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Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) is one of the Big Four banks of Australia and provides a range of financial services such as retail, business and institutional banking, broking services, funds management, and insurance. It was founded in 1911 as a government bank and fully privatised in 1996.
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Digital interviews are rapidly increasing in popularity, especially for larger companies like Commonwealth, which have high volumes of promising candidates. Instead of talking to someone live, you will have to record yourself answering interview questions on the recruitment platform.
Commonwealth interview questions are mostly behavioural, also known as STAR (situation, task, action, result) interviews. This means that they focus on past experiences and how you handled them to predict how you will perform in the future. Common questions include:
- Tell me about a difficult situation at work and how you handled it.
- Talk about a time you felt you failed. What would you do differently now?
- What do you hope to achieve with Commonwealth Bank?
- What is something you have learnt from a past job that makes you feel prepared for this one?
When answering interview questions, remember to keep in mind Commonwealth’s five core values: integrity, excellence, collaboration, service, and accountability. Your answers will be matched against how well you understand and demonstrate these.
Assessment centres are used as the final stage of the recruitment process, to put your skills to the test in a more realistic setting. There are three activities to complete:
This is a short presentation on a topic given to you on the day, usually on a business-relevant issue or trend. You will have ten minutes to prepare and then two minutes to present.
This will show the hiring managers how well you process and relay information, your willingness to learn, and your public-speaking skills.
The group task is particularly important as it is where your ability to work with others is demonstrated to the managers. You will be put in a group and asked to innovate a product or service according to the data that you are given, working as a team to process the information, delegate tasks, and collaborate ideas.
For this task, Commonwealth gives the advice of showing leadership by encouraging and listening to others. Do not try to dominate the task or push your own ideas over others, make sure to show your respect for everyone’s opinions and integrate different perspectives into the final solution.
The assessment centre interview is with two staff, usually managers in the area of business that you have applied for. The questions asked will be similar to the digital interview and pertain to how your experiences are relevant to the job, what your future goals are, and how you demonstrate alignment with the core values of the company.
While the interview is about finding out more about you, an important part of that is asking questions back. In your research of the role and the industry, try to show your interest and motivations by asking the managers to give you more information on what their day-to-day lives are like and how your career development could take shape.
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