Rather than asking you to send a CV and covering letter, Barclays assesses your skills through a series of assessments and face-to-face interviews. The bank suggests that this will allow them to see an applicant’s full potential at the same time as increasing diversity.
In many ways, this makes the process a more useful one for the applicant as they are likely to complete it with an idea of what it will be like to work for the employer. The business scenarios and tasks involved at each stage will be based on the type of work you’d carry out as a graduate recruit. By assessing you this way, both you and the recruiters can see whether the company and position is a strong fit for you.
What is Barclays looking for?
Throughout the assessment process, Barclays will be looking out for particular strengths. These are:
- Agile learner: show that you’re hungry to learn more about the business and your position within it. You should develop as an employee by using what you learn, and applying your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of different situations.
- Relationship navigator: demonstrate your ability to build strong relationships across teams, businesses and geographic areas. You should be willing to learn from and work with others.
- Team collaborator: prove that you can be a leader and make valid contributions. You should be able to identify the strengths of team members and utilise them where they will be most useful.
- Resilient performer: show that you can get things done under pressure and you approach challenges with a positive mindset.
- Critical analyst: when it comes to finding a solution, you’ll consider a wide number of information sources to reach strong conclusions.
- Numerical interpreter: demonstrate your ability to work with numbers – in order to solve problems and as a basis from which you can build your own and other people’s understanding of a subject.
1. Register your interest
You’ll choose the role that suits your skills and ambitions, as well as providing some basic details.
2. Business Insight Stage 1
Through a video, you'll be immersed in a realistic but fictitious business scenario. This will give you an insight into the work you’ll do with the bank. Through questions, your strengths, values and cognitive abilities will be examined.
To prepare for this part of the process, carry out some research focused on the values of the company. Watching videos of graduates on the Barclays website and the early careers and graduates Facebook page will give you an insight into experiences of new recruits and allow you to start thinking about the kinds of scenarios you may be faced with. However, don’t worry too much about anticipating this; try to stay calm and respond in a way that demonstrates some of the strengths listed above.
3. Business Insight Stage 2
During this next stage, you’ll be asked specific questions relating to a project and will receive tasks that reflect the type of work undertaken by Barclays’ graduates. You’ll answer multiple choice questions and be given a platform to record video responses.
Try to make sure you keep the wider context of the business scenario in mind when answering questions and completing tasks. The information you’re provided with is intended to improve your ability to make considered and well-reasoned responses/decisions. Doing so will show recruiters that you can be a critical analyst.
4. Barclays Business Meeting
On their website, Barclays reassures candidates that this stage of the process is ‘not intended to be intimidating’. You’ll take on an immersive challenge related to your chosen area.
In preparation for this task, you should try to find out as much as you can about the particular scheme you’re applying to. Getting into contact with someone who works in the area (whether for Barclays or another company) and asking about the skills required and their day-to-day responsibilities, will give you a good insight. Your university’s career service might be able to help you find a suitable person. Our articles on networking should provide you with more guidance.
5. Offer or feedback
If you don’t receive an offer, try to take confidence from the fact that you made it this far. Use the experience and feedback to support you when it comes to future applications, assessment centres and interviews. As well as a personalised report, Barclays will offer you a feedback coaching call.