The RBS group is one of the biggest banking institutions in the world with over 30 million customers. Since the RBS internship and RBS graduate schemes have a high number of applicants, there is a significant competition over each spot. Find out about the application process and how JobTestPrep can prepare you for it.
The RBS application form asks you for information about yourself, including your academic results and your skills through a set of five competency questions.
Example application form questions include:
Read more about how to write an answer that stands out with our competency based questions hints and tips.
If you have completed the online application successfully, next up is a series of three RBS online tests. The first is the situational judgment test (or SJT) followed by numerical and then logical reasoning. These online tests are from Talent Q’s Elements series.
In the RBS Situational Judgement Test, you are presented with 15 different job-related scenarios made up of examples of issues and challenges that could arise in the work place. Your task is to decide how you would react in this situation by choosing your most and least likely responses. The test is usually 30 minutes long, giving you around two minutes to evaluate each scenario. Practice working through some challenging scenarios with our SJT practice pack.
If you are successful in the SJT, you will be invited to the numerical testing stage. In the RBS Numerical Reasoning Test, you are given 12 questions that contain information in table form. This test is used to measure your ability to scrutinise numerical information and act upon it. In this test, each question has its own time limit, with 90 seconds allocated for the first question on a new set of information, and 75 seconds for the following questions. Talent Q tells employers that the average candidate finishes this test in 12 minutes, meaning that you are under pressure to finish quickly without compromising your accuracy. Get your maths skills in top shape with our Talent Q style numerical reasoning practice pack.
Following a good performance on the numerical test, your next step in the logical test. In the RBS Logical Reasoning Test, you are given a matrix with a number of different shapes, typically nine different shapes arranged in a 3×3 table. You must select the correct shape from one of the 14 different options. Each question has a 75 seconds time limit. This test can be tricky, so practising is essential if you want to succeed, and you can do so with our Talent Q style logical reasoning practice pack.
If you successfully complete all of these tests you will be invited to take part in the RBS telephone interview. This interview is split into three different sections. The first section is almost like a test on how much you know about the Royal Bank of Scotland, what they do, why are they different etc. For the second part of the interview, you will be asked one or two competency questions relating to your job. For the last section of the RBS telephone interview, you will be asked to describe something that you have done that makes you feel proud. You have to show your enthusiasm for the subject chosen as well as why it motivated you. Make sure you answer your questions in the STAR format and you should prepare notes ahead of time for this interview.
If you do well enough at this stage of the process you will move onto the next step, the RBS Assessment Centre.