I had a HBOS assessment day last december in edinburgh for corporate banking and got an offer.
It is a very intense day full of assessments run by SHL.
As far as I can remember the day consisted of:
- Numerical test (35 mins)
- Verbal reasoning test (35 mins)
- Problem solving exercise (20 mins i think)
- Presentation (an hour or so to prepare and 10 mins to present with q&a after)
- Group exercise
- Competency interview (70 mins)
The numerical and verbal reasoning tests are like those on the SHL website so you can practice them there. I’d never done the problem solving exercise before the day. You had a certain set of cards and had to establish a pattern - it’s hard to explain but just be logical and you should be fine.
The presentation was about choosing between 3 options to take a company out on team building exercises - the aim here is to choose one option and justify it clearly, listing the reasons why you wouldnt choose other options. There is quite a bit of information so work quickly here.
The group exercise is based on a scenario, they are just looking for you to make a contribution so not really anything to worry about
The interview was entirely competency based and lasted 70 minutes! He just kept firing comptency questions at me so make sure you have plenty of examples ready. I wasnt asked anything about HBOS or the role in that interview.
Good luck with your assessment days!