BNP Paribas: How to Get Hired

Andrea gives an insight on how graduates can prepare for BNP Paribas's candidate selection process.
Andrea Loke
Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager
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Please describe the assessment process for applicants to your organisation.

All applicants are required to submit an online application via our graduate portal (http://apacgraduates.bnpparibas.com/). Upon submitting their application, they will be invited to an online situational judgement test and subsequently the online numerical test if they are successful in the initial test. After which, their application will be reviewed by the hiring manager. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to 2-3 business interview rounds followed by a final interview round with Human Resources before the selected candidate will be extended an offer.

What are the skill sets you look for in fresh graduate applicants?

Apart from a strong academic track record, we’re looking for agile-minded, well rounded individuals who:

  • Take initiative
  • Possess strong analytical skills
  • Are adaptable
  • Act with integrity
  • Are client focused
  • Are results driven
  • Possess strong decision-making skills
  • Enjoy teamwork

Please give us an example of a past year's case study/challenge that your organisation has used in your assessment process. 

Our assessment process is generally conducted in the form of competency interviews instead of  case studies. We evaluate each candidate against 8 graduate competencies (as mentioned above), which are aligned with our driving forces.

Does your company have a structured graduate programme? If so, what advice would you give to graduates wanting to make the most of these programmes?

BNP Paribas has a 24 month structured graduate programme, alongside a full-time contract extended to them. In terms of the development plan for Graduates - the APAC Graduate Program is a modularly structured, comprehensive set of on- and off-the-job learning and development measures to equip graduates with technical skills and competencies to embark on a successful Banking career. The program starts with the APAC Graduate Academy at the APAC Campus where graduates will be immersed in a combined group training followed by stream specific training. Each graduate is hired into a specific business line / Function at BNP Paribas and, graduates will typically rotate within the business area during the 24 month program. At the 1-year mark, the Graduate Pit-stop would essentially cover a health check on the graduates’ progress, along with personal development initiatives. At the end of 24 months, the graduates would adjourn back to the APAC Campus for their graduation ceremony and prepare themselves for the next stage of their journey with the bank.

Each graduate will be assigned a mentor for 12 months to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experiences as well as support the graduates during the start of their career with us. There will be opportunities for the graduates to participate in strategic traversal projects. At the end of the program, we expect that graduates will continue their employment with the business line they joined and that they will continue to develop their career at BNP Paribas.

The onus lies on the graduate to be the driver of their own career development at the end of the day.  In order to make the most out of the programme offerings, it is best to make full use of the various learning and networking opportunities planned. Graduates are most welcome to create networking initiatives of their own to increase visibility with senior management and continuously build their knowledge about the bank.

How do you identify culture fit during the recruitment process?

The group has identified the BNP Paribas Way, which guides our actions and our daily activities. It comprises of four pillars of strength, which is Steadiness, Responsibility, Expertise, and a Good Place to Work, coupled with our four driving forces: Agility, Client Satisfaction, Compliant Culture and Openness. Our four driving forces are well-aligned with our graduate competencies to identify culture fit during the recruitment process. In addition, shortlisted candidates also issued a personality profiling questionnaire to complete for us to understand their work preferences on the job.

Please describe your company's culture in three words.

Responsible, meritocratic and cohesive.