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Standard Chartered is a London-based international banking group, with around 90% of its profits coming from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It was formed in 1969 and today has operations in more than 70 countries.

Careers at Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered is a bank recognised around the world for its history and heritage. It values diversity and inclusivity, and supports its employees through networks promoting gender equality and LGBT inclusivity.

The company takes care of its employees and their growth, offering careers in legal, private banking, human resources, corporate affairs and retail banking, among others. To apply, head to Standard Chartered’s careers page and find an open role.

Alternatively, Standard Chartered offers an International Graduate Program and internships. Again, the company has an extensive range of paths you can browse and choose from. The website offers an overview of the training, where you can progress to and what you can expect to be doing during the programme.

Standard Chartered Application Process

  1. 1
    Online application
  2. 2
    Situational strengths assessment
  3. 3
    Numerical reasoning test
  4. 4
    Abstract reasoning test
  5. 5
    HR interview
  6. 6
    Video interview
  7. 7
    Face-to-face interview

If you’re applying via Standard Chartered’s career website, you’ll need to submit a CV and cover letter. Although a standard process, this is where you want to really get noticed.

Double-check you added all relevant skills to your CV and write a cover letter detailing why you’re the perfect candidate and what motivates you to work for Standard Chartered.

If your CV is selected, you will go through a lengthy process of psychometric tests and interviews, which can take anywhere between four weeks to two months to complete.

Below, you can find information about each stage and how to best prepare for it.

Online application form

Applying to work for Standard Chartered starts with an online application form. This will include submitting your CV and cover letter.

Make sure both stand out: list all your competencies relevant to the job in your CV and make your cover letter personal. Highlight why you are the perfect match for the job and show you’re familiar with Standard Chartered’s work.

Situational strengths assessment

The first aptitude test you will be asked to take is a situational strengths assessment. Companies use this type of test to see if an applicant’s character is a good match for their ethics and standards.

A situational strengths test consists of multiple-choice questions. You will be given a scenario and possible resolutions — you should choose the best course of action from the answers provided.

Other questions will present you with a skill or a strength, and you will choose how likely or unlikely you are to match it.

Although a situational strengths assessment is a character-based test, you can still prepare for it. Take a free situational test and familiarise yourself with the format.

Researching the company can also help you understand what specific skills the role requires. You can then answer with those skills in mind.

Numerical reasoning test

Numerical reasoning tests are also a part of your psychometric evaluation. This is no surprise, as any banking group has to verify the candidate’s competencies processing numbers.

The questions will be particular to the position you’re applying for and they will feature graphs, data, and financial analysis.

To be ready, learn how to best prepare for a numerical reasoning test. You can also get an advantage by taking Talent Q practice tests, the test provider for Standard Chartered. This way, you will know exactly what to expect during the exam and ensure you get the best results.

Abstract reasoning test

An abstract reasoning test, as the name suggests, is a non-verbal and non-numerical type of psychometric test. Companies use it to assess a candidate’s critical thinking skills.

The questions will present you with a series of shapes and patterns and you will have to identify the connecting factor.

Abstract reasoning tests can be tricky. Seeing all the different images can be overwhelming, so it’s best to take a look at sample questions and answers and familiarise yourself with the format.

Again, Standard Chartered uses Talent Q for this type of test. We offer a first test for free and an inclusive package for practicing with 19 different Talent Q tests.

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HR interview

If you score high enough in your psychometric tests, a member of the HR team will give you a call. This is similar to a pre-screening call, as they will ask you about your competencies and what motivates you to work for Standard Chartered.

The questions will be mostly based on what you put on your CV and cover letter. Make sure you have them in front of you while answering, to avoid getting caught off guard.

Video interview

Following the HR interview, you will be invited to take a recorded video interview. This consists of nine to eleven questions that will appear on the screen — you will have about 30 seconds to prepare for each.

Then, the recording will give you one minute to answer the question.

Although the strict timing adds some pressure, the questions use the common STAR method and you shouldn’t be too worried about them.

Some examples are ‘What was one project or piece of work you’re most proud of?’, ‘Why do you think you are the best choice for the job?’ and ‘How do you feel about giving others advice?’

Face-to-face interview

The last stage of the application process is a face-to-face interview with representatives of Standard Chartered. These could be your future manager, colleagues, or members of the board.

The questions can include case studies, business discussions and group exercises.

To prepare, familiarise yourself with Standard Chartered’s investors, past and future projects, press releases, and latest articles. This will give you an insight into how Standard Chartered operates, and confidence in how to approach the interview questions.

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