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Selection Process

Our selection process is designed to understand more about you in a number of ways. We are interested in your academic record, but also what makes you – you. How do you stretch and develop yourself, what are your proudest achievements? How do you get on with other people and work collaboratively? At each stage of the process we’ll be looking for evidence of the above. Don’t underestimate the importance of any stage. If once you have reviewed our website and you still need an answer to your question, then please email us at: Graduates.Australia@towerswatson.com

Stage 1: Online Application Form

The application process is a critical first stage – you need to provide us with key information and answer honestly and accurately. Please ensure that you provide details of your education from secondary school level to most recent study including results whilst completing the application form.

The assessment of your application form falls in the following 4 parts:

  1. Entry Criteria
    We’ll review your application carefully against our minimum entry requirements. It is very important that you complete the application form accurately and carefully and submit all relevant supporting documents. Failure to provide necessary information may result in your application being unsuccessful. Unfortunately if you do not meet these criteria, your application won’t be progressed to the next stage.
  2. Cover Letter
    We are particularly interested in your reasons for applying to Towers Watson, how your skills and experience would help our business, and to know more about your background. Think carefully about the content of your covering letter as it should consist of no more than 3 paragraphs.
  3. Long Answer Questions
    We’ll ask you some long answer questions which will have a character limit, so think carefully about the information you provide. We want to know more about how your skills and experience would help our business and how you have been developing yourself. It may help to think of STAR (Situation, Task, Action and Result). Make sure that you tell us HOW you achieved things and avoid being generic. Answers such as "I want to be an actuary" won’t get you your dream job.
  4. Spelling and Grammar
    We pride ourselves on the quality of our work – which is why we also look for attention to detail in your application. Make sure that you check spelling, grammar and avoid text speak.

Top Tips

  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the form and prepare your answers.
  • Researched, well prepared and concise answers will shine through.
  • Do not copy and paste answers from other companies applications.
  • Before you click on submit double check your spelling and grammar.

Stage 2: Online Ability Testing

Our graduate and vacation roles at Towers Watson involve numerical analysis and attention to detail. To help us assess your ability in this area you will be asked to complete an online numerical and inductive reasoning test. We’d encourage you to take practice tests in order to gain an understanding of the layout and format of the questions.

Please be aware that if you are invited to the final assessment day, you may be asked to complete a similar test again as verification of your original results.

Top Tips

  • Give yourself time to take the practice tests as many times as you need.
  • Don't assume because you are studying a numerical subject that you do not need to take the practice tests in advance.
  • Take the tests under exam like conditions - be in a quiet and private area where you will have no interruptions.

Stage 3: Telephone Interview

The telephone interview is an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better and for us to find out more about your skills and experience. Our experienced staff will be looking for what you’ve achieved and how you have achieved it. It may help to think of STAR: Situation, Task, Action and Result when answering questions where the interviewer is looking for examples from your past experience.

Remember to personalise your answers – if you talk in generic terms such as “we did this” and “team working is always important” we won’t get to know about you and the contribution you could make to Towers Watson.

Top Tips

  • Plan to be in a quiet place to take the call where you will not be interrupted.
  • Make the interview feel more like a face to face meeting by wearing a suit for the call.
  • Have a copy of your CV and any preparation notes on hand so that you can refer to them.
  • Where possible, please supply a land line number to avoid any loss of signal.

Stage 4: Final Assessment

The final assessment will take place in our offices and consist of multiple exercises. These may include: face-to-face interview; group exercises, presentation, numerical verification test. This stage helps us to get to know you even better and of course are also designed to help you understand more about Towers Watson, the work we do and the type of people we employ.

If you are successful in being invited to an assessment centre, we will send you a more detailed briefing at the time. Don't forget that it is a two-way process and an excellent way not only for us to get to know you but also for you to really get to know us.

Top Tips

Know about current issues related to Towers Watson before you arrive – see our Corporate website, broadsheet newspapers and actuarial websites.

Remember help is available:

  • University peers
  • Professional mentors
  • University careers service
  • Graduate Recruitment Team

Whilst this all sounds daunting, the good news is we are looking for you to just be yourself on the day.

Stage 5: Reference Checking

Reference checks are normally undertaken towards the end of our process, however, you may be asked to provide names and contact details for referees during the interview stage.


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