"The application process was the best I've been through. It was fast, and I had a single contact to support me through every stage of the process."
Hamish Leiper, IT graduate
We have a belief that every year the ‘best in class’ graduates pick themselves.
Preparation and groundwork are everything when applying for a job at Standard Life. This is our first impression of you so make it count.
At each stage of our recruitment process we will be clear about what to expect and whether any preparatory work is required.
If you have any questions at any stage, please ask us. And if you are unsuccessful at Assessment Centre stage we will offer you some feedback to help you understand our decision.
|Online application form|
|We launch our graduate and intern vacancies on 3 September 2012 so we would advise you to submit your application form as early as possible.
Take your time filling out the application form and remember that the effort you put in at this stage will make a difference. It's important for us to understand why you want to work for Standard Life and why you have chosen to apply for a particular programme so please take some time to research the company and our graduate programmes.
You might want to get someone else to check over your answers before you submit it. If you're still at university you can get help from your careers service at all stages of the application process too.
Your completed application will then be screened and then we'll let you know if we will be progressing your application to the next stage.
|Online aptitude tests|
|Whichever tests you will be sitting, the key thing is to practise them first. This will help you to feel comfortable with the format of the questions so that you have the best chance of doing well. There are several practice sites available, such as those offfered by SHL or Criterion Partnership, and you can ask your careers service for help or search online for some extra practice examples
It is always best to choose a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed.
|The telephone interview lets us further assess your suitability for the role. It also gives you a chance to speak to us and ask questions.
It's important that you've prepared thoroughly beforehand so you can best demonstrate your understanding of your skills, your knowledge of our company and your reasons for wanting to work for us. Below are our top tips for telephone interviews.
|The final stage in the process is an Assessment Centre. The number of people taking part will vary, depending on the number of candidates who've made it through to this stage.
We will let you know in advance what the day will consist of and what types of exercises you'll be taking part in. You will probably be involved in a group exercise, case study task and an interview. We'll be looking for you to demonstrate your key skills in a practical setting and to show your understanding of us, and passion for the internship or graduate programme you are applying for. The Assessment Centre also gives you the chance to find out more about us, so you can see if this would be the right place to grow your career.
Below are our top tips for a successful interview:
|What happens next|
|We'll phone you as quickly as possible after the Assessment Centre to tell you our decision. If you've been unsuccessful, you can ask us for feedback on how you did and how you could improve your performance for the future.
Shortly after the assessment centre, successful candidates will receive an offer letter which will be subject to satisfactory references and pre-employment screening checks. Once everything is sorted out, we will make sure that we keep in touch with you and introduce you to our wider graduate community