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Our recruitment process

With our innovative application process you won’t need to send us a CV and covering letter. Instead, we’ll assess your skills and potential through a series of assessments and face-to-to-face interviews. We think it’s the best way to see an applicants full potential and also increase diversity. It’s also the most immersive way to show candidates what we do - which means realistic expectations for you.

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What’s different?

We’ve tailored our application specifically so that getting started doesn’t mean an unreasonable time commitment for you. Tasks will take slightly longer as you get closer to final assessment, so that we can get to know you better, but we won’t ask you to complete hours of applications for no reward.

In fact, from your first application to the moment you find out if you’ve got the job, your assessments will take a total of four to seven hours, plus preparation time, depending on the speed you like to work at.

What’s more, we’ll give you constructive feedback, making our process educational for everyone.  

We’ve also made sure that each stage of the journey is a real chance to get to know our business and what you’ll do. We won’t demand a lot from you whilst telling you little about ourselves. This process is all about respect, and that goes both ways.

What are we looking for?

Throughout the assessment process, we’ll be looking out for particular strengths and cognitive abilities – character traits and skills you’ll find in Barclays colleagues all over the business. We come from diverse backgrounds and we approach challenges in different ways, but these are the things we have in common. They’re qualities that you might find in people from any background, and if you’ve got the skills, we’ll help you build on them.

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Agile learner

Agile learner

You’ll show us throughout the process that you’re hungry to learn more, adapting what you know to new situations and gaining a comprehensive knowledge of our business.

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Relationship navigator

Relationship navigator

You’ll demonstrate that you want to make strong and lasting relationships across teams, businesses and geographic areas. You’ll also be comfortable with calling on others for help and collaboration.

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Team collaborator

Team collaborator

You thrive on achieving goals through teamwork. During the process, you’ll show us that you can lead, make valid contributions, and leverage your group’s collective expertise and skills.

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Resilient performer

Resilient performer

You’ll demonstrate that you can work under pressure. You’re determined, you get things done, and you aren’t phased by challenges, changes or ambiguity in what’s asked of you.

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Critical analyst

Critical analyst

You like to analyse and interpret problems and complex information. When it comes to finding a solution, you’ll think broadly and consider a wide number of information sources to reach your conclusions.

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Numerical interpreter

Numerical interpreter

You’ll also demonstrate that you can understand the story behind facts and figures. You can use numerical skills to solve a problem, and you can use numerical data to build a narrative and understand a subject.

What’s involved?

1. Register your interest

All you have to do to begin with is research which role suits your skills and ambitions, and then tell us you’re interested. That’s it. Give us a few basic details, helping us make sure we’re doing everything we can do to encourage diversity, and we’ll get back in touch to let you know what happens next.

2. Business Insight Stage 1

This is our first proper introduction to your skills, at which time you'll be immersed into a realistic but fictitious business scenario. This will give you a real insight into the work you’ll do with us, helping you to understand our industry and how you can add value. This stage will assess the full range of your strengths, values and cognitive abilities.

During the video you watch we’ll ask you some questions that start to uncover your strengths and abilities. It's not a timed activity and will take you around 35-40 minutes to complete. You’ll hear from us shortly after with constructive strengths-based feedback.

Before you begin the assessment process we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the types of questions you may be presented with.

Please click through to http://practice.cappassessments.com/ if you wish to progress. 

3. Business Insight Stage 2

During this next stage the business scenario you're presented with will delve a bit deeper into the business area you’re applying to. You’ll be asked specific questions relating to a project, and you’ll receive tasks that will reflect the type of work undertaken by our graduates.

Unlike other assessments you might have tried our innovative platform means that this isn’t just an exercise in seeing how fast you can type. You’ll tackle multiple choice questions and be given a platform to record video responses too. This way we can get a fairer impression of how you work and what motivates you.

Although this stage is timed it shouldn't take more than 45 minutes.

4. Barclays Business Meeting

This is the final stage of our process. We don’t want it to be intimidating and don't spread it out over the course of multiple days. In fact it'll take between 3.5-5 hours depending on how you like to work.

Depending on the stream you’ve applied to you’ll take on an immersive challenge related to your chosen area. The task will be designed not just to test your strengths but to also to get you ready to dive straight in. During the task you’ll pick up vital skills that you’ll need for any of our graduate programmes.

5. Offer or feedback

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations are in order. If we make you an offer, the next step is on-boarding and we’ll be in touch to arrange that. If we can’t take you on this time though, our process should give you the constructive feedback to help you find a role in the future.

We want this process to have real value for everyone, so as well as a personalised report, you’ll even be offered a feedback coaching call, if you reach this final stage. That means that if you’re unsuccessful, you have a strong idea of how to improve, giving you a head start on finding your future role.

How can you prepare?

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Think about what drives you

Think about what drives you

Remember our interviews are strengths-based. Rather than just asking what you’ve done, we want to know what you love to do and what drives you – even if you haven’t had much experience of it. So before your interviews, think about what you really enjoy doing, and what you’re like at your best. What are your proudest achievements? What excites you about this role? What makes your mindset right for our business?

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Be ready for a range of questions

Be ready for a range of questions

At your strengths-based interview, we’ll ask you a wide variety of question types, some of them a little different from what you might have found elsewhere. Rather than being asked to speak at length on only a handful of questions, expect a faster pace with us – with more quick-fire questions and the chance to express how you feel about different tasks and activities.

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Listen to your brief

Listen to your brief

There are no hidden surprises to our exercises. At every step, from the first to the final stage, you’ll have a very clear brief to help you. Pay attention here, and you’ll find the perfect guidance to get started, even if you don’t have experience of the task.

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Show us the real you

Show us the real you

Both your interview and the Barclays Business Meeting are a chance to get to know more about the company and the role. If you enjoy the experience, then chances are you’ll also enjoy the role with us. At the same time, if you relax and show us what motivates you, it helps us to work out where you’d be best suited.

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