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FAQs

Deutsche Bank people are inquisitive and eager to learn more. Asking questions is actively encouraged. You can find the answers to some of the most common enquiries about joining us right here.
General

Do you have to speak German to work at Deutsche Bank?

We’re proud of our heritage, but we don’t go as far as insisting that everyone speaks German! Everyone who works at Deutsche Bank speaks English fluently. Many people also speak the local language where their office is based. Whilst it’s not always essential to do this, it is necessary in cultures where doing business in the local language is considered very important.

What does having an Agile Mind mean to Deutsche Bank?

An agile mind is a high achiever who responds to challenges, sees the big picture without losing site of the detail, and has the confidence to lead the way. Agile minds make the most of opportunities by looking beyond the obvious and acting with clarity and assurance. At Deutsche Bank, such minds are nurtured and rewarded at every level. They define our place in the world, delivering our passion to perform.

What kind of working culture do you have?

A friendly one. We’re open, approachable and all embracing - not closed, corporate or stuffy. We make time to support each other. Asking questions is actively encouraged, and everyone’s happy to make time to answer them. For us, you’re an individual, not a member of the ranks.

How can I get in touch with you?

We’re very active on social media. Ask us a question on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll get right back to you. We also attend a wide range of careers events where you can come and meet us face to face. Or you can just use the contact form.

What sort of backgrounds do you look for in your candidates?

We recruit people from a broad range of backgrounds for a wide variety of roles. You won’t necessarily need a financial or mathematical background to work here – although obviously there are some roles where you’ll need to have strong numerical skills. Above all, we’re looking for entrepreneurial people who thrive best in a diverse culture where innovation and agile thinking abound.

What countries do you actively recruit for?

Click on the ‘Change your preference’ link in the top right-hand corner of the horizontal navigation bar to see a list of the countries we’re currently recruiting for. If the country you’re looking for isn’t on this list, you can still look in your local media for any roles we’re advertising in your region.

What sort of benefits do you offer?

We offer exceptional financial rewards, including competitive salaries and performance-related bonuses that will ensure you share in our success. We also offer unique work/life balance benefits, including pension plans and contributions, flexible work arrangements and health and advice services. (These vary depending on where you’re located.) We’ll tell you more about the benefits you’ll receive during your interview process.

I’m interested in working in another country. Will I need to know the local language?

This varies. In some countries, your colleagues and clients will prefer you to speak the local language and have an understanding of the culture.

What sort of career development training do you offer?

We recruit ambitious high-achievers. We know that if we want to keep them, we have to make career development a big priority. That’s why we offer over thousands of training courses globally, designed to provide you with the comprehensive training you’ll need to build a successful career. In addition to this core curriculum, we also offer a huge range of regional and business-specific courses. You can access through seminars, e-learning, self-study courses and coaching.

How do you support career mobility, nationally and internationally?

We want to make sure that you can make the most of your talents when you work here. It’s an important part of our culture that our people can develop their careers internally. Our Employee Career Portal can help you plan your next move. It’s an internal search tool, which allows our people to look for and apply for jobs – often before they’re posted externally. On top of this, our Career Mobility portal offers advice on moving roles within the bank. Finally, the wide-ranging training opportunities we’ll give you will ensure that when the right role does come up, you have the skills to make the move.

I graduated two years ago. Can I still apply for one of the dbGraduate+ programs?

Unfortunately not. To apply, you’ll need to have graduated from your most recent degree course within the last 12 months.

What are the basic skills and qualifications you look for?

You should not only be passionate about the world of finance, but also show a keen interest in your chosen field. You already have a record of outstanding academic achievement and you’re eager to go on learning at the same intensive rate. So you’ll thrive on working in a highly collaborative environment with some of the best minds in banking. You’ll also be as motivated and ambitious as we are. Finally, because communication is key to everything we do –all our people need to be fluent in English (and, for some roles, at least one other language). Speaking German is not essential outside of Germany.

What employee network groups can I join?

The people in our Employee Networks are all passionate about making sure every one of us feels we can come to work and be ourselves. The groups have many functions. They allow networking across all levels for people with similar professional interests. They help people engage with management to build a more diverse firm and customer base. And they help us support our local communities.

We have networks supporting women, multi-cultural partnership, LGBT communities, families, veterans and people of different generations. All of these groups are open to all our people.

What do you do to help support Work/Life balance?

We support our people in the workplace and beyond, offering a range of work-life balance benefits depending on your location. We provide flexible working schemes that include part-time and mobile working options as well as opportunities to work from home. We also offer our people health and advice services, including online and classroom training in stress management techniques.


General

Do you have to speak German to work at Deutsche Bank?

We’re proud of our heritage, but we don’t go as far as insisting that everyone speaks German! Everyone who works at Deutsche Bank speaks English fluently. Many people also speak the local language where their office is based. Whilst it’s not always essential to do this, it is necessary in cultures where doing business in the local language is considered very important.

What does having an Agile Mind mean to Deutsche Bank?

An agile mind is a high achiever who responds to challenges, sees the big picture without losing site of the detail, and has the confidence to lead the way. Agile minds make the most of opportunities by looking beyond the obvious and acting with clarity and assurance. At Deutsche Bank, such minds are nurtured and rewarded at every level. They define our place in the world, delivering our passion to perform.

What kind of working culture do you have?

A friendly one. We’re open, approachable and all embracing - not closed, corporate or stuffy. We make time to support each other. Asking questions is actively encouraged, and everyone’s happy to make time to answer them. For us, you’re an individual, not a member of the ranks.

How can I get in touch with you?

We’re very active on social media. Ask us a question on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll get right back to you. We also attend a wide range of careers events where you can come and meet us face to face. Or you can just use the contact form.

What sort of backgrounds do you look for in your candidates?

We recruit people from a broad range of backgrounds for a wide variety of roles. You won’t necessarily need a financial or mathematical background to work here – although obviously there are some roles where you’ll need to have strong numerical skills. Above all, we’re looking for entrepreneurial people who thrive best in a diverse culture where innovation and agile thinking abound.

What countries do you actively recruit for?

Click on the ‘Change your preference’ link in the top right-hand corner of the horizontal navigation bar to see a list of the countries we’re currently recruiting for. If the country you’re looking for isn’t on this list, you can still look in your local media for any roles we’re advertising in your region.

What sort of benefits do you offer?

We offer exceptional financial rewards, including competitive salaries and performance-related bonuses that will ensure you share in our success. We also offer unique work/life balance benefits, including pension plans and contributions, flexible work arrangements and health and advice services. (These vary depending on where you’re located.) We’ll tell you more about the benefits you’ll receive during your interview process.

I’m interested in working in another country. Will I need to know the local language?

This varies. In some countries, your colleagues and clients will prefer you to speak the local language and have an understanding of the culture.

What sort of career development training do you offer?

We recruit ambitious high-achievers. We know that if we want to keep them, we have to make career development a big priority. That’s why we offer over thousands of training courses globally, designed to provide you with the comprehensive training you’ll need to build a successful career. In addition to this core curriculum, we also offer a huge range of regional and business-specific courses. You can access through seminars, e-learning, self-study courses and coaching.

How do you support career mobility, nationally and internationally?

We want to make sure that you can make the most of your talents when you work here. It’s an important part of our culture that our people can develop their careers internally. Our Employee Career Portal can help you plan your next move. It’s an internal search tool, which allows our people to look for and apply for jobs – often before they’re posted externally. On top of this, our Career Mobility portal offers advice on moving roles within the bank. Finally, the wide-ranging training opportunities we’ll give you will ensure that when the right role does come up, you have the skills to make the move.

I graduated two years ago. Can I still apply for one of the dbGraduate+ programs?

Unfortunately not. To apply, you’ll need to have graduated from your most recent degree course within the last 12 months.

What are the basic skills and qualifications you look for?

You should not only be passionate about the world of finance, but also show a keen interest in your chosen field. You already have a record of outstanding academic achievement and you’re eager to go on learning at the same intensive rate. So you’ll thrive on working in a highly collaborative environment with some of the best minds in banking. You’ll also be as motivated and ambitious as we are. Finally, because communication is key to everything we do –all our people need to be fluent in English (and, for some roles, at least one other language). Speaking German is not essential outside of Germany.

What employee network groups can I join?

The people in our Employee Networks are all passionate about making sure every one of us feels we can come to work and be ourselves. The groups have many functions. They allow networking across all levels for people with similar professional interests. They help people engage with management to build a more diverse firm and customer base. And they help us support our local communities.

We have networks supporting women, multi-cultural partnership, LGBT communities, families, veterans and people of different generations. All of these groups are open to all our people.

What do you do to help support Work/Life balance?

We support our people in the workplace and beyond, offering a range of work-life balance benefits depending on your location. We provide flexible working schemes that include part-time and mobile working options as well as opportunities to work from home. We also offer our people health and advice services, including online and classroom training in stress management techniques.


Recruiting Process

What do we mean by 'Professionals'?

Deutsche Bank considers a "professional" to be anyone interested in a career with the Bank, except those joining one of our dbGraduate+ programs. A ‘professional’ can be someone who already has a long standing career, or someone who’s newly entering the workforce.

What do we mean by ‘dbGraduate+’?

The people who join our ‘dbGraduate+’ programs and initiatives fall into three categories. They’re either finishing school, or they’re studying for (or have recently completed) their undergraduate or post-graduate degrees.

Applying

When I apply, what other documents do you need aside from my CV/Resume?

This varies depending on which region and program you apply for. You will be guided for the appropriate documents through the application system. Please ensure that you upload all documents in one file along with your CV/Resume and cover letter.

Should I include a cover letter?

Having plenty of detail to support your application is useful to us. A covering letter is a good place to tell us what especially interests you about working for Deutsche Bank, within the division you’re applying to.

Are there academic grade requirements for eligibility?

We’re looking for people of outstanding academic achievement, but we take a range of factors into consideration, not only a GPA or equivalent.  In some countries, a minimum academic level is a requirement. More importantly than pure academic grades, we’re looking for people with the brightest minds, a genuine passion for working in investment banking, and a real interest in Deutsche Bank as a place to develop their career.

How do I update my application once submitted?

Unfortunately, you can’t make any changes to your application once you’ve submitted it.

Who do I contact to get help with technical difficulties with the application process?

If you’re experiencing technical difficulties with the application process please email hr.direct@db.com.

Interviews

What’s the most effective way for me to follow up after the interview?

Before you leave, ask your interviewer what the next step is and when you can expect a response. It's a good idea to get contact details and ask if you can call or email. If you haven't heard anything within the stated timeframe, make a follow-up call or send us an email.

How should I prepare for the interview?

You've secured the interview, reviewed the website and talked to people who already work at Deutsche Bank. So how do you ensure a successful interview? The same way you'd go about doing the job once you're there: with careful preparation, research and attention to detail.

The first step in any successful job search is research. Not only do you need to know about the position and division you'll be interviewing for, you also need to know about who we are as a company. You should find out something about our characteristics, some of our history and what differentiates us from the other institutions in our industry. Why? Because, you need to convince your interviewer that you’re the right person for us and for that particular role. It’s as important for you to feel comfortable with us as it is for us to feel comfortable with you.

If you haven't done so already, read and understand our annual report. You won't be expected to know all the details, but you should have a general understanding of how we performed last year. Also review what the press has to say about us and keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

What should I expect at the interview?

Be prepared to tell us why you’re right for Deutsche Bank and why Deutsche Bank is right for you. If you’re serious about a career in investment banking, we know that you’ll be talking to a lot of firms. But you should understand how we differ from other financial institutions, and why the division you’re applying to is more suitable for you than another role in the industry.

We’ll expect you to demonstrate an understanding of the role you’re applying to and the work you’ll be doing. We’d also like you to tell us why you want to work in the financial services industry as opposed to any other sector.

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Last Update: 30. July 2013
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