Are you applying to RBS NatWest’s 2022 internship or graduate programs season? Or maybe to a professional job with NatWest Group? This is the complete guide for you!
How to prepare for NatWest Group Assessment Tests and get the job?
NatWest Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS NatWest) rejects 60 – 80% of candidates during their online assessment tests when they apply for a job.
A recent study (Bradley et al, 2019) found that candidates who do not practise assessments, tend to fail at the first hurdle of psychometric assessments (54%-84%). This study looked at the Top 100 global employers.
In the article below, we will provide you with a step-by-step overview of the best tips for successfully passing the RBS NatWest candidate recruitment process: job application, online assessment, situational judgement tests, RBS NatWest numerical test, SkyRise City game, assessment centre, video interview.
You can practice online aptitude tests with us to improve your scores and get your job at this bank. Your numerical test score for Royal Bank of Scotland should be above 80th percentile to be considered for the next stage.
We are a team of experienced organisational psychologists and recruiters who worked for major aptitude test publishers, banks and multinationals. We share proven tips and examples of psychometric tests to help you pass RBS NatWest’s candidate assessment.
This is your 2022 guide to passing NatWest RBS aptitude tests, SkyRise game and their candidate interviews.
Do not miss it. Enjoy the learning and best of luck!
The Royal Bank of Scotland, commonly abbreviated as RBS NatWest, is one of the retail banking subsidiaries of NatWest Group plc, together with NatWest and Ulster Bank. The Royal Bank of Scotland has around 700 branches across the UK and employs around 92,000 people.
The competition for jobs at RBS NatWest is fierce, and all candidates have great academic results and other achievements. Therefore, you need to make sure you perform your best at every stage of the RBS NatWest recruitment process, which comprises of:
With the plan in order, let’s head right in!
What is the RBS NatWest Online Application Form?
RBS NatWest Application Form is an online form that forms the initial stage of screening for their intake of new employees. This is very much the stage where RBS NatWest understand who you are and if you can progress to the next part of the recruitment process. They want to find out personal information, motivational questions and killer questions such as visa status.
What does the RBS NatWest Online Application Require?
Start by doing your research about RBS NatWest, and then find a suitable role. After doing this, you will need to complete the online form, which will include:
The application questions for RBS NatWest could go like:
RBS NatWest Online Application Tips
With the RBS NatWest online application out of the way, you head into the testing section, in which RBS NatWest want to understand how you perform with certain skills and competencies.
RBS NatWest Situational Judgement Test (SJT) will examine you on your main characteristics and skills in dealing with unknown situations, that you are likely to encounter when working at RBS NatWest.
What is the RBS NatWest Situational Judgement Test?
RBS NatWest Situational Judgement Tests are the kind of tests designed to test your behaviours in a job environment. This test consists of behavioural questions which will basically be daily work scenarios, the answers to which will determine your work ethics and personal traits. You will need to use your common sense to identify the courses of actions that are most desirable. Look for the answer that SOLVES the given problem.
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How much time Do I have to complete the RBS NatWest Situational Judgement Test?
In the RBS NatWest Situational Judgement Test you will be given 15 scenarios which should take you between 20-30 minutes. Do not spend too much time on the questions as this will very likely confuse you and harm your performance.
The main difficulty in Situational Judgement Tests comes from the fact that all answers might seem to be good ideas. They will all have some good qualities –so you need to differentiate between which ones are really key.
RBS NatWest Situational Judgement Test Tip: Always start with reading all the statements rather than evaluating them as you go. This will help you to make better decisions.
RBS NatWest-style Situational Judgement Test Example
Question: You are working in the commercial banking division of a prestigious bank dealing with client accounts that have a yearly turnover between £3.5 million and £17.2 million. Your job requires you to conduct a monthly audit of particular accounts, a requirement that occurs on the last Friday of every month. Whilst this work should take approximately 9 hours in the day, it has been taking you 14 hours given the interruptions you frequently receive by both customers and your team. It is coming to the end of the month and you know you will need the day to be free to focus on your audit. However, you have received two meeting requests; one from a very senior member of the management team, and the second from a client. Both of these meetings are highly important and require two hours in total. You already know that the meeting with the manager cannot be rescheduled, but you’re afraid that this may result in an even longer day than normal. What do you do?
How do you do in this example Situational Judgement Question?
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Situational Judgement Really does require thinking and time to master. Our next section is no different. The next stage in your RBS NatWest application will be the SkyRise City game based assessments.
Now that you have a strong understanding of Situational Judgement Tests, we move onto a more interactive part of the recruitment process. The RBS NatWest SkyRise City Game.
After you have successfully passed the RBS NatWest situational judgement test, you will be invited to take an interactive assessment game – RBS NatWest SkyRise City. You will find instructions on how to access this assessment in the email sent to you.
SkyRise City Game Assessment, as the name suggests, is a game-based assessment test presented by Arctic shores. The SkyRise City Game Assessment consists of a number of games which are designed to measure complex personality traits and cognitive processes, including information processing. Now, don’t worry if you are not the gamer type, because these games are simple to understand and grasp.
How long is SkyRise City Game Assessment?
SkyRise City Assessment takes around 25 minutes to complete, however there is no time limit and you will work through questions at your own pace.
Your decisions in the game will be collected and analysed. The way you approach the game is important – just be yourself and relax. There are no good or bad answers. Hundreds of data points are being measured focusing on your behaviours and learning agility. This game measures suitability of your work personality in the specific RBS NatWest workplace.
What games are there in the RBS NatWest SkyRise Game Assessment?
RBS NatWest SkyRise City Game Assessment mainly consists of 5 major games, you may or may not get some smaller games which will be more or less related to the 5 games given below. What are these games? Let’s find out.
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They basically want to see if you’re the safe player or the risk taker. You can play and see what the Balloon Game Assessment is, by registering with Graduates First, because we have exactly the same kind of game-based assessment called BART (Balloon Analogue Risk Task).
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When you finish, you will receive a full RBS NatWest assessment game report outlining how you performed. This report is a baseline to invite you to the next phase: RBS NatWest Online aptitude tests.
Depending on the position you applied to, you may be asked to complete a series of RBS NatWest online assessments, including:
What is the RBS NatWest Numerical Reasoning Test?
RBS NatWest Numerical Reasoning Test aims to assess your fundamental numerical reasoning ability, to ensure that you have the basic aptitude to work for their prestigious banking group.
RBS NatWest numerical reasoning test does not test you on difficult math problems, but on how you can reason with the information presented in an array of different forms (graphs, tables, etc.) under the time pressure. Time pressure is a very important factor here.
How long do you have to answer an RBS NatWest Numerical Test Question?
RBS NatWest Numerical Test will take around 45 seconds to answer each question so you need to be confident performing quick calculations. Like at school, there is no other way to achieve a level of proficiency and speed required other than practicing many numerical reasoning test questions, and improving your tactics and time control. Different people work out individual tactics. Practicing aptitude tests is KING.
This way you can become confident and familiar with the material tested and reduce the anxiety involved. Through practicing you want to eliminate any noise that can prevent you from tapping into your full ability.
RBS NatWest Numerical Reasoning Test Tip: Practice, practice, practice thoroughly and track your progress. You need to learn to manage your stress, and the best way to achieve this is by practicing psychometric tests in a safe environment before your actual test. You do not want your actual job or internship test to become a battleground, as you have already passed the screening phase and potentially more.
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RBS NatWest-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example
It’s about time now, with all these tips and tricks under your belt, to have a go. Let’s dive into a sample numerical question.
Check if you got the correct answer at the bottom of the page.
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Well, not to worry, we have a whole video dedicated to giving you in depth guidance on real numerical questions, including worked solutions.
Numerical Reasoning is only the start of your aptitude journey. RBS NatWest are also keen to understand your abstract reasoning through logical reasoning tests – up next.
What are RBS NatWest Logical Reasoning tests?
RBS NatWest logical reasoning test does not examine any particular area of knowledge, but rather presents a candidate with 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements, and then asks them to identify the right pattern and decide what comes next in the sequence.
The main difficulty is that there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be, and two- and three-dimensional shapes are likely to differ on: size, arrangement, movements and colours.
Seems difficult, right? Actually – it is not as complex as you would think. The key to improve your scores is by practicing specific RBS NatWest-style logical reasoning tests – such as the ones offered by GF.
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Get the lowdown on the steps you should take to prepare, we have the right video for you below.
RBS NatWest-style Logical Reasoning Test Example
In the example above, you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:
There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.
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Keep your head held high, you’re doing great. At this point, you are done with the assessment stage, and will next face an RBS NatWest video interview.
What is the RBS NatWest Video Interviews?
RBS NatWest Video Interview is a way for RBS NatWest to gain an understanding of your motivations for joining the company and how your experiences make you the right person for the role.
Contrary to what you would usually experience with the first interview, RBS NatWest conduct theirs in the form of the Video Interview. This means that you can access it and complete it at any time that is convenient for you, and that you will not face any interviewer. You will be presented with some pre-set questions and then you will be given a time limit to record your answer. Although you do not have to stress about having someone interviewing you in real-time, there are a couple of points you need to bear in mind.
To make the Video interview a success, make sure you have Stable internet and perfectly working external devices, such as microphone, webcam, etc.
RBS NatWest Video Interview Tips:
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Video Interviews are your penultimate stage in the RBS NatWest process, keep going as you have only one aspect left of your process before you land the job, the RBS NatWest Assessment Centre.
Ufff, this has been a long process. Congratulations if you have made it this far!
You are just as step ahead of your next career move: an internship or a job with RBS NatWest. There is only a tiny percentage of candidates who get to this point of the RBS NatWest assessment journey. Well done!
What is the RBS NatWest Assessment Centre?
RBS NatWest Assessment Centre will be divided into two main parts: the interviews and the assessment centre exercises.
What is the RBS NatWest Interview?
RBS NatWest Interview will be a one-on-one interview, and questions will be asked by the senior manager from the area that you are applied to. It will be competency based and will require you to demonstrate all the characteristics that RBS NatWest are looking for. Have some examples ready for use during your interview, and base these on the most common types of interview questions.
Gain key insights in this under 1 minute video what is a competency that you may come across in your RBS NatWest interview.
Example RBS Natwest Interview Questions and Answers
Below are a few interview questions that the candidates were asked during an RBS NatWest interview.
How to Answer: By asking this question, your interviewer wants to know your intention with RBS NatWest, as to how you want to progress with the bank and what efforts you are willing to put in order to prosper with the company. So, make sure you tell them your long term plans that are integrated with the company.
How to answer: This is a behavioural question through which the interviewer assesses your personality traits. In the answer to this kind of behavioural questions you will be expected to explain a situation where you showed team spirit and put your teammates ahead of you. Think of various examples of situations when you succeeded at something and proved your skills, and then explain carefully what the situation was, how you reacted and what the outcome was. Use the STAR framework to do so: Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer the question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Also, make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.
How to Answer: In the answer to this question, your main focus should be showing and discussing your traits as a team member. Being a part of a team is crucial. You won’t always be doing something you decided, most of the time the decisions would be taken on voting basis and you might have to do something you don’t like or do not agree to. But, how you put yourself to work and make the project successful in accordance with your team even if you don’t like it is what your interviewer is looking for. Therefore, think as a part of a team and not as an individual, because every move you make will affect the team’s work. Show them how you would strive to make the project a success.
How to Answer: When asked a question like this, focus on the company’s reputation, like, how the company is doing on the global market. Talk about how you like the company’s work culture, how inspired you are with its growth and how dedicated you are to make the company proceed with your efforts.
Top RBS NatWest interview tips:
RBS NatWest Interviews take a lot of preparation, and so we have for you some interview tips to help you to impress the RBS NatWest team.
The second stage of your RBS NatWest assessment centre after the interview is the RBS NatWest Assessment Centre exercises.
RBS NatWest assessment centre exercises are designed to get an in-depth indication of how you will perform when you start the role. There are three key aspects to this typically, and so we focus on these three styles of assessment centre exercise in this section.
Examples of exercises you might need to complete during RBS NatWest Assessment Centre include:
What is a RBS NatWest Group Exercise?
RBS NatWest Group Exercise will assess your ability to communicate and reach decisions as part of a team. You will be observed by RBS NatWest recruiters throughout the exercise, so remember the following top tips.
RBS NatWest Group Exercise Top Tips
You can start to get used to RBS NatWest-style assessment centre Group exercises with Graduates First. Make use of industry standard mark sheets, to see what RBS NatWest are looking for in your performance.
During your practice on the Graduates First platform, why not supplement your learning with our dedicated Group Exercises page.
And be sure to check out our Assessment Centre Group Exercise video on our YouTube channel below!
Now you are ready to go and ace your Group Exercise! After the group exercise you’ll be tasked with a RBS NatWest Role-Play Exercise.
What is a RBS NatWest Role Play Exercise?
RBS NatWest Role Play Exercise will ask you to be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing RBS NatWest. In this task, you will need to prove your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.
How to ace your RBS NatWest Role Play Exercise?
The RBS NatWest role play exercise will be assessed by one or more of the NatWest team, and so you will need to demonstrate certain things to succeed. You will need to demonstrate:
You can start to prepare for the assessment centre role play exercise right now. Head over to the role play assessment centre info page to develop your knowledge of what this exercise could entail.
You’ve almost there! After completing your Role Play exercise you’re final exercise is something less conversational, a RBS NatWest Written Exercise.
What is a RBS NatWest Written Exercise?
RBS NatWest Written Exercise will ask you to work on your own to prepare a response to a case study problem, in the candidate brief provided to you. You will need to develop your arguments fully, and will need to persuade the recipient towards your team’s recommendations. The best practice is to start by analysing all the information and planning your response; only then should you start writing your response. Be sure to check your grammar and spellings throughout the essay, and be cautious of the time that you have been allocated – sometimes it might be better to skip some points in order to finish in time.
RBS NatWest Written Exercise Top Tips
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Excellent work for completing this article and for getting through each step of RBS NatWest’s process. All that is left now is to wait for your result which should arrive within one week.
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Correct answers to example questions:
Numerical Reasoning Test – D
Logical Reasoning Test – C
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