About Barclays

The Barclays Group offer a range of jobs within three core areas: Investment Bank, Personal and Corporate Banking and Business Functions. Barclays graduate programmes, Barclays internships and Barclays school leavers schemes (apprenticeships/ sponsored degree and certificate programmes), as well as experienced or lateral hires are found across all three areas.The various strands of the Barclays graduate scheme are the biggest recruitment with 250 new arrivals each year. Whilst recruitment will differ for the different recruitment levels and also within the graduate scheme itself, on this page we have set out the recruitment process for the Barclays graduate scheme, and other applicants will find the relevant sections useful.

The 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 you have participated in. Applicants will be able to select options from a series of drop-down menus, and add additional information they deem useful in predetermined areas. There are some competency questions to answer in this section of the application process and you will be asked to complete them in fewer than 300 words. The point of these questions is to find out if you possess the core values that Barclays look for in their candidates. These values are:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Excellence
  • Stewardship

The goal of these values is to show that you see the world through the eyes of the customer making them the most important part of the process. To this end you should demonstrate and give examples of when you have shown these qualities in real life examples throughout your life. If you do well enough in this stage of the Barclays application process you will move on to the next stage, the online Barclays psychometric tests.

Barclays Online Tests

Once you have submitted your application form, some applicants can expect to be invited for a set of Barclays online psychometric tests. In the graduate schemes, these tests apply to Analyst and Quantitative Associate applicants, but some experienced hire applicants can expect tests during their recruitment process as well. Tests are provided by CEB’s SHL,and 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.

The tests are:

  • Either a numerical reasoning or a logical reasoning test (depends on role you are applying to)
  • Situational judgement test
  • Occupational personality test

Barclays Numerical Test

The Barclays numerical test assesses your ability to work with information provided in numerical formats such as graphs, tables or charts. In order to answer 35 multiple choice questions in 35 minutes you have to 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 strands of work, the Barclays numerical reasoning test is a challenging test.

Taking practice tests will help you gain confidence ahead of taking the test, improve your speed and accuracy, and ultimately lead to a better score. Prepare for your Barclays numerical test with our SHL-style numerical reasoning practice pack.

Barclays Logical Reasoning test

Some applicants may be asked to sit a Barclays logical or inductive reasoning test. This test assesses your logic skills without words or numbers, instead using shapes and patterns to identify your ability to see patterns and use them to solve problems. If you have received an invitation to the Barclays numerical reasoning test, you will not receive an invitation to sit this test. In this test you are given 25 minutes to answer 24 questions. Prepare for this test with our SHL-style inductive reasoning test practice packs.

Barclays Situational Judgement Test

The Barclays situational judgement test is a multi media test setting out 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 your fit to Barclays’ values and to the skills needed for the job you are applying to, and the test has been specially designed for Barclays. In order to prepare for this test, you need to read the company’s values as well as the job description. Enhance this preparation by taking our situational judgement tests practising answering questions with your “work hat” on.

Barclays Personality test

The Barclays personality test is a 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.

The 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.