The NAB recruit their staff at different levels from graduates to seasoned professionals, and across a whole range of jobs from Banking and Accounting to Marketing and HR. Whilst recruitment assessments are tailored to the role you are applying to, the processes all contain several key stages. Read on to learn more about the NAB assessments you can expect and how to prepare for them with dedicated practice resources.
As an applicant to the NAB, you can expect to have all your skills thoroughly tested. Below we list the recruitment stages for the NAB graduate program, but most of these stages also appear in general recruitment.
The first stage of any application is the online application form. As your introduction to NAB, you are asked to tell them about you, your skills and experience. For NAB graduate program applicants, you have to choose the program stream you are applying to before you start the online application. Every application contains a set of role specific questions to give you the opportunity to impress the recruitment team. Make sure to answer every questions carefully, giving examples that show you in the best light.
For the graduate program, if your application impresses, the next stage is the online testing. General recruitment applicants may have tests later in their recruitment process. NAB’s tests are provided by Testgrid, and include up to four tests: verbal, numerical, diagrammatical, and a behavioural styles questionnaire.
The numerical reasoning test assesses how well you can use numerical information in a variety of formats to inform your answer to a question. Question types can include word problems, number series questions, or questions based on the information contained in a table or graph. You must be able to perform mental arithmetic calculations in order to answer questions, as this may be a no-calculator test. The test is timed, requiring you to answer quickly and accurately and adding on pressure. However, with adequate preparation ahead of your test you will be able to stay calm and confident and get the score you deserve. Prepare for your NAB numerical reasoning test with our numerical reasoning practice pack.
A verbal reasoning test examines your language skills. The NAB test may include some vocabulary questions as well as analysis questions requiring you to answer questions based on a written text. Learn more about how to improve your reading speed, identify the key points, and answer the questions with our verbal reasoning practice pack.
Diagrammatical reasoning tests are non-verbal tests assessing your logical thinking and problem solving skills. In this type of test, you are shown a panel of operations and a series of processes. Your task is to follow the logic in a series of questions to identify the missing shapes in the process. Learn more about these tests and how to prepare for them with our diagrammatic reasoning test practice pack.
The final test in your online testing pack is a behavioural work styles test. This test is a type of personality test which aims to create a picture of how you work, your preferred work styles, values and motivation. You are asked to pick out the word that best describes you from a list of options, and each answer is put together to create a whole picture. The aim of this test is for you to be truthful in your answers, but by taking a practice test ahead of time and thinking about what the words mean you can gain the confidence to create the most truthful account of yourself. Prepare for this test with our personality profiling pack.
If you pass the online assessments, the next stage is a video interview. This interview is taken at home, and you are asked to record your responses to a set of pre-recorded questions. These questions will probe a little deeper into your motivation for applying to NAB, and get to know what you know about the role you are applying to. Ahead of the interview, prepare more examples that you can use in your answers. Think of reasons why you are applying to NAB, and what you can offer. Since this is an interview at home, you can prepare a cheat sheet, but remember to keep it off camera. Think some more about your interview technique with our free guide to interviews.
For NAB graduate program applicants, the next stage is an assessment centre and interview rolled into one. This day contains both a set of group exercises and a behavioural event interview.
These exercises are a series of activities undertaken in a group. You are watched by a group of assessors who are on the look out for your team working, leadership, and listening skills. The types of activities you may be asked to do include practical team exercises, problem solving, discussions or debates on a topic relevant to you. If you need to work with information, you will be given that information and time to absorb it. The greatest challenge of the group exercise is getting the balance right between putting yourself forward and not taking the group over. Ahead of your assessment centre read up on and prepare for your group exercise.
Applicants for all positions with NAB can expect a behavioural event interview during their recruitment. This interview takes place with a manager in the area you are applying to and a member of the recruitment team, and contains questions about your past experiences. The interviewers are looking for evidence of how you behaved in certain situations, and what came out of your actions. Ahead of this interview you will want to look at the skills and person specifications of the role you are applying to, learn more about NAB and how they work, and pull together examples that demonstrate your skills and experience. Think about answers to questions using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result). Once you have pulled all your research together, the final stage is to rehearse delivering your answers. You can use our interview pack to help you prepare.
The interview is usually the last practical stage of the process. For applicants to the graduate program, all that remains now is an offer. For general recruitment, the interview is followed by the assessment stage, work reference checks, probity checking, and finally an offer. Make sure you get to this point of the process by doing the hard work at the start of the process. This page has set out how you can do this through preparing with our complete set of resources.