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Interview: Tips & Advice

2019

"The application process was good compared to other firms. The process was personal and you were put in touch with HR from the outset, rather than getting automated emails."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"A successful application leads to an interview and the final stage is an assessment centre for the IT, accountancy and business operations graduate programmes. The best bit of advice would be to be yourself. The company is looking for people who bring different ways of thinking and wants genuine people who are curious about the world and interested to learn. Don't get flustered if you make a mistake!"
Graduate, Edinburgh
"Explore the Baillie Gifford philosophy and process by reading on the website, the BG Trust magazine, and look into the individual teams and funds and get a sense for what they do. Also, be forthcoming in asking questions during interviews to make it more of a two-way process, find out how you yourself can add value to the company. Don't shy away from elaborating on your non-investment related experience, especially if it's something that gives you an edge in terms of your value systems or cognitive frameworks."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"The application process involved an initial face-to-face interview with HR and there's an assessment centre (for the IT, accountancy and business operations graduate programmes) after being successful on that stage. I would recommend you be yourself and shine. Remember that you're not necessarily competing with the person next to you, the likelihood is that BG is looking to fill a few places. Teamwork while playing to your best skills is a must here."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"It is a simple application process for the graduate scheme, just a cover letter and your CV. I would recommend that people are honest in their cover letter and keep it simple, explain what attracts you to BG and don't say anything that you do not really mean."
Graduate, Edinburgh
"It's a very simple, streamlined and professional process. Don't see this as a tick-box exercise, it is not about meeting certain qualities but it is about deep thinking so reflect on how you make decisions and what logic you used to apply to this job etc."
Graduate, Edinburgh

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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