Selection procedure

Selection procedure

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On the ING traineeship, there are eight tracks to choose from: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Finance, Risk , Information Technology, HR, Analytics and Operations & Change. Once you’ve decided which track suits you best, the next step is to submit your application for the International Talent Programme (ITP) . Simply apply online for a current trainee vacancy within the track of your choice and convince us of your potential. Your application marks the start of the selection procedure, which can last between four to six weeks. The actual traineeship programme starts twice a year, in April and October.

General outline of the selection procedure:

Step 1: Evaluation of your curriculum vitae, motivational questions and qualifications

Send us your CV, answers to the motivational questions, Bachelor and (provisional) Master certificates and lists of grades.

We will evaluate your CV, answers to the motivational questions and your qualifications and then let you know whether you are through to the next step of the selection procedure.

Step 2: Online Assessment

Step 2A: Do you fit in the ING culture?  

In the first test we will assess your suitability for the role based on your responses to a series of decision-making scenarios that trainees are likely to encounter in the ING workplace. You are required to rate the effectiveness of a number of different responses to these scenarios, giving us insight into how well you are aligned with the ING culture.

Step 2B: Do you have the analytical capabilities?

In the second test we assess your overall intellectual ability:

  • your ability to understand, interpret and evaluate written information
  • your ability to understand, interpret and evaluate numerical data
  • your ability to understand sequences of patterns and relationships

Step 2C: Do you suit the ING traineeship profile?

The third test is about your potential strengths critical to succeed in line with ING Orange Code behaviours: your fit with the environment and if it will potentially enhance your performance.

After completing every test you will hear whether you are invited to the next test within an hour after completing the test. Once you positively completed all the tests you go the next round: the HR interview. Regardless of whether you are through or not, we will send you a feedback report containing useful tips regarding your further development.

Step 3: HR Interview

If you’ve passed the online assessment, we will invite you for an interview with a HR advisor and a current trainee. The results from the online assessment are used as the basis for the interview. We are looking for trainees who have specific competencies in line with the ING Orange Code, so our primary aim during the HR interview is to gain insight into your competencies.

The HR interviews are held in Amsterdam. In some cases we can make exceptions for candidates from abroad to be interviewed by Skype/telephone. Interviews are conducted in either Dutch or English. After the interview, you receive direct feedback and immediately hear whether you are through to the next step of the selection procedure: the Business Panel Interview.

Step 4: Business Panel Interview

The final step in the selection procedure for the ING traineeship is the Business Panel Interview in Amsterdam, which is when you meet with two representatives of ING’s senior management from your chosen track plus a manager from HR. This is your moment to really shine – you just need to convince the interviewers that you intend to seize every opportunity that ING’s traineeship offers you. If you successfully complete the selection procedure, you will receive a job offer from ING immediately – usually directly after the Business Panel Interview – and you can sign the official contract shortly afterwards. We can only accept applications that include all the required information: your CV, (provisional) lists of grades for Bachelor and Master degrees, and answers to the motivational questions.

We work with two selection cycles with different start dates:

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