Hints and tips

We know the recruiting process is exciting, but it can also be challenging to navigate, especially as you continue to balance your academics and extra-curricular activities. Here are several hints and tips to help you put your best foot forward.

On campus

On campus
  • Take advantage of career services

    Look for opportunities to participate in mock interviews, resume prep sessions and any other resources that your career center offers throughout the year.

  • Attend events

    Try to attend all the events you can. We register names with faces and care about character, so don’t just submit your application without speaking to our people. Remember to dress professionally, and be prepared to speak to individuals at all levels in our business, from Analysts to senior managers.

  • Connect with alumni

    Alumni networks serve as extremely beneficial contacts, even after you graduate. Take the time to speak with alumni who attend the events on campus as well as the ones you meet through your own efforts. Getting to know the people at our firm will help you determine whether Barclays is where you want to work.

  • Stay connected

    The Barclays reps you meet at events have a lot going on. If they are willing, get their email addresses and stay in touch. Keep in mind that they may not respond to your email immediately. It’s ok to follow up with them if you don’t get a response after a week, but not more frequently.

Your initial application

Your initial application
  • Put in the effort and time

    Doing that extra bit of research now will show in your application – more than you might think. Be selective about what you include and make sure it’s in-depth and up to date. We start accepting applications in August, so give yourself enough time to prepare your best product.

  • Make yourself stand out

    Think hard about what makes you different. It’s not just about your academic achievements; it’s also about the person behind them. We don’t select people purely on academic record, so don’t underestimate the value of extra-curricular activities, work experience and a friendly demeanor. All of your background is relevant.

  • Be meticulous

    Check and re-check your application for spelling mistakes and grammar. Resist the temptation to copy and paste directly from our website or other sources – adapt and justify why the information you’re giving us is relevant and interesting.

  • Qualify your statements

    You have limited space on your application. Illustrate your answers with focused examples of how you’ve shown good judgment, innovation, teamwork, commitment and leadership. Avoid clichés or unsubstantiated claims. Make sure each of your experiences tells us something useful.

Telephone, online or face-to-face interviews

  • Be yourself

    This is an interpersonal process. If you're invited to an interview, it’s because we like what we've seen so far. Don’t pretend to be someone else; the process is designed to make sure you find the role that suits you. Do share your passions, interests and hobbies.

  • Prepare your story

    During the interview, it’s important to share how your abilities apply to the type of work you would do here at Barclays. Prepare some examples you can bring up in conversation that explain how you can add value to our team. But be careful not to sound like you’re reading from a script. Your answers will sound unnatural and it doesn’t allow us to really get to know you.

  • Do your homework

    Be sure to research Barclays and the specific role you’re applying for in depth. It’s always a good idea to show you’re interested in and understand the financial market, so take time to catch up on articles in relevant industry resources like The Wall Street Journal or Financial Times. This is also a great time to capitalize on your alumni network and hear first-hand experiences about the role you’re interested in.

  • Answer the right question

    If you need us to repeat a question, just ask. Don’t be afraid to pause and gather your thoughts either. Stay focused on answering the question you’ve been asked. Avoid rambling. If you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to say so – integrity is important and one of our core values. Remember that the quality of conversation matters more than length.

  • Have questions of your own

    Finding your calling isn’t easy. That’s why it’s just as important that you get to know us. Prepare thoughtful, probing questions so you can use the interview to discover what really makes us tick.

  • Be appreciative

    Acknowledge the time employees took out of their day to get to know you. Unique and thoughtful thank-you notes do not go unnoticed!