Baillie Gifford & Co

Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"I would not worry too much about preparing for an algorithms and data structures style technical interview. Definitely be ready to talk about programming, why you enjoy it and what projects you have worked on. Enthusiasm and curiosity goes a long long way."
Entry level, Edinburgh
"I was pleasantly surprised by the interview process at Baillie Gifford. There were no trick questions and I felt like the format of the interviews got the best out of me. The interviewers wanted to know about me and why I thought I'd be a good fit for the scheme and the firm. I'd say don't worry about industry knowledge; just focus on you and the choices you've made to date. Think about how your values align with the company."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"I submitted a CV and covering letter for my application before going for two rounds of interviews. Be honest as there is a preference for people who are different and interesting."
Entry level, Edinburgh
"I submitted my covering letter and CV directly to Baillie Gifford via the careers website and had two interviews after that. I would recommend that candidates know their CVs inside out and form their views on various current affairs (be willing to change those views if needed). I also think that the interviews are more likely to turn out better if candidates enter with the objective to debate and learn, rather than to impress."
Mid level, Edinburgh

2015

"Being confident and well rehearsed in presentation and interviews would be a good starting point. A general knowledge of the business in terms of the service it offers to clients and its perceived culture. Remember that candidates are being assessed at all stages of the process."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"Read fund fact-sheets/updates on the Baillie Gifford website to get a flavour for the different investment styles and product areas that the company offers."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"Candidates should try to get as much information about the company as they can."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"I recommend candidates use their interview questions as prompts to tell a story which highlights their independence, clarity, depth, and quality of thought. I would recommend candidates not just 'answering' the questions, but rather trying to use the questions to tell a story that they have roughly conceived before entering the interview."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"Research the company's structure, what their business plan is and the technologies that they use."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"I would recommend researching the company. The company culture is hugely important and it is important that this is understood before the interview. I would suggest researching exactly the role you have applied for. It is essential to understand exactly why this role/position suits you. If you understand the requirements of the role, you will be able to market yourself as the right candidate."
Graduate, Edinburgh
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