• Application process

Application process

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

Online application

Our application process is a mix of a short application form and the submission of your CV and a short covering letter detailing your interest in the role.

We are looking for candidates who not only meet our academic criteria but are showing a clear interest in the programme and the public sector. In writing your covering letter ensure that you tell us a little about yourself and the skills and experiences you have and how those will help you 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.

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 application is marked by our trained screeners. If you meet the minimum mark required, you will be progressed to Stage 2, the completion of psychometric tests.

 Tip: The application form is your opportunity to sell yourself and set yourself apart from other applicants. Try and ensure to that you understand the role, and the organisation and this is reflected in the covering letter.

Psychometric Tests

You will be asked to complete a couple of psychometric tests. These tests reflect the skills and aptitude we are looking for in the graduate role.

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.


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

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