Application process for Graduates and Summer Internships


“Research the company and the professional qualifications. Really think about what skills and attributes you have as well as experience that could be complimentary to the role and make sure to highlight these in your application.”
Kirsty Fraser

CV & online application

If you’re serious about a role with us, it’s worth taking the time at this stage to get your CV and application right.

  1. Make sure you tailor your CV to the role you have applied for.
  2. Highlight the unique qualities you can bring to our organisation.
  3. Ensure application explains what has motivated you to apply to the role and company.
  4. When providing examples, remember to explain the “how you did something” as well as the “what you did”, so we can see the skills you utilised.
  5. Re-read your application to ensure your answers have expressed everything you wanted to.

Online tests

With online tests, 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 offered by Cut-e Assessment Solutions, and you can ask your careers service for help or search online for some extra practice examples.

When doing the test for real, it is always best to choose a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed.

Telephone interview

When it comes to the telephone interview, this is your chance to have a conversation with us and to re-affirm your motivation for applying.

Remind yourself what it is that attracts you to Standard Life Aberdeen and how you hope to contribute towards our ambition of being a world class investments company.

Try to vary or give a little more detail around the answers given on your application.

Assessment Centre

If you're selected for our assessment centre, then be ready to step up a gear again.

This is the final stage in the process, where we get to meet you face to face and you have the chance to really make an impression. Our centres are designed to set you up for success and allow you to demonstrate what you can bring to our organisation.

An assessment centre will typically consist of an Interview, business-related case study and/or group exercise.

“Be yourself, get your personality across and most importantly be passionate about your experiences so far, tell a story of what you have done. People are much more likely to remember you if, instead of reciting dry facts repeated by every other candidate, you tell a story… just make it interesting!”
Alex Crossley

Interview tips

  1. Remember we will have read your application and your telephone interview notes, so it’s important not just to repeat the same things. It’s ok to use some of the same examples just remember to give more depth to your answer.
  2. Try to vary your examples so that you are not pulling from the same scenario throughout.
  3. Examples can be from any situation, University, Part time work, voluntary work , clubs society’s’ personal experiences, whatever you feel most relevantly answers the questions and demonstrates your strengths, skills and attributes for the role.
  4. When answering each question, remember to explain the “how you did something” as well as the “what you did”, so we can see the steps you took to achieve it and skills you utilised.
  5. Remember to focus on what you did; the interviewer will be looking for “I”, even in team-working examples.
  6. Listen to the whole question, and answer the question that the interviewer asks, not the question that you wanted them to ask.
  7. If you can't think of an example for a particular question, ask to come back to the question at the end. If you don’t understand a question ask the interviewer to repeat or re-phrase it.

The number of people taking part will vary, depending on the number of candidates who've made it through to this stage.

“Don’t be afraid to speak up, all employees and opinions are taken seriously. The company will give you the platform and opportunity to present the best version of yourself and produce your best work, you just have to take it.”

Tom Pickersgill

“Before the assessment day do as much research as you can – including into the industry into which you are applying and the firm and its beliefs. Be prepared to highlight your previous successes and skillsets. When the assessment day arrives, try to enjoy it as best you can and use the lunch as a chance to meet your potential new colleagues.”

Georgia Perry

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