RBS competency questionnaire query - URGENT

Original Post

5 November 2008 - 2:02pm

Dear all,

I have submitted my application to RBS and needed to do the numerical reasoning test and competency questionnaire, I would like to know a little bit more about this questionnaire, is it a kind of verbal reasoning test or it is just open questions that I need to answer? As I need to complete it within the next 3 days I would really appreciate if someone can give me some information about it.

Thanks a million in advance.

Recent Comments

16 November 2009 - 9:32pm

Hey,Ramildinho I got through the A/C for GRG while my friend went through Corporate Banking, and we got different A/C. The Numerical test he got was a typical SHL Numerical test that you could prepare for. And the other test he went through was a data analysis one, which I had too. Basically you are given the formulas to calculate several financial ratios, and score an investment's risk & return and make your own judgment on whether to accept/invest more/invest less/review/reject the investment project. So frankly speaking, you really could not prepare for that one. for competency questions, just prepare as normal. Do check the inside out of RBS and you will be fine. Hope you the best luck. cheers

10 November 2009 - 10:38am

Can some1 shed some light on the psychometric tests? Global Markets, Sales role.

3 November 2009 - 8:30pm

hey guys has anyone had an rbs ac yet? i've got my 'super centre' as they call it, booked for this friday in edinburgh. has anyone done this fastrack test as well?

26 October 2009 - 11:29am

hi blondie

i've also got my ac on the 10th, what sort of things do you think we'll be doing seen as we've already done the numerical tests, interview etc?

25 October 2009 - 11:15pm

Sorry I meant 2 weeks on tuesday I was excited because its my birthday a week on tuesday lol! So I shall see u on the 10th!

25 October 2009 - 11:06pm

Good stuff blondie (feel weird calling you that now!). Yea i also got through, mine is meant to be a week after your ac. Never heard about the fast track test before, let me know how you get on anyway and best of luck!

25 October 2009 - 10:33pm

Hi blondie,

U mean the first round verbal test is actually fast track test?? Would you please share your expirence about the first round of numerical test and verbal test , i am very confused about that.

25 October 2009 - 10:26pm

Yep I'm going to the next ac a week on tuesday did you? Trying to practice the fast track test I've never done one before

25 October 2009 - 9:48pm

hey blondie,

did you make it through to the next round?

25 October 2009 - 12:12pm

hi, i recently got invited to sit the numerical test. does anyone know if there's a specific time limit to do this?

25 October 2009 - 2:21am

HI Az345,

Only verbal and numerical test for the first round?

13 October 2009 - 3:33pm

Hi ramildnho

i've also got my ac this thursday at 2, what sort of competencies do you think we'll be tested on?

11 October 2009 - 10:08pm

Hi blondie,

My assessment centre begins at 1.30pm so I guess I'll be having my competency questions while you are doing the tests. Yea I'm not bothered either about he numerical and verbal as they are normally quite nice, I just don't want to full at the easy stage really. Have you managed to find out whether it is SHL? For the competencies I'm practicing the wikijobs RBS phone interview questions which are aimed at different graduate positions, but I am sure they will similar. Also I'm just doing a other obvious ones. How about yourself?

10 October 2009 - 10:36pm

Hey ramildinho Im going to the assessment centre next thursday for corporate banking too at 3pm what time is yours? they told me the same as you so ive been practicing basic maths graphs etc will prob practice some online tests too - not sure if they are shl or not im more bothered about the interview not great at them. what prep are you doing?

10 October 2009 - 12:58pm

Hi guys,

I've applied for Corporate Banking and I have been invited to a 1st round assessment centre next Thursday. The assessment centre entails numerical and verbal reasoning tests, as well as a competency based interview. So has anyone been to a 1st round assessment centre? If so, were the pyschometric tests run by SHL? What were the competency questions?

Any response would be appreciated.

9 October 2009 - 5:52am

hi everyone, what exactly is the format for the RBS assessment? I just completed the numerical reasoning test- should i be expected to do a verbal test immediately if i passed the numerical round? i didn't even get a competency based test to do before the numerical reasoning one.

I applied for Global markets, sales.

I recall that for barcap, you get to do the verbal test immediately if you meet their minimum standard for the numerical test. Not sure if RBS has the same criteria.

Comments will be appreciated!


8 October 2009 - 11:57am

hi google89 have u sat the competancy test yet? what kind of q's came up? i'm not sure if theres a numerical test i dont think so!

6 October 2009 - 6:42pm

hey novemberrain have you been invited to the assessment centre yet? i applied for corporate banking too?

6 October 2009 - 6:27pm

Hey guys, i applied to RBS Finance program and have been invited to the competency test also...is there a numerical test as well ?

6 October 2009 - 5:24pm

I applied for corporate banking. I think the competency questions is based on luck, if your qualities suit their category you get through, if not, their losing out :P.

They also look into your CV at this stage in more detail.

6 October 2009 - 4:49pm

Novemberrain, I've been invited to do the test aswell, but not sure if Im going to be asked to do the Numerical. I've applied for Private Banking. Which programme did you apply to? Any help will be appreciated thanks.

3 October 2009 - 6:08pm

I have just done the competency query test online, and it wasnt followed by any other exams, will i get a reply which will tell me to do the numerical test next or is the next stage straight to interview/telephone interview?

I even spent so long doing several different numerical test... pfft, all that effort for nothing lol.. I guess itl come in handy for other applications.

29 September 2009 - 9:04am

I have given numerical reasoning test for RBS and now they have asked to give verbal reasoning test. Can anybody tell what is the approximate pass marks for online verbal reasoning test?

6 November 2008 - 12:47pm

KeSh, thanks for the advice. So at what stage are you now with the application at RBS?

5 November 2008 - 4:49pm

Hey ml85,

As a fellow candidate who searched through forums, I know some of your doubts.

Competency questionnaire is roughly the same everywhere and I don't think there's A CONCRETE RIGHT answer. You may have to selected the least and most likely answers that suit to your character and personality. Let's say...

In a team I often:

a) Am the leader; b) Try to bring the team elements together; c) Solve the problems; d) Plan everything to ensure success;

That just a rough example on what you may get. Some of the answers will definitely be good. I would just recommend you to be consistent (some questions may be similar) and AVOID sounding like a perfect guy.

Good to luck you!

5 November 2008 - 3:19pm

uybert, thanks a lot for the quick response. It is really helpful since a am a fresh graduate trying to sail though the current downturn of job market, it is really appreciated.

Are there any tricks or do they look for specific answers to these questionnaires? and do you know the rough passing percentile for the numerical test?

5 November 2008 - 2:10pm


Not at all, it is not a verbal reasoning test.

It is just a normal questionnaire. For each question, you will get four statements from which you have to choose the most like and the least like you. I think there are 48 questions in total, but I might be wrong. This helps the organisation to assess what type of personality you have and how best you would fit into the organisation and the role you applied for.

I hope it helps.