I applied online and interviewed at Barclays Capital.
Interview Details – Applied online and networked with college alumni. Application was a long process. Asked three questions that took about 300 words to answer. Among them were: why investment banking, a recent banking news, and what differentiates Barclay's. Got called back for 2 interviews. Were mostly fit questions. They asked you to walk through a DCF.
Interview Question – Walking through a DCF in a detailed manner. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Barclays Capital in August 2013.
Interview Details – Contacted to attend an info session of a resume drop. Info session was followed by networking, and from the networking they selected candidates for an interview - mine ended up being by phone due to location.
Interview Question – Tell me more about X. Every question was tailored to my resume. Completely behavioral. Answer Question
Interviewed at Barclays Capital
Interview Details – First went through a personal interview, then a phone interview. Was then flown up to NY and had a dinner one evening, then 5 interviews the next day. One interview was a case study.
Interview Question – Many behavioral questions. Most of the technical questions came from the case study. Know your fundamentals in accounting. Also be sure to know why investment banking. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Barclays Capital.
Interview Details – Started with phone interview, then in office "Superday"
Interview Question – Tell me what other business Barclays is currently involved with and describe a few of them. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 7 months - interviewed at Barclays Capital in June 2013.
Interview Details –
Summer 2012 - First round is a phone interview, followed by a video conference w/ someone based in UK. Video conversation went well. I'm invited back 4 more times to meet w/ NYC department staffers and 1 more video conference. I'm there a total of 4-5 appointments and make it into final rounds.
There are a couple hiccups in terms of HR interview organization. Once the video link person I was to interview with forgot about the meeting and I was sent away to reschedule. Once the person I did meet w/ was not who I expected. And once I expected to meet w/ 1:1 and it was a panel of 3:1.
Following week I get a call from the HR director who advises this role has been shelved as the very senior dept head is no longer w/ the firm (verified). It's explained there is a lot of restructuring going on. Barclays will keep me in mind for other open opportunities. HR person is very nice and apologies profusely.
While I'm interview for this role, my perm situation is ending. As a result of this opportunity at Barclays not working out, I take a temp to perm spot at another firm.
Now: Feb 2013: I randomly get a call from the same/original HR rep. They'd like to see me again and think I would be a good fit for another role that is open. Great. I'm excited and glad they've called back (the original situation ended by chance and I had no negative feelings toward them).
I attend this "second situation" interview w/ the same 2 HR people I originally met. Nothing in my background has changed aside from my most recent temp to perm spot (it's not going perm - as original staffer will return to work).
Interview starts off well with soft questions, glad I'm back, what have I been doing since, why am I not taking my current temp-perm situation as a perm job, etc.
Then the discussion goes off the deep end... Why am I here? (? you called me back after 6 months), what are my job expectations? Can I explain the exact circumstances of how my last perm spot ended? Who released me? (they wanted a name). It was someone "imported" from another office to release many of us that day. I didn't know this person aside from a name on a business card. Who is doing the job now? (no one - the role was eliminated).
Was there someone who could verify how many people were let go at that time? I was told 30% reductions in a 2 week period by the person who released me. How can I verify this? How did I leave my work projects upon departure? Who is doing the job now? (no one).
The line of questioning was very bizarre and I didn't have some of the answers they were looking for. I could provide referrals and references. I once replied "I don't have that information but can refer you to someone who may". I remained very calm about it but the line of questioning was a pointed attempt to belittle my last position and potentially get me to reveal I was released due to any other reason but "mass/group layoffs". Admittedly I knew my previous company was in trouble and was expecting an end. None of these very specific questions regarding my release had come up in the first set of interviews 6 months previous.
I'm told that w/ my "background" of recent "inconsistent" work that I'm really not a good match (you called me back in here?!) and they'd have a difficult time placing me in a perm role... Am I open to temp to perm. Yes. In the course of 2 minutes I went from a candidate who was previously considered and in final rounds for a very senior role, to one that would be "a hard sell" (to various departments) even as a temp in a floater pool admin situation. What?
I have 15 years of exec level experience behind me... It was a total disaster. Not sure what went wrong (again YOU called ME). I was eager for the discussion to end as it was very negative toward me. Were they trying to fill a very jr spot w/ a senior person and this was their intro? Tear you down then offer you something/anything? They had my current CV. I'm not sure why they wasted my time or theirs.
At the end they offered to keep me on their books for other junior roles but I shouldn't expect a call. I didn't expect a call and never got one. It was all very bizarre and I felt treated poorly. I rode the subway home in tears and I'm not an emotional person. I left feeling like "what just happened here?".
Interview Question – Many questions about my "release" from the last role. Who released me? Why? How many others same day and can this number be verified? Who is doing the job now? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Barclays Capital in June 2013.
Interview Details –
1st round phone screening
2nd round Market Risk group head
3rd round three one-on-one interviews
I was asked questions not remotely related to the position. Probably they wanted to test how I reacted. The in person interviews are generally half an hr each but they could extend to 2 hours
Interview Question – Correlations Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Barclays Capital in April 2013.
Interview Details –
I received an email from corporate recruiter after my online application and set up a call for a phone screening. The job was located in NYC but the hiring manager was located in England.
The whole experience was awkward as he was 15 mins late (which he apologized for) and had a really thick Indian accent and I had to make him repeat himself so many times during the call. On the top his accent, since the call is scheduled on a Friday afternoon EST and that corresponds to Friday night in England, his tone was a bit unwilling and forced to do this.
The technical questions were straight forward and there were some behavioral questions and some of them I could not understand at all.
We had to stop at some point since it was obvious this was not gonna work.
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected....Questions around Agile, Java, and Behaviral Answer Question
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Barclays Capital in April 2013.
Interview Details – I am from a target school so Barclays recruits directly on campus. I have a solid group of mentors that have interned and currently work at the firm. Already having heard a great deal of information on the internship experience at Barclays, the people, the office, etc. I decided during my junior fall that I was going to apply. I reached out to my mentors to coordinate a visit with the HR department. During my winter break, I spent an entire day at the firm. I met as many people as I could from all different divisions...I-banking, S&T, Syndicate, back office, etc. I established a great deal of e-mail contacts with members of the firm. This is when I realized how networking intensive breaking in to wall-street really is. To get that first interview, to make sure that the HR department gives your resume a second look, you really need to get your name out there. Once back on campus, I attended various networking sessions with the firm--coffee chats, formal presentation, etc. I made sure I always spoke with the campus recruiter. I also made sure to continue keeping contact with the analysts that I had met over break. They offered to look at my resume and really helped me prepare myself for the formal application submission. Sometime in the middle of January, I received an email that I'd been selected for a first round interview. The first round was pretty easy. The interview was very behavioral. I got the run of the mill questions: Tell me about yourself why investment banking, 3 strengths, what's your greatest weakness? I also received very market centered questions like so "what have you been following in the markets". The key to nailing an interview is to really just know yourself well. That sounds so easy, but as I'll explain in a bit, i actually messed this up in my final round. You really need to know how you are trying to market yourself. Especially in my case, I am not a econ major, or an engineering major. As a public policy major, the interviewer really wanted to know why do you want to slave away this summer instead of working on something more applicable to policy? To answer the market questions, I not only described WSJ articles that I had read, but I tied them to my interests in policy and my family. The interviewer also asked about basic corporate valuation methods and asked me if I could explain to her what a DCF was. She then gave me a question that required me to apply my knowledge of financial statements. I do not remember it exactly, but she asked me something along the lines of if I would invest in a company given their weak balance sheet, but strong potential for growth. The final round consisted of two 30-minute interviews, each with 1 MD. One was an alum of my school while the other was not. Both interviews were very behavioral. This followed suit of my first round interview. Although, they dug deeper into the less noticeable parts of my resume. I was asked the same questions about valuing a corporation. One interviewer asked me how I would value a supermarket. The key is to really not get overwhelmed and just throw out all that you know and ask questions to obtain more information. The right questions and and an accurate description of the methods will ensure the interviewer that you know what you're talking about. The people I met at Barclays throughout the process were awesome. The office has a very college feel to it. I visited at a less formal time around the holidays so think less suits, but still bright "fratty" colors. I believe this has roots in the ex-bearstern culture. The interviewers were really personable and although things didn't work out, I really enjoyed the process.
Interview Question –
"Say two companies had very similar balance sheets. One is valued higher than the other. Why could this be?"
"How would you value a supermarket?" I explained exactly what I read from the vault guides. I explained how I would value it with multiple methods. I touched upon which method would give me the highest valuation, and which sets the floor (LBO). I then explained how I would value it using a DCF, how I would examine previous transactions, etc. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Barclays Capital in March 2013.
Interview Details –
The application was a long and detailed one.They ask questions initially to screen your interest in investment banking and finance field.Then if you get selected,will call you for an in person interview(as in my case ) because Barclays was recruiting on campus for me.
Two interviews were conducted withing a time frame of an hour-1.Technical interview 2.HR interview
Interview Question – Few codes which I couldn't recollect at the moment in technical round. Answer Question
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