Understand the job requirements and your motivation: find as much information as possible about the job, the work of the Bank and the department in which the job is located, and apply to the opportunities that best fit your strengths, competencies and aspirations. A clear match and a strong and genuine motivation are already big steps towards a successful job application.
Write a strong motivation letter: when you read a job vacancy, you may already see yourself performing that job, and think “this is me!” In your motivation letter, you just need to convey this message, explaining how your competencies will help you perform that job and why you want to do it. This space is yours: fill it with your story!
Be concise: indicate your qualifications succinctly but comprehensively. We will review each application carefully, but it’s great if you make it easier for us to see that you meet our requirements.
Be authentic: try to avoid pro forma CVs from websites that might be common for many applicants. Tell us who you are in your own words and explain your skills, competencies and achievements. Use active sentences to convey exactly what you have done in relevant fields of expertise.
Be specific: each job is different and has its own language. For this reason, each job application is different. Be relevant for each application.
Your online tests
Practice, practice, practice: it may be some time since you last took an online test. Take time to familiarise yourself with the type and style of questions and, in particular, with the time allowed for completion.
Practice, practice, practice: with a friend, in front of a mirror or on video. Assess your ability to talk about yourself, your competencies and your experiences.
Collect your experiences: prepare a wide range of brief stories, with concrete examples, about the professional experiences, competencies and results that might be relevant to the role. This will make it easier for you to bring them to mind on the day of your interview. Tell your story in a structured way, following a simple order to show: the context, your specific role, behaviour and contribution, what the outcome was and what you learned.
Research: spend some time reading material and information about the Bank, the department/division to which you are applying and its activities. You can retrieve a huge amount of information from our website, our social media or from the news. Show us that you care.
Just be yourself: don’t try to play a role or follow a script that is not authentic. Let your true personality shine through. We are not looking for actors, but for genuine people who will thrive in our culture and who we would love to have as colleagues.
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