Careers at Westpac
On the Westpac careers page, the descriptions for different business areas are based on what you, as a potential employee, want to achieve. This includes:
Help customers succeed
Help businesses grow
Help corporations and institutions thrive
Help tech innovate
Help protect and manage risk
Help transform the business
Help improve customer experiences
Help guide the group
Help support the helpers
Early career opportunities like graduate schemes and summer internships are one of the pathways into Westpac. There are also specific career paths for indigenous careers, a Veterans Initiative, and specific programs to help women get into tech and move from leadership roles in other industries, too.
The graduate program is open to those in their final year of study or who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree fewer than two years ago. Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents are able to apply.
Rotational training and working starts in February, where ‘uncommon minds’ are offered a hands-on, permanent position geared towards accelerated personal and professional development.
Westpac Application Process
The application process for a role at Westpac is designed to be challenging, so that only excellent candidates get shortlisted.
Although the process has many stages, the Westpac recruitment team maintains contact throughout. It is very straightforward and you will be told what to expect in each stage.
You can find the available roles on the Westpac careers site, which can be searched by job field, location, keyword, or role type. Each job role will have a detailed description in the position profile, which will contain all the information that you need to match your skills, experience, and career aspirations.
Westpac online application
The online application form is simple enough; it needs a recent resume to be uploaded as well as general contact details. There will also be some questions about your competencies and motivations.
Once you have completed the application form and sent it, you will receive a confirmation message while the team checks to see whether your skills and experience match the essential criteria of the role.
If they do, you will be invited to the next stage of the application process.
Westpac Aptitude Tests
Online tests are an unbiased way for the recruitment team to ensure that the candidates they take forward in the recruitment process have the required skills and competencies to be successful.
Some of the assessments are psychometric, looking at inherent competencies like logical reasoning, as well as verbal and numerical skills.
There is likely to be some assessment of the way you deal with problems and situations, as well as how your business behaviour matches with the company values and goals.
Westpac culture fit test
This assessment is not about right or wrong answers; instead, it is a series of scenario-based questions that are looking for the way you deal with problems at work, how you handle interpersonal issues, and what motivates you. These questions are designed to assess the way you will fit into the workplace environment.
Some questions in the assessment need to be answered on a sliding scale, as to how much they relate to you and your work personality.
Westpac verbal reasoning test
Verbal reasoning assessments are a test of how well you can quickly read, understand, and analyse information presented as text. In some tests, this is presented as a paragraph followed by a statement, and you must decide if the statement is true, false, or if you cannot say based on the information provided.
Depending on the role you have applied for, you might also be asked about finding the right meaning of words. You could be provided with two words with a similar meaning and need to find the right word that means the same out of a multiple-choice list.
Westpac numerical reasoning test
The numerical reasoning assessment is not a math test, but it is designed to assess your abilities to read, understand and manipulate data when it is given in tables and graphs.
There might be some simple mathematical equations involved, but this is usually with simple operations like addition, multiplication, subtraction and division.
Westpac abstract reasoning test
Abstract reasoning is usually one of the most unfamiliar pre-employment assessment types. Candidates are provided with a number of images, such as shapes, that are related to each other in a logical sequence.
To be successful in this, you need to find the pattern that governs the sequence and choose the image that is missing from the multiple-choice answers provided.
The ability to reach a logical conclusion from incomplete information is what is being assessed in an abstract reasoning test.