About Société Générale

Société Générale (often named as SocGen) is a French financial conglomerate, together with BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and Groupe BPCE, making up the "big four" of the nation's banking market.

Société Générale is the third largest bank in France and the 20th largest in the world by assets in 2022. It has been among the systemically important banks globally since 2011.

The Société Générale headquarters is located in the business district of Défense in the suburbs of Paris. It consists of two twin skyscrapers completed in 1995 and a third skyscraper opened in 2008.

The main activities of Société Générale:

  • French retail banking network - comprises the Société Générale network and the Credit du Nord network; it also includes online banking (Boursorama). Revenues in 2020 were €7.3bn, net profit €666m and assets of €256bn.
  • International retail banking and financial services - brings together several regions and businesses:
    • Europe - banking services in Germany (Hanseatic Bank, BDK), Italy (Fiditalia), Czech Republic (KB, Essox), Romania (BRD), Moldova (Mobiasbancă) and Poland (Eurobank)
    • Russia - banking services provided by Rosbank (Росбанк), DeltaCredit (ДельтаКредит) and Rusfinance Bank (Русфинанс Банк)
    • Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Americas - the most significant banks in Morocco (SGMB), Algeria (SGA), Tunisia (UIB), Cameroon (SGBC), Ivory Coast (SGBCI) and Senegal (SGBS); in total these three regions had turnover of €5bn in 2015, net profit of €266m and assets of €128bn
    • Insurance - life and other insurance (Sogecap, Sogessur, Oradea Vie and others); turnover €887m, net profit €371m, assets €149bn.
    • Trade and equipment finance - turnover in 2018 €1.8 billion, net profit €474 million
    • Financial car rental services (ALD Automotive)
  • Global Banking & Investments - services to companies and financial institutions, including financing, equity placements, asset custody, advisory and asset management in France and abroad. Depository assets €3.979 trillion, assets under management €700 billion as of 2017. Turnover in 2020 was €7.6bn, net profit €57m, assets €725bn.

Société Générale recruitment process in 2024

  1. Online application form
    • One of the first stages of the recruitment process is filling in the application form on Société Générale Careers website.

    • The online application form is usually presented as a questionnaire with the option of importing data from a LinkedIn or CV file.

    • The applicant is required to provide information about work experience, education, skills and other necessary details.

    • There may be questions both about job preferences (e.g. desired type of employment, country and city of residence) and more personal questions (e.g. race and ethnicity, religion, disability)

  2. Phone / Video Interview
    • Successful candidates are invited for a 15-20 min. phone call.

    • Soft skills are usually assessed during this call by the Société Générale recruiter.

    • In some cases, Société Générale hiring manager may invite you for a video interview (most commonly conducted with HireVue.) For software engineering positions, candidates may be asked to complete a coding challenge (problems on algorithms + take-home challenges.)

  3. Online tests
    • The next stage of the Société Générale recruitment process is an online assessment. The candidate will be sent an email invitation to complete Société Générale tests.

    • Société Générale uses different types of recruitment tests to assess candidates and their suitability for the position they are applying for.

    • Candidates are most often asked to complete the following tests:

  4. Assessment centre
    • Successful candidates are invited to visit the nearest Société Générale headquarters or office.

    • Candidates will have a chance to personally meet the hiring manager, team leaders and seniors during the assessment day.

    • Société Générale may organise a group exercise with candidates as part of the hiring procedure.

  5. Partner interview
    • The final stage of the recruitment process.

    • The candidate will have a chance to meet the hiring manager, department director and/or division lead.

    • Normally, there is no assessment at this stage.

    • Candidates are mostly expected to demonstrate soft skills and a desire to join Société Générale.

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