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Application FAQs

Application FAQs

After you apply, we'll email you everything you need to know at each stage of the application process. In the meantime, we've included a few frequently asked questions below.

Who can apply for our Development Programmes?

I’ve applied before. Can I re-apply?

Yes, as long as it was a minimum of 12 months ago.

I’m not a recent graduate and have some years work experience. Can I still apply?

Yes, we encourage applications from all ages, including individuals with work experience.

I don’t have the right to work in the UK, can I still apply?

Employment at Nationwide is conditional upon you having the right to work lawfully in the UK in the role you are applying for. For further information on work permits, take a look on the UK Home Office website.

What qualifications do I need to apply for the Development Programmes or Industrial Placements?

For our Development Programmes you'll need to check the advert for the minimum requirements. However, generally it will either be a degree or experience/a keen interest in the programme area.

For Industrial Placements and Summer Internships you must be a student at University looking for a year or summer-long placement before returning to University.

About the application process

What is the closing date for applications?

The last date for the majority of our Development Programmes & Industrial Placements is the end of December, with Summer Internships advertised from Spring 2019. We do recommend submitting your application as soon as possible as some adverts may close earlier if we receive a high volume of applications.

We may have programmes that extend past the end of December so make sure to keep an eye on our website.

What provisions do Nationwide make for candidates with a disability?

Nationwide are an equal opportunities employer, and we encourage candidates with disabilities to apply.

There is a section on all of our application forms where we will ask you to confirm if you have a disability which will then highlight this to us, however, if you require additional time for your online tests due to a disability, please contact

Are expenses incurred during the recruitment process reimbursed?

We’ll refund any reasonable expenses up to £50.00 (so keep hold of your receipts!). This option is only for applicants who have been invited to an assessment event.

cut-E Online Test Queries

I'm having problems using cut-e, who do I contact?

For Helpdesk support please contact cut-E directly at

If you're having problems accessing the tests, please be aware that the following browser and operating system combinations are supported by the test platform:

  • Internet explorer 7.0 (and higher): Windows 2000, Server 2003 and 2008, Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
  • Microsoft Edge – Windows 10
  • Firefox 3.0 (and higher): Windows 2000, Server 2003 and 2008, Vista and Windows 7,
  • Windows 8 and Windows 10
  • Safari 5.1 (and higher) – OS X from version 10.6.8
  • Chrome Version 16 (and higher) – Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and OS X from version 10.6.8

The following hardware and software is not supported:

  • Safari 7.0 and Flash
  • Opera 12

You'll need the latest version of Adobe Flash player installed on your laptop or PC.

We recommend you take the tests on a laptop, PC or tablet. Additionally, you can complete the assessments on a smartphone, except for the verbal reasoning test for which you'll need a laptop/PC or tablet.

Enable pop-up windows as the test will open in a new window.

What are each of the tests looking for and how is the information used?
  • Work-related behaviour: This questionnaire measures your preferred working style.
  • Deductive-logical thinking: This test measures your deductive-logical reasoning skills i.e. your ability to apply a known rule to new problems.
  • Inductive-logical thinking: This test measures your inductive-logical reasoning skills i.e. your ability to find rules and interrelations among presented information.
  • Verbal reasoning: This test measures your verbal reasoning skills i.e. how you interpret and understand written information.

In addition to these assessments, some other questionnaires or tests may have been added for validation purposes. These will not be used to assess you as part of this process, but the scores may be used by us to consider whether they are a useful assessment for other candidates who apply to Nationwide in the future.

How are my results calculated?

When these tests are scored, your responses are compared to a group of other people who have taken the test. Comparing your scores like this gives an indication of your relative performance compared to other people.

How can I find out how well I performed?

After completing the tests, a feedback report will become immediately available to you on the test platform.

What can I improve for next time?

In the feedback report you receive after completing the tests, you will be provided with information on your answering style and for each test, you will be given tips on how you can improve your skills.

Successful applicants

Will I get relocation assistance?

Relocation assistance will be offered between placements if you are on the Graduate Programme or Industrial Placement, if you live more than 40 miles away.

If I’m successful, when will I start at Nationwide?

The Development Programmes & Industrial Placements will officially start in the September after the current academic year and Summer Internships will join us from June to September.

Before you start, you’ll be invited to attend our welcome event - this is usually held in July.

In September, we then invite you to a brief induction before you join your individual business areas.

Will Nationwide sponsor me to take on further professional qualifications whilst on the Programme?

Yes, if it is a requirement of the role.