Prepare for JP Morgan Numerical, Inductive Reasoning and Situational Judgement Online Tests
Applying for a job at the world renowned JP Morgan is a complicated and complex process. Each stage is designed to assess your skills and compatibility with JP Morgan. Find out more about what to expect and how to prepare for each assessment with our large range of resources.
JP Morgan recruit at a range of levels from Interns through Graduates and on to Experienced Hires. JP Morgan recruitment processes vary between schemes and positions, but each process will contain a number of assessments. For more information about which assessments you may come across in your particular graduate or intern business area, see the table below. This page covers the recruitment process for Europe. If you are applying for a position with JP Morgan Chase in the United States, you will be asked to take the Siena Reasoning Test.
The JP Morgan Recruitment Processes
JP Morgan Application FormThe first step of any recruitment process is to complete a JP Morgan online application form. The application form is specific to the business area you are applying for. As well as the application form you have to submit a motivational statement or a type of covering letter. You have 400 words to explain why you are the ideal candidate to work with JP Morgan. You are also required to submit your CV.
JP Morgan First Round: Online Aptitude Reasoning TestJP Morgan testing for Interns or Graduates is usually as part of either the first interview or the assessment centre. The tests you take depend on the business area you are applying to, and include numerical reasoning test (selected business areas only), verbal reasoning, inductive reasoning, or situational judgement test. Where JP Morgan use tests, these are provided by CEB’s SHL. You will be told ahead of your assessments which tests to expect. Find out more about these tests and how to prepare for them with JobTestPrep.
Numerical TestThe JP Morgan numerical reasoning test assesses your ability to analyse numerical data in the shape of a graph, table or chart, and use the information provided to answer questions. You may use a calculator in this test, which if used properly can save you a lot of time in the test, but if you haven’t done these type of calculations before, you may waste time trying to come to an answer that looks right. Review how to use a calculator in a numerical reasoning test with our online guide to using calculators. In the JP Morgan test, you have 18 to 25 questions to answer in 20 to 25 minutes. You need to do well in these tests, and as with anything, practice makes perfect. Fortunately, JobTestPrep’s specially developed SHL-style numerical reasoning practice tests will help you prepare.
Verbal Reasoning TestSome positions at JP Morgan (see table below for more details) require you to take an online verbal reasoning test. These tests measure a variety of skills including language abilities and different aspects of critical thinking and reasoning. Advanced critical thinking tests can rely on rigorous logic patterns which may seem strange to the untrained eye but with some practise in their methods with the JobTestPrep test series you will be on your way in no time at all.
Inductive Reasoning TestThe next assessment you may come across is the JP Morgan inductive reasoning test. This test assesses your ability to understand unfamiliar information and use your lateral thinking skills to find solutions to convoluted problems without using words or numbers. You will be presented with a variety of different shapes and matrices that have a particular logical pattern running through them. You have to discern what the pattern is and use this information to choose the correct option from the possible answers. Practise these tests here.
Situational Judgement TestFinally, some recruiting managers may require you to take a situational judgement test or SJT. SJTs examine your responses to situations that may come up in the workplace. The tests are usually workplace specific. In this test you are given a hypothetical scenario and a list of possible resolutions. You are asked to choose the best and worst options. You can prepare for the situational judgement test by taking practice tests and putting yourself into “work mode” whilst answering the questions. Put yourself in the head of a JP Morgan employee by reading up on the key traits they are looking for in. Practise situational judgement tests with JobTestPrep’s SJT preparation packs.
JP Morgan First Round InterviewsAs part of the first round you may be invited to one or more interviews. The focus of these interviews is your past experiences and accomplishments, and your suitability and interest in JP Morgan. These interviews are at the JP Morgan offices.
JP Morgan’s website contains tips for preparing for the interview; these are:
- Learn as much as you can about working for JP Morgan.
- Read the financial press, and be up to date on the news.
- Know why you have applied to work for JP Morgan.
- Prepare examples of where you have demonstrated your key skills.
- Practice questions.
We agree that the above is sensible, and add the following further advice for you:
- Prepare your examples using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result).
- Have a mock interview (for example a JobTestPrep Skype based interview) to put into practice all of your research above, as well as learn about answering questions, and get feedback on what you do well, and what needs improvement.
- Review the answers you have put on your application form.
- The interview is a two way process, so prepare questions in advance to ask at the interview.
At this stage you can expect JP Morgan interview questions such as:
- Why have you chosen to apply to JP Morgan?
- Why are you interested in a career in investment banking?
- Where do you see yourself in five years time?
- Which location do you want to work in, and why?
- Have you ever made a mistake? Tell us about it.
In some business areas (for example CIB Risk) you will also sit a further numerical reasoning test at this point to verify your score from the online test.
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