help you understand what you need to do, and how to identify the correct answer is key. Prepare for your verbal reasoning test with our SHL-style verbal reasoning test pack.
Once you have successfully completed the online tests you will be invited to take part in the Catlin telephone interview. This is a competency based interview and is conducted by a member of the HR team. As well as competency based questions about your skill set, you may also be asked questions about the reasons why you want to work for Catlin. Before this interview it is important that you prepare for it well as most of the questions cannot be answered off the cuff. Prepare real life examples of when you have demonstrated these skills in the past, using the STAR method to set out your answers. Once you have prepared all your answers, you should find a time to rehearse giving them over in interview conditions. Our interview preparation pack is an opportunity for you to experience a mock interview and receive feedback to take with you to your interview.
Some example Catlin interview questions are:
Applicants to some areas of the Catlin Development Programme or Catlin Internship will be invited to a technical interview ahead of their assessment centre. Experienced hire applicants may also be invited to a technical interview, depending on the role and area applied to. Other applicants will pass straight through to the assessment day. In this interview you are met by two interviewers, often from the area you are applying to, but sometimes including an HR person. In this interview you are asked technical questions about the role you are applying to, and the interviewers are looking for evidence of your technical knowledge in this area.