Careers Frequently Asked Questions

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General 4 questions

What kind of careers/positions does Scotiabank offer?

Scotiabank's primary focus is on financial careers including Finance and Accounting, Compliance, Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Policy & Regulations, Investment Banking and Capital Market streams. Being a large corporation, Scotiabank offers exciting career opportunities in variety of career streams. Learn more

What are the legal requirements to work at Scotiabank Canada?

To work in Canada, you must meet the necessary requirements outlined by the Government of Canada. If you are not a Canadian Permanent Resident or a Canadian Citizen, you cannot work in Canada without first obtaining a Work Permit. You must meet legislative age requirements and be able to meet the requirements of the Bank's pre-employment screening which includes background reference checking and criminal reference checking.

Will my international experience be taken into consideration?

As a global organization, Scotiabank understands the value of international experience and diversity in the workplace and incorporates it as part of its overall business strategy.

Does Scotiabank promote hiring a diverse workforce?

Scotiabank is committed towards having a diverse and inclusive workforce and working environment. Please check our Diversity & Inclusion website at www.scotiabank.com/diversityandinclusion where we share our commitment, beliefs, and goals.

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Application Process 18 questions

Why should I create a profile and upload a resume on Scotiabank.com/careers?

The first time you submit your resume for a position, you’ll be directed to MY PROFILE. This collects your relevant job preferences and resume and creates your secure access to Scotiabank’s career site.

Advantage Benefit for you
1) BNS stores your resume You won’t have to re-submit the same information with each position
2) Visiblity By creating a profile at Scotiabank, your resume is made available to recruiters across the Bank. By accurately completing ‘My Profile’ and providing us with your resume, we are aware of your career goals and skills.
3) Considered for jobs not posted As every word on your resume is a searchable field, an accurate and well prepared resume will help us locate your profile when our recruiters search the database for candidates who meet specific criteria, for current or future opportunities.
4) Receive relevant job postings by email You can create a Job Agent, which notifies you directly when a vacancy that meets your criteria is posted.

What is the job application process like at Scotiabank?

The process is simple:

  1. Search for a career that suits your skills and qualifications by visiting our Career Centre.
  2. Create a Profile.
  3. Submit your application for the job(s) that suit your skills and qualifications.
  4. If you are one of our top candidates, a recruiting team member will contact you by telephone or email to learn more about your interests and skills.
  5. If you are selected for a personal interview, you will meet with one of our recruiting team members and/or the hiring manager.

How do I apply for a career opportunity at Scotiabank?

If you are ready for an exciting career with Scotiabank, we invite you to visit our Career Centre and share your career profile by completing your candidate profile and set up job alerts to keep you up to date on open positions that may be of interest to you.

How do I refer a friend to Scotiabank?

You can "share" the posting using the share links on each posting (email, Facebook, twitter, etc.).

How do I search for jobs on Scotiabank's Career site?

You can find available opportunities at www.jobs.scotiabank.com. Jobs are grouped by location and are assigned to a category depending on the functions of the role.

A job was posted. How long do I have to apply?

The qualifications, market conditions and location impact how long a job is posted. We recommend you apply when you see the vacancy. We also encourage maintaining an active profile on our site which will shorten the application process.

Can I apply to more than one job at a time?

Yes. However, if you are being considered for more than one position at the same time, we encourage you inform the hiring team to avoid duplication of efforts.

How will I know you have received my application?

Once you have applied to a position, you will receive an e-mail acknowledging that your resume and profile have been attached to the open position.

Can I check on the status of my application form for a job I applied to?

If you log in and go to Job Applications you will be able to see the status of each of your applications. If you are being invited to an interview, you will be contacted directly. You may be notified by e-mail once the job is filled or cancelled/closed.

How will you contact me?

We will contact you by e-mail or phone using he contact information you have provided on your resume and/or profile. Please ensure your information is up to date at all times. We suggest post-secondary students, who may be relocating during their job search, provide a reliable alternate phone number and contact.

I have been contacted and told there would be an assessment.
What can I expect?

Understanding our candidates is a key part of the process. Job related assessments are used for certain roles to help the hiring team identify candidates who have the required job-related skills and competencies. You will be informed of the details on how to complete the assessment and if preparation is required. Completion of the assessment is required in order for your candidacy to receive full consideration for employment with the Scotiabank Group. If you require accommodations to complete the assessment, please discuss with the team member arranging the assessment.

How will my personal information be used?

Your personal information will be used solely for the purposes of recruitment as stated in the privacy disclaimer before you apply to a job.

I am working with a placement/search firm or agency. Can I still apply online?

Scotiabank works with search/placement agencies from time to time. Designated (pre-approved) agencies are notified by the Scotiabank recruiter when we wish to receive candidate referrals. Scotiabank does not accept unsolicited referrals from search /placement agencies. Ensure you are communicating well with the agency representative so that duplicate applications for the same job are not received. To maximize your job search strategy, ensure you are leveraging all the tools available by creating a profile on the career site and using Job Agents. If you will be applying for other Scotiabank positions or departments, it is your responsibility to keep your search /placement agencies partner informed.

I speak other languages in addition to English. Is this considered an
asset to Scotiabank?

Yes. We pride ourselves on having a diverse workforce that reflects and serves the communities in which we operate, so if you speak another language, please let us know by identifying the languages on your on-line profile and resume.

Can I upload multiple resumes / CVs to my account?

The system only stores one version of your cover letter or resume at a time. You are able to change this resume for each application.

How do I create a bilingual resume?

The system only stores one version of your resume. If you are a fully bilingual candidate (French and English) and are applying to jobs that require both languages, we recommend that you upload one document containing both versions of your resume (English & French). Be sure to include the word 'bilingual' in your resume. Ensure you list your language skills in 'My Profile'.

What is the best format for my resume?

The resume database supports most document types including HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Word.

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Interview Preparation 2 questions

I want to research additional information on Scotiabank. What do you suggest?

You can go the scotiabank.com website to research Investor Relations, Corporate Profile and Media Centre for detailed information about our strategies, values and operations. Links to specific business lines, where available, will be included in the posting.

  • Investor Relations (Includes Annual Meeting, Quarterly Fact Sheet, Annual Reports, and other Investor Information)
  • Corporate Profile (Includes background info, info on Canadian Banking, International Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Corporate and Social Responsibility)
  • Media Center (Includes Current News, News Releases, etc.)

I have been contacted for an interview. How do I prepare?

If you have applied to more than one job, ensure you know which department is contacting you and for which job. Using your profile, locate the appropriate job posting, review its requirements and job functions. Be prepared to relate and articulate your experiences and skills to the posted requirements and the organization goals. For many positions, you may be asked to share past experiences with the interviewer. For example, you may be asked to describe a situation in which you applied your knowledge to overcome obstacles or problems. Or you may be asked to describe a situation in which you unexpectedly had to take on a leadership role and overcome a challenging situation. Ideally, you should:

  • Briefly describe the situation you found yourself in
  • Summarize the actions you took
  • State the outcome based on your actions

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