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Entry-Level Bank Examiner

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) ensures that national banks and federal savings associations operate in a safe and sound manner, provide fair access to financial services, treat customers fairly, and comply with applicable laws and regulations.

As an entry-level bank examiner you can help supervise banks across the country. A career with the OCC presents an opportunity to make a real difference in one of the nation's most important economic sectors.

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As an entry-level bank examiner, you will begin your career in Midsize and Community Bank Supervision as an assistant national bank examiner. This experience provides the foundation for learning the practical aspects of bank supervision.

Examiners experience unparalleled exposure to the financial services industry and are respected advisors to the industry they regulate. Examiners interact with all levels of bank management and complete a wide range of analytical and bank supervisory activities at national banks and federal savings associations (collectively, banks) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) offices. They use a risk-based examination approach to assess a bank’s condition and identify potential problems.

Assignments cover all areas of banking, including loans, interest rate risk, capital, liquidity, consumer protection programs, and compliance with banking laws and regulations. Through a program of continuing education and career development, OCC examiners expand their knowledge and skills. They apply their technical expertise and interpersonal skills in an industry with increasingly sophisticated products and services.

Entry-level bank examiners, or assistant national bank examiners, spend approximately 15% to 95% of their early careers traveling. They may work in one of the OCC’s field offices located across the U.S., at banks, or at bank branches. See estimated overnight travel percentages by field office location.

To become an ANBE, applicants must meet at least one of the following:

  • A four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in accounting, banking, business administration, commercial or banking law, economics, finance, marketing, or other field closely related to the position; OR
  • Three years of work experience
    • demonstrating knowledge of accounting or auditing principles, such as reviewing, analyzing, recommending or approving loan applications, investments, or other actions involving the properties or monies of others held in trust by or for a financial institution, and/or
    • performing internal accounting or auditing work for a financial institution that has required understanding of debits and credits, balance sheets, and operating statements; OR
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience; OR
  • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate obtained through written examination in a state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, you must successfully pass the examiner entry-level pre-employment tests. You will be directed by email to schedule a test appointment.

Questions regarding the application and hiring process for ANBEs can be directed to

Testing Process

After you submit your application, you will receive an email with instructions to schedule a testing session at a proctored testing center.

During testing, you will use a computer to complete up to four automated, multiple-choice tests. You must pass each sequential test to move forward in the selection process, and you will be notified whether you passed at the conclusion of each test. If you pass, you will proceed to the next test. If you do not pass a test, your session will end and you will no longer be under consideration.

Analytical Reasoning Test

The Analytical Reasoning Test measures a candidate’s reasoning skills. Candidates will be asked to draw logical conclusions based on the information provided. This test has two components:

  • Deductive Reasoning Test – assesses your problem solving and reasoning skills using questions that ask you to evaluate arguments, analyze scenarios, and draw logical conclusions
  • Inductive Reasoning Test – assesses your ability to determine patterns from evidence provided and determine a solution from available information

View sample Analytical Reasoning test questions and answers.

Written Communication Skills Test

The Written Communication Skills Test assesses a candidate’s knowledge of English language conventions, including grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary, as well as the ability to identify the proper organization of ideas.

Job-Related Knowledge Test

The Job-Related Knowledge Test is a computerized multiple-choice test that evaluates a candidate’s knowledge of basic finance, banking, and accounting principles, including:

  • Components of a balance sheet
  • Components of an income statement
  • Relationships between balance sheet and income statement items
  • Bookkeeping entries
  • General ledgers
  • Conceptual definitions of key financial statement ratios
  • Concepts of amortization, accretion, and depreciation
  • Knowledge of different types of bank products and services
  • Concept of time value of money (present value, net present value, and future value)
  • Loan concepts (repayment capacity, interest, collateral)

View sample Job-Related Knowledge Test questions and answers.

Structured Interview Process

Candidates who pass the tests may be eligible for an initial 30-minute screening interview. These interviews are structured, and utilize a standard set of questions to assess job-related competencies that are difficult to assess with computerized tests.

Candidates who pass the screening interview and meet the qualifying standards set by the OCC are invited to Career Exploration Week for a second structured final decision interview and to learn more about the position and the OCC.

Careers at the OCC offer many opportunities for advancement. Initially, ANBEs spend six to eight months on a training team participating in bank examinations, meeting with bank managers, and making recommendations and suggestions.

After several years of formal training, ANBEs take the Uniform Commissioned Examination (UCE). Examiners who successfully complete the UCE receive a commission from the Comptroller of the Currency that signifies that a National Bank Examiner (NBE) is qualified to lead examinations of national banks and thrift institutions, their affiliates, and bank service corporations.

Some examiners go into specialized areas, such as asset management, bank information technology, bank secrecy act/anti-money laundering, capital markets, compliance, mortgage banking, and retail credit.

The OCC is dedicated to ensuring equal opportunity for all applicants. All employment decisions are made without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected genetic information, sexual orientation, parental status, marital status, or political affiliation. The OCC provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Learn more about diversity at the OCC.

How to Apply

The entry-level bank examiner position is no longer accepting applications for the fall 2022 campaign. The deadline for the fall campaign ended at 11:59 PM (ET) on October 14, 2022. Please check back in January 2023 for next spring’s availability.