Fidelity is an investment company that offers great opportunities for both graduates and interns. The Fidelity UK graduate programme contains several strands including HR, operations, technology, business management, sales and marketing to name but a few. The recruitment process for all areas is the same up until the assessment centre. Below we will set out the recruitment process stage by stage to guide you through it.

Fidelity Online Aptitude Tests

Two Fidelity online aptitude tests accompany the application form as the first stages of your recruitment process. These are a numerical reasoning test and a logical reasoning test, both provided by CEB’s SHL. Preparation for the tests is a key part of ensuring that you perform well enough in the test to progress to the next round. Find out more about these tests and how to prepare for them below.

Fidelity Numerical Test

The Fidelity numerical reasoning test assesses your ability to work with numerical information (an important skill for anyone working in the financial industry), usually provided in the form of tables, charts or graphs. Questions are multiple choice, requiring you to identify and manipulate the correct information in order to choose the correct answer. You are expected to be able to successfully calculate the four basic arithmetic functions, as well as work out percentages, ratios, or currency conversions, to name but a few.
The time limit placed on the test means that you need to be able to work quickly and accurately in order to answer even most of the questions in the test. By preparing and taking practice tests, you can reduce the time it takes you to answer each question, allowing you to answer more questions and ultimately increase your score. Prepare for this test with our SHL-style numerical reasoning test practice pack.

Fidelity Logical Reasoning Test

The Fidelity logical reasoning test is a non verbal aptitude test designed to examine how well you can identify logical patterns and use them to solve problems. In this test you are given a sequence of shapes and asked to identify the pattern connecting them in order to identify the next shape in the pattern.
Logical reasoning tests tend to be fast paced, with a very short time allocated to each question, so it is advisable to take practice tests to help you identify solving strategies in advance. Learn more about how to approach a logical reasoning test with our SHL-style logical reasoning test pack.

Fidelity Online Application

The Fidelity online application form carries a lot of weight in the recruitment process. Recruiters will refer back to the information and answers on your form again and again through the stages, so you will want to take the time and put thought into the form. The most important part of the application form is the scheme-specific competency questions. You need to answer every question fully and it is advised that you use examples from previous experience using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to ensure that you give the recruiter a full picture of your involvement.

Fidelity Telephone Interview

The Fidelity Telephone interview will usually last around 30-45 minutes. This interview, like many other Fidelity Interviews will be competency based. The interview will cover areas such as your motivation to join Fidelity and your chosen career path. They will also want to know more about your background, your key skills and examples on how your competencies fit into the programme you have applied for. JobTestPrep can help you prepare for this kind of interview with our interview preparation guide.

Fidelity Assessment Centre

By successfully getting through the Fidelity Telephone Interview you will be invited to attend the Fidelity Assessment Centre. The exact nature of your assessment centre will vary according to the business area for which you have applied, but it is usually a full day at one of their offices. There will be a good opportunity to meet the Fidelity team and learn more about the business in general and the Fidelity Graduate Scheme. The day will be tailored to the business area for which you have applied. There will be many tasks set out for you to complete during the day. These will include:

  • Presentations - You are asked to prepare a presentation ahead of the assessment centre to deliver on the day. The interviewers are looking for evidence that you have done your research about the topic and that you have made the connection between your research and the implications for Fidelity.
  • Group exercises - You can expect an exercise to work through with the other candidates at the assessment centre. The aim of this exercise is to see how you work within a team, and your ability to contribute to the group effort without taking it over. Think about your approach in advance.
  • Case studies - In this exercise you are given a situation similar to one you may come across in your everyday work life at Fidelity, and asked to prepare an exercise within that case study. Prepare for your case study with our practice pack.
  • Interviews

Fidelity Interviews

Some graduate schemes can expect an interview at both the assessment centre and at a later stage. Experienced applicants can expect more than one interview as the bulk of the recruitment process. Most of these interviews are competency based interviews. The interviewer will be looking for evidence that your knowledge and skills fit the profile of the person that they are looking for in this job. Therefore they are expecting you to show that you have researched the company and the role for which you are applying, you know the market around Fidelity, their competitors and products. Try to think outside the box, and look for different types of information.

Other questions will ask for more information about the examples you included on your application form. Review what is on there ahead of the interview. Prepare new examples rather than repeating the ones they have seen before, so that you can demonstrate depth of experience.

Once you have pulled together all of your research and ideas, your final step is to pull it all together through a mock interview. Our interview preparation service offers you personalised feedback and recommendations for improvement for your real interview.

Fidelity Interview Questions

Questions asked at Fidelity interviews in the past include:

  • Why Fidelity?
  • Why this business area?
  • What do you think is the most important skill for the job you have applied to?
  • Give me an example from your previous experience of when you have used your communication skills.
  • Tell me about your leadership skills.

In Summary

The Fidelity application process is designed to assist the recruiters in employing people who fit their workforce plans. In order to get a job with Fidelity, you need to give them what they want at each stage. The best way to do that is through preparing thoroughly for each and every assessment. In this page we have listed the tests you can expect at each stage and the resources available to you to prepare for them. We hope you have found them useful and wish you good luck.