Societe Generale serves over 32 million customers in over 70 countries, making it one of the largest financial institutions in the world. Worldwide, they offer a two year graduate programme to approximately 1,000 graduates. As Societe Generale offers many different and varied positions, there are different steps depending on the position you are after. On this page we outline the common stages of the graduate recruitment process, but applicants to other positions will find the information useful for their recruitment.


Societe Generale Online Application

This first step in the application process aims to fish out the best of the applicants. You need to provide your basic details and academic history. Following this is the additional information section which is the long-answer section of the application, where you must give a 250 word answer to 4 questions:

  • What are your motivations for wanting to work for Societe Generale?
  • What are any particular personal achievements or extracurricular activities you are proud of?
  • Tell us about a time when you successfully overcame a challenge or difficult situation using your initiative.
  • Give an example when you used persuasive argument which resulted in a mutual outcome.

This application isn’t timed so give yourself plenty of time to come up with smart, clear answers. You can use the STAR method to help you stay on track.

Following the submission of your application, you may be contacted by the recruitment office to verify details on your CV. This is an excellent opportunity to sell yourself, highlighting relevant details from the information you have given them.

Societe Generale Competencies

Before submitting your application, make sure to review the Societe Generale competencies so you know exactly which of your skills and abilities to highlight. These key competencies include:

  • A high level of communication skills
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Analytical skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • A high level of initiative
  • Flexibility

Societe Generale Online Aptitude Tests

Some candidates may be asked to complete the Societe Generale psychometric tests. These tests are provided by CEB’s SHL and it is important for you to get enough practice under your belt before completing the real thing.

Numerical Test

In this test you are presented with various forms of numerical data, such as tables and graphs. You are asked multiple choice questions related to the information and you need to answer these questions as quickly and carefully as possible. There are a total of 18 questions to be answered in just 25 minutes, so time is of the element. Learn how to excel at this stage with our SHL-style numerical reasoning tests.

Personality Test

In addition to the numerical test, you may be asked to complete a personality test. This is to see how you work, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and overall how you will fit with Societe Generale. During this test you are given a statement and need to rate (usually between 1 and 5) how well this statement applies to you. It may seem strange to prepare for a test of this nature but we have found that by familiarising yourself with the questions, you are more likely to understand them and give more accurate answers. Get our personality practice tests to do just that.


Societe Generale Telephone Interview

In this Societe Generale telephone interview you can expect a mix of competency and technical questions. The technical questions ask you about the various aspects of the job that you have applied for and how you are qualified to do so. Review the job description when thinking about how you can answer this. For the competency questions, go through Societe Generale competencies and think of personal examples you can use. Incorporating these skills into your answers is highly recommended and structuring your answers using the STAR method will impress the assessors by showing yourself in the best possible light.

Some Societe Generale interview questions include the following:

  • What skills do you possess that make you an outstanding candidate for this role?
  • What do you want to do in the long term?
  • What do you know about Societe Generale?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to work under pressure.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a communication conflict.
  • Tell me about a challenging project that you took part in.
  • Describe a time when you had to show integrity and professionalism.

These are just some typical questions that you could be asked in your Societe Generale telephone interview. Ensuring you are fully prepared not only in content but also in demeanour is your way of showing that you really want this job and that you have the requisite motivation to do well.


If you come through these stages successfully you will be invited to further interviews with Societe Generale.