Deutsche Bank: How to Get Hired as a Fresh Graduate

Teresa Poi shares what she looks for when hiring fresh graduates.
Teresa Poi
Graduate Recruiter
Deutsche Bank Internship Programme

Please describe the assessment process for applicants to your organisation.

Our application process is the same across all business areas:

1. Visit to learn more about your preferred business area and to apply online.

2. Participate in an online assessment, which includes a verbal and logical reasoning test, as well as a short video interview.

3. Our Graduate Recruitment team will then review your application alongside your online assessment results. At this stage, we are also particularly interested in the skills you have developed through your work experience or extracurricular activities.

4. You will be invited to attend one or more interviews with the business area you have applied to.

5. We will be in touch with the outcome shortly after your final interview.

What skill sets do you look for in fresh graduate applicants?

We hire for a variety of roles at Deutsche Bank. Depending on the nature of the role, the specific skill sets we look for may differ. In general, candidates who stand out would demonstrate these attributes:

Resilience and adaptability: In today’s ever-evolving world, you need to be open to change. This means a readiness to change course or your approach to suit a new situation, and to look for opportunities to effect change in a positive way for the bank and your team.   

Networking skills and influence: An important part of the job is how you go about getting commitment and buy-in from others, to do the things that need to be done. The ability to influence and motivate colleagues at all levels to support your initiatives is the bedrock of a successful career.

Lifelong-learning attitude: With the knowledge economy growing at an increasingly fast pace, we value people who are consistently looking to improve themselves by taking on new challenges, learning new skills, and seeking feedback. In short, people who are highly coachable.

Creative problem-solving and agile mindset: At Deutsche Bank, we are fully committed to the development of our junior talent as we believe they bring fresh perspective and creativity to any situation, from resolving problems to pursuing new opportunities.

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

We run a structured 8 to 10-week internship programme in multiple locations across APAC. These are designed to equip interns with fundamental technical and professional skills that form the essential building blocks of a successful career in the financial services industry. Throughout the programme, they’ll have access to formal and on-the-job training, skills sessions, coffee chats with senior bank representatives and mentor support. The key to making the most of this learning journey is to be passionate, curious, and ready to network. The more people you speak to, the more you will learn.

How do you identify a culture fit during the recruitment process?

All candidates are assessed against a set of competencies based on Deutsche Bank’s values and beliefs. Our values guide how we do business, and thus we expect our employees to uphold these values as they are what make Deutsche Bank who we are.

Please describe your company's culture in three words.

Entrepreneurial, collaborative, and supportive.