Best guide to get a banking job in Nigeria

Best guide to get a banking job

Banking job is for those who wish to work in an industry that deals in cash, credit and other financial services. In this post, I will give you best guide to get a banking job in Nigeria.

Getting a job in a bank and getting a banking job are two different things. You can get a cleaning job in a bank, that is not a banking job.

So, when we say banking job we are referring to the job of handling cash, credit and other financial transitions.

However, getting a banking job in Nigeria is highly competitive because of the high rate of unemployment in the country. But I believe knowledge you will gain from this article will give you advantage over your competitors.

After getting a banking job, staying long in the business requires your commitment, passion and loyalty to the system.

How to get a banking job in Nigeria

There are two major forms of recruitment in the banking sector, they are;

  • Executive Trainee,
  • Experienced hire

Executive Trainee

This is usually fresh graduates between the age of 21 and 26 years. In Nigeria, banking career usually starts from this level.

Qualifications for executive trainee job

To apply for this category of jobs in banks, you must meet the following requirements;

  1. You should not be more than 26years

  2. A Bachelor degree or HND in relevant field with no less than second class upper (2:1)

  3. NYSC Discharge Certificate

  4. Good communication skills

The above are the basic qualifications to get executive trainee job in a bank.

Other qualifications are unwritten, and this is where to apply some strategies. You need to write a great CV and cover letter to help you sell yourself.

Bonus tip:

  • Use a professional email address for your CV,
  • Make sure your date of birth does not conflict,
  • Cross check date of birth on your WAEC certificate with your birth certificate.

How To Submit Application

There are many ways through which you can submit an application. Now that we are in the digital age, all banks have a website where they accept online application.

Some times, applications can also be collected through designated branches.

Either your application is submitted online or offline, it will take some time for the bank to contact you if you are shortlisted.

The next is an aptitude test, and there are situations where aptitude test will be bypassed and it may just be a series of interviews.

Make sure your phones and emails are reachable at this stage to avoid story that touches the heart.

Training School

After aptitude test and interview, successful candidates will be enlisted for training. The training usually takes 3 to 6 months depending on the bank.

There are also a series of examinations and written test in the training school, failing any test or exam at any stage of the training may mark your exit from the process.

Successful completion of the program will land you to executive trainee level in the bank.

Experienced Hire

This is the employment of someone who has worked in a bank before or switching from one bank to another. Recruiting experienced banker differs from the executive trainee. It is because they have been in the system and have some years of experience.


  1. Bachelor Degree or HND with no less than second class upper.

  2. Must have some years of banking experience

  3. Should be cleared from the previous bank (integrity wise)

  4. Additional qualification will be an added advantage

Note: There may be other requirements depending on the bank, but these are the basic requirements for experienced hire. Successful candidates are placed on same level or step above their current level but never below.

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