• Application process

Application process

  • We operate a four-stage selection process. Only one application per recruitment round is permitted.

Online application

We will initially review your application to ensure it matches our academic requirements. 

If you meet the academic requirements, we will assess your personal statement.

We are looking for candidates to tell us a little about themselves and the skills and experiences they have and how those will help them in the trainee role. We want to see evidence of your commitment to the public sector and to earning and learning as a trainee accountant.

If you use examples these can be from (but are not limited to) your time at university/school, work experience such as part-time jobs at school or university, or any extracurricular activities you’ve been involved in.

We are always impressed by people who are enthusiastic about the work of the Wales Audit Office and how they feel they can contribute to it, so we would encourage you to do some research and think about how you picture yourself working with us.

Once completed, your personal statement is marked by our trained screeners. If you meet the minimum mark required, you will be progressed to Stage 2.

 Tip: The personal statement allows you to write up to 1000 words. While we don’t expect you to necessarily use all of the word allowance those statements that are particularly short are unlikely to convey all of the information, we are looking for so think carefully about this. The application form is your opportunity to sell yourself and set yourself apart from other applicants.

At this point we will also invite you to complete online psychometric tests. 

Tip: We recommend you do at least one practice of each test first before completing the tests. This will give you a feel for the types of questions asked and how long they will take you to answer. It’s a great way to prepare, helping you relax and perform to the best of your ability.

Assessment centre

This will involve a number of individual and group exercises where you are assessed against the job description/person specification and the values and behaviours.

Further details regarding the assessment centre will be provided if you are invited to attend.

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you will be invited to stage 3 of the assessment process.

Interview and presentation

The final interview is a panel-based interview which will also provide you with the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions about our organisation and the training programme.


Successful applicants will have performed well in all aspects of the assessment process.

If you are successful, we will make you an offer conditional upon a number of pre-employment checks including security and verification of your academic grades entered on your application.

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