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The recruitment process

What do you need to do to apply for a graduate programme placement? How do you apply? And when? Here’s everything you need to know.


First off, you need to fill in an online graduate application form related to the programme you're interested in. You'll need to answer specific questions about your interests and experience. It’s the first part of the process. In many ways, it’s also the most important. So make sure you take your time, give it the thought, care and attention it deserves. And remember to answer every question in full. We want you to show us that you’re right for the programme. So think about the qualities, values and behaviours we look for. Think about what it is that makes you the ideal choice.

[An AXA tip: Decide on the programme you want to apply for and then read through the questions. Then read through them again. We’d suggest preparing your answers offline. Then, when you’re 100% happy with them, save them and copy them into the form. You’ll need to submit your answers along with all your personal details.]

When you’re ready, hit ‘Submit’ and wait for a response. So you know, the screening process starts in October.

Online testing

Providing that you hit the required pass mark in your application, you’ll be invited to take our online tests. (And so you know, once we have your application, you’ll hear back from us within five working days.) Each test will take around 20 minutes to complete. And don’t worry, we’ll show you some example questions before you start. We’d suggest finding somewhere quiet to do it. You’ll need to concentrate. If you can’t answer all the questions in the time allocated, don’t panic. The tests are designed to stretch you in the time given, and you don't need to complete all the questions to achieve a positive outcome.

The Interview

The Big One. If you’ve impressed us with your test scores and application, it’s on to the video interview. In this case, a competency-based video interview. Remember, we want to see you, your personality, your character. Here are a few things to think about and keep front of mind.

Be prepared. Sounds obvious, but please prepare. Do your research too. On AXA and the area and programme you want to join. And make notes on your skills and strengths and how you’ll apply them to the role.

Dress smartly. Clichéd as it is, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

During the interview. Try to stay nice and calm. Remember, we want you to succeed. Keep to the point, don’t waffle. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Body language speaks volumes too. Sit up straight, make eye contact with the camera and try to not to fidget too much.

After the interview. A final note: make sure they know how much you want the job!

Assessment centre

Another chance to really show us how good you are – and how much you want to join an AXA graduate programme. Really, preparing for an assessment centre is much like preparing for an interview – you’ve just got a bit more to do.

The day at the centre

You’ll spend a whole day at one of our UK offices. The day’s designed to measure a range of different skills, so we can tell if you're right for us. It’s also your chance to see if we’re right for you – that’s just as important. The actual contents of the day will vary from programme to programme, but we’ll let you know in advance what’s in store. That said, there’ll definitely be a presentation about AXA and the programme you’d be joining, plus some time to meet a few of our current graduate trainees.