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Barclays’ recruitment process explained

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.

Barclays no longer requires you to send a CV and covering letter – instead, it will assess your skills through a series of assessments and face-to-face interviews. The bank thinks that this will allow them to see an applicant’s full potential as well as increase diversity.

What has changed?

Barclays has tailored its application specifically so that getting started won’t require an unreasonable time commitment for you. Tasks will take slightly longer as you get closer to the final assessment, so that its recruiters can get to know you better, but you won’t be asked to complete hours of applications for no reward. 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 depending on the speed you like to work at. You will then receive constructive feedback. Each stage will be a chance to get to know the business and what you’ll be working on if selected.

What’s involved?

1. Register your interest

All you have to do to begin with is decide which role suits your skills and ambitions, and provide a few basic details.

2. Business Insight Stage 1

You'll be immersed in a realistic but fictitious business scenario. This will give you an insight into the work you’ll do with Barclays, helping you to understand the industry and how you can add value.

During the video you watch you will be asked some questions that start to uncover the full range of your strengths, values and cognitive abilities. It's not a timed activity and will take you around 35-40 minutes to complete. You’ll receive constructive strengths-based feedback shortly after.

3. Business Insight Stage 2

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

Unlike other assessments you might have tried, the 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. This way Barclays 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 the process. It’s not intended to be intimidating and will only take three and a half to five hours. You’ll take on an immersive challenge related to your chosen area. During the task you’ll pick up vital skills that you’ll need for any of the Barclays graduate programmes.

5. Offer or feedback

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations are in order. If Barclays can’t take you on this time, the process should give you the constructive feedback to help you find a role in the future. As well as a personalised report, you’ll even be offered a feedback coaching call.

What is Barclays looking for?

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

  • Agile learner: show that you’re hungry to learn more
  • Relationship navigator: demonstrate that you want to make strong and lasting relationships across teams, businesses and geographic areas
  • Team collaborator: prove that you can lead, make valid contributions and leverage your group’s collective expertise and skills
  • Resilient performer: show that you can get things done, even under pressure, and aren’t phased by challenges
  • Critical analyst: when it comes to finding a solution, you’ll consider a wide number of information sources to reach your conclusions
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