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Barclays Interview Questions & Reviews in London, England

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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Corporate Banking Interview

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London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Barclays in December 2012.

Interview Details – Phone interview for the corporate banking (Risk) graduate scheme. Fairly standard questions including ....why Barclays? Why Barclays Corporate? Why Risk? What is the difference between Barclays Corporate and other parts of the company.

Interview Question – Give an example of a time when you came across a problem working within a team, and what did you do to overcome this problem.   Answer Question

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Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Barclays in February 2014.

Interview Details – online application, 60min assessment on verbal and numerical reasoning (not very complex, simple spreadsheet work mixed with translating graphs into factual statements - all multiple choice), then 1.5hr interview at next stage

Interview Question – nothing unexpected - only advice I'd give is to prepare lots of examples for each of the competencies (they tell you beforehand which ones you'll be asked about)   Answer Question

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Client Services Interview

Client Services
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Barclays in January 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online through their portal, told application received.
2 weeks later email from HR inviting me to their head office for testing.
Testing lasted 45 minutes at 8am, very easy if you are british, not easy if foreign. (Numerical test is how do you write figures into numbers e.g. one thousand six hundred and twenty four dollars and ninety cents - $1,624.99. Reasoning test is reading a paragraph and saying what is true, false or unanswerable. English test is spelling e.g. what is the same as 'wave of water' currant or current. 4th test is speed/accuracy - you are given two sheets of paper with the same 40 lines, in some lines there are mistakes on sheet B which are not on sheet A, you need to circle these). Like I said, very easy testing.
When you pass this, you are invited to a 5 minute call with someone from the language you speak i.e. French, a French lady from France will call you for a quick chat just to test your French.
When you pass this, you are invited to a competency based interview with the future manager.
This is very easy, just remind yourself of their competencies, values and use the STAR formation to answer.

Interview Question – Tell me a time you made a decision you regret.
Tell me a time you made an ambitious goal.
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Reason for Declining – Pay was too low and hours were too early.

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Accepted Offer

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Managing Director Interview

Managing Director
London, England (UK)

I applied through other source and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Barclays in February 2010.

Interview Details – very thorough multi-part competency interviews (over 10 hours worth) give the bank a good chance to assess you and for you to judge your future colleagues. Competencies include control environment, communication skills, technical and business skills. These are followed by a detailed biographical interview (similar to CIDS). Interviewers will be peers and seniors from across the bank (not just the division you are joining)

Interview Question – explain how you will make your mark in such a large bank undergoing tough changes   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – push back on the first offer and see if you can get more. each grade has a pay band which they won't exceed as there is a large element of variable reward

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Client Service Executive Interview

Anonymous Employee
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Barclays in March 2010.

Interview Details – Skills test to hit bench mark for interview
Competency interview questions based around call centre and servicing skills
Soft skills mean a lot, as well as previous experience
Reviewing the Barclays values
Examples of scenarios to Barclays Values
What do you know about Barclays?
Previous experience within Business or Corporate Banking

Interview Question – Show an example where you went the extra mile for a client?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Offered you a non-negotiable salary, swiftly set up pension benefits and references

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Human Resources Director Interview

Anonymous Employee
London, England (UK)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Barclays in October 2010.

Interview Details – Contacted on the basis of recommendation by another Barclays director who I ghad worked with before in another blue chip. Invited to an exploratory discussion and then followed up with in depth interviews with 6 of the associated leadership team. Then attended an occupational psychologist half day session, psychometrics and final interview with Group HRD

Interview Question – What so you think you can bring to this role and the challenge involved ?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Yes able to negoitate cover for lost benefits , options , golden hallo etc when leaving previous employer

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Compliance Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee
London, England (UK)

I applied online - interviewed at Barclays in July 2013.

Interview Details – Online Test- verbal and logical reasoning; Telephone Interview- Competency based questions and 'Why you would like to join Barclays?' 'Why banking?' 'Why Compliance?' 'What are the recent changes in regulation?'; Assessment Centre- 1xgroup exercise (ranking emails in order of importance), 1xindividual exercise (case study and presentation), 1xcompetency based interview.

Interview Question – Recruiters are extremely nice, they want to get the best out of you. So, Dont worry ;)   Answer Question

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Product Manager Interview

Product Manager
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Barclays in May 2009.

Interview Details – joined as a graduate trainee. standard test and assessment day with other candidates

Interview Question – interview was not difficult if you were well prepared.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – none as i joined as graduate trainee

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Accepted Offer

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IT Project Manager Interview

IT Project Manager
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Barclays in February 2009.

Interview Details – Needed concise two page CV to get to interview stage. First interview was one hour in London followed by whole day second interview. Went through my entire employment history - why did I take a job or why did I leave a job. What did I think of each boss. What did my peers and team members think of me. What were my successes and what about failures. What lessons did I learn from failures.

Interview Question – What are your weaknesses?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – A littel bit on the salary.

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Internal Audit Interview

Internal Audit
London, England (UK)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Barclays in May 2010.

Interview Details – Long and fastidious. However go through all aspect of professional ability

Negotiation Details – salary was good no need to negotiate

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