The application, interview and assessment process for Barclays is as follows:
Your first round telephone interview will be conducted with a senior representative from your business area and will last under 30 minutes. It will be a competency based interview, and will require you to elaborate on your CV, speak about past experiences, and explain why you are applying for and well suited to your potential role at Barclays.
The following are examples of the types of questions you may be asked:
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The assessment centre varies slightly for each of Barclays graduate programmes. Your assessment centre will consist of some of the following:
Interviews at assessment centres are usually competency based, although technical interviews may be used for some of the more numerical graduate schemes. Interviews usually last about half an hour to an hour, and you will be evaluated against specific key competencies which will be made known to you.
Tip: Prepare personal examples of times when you have shown evidence of skills/leadership/ingenuity and other competencies, so that you are able to intelligently answer your competency questions. Your answers are expected to be fairly long, so talk at length about your experiences, and your reasoning for your actions in various situations. It is perfectly acceptable to repeat examples from your initial application or phone interview.
The exact task and purpose of each group exercise will vary between divisions and roles applied for, however the main thing to keep in mind is that they are not looking for those that can dominate the group - they are looking for those who can work well in a team. The way you interact with others matters just as much as the points you make. Try to make your case and keep the group focused, but without being overbearing. Encourage the participation of others.
Your group may be presented with an information package or a video containing background information to the discussion, which will require the group to come to a decision of some sort, such as a company to invest in, a product to choose to promote, or simply the ways Barclays could improve its services. If there is supporting material given, be sure to read it quickly yet carefully, and to keep these details in mind during the discussion. There will be a brief question period from the judging panel based on your group's conclusions, so be sure to pipe up and answer at least one if you can.
Presentation style and formats vary per assessment centre. In some assessment centres you are asked to prepare a presentation on the day, after being given relevant supporting documentation to do this. However, for most of the graduate scheme assessment centres, a specific topic and other information will be sent out in advance of the assessment centre, for you to pre-prepare a ten minute presentation on.
If you are asked to prepare a presentation on the day, you will be given 40 minutes to an hour to prepare. Often the use of a flip chart is available to you. Be sure that you use it as a visual aid only, and are not simply reading from it.
You will be assessed on content of the presentation as well as the delivery, so you'll need to appear confident and engaging when speaking.
This may simply involve reading an article and answering questions about it, or it may take the form of more of a logical exercise, where certain information will be provided and you will have to fill in the missing information. This may also be your case study, where you will have to read the background information and write a response about your potential solutions to the problem.
If a written exercise is a part of your assessment centre, it is because they want to be sure that you have the language and communication skills to succeed in your job, as well as the organizational and time management skills to deal with a large workload. Do not spend too long reading over the information before you begin writing, and leave yourself time at the end to read over your response to check for spelling and grammatical errors, as these exercises are usually completed by hand and not on a computer.
E-tray exercises may also be used. This will involved prioritizing and responding to a number of emails that you will receive. You may also be asked to explain your reasoning or suggest courses of action. This will be timed, so work quickly, but be sure not to overlook important details. Click etray to practise these tests.
In some cases, you may also be asked to sit the same type of numerical and verbal SHL tests that you completed online.