Application process

Entry criteria

In order to qualify for the programme, you’ll need:

  • A 2.1 or above (or international equivalent, the details of which are available here) in any degree discipline
  • The ambition to lead at the highest levels
  • The propensity to work with different cultures
  • The flexibility to move globally
  • Multi-lingual skills would also be an advantage

You’ll need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be confident to challenge others to drive innovation across Aviva. We offer the programme across our key markets:  Aviva Investors, Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore), Canada, Europe (France, Italy and Poland) and the UK, so you’ll need to determine where you are eligible to work as part of choosing the region you apply to.

You’ll also need to be able to demonstrate your strong analytical skills and leadership potential. Most importantly, you’ll need to be ready for a challenge. And a great opportunity.

Key deadlines

Applications for our 2017 intake have now closed, but we’ll be opening again in mid-September 2017 to recruit for our 2018 scheme!

Applications open: 

  • 5th September 2017

Applications close: 

  • Closing dates vary by region, watch this space for the latest information

Application process

Step 1 – Be on track to graduate

First things first, it’s down to you to complete your degree. Achieve a 2.1 (or international equivalent, such as a 2.5 GPA – for more details, visit this page) or higher and you’ll be eligible to join our Global Graduate Leadership Programme. Unfortunately, your application will not be considered if you don’t meet our academic requirements. However, if you feel that you have extenuating circumstances then please let us know.

Step 2 – Apply online

Then apply online by using the ‘Apply' button. We recommend that you thoroughly read the website before you submit your application. Once you've sent us your application, we'll send you an email to confirm we've received it.

Step 3 – Situational Strengths Test and Critical Reasoning Test

If you pass the application screen, we’ll send you a link to complete our Situational Strengths Test (SST). This test will provide you with additional insight into the global graduate leadership role at Aviva, as well as assess your suitability against the strengths we know are important to succeeding here. You’ll be presented with a number of scenarios with response options which you’ll have to rank as most to least effective. 

At the same time, you’ll be invited to complete our Critical Reasoning Test (CRT). This test will assess your ability to draw logical conclusions, evaluate information accurately and judge the arguments presented to you. There’s no limit to how long you can take, but we will be recording your time. On average, the test takes around 40 minutes to complete.

Following completion of both tests, you’ll receive an individual report outlining your top three strengths from the SST and results on the CRT, as well as advice on how to develop these further.  

If you’re applying for a role within our French market you may also be asked to complete a French language test, as fluency in French is essential for this market.

Step 4 – Video interview

Because we realise that you may not live in the country for which you’re applying, the first stage of the interview process is an online video. We’ll ask you a series of strength-based questions which are related to what we know is important for success at Aviva. 

Don’t worry if you haven’t completed a video interview before. The system will guide you through the set up step by step, and give you a test question to practice with until you are ready to begin the interview. Just make sure you’re somewhere quiet, where you won’t get disturbed. You won't know the questions in advance, but we recommend that you're as honest and open as you can be and go into as much detail as you can when responding to the questions. We want to understand more about you, and what matters to you. 

Unfortunately, due to the volumes of candidates we can only provide feedback to those who have reached the assessment day stage.

Step 5 – Assessment day

If we think you have what we’re after, we'll invite you to a face-to-face assessment centre in your local market. We'll give you lots of pointers on how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

All of our assessment centres will be held within the local market so you may need to travel to the market that you have applied for.  

At our assessment centres you will experience a group task and a face-to-face interview with one of our Senior Business representatives. But don’t worry, it's really important to us that you feel relaxed so we can see you at your best, so we'll give you time to prepare. Remember though, the assessment centre isn't just our chance to find out whether you're right for us. It's also your chance to decide whether we're right for you.

Step 6 – Offer made

If you are successful at the assessment centre we will call to offer you a place on our scheme. If you aren't successful this time we'll let you know – and if you'd like more feedback on why, just ask.

Because this is a Global Graduate Leadership Programme getting together face-to-face prior to joining can be challenging. However, we will ensure that you’re able to chat to other people joining the programme via social media. You will also be allocated a buddy prior to joining and receive further information about Aviva before you start.

You Scored:

Your Points:


Is the programme right
for you?

Friendly. Supportive. Collaborative. Our culture is all of these things and more. And we need people who share these values and are genuinely proud to work here. It’s all part of our plan to become the leader of the industry formed by people truly dedicated to our cause.


We’ve put together a quiz featuring six questions and scenarios that will help you get a sense of whether you and Aviva are a good fit for each other.  This will take about 5-7 minutes to complete.

Take the quiz