About Barclays

The Barclays Group offers a range of jobs within three core areas: Investment Banking, Personal and Corporate Banking, and Business Functions. In each of the three areas, Barclays offers graduate programmes, internships, and school-leavers schemes. The various types of Barclays graduate schemes recruit about 250 new candidates each year. Continue reading below to learn about how JobTestPrep can help you succeed in the recruitment process with our preparation packs for popular Barclays roles. 

Barclays Online Tests

Barclays' online tests consist of numerical reasoning, logical reasoning, situational judgement, and personality assessments, all provided by CEB-SHL. In the graduate schemes, these tests apply to Analyst and Quantitative Associate applicants, but some experienced hire applicants can also expect tests as a part of their recruitment processes. These tests are designed to assess your logical thinking skills, your ability to work under pressure, and your fit with Barclays and the job you have applied to. Find out more about these Barclays aptitude tests and how to prepare for them below.

Barclays Numerical Test

The Barclays numerical test assesses your ability to work with information provided in numerical formats such as graphs, tables and charts. In order to answer 35 multiple choice questions in 35 minutes, you must be able to identify the correct information and carry out calculations such as percentages, ratios, and basic arithmetic quickly and accurately. Due to the emphasis on numeracy skills for some types of work, the Barclays numerical reasoning test is challenging.

Practising for your numerical test will help give you the confidence you need to achieve a high score in the online test stage. Prepare for your Barclays numerical test with our SHL-style numerical reasoning practice pack.

Barclays Logical Reasoning test

You might be asked to sit a Barclays logical or inductive reasoning test. In this test, you are given 25 minutes to answer 24 questions. The questions are designed to assess your logical reasoning skills and your ability to detect and predict patterns. If you have received an invitation to the Barclays numerical reasoning test, you will not receive an invitation to sit this test. Prepare for this test with our SHL-style inductive reasoning test practice packs.

Barclays Situational Judgement Test

The Barclays situational judgement test contains a series of workplace-based scenarios. Your task is to choose the most appropriate response to the situation set out. The aim of this test is to assess whether you represent Barclays’ values and the skills needed for the job you are applying for, and the test has been specially designed for Barclays. In order to prepare for this test, you need to read about the company’s values and about your job description. Prepare for this test with our situational judgement tests .

Barclays Personality Test

The Barclays personality test is another psychometric test measuring your fit to the person specification for the job you are applying to. This test is CEB’s SHL’s occupational personality test (or OPQ32) which has been adapted to Barclays requirements for their workers. Once again the clues as to what they are looking for are in Barclays’ values and core competencies for staff working with them. Learn more about the OPQ32 and take practice tests showing you how to answer with our personality test package.

If you come through these Barclays psychometric tests you will be invited to book a time to have a Barclay’s telephone interview.

Barclays Application Form

The first step of the process involves completing an online questionnaire about your educational and occupational experience, and any other extra-curricular activities in which you have participated. You are asked to answer competency-based questions in this section of the application process, using fewer than 300 words. The point of these questions is to determine if you demonstrate Barclays' core values, which are comprised of the following:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Excellence
  • Stewardship

You should provide examples of when you have shown these qualities in your past professional and academic experiences. If you pass this stage, you will move on to Barclays' online testing stage.

Barclays Telephone Interview

The Barclays phone interview will be administered by an HR representative. You will be asked questions pertaining to your skill levels and why you think you are a good fit for the Barclays team. There are also some competency questions that you will have to answer. This is best done in the STAR method where you outline a real situation that you were involved in and achieved the desired result. Some example Barclays interview questions are:

  • Why do you want to work for Barclays?
  • Why that division specifically?
  • What can you bring to this role?
  • What issues are affecting the industry as a whole and Barclays more specifically?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to persuade someone to do something that they didn't want to do.
  • Tell me about a time you had to change your approach in order to explain something to someone.
  • Describe a time you encountered a problem within a team framework.

Every applicant has to go through a Barclay’s interview at some time or another, from the Barclays internship to the experienced hire. For an understanding on how best to answer these questions and how we can help you achieve your desired result, check out our interview service.