Barclays Investment Interview Questions

Updated Jul 27, 2015
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    Applications Support Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Barclays Investment (Newark, NJ) in February 2010.

    Interview

    selection procedure was not known. was a tough one. The Microsoft staffer talked to me first on the phone, about my projects, goals, Microsoft, the Live Search team, and how interested I was. He then setup a phone screen with the development lead of the team I was interviewing for, which was to take place about a week later. This phone call was postponed because of a meeting at Microsoft, and I actually did it a few days later than planned. No big deal for me, though it was a little hectic because family was visiting and I didn’t want to discuss my interviewing with them at this point.

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    Analyst Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Barclays Investment in April 2010.

    Interview

    Interviews consisted of telephone interview with technical tests (starting easy and progressing through to detailed and difficult areas), followed by in-person interviews with potential colleagues and senior staff to director level. Areas covered were the usual suspects - previous experience, talking about difficult situations and how one handled them, technical issues and how they were overcome.

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    • Talk about a difficult work situation and how you met the challenge it brought.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Barcap will not negotiate on rate in my experience.

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    Human Resources Graduate Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Barclays Investment (London, England (UK)) in December 2010.

    Interview

    I passed 4 different rounds of tests consisting of numerical tests, verbal reasoning tests, personality tests and a test to assess my values and priorities related to work. I passed all of them and they invited me to a phone interview which lasted 50 minutes. The intreviewer sounded like a recorded tape or like a robot. She was just reading the questions and typing the answers with no interaction between us. Because there was no reaction of her side I couldn't tell how I did. She was asking me competency questions and very very detailed examples. Mostly she asked for leadership skills , pro activity, initiative, hard work, ability to take tough decisions and many details about Barclays' products. I didn't make to the last round which was the assessment centre, and my feedback was that I didn't show enthusiasm for the role and the company. This particular recruiter though made my interview experience with Barclays, the one I enjoyed the least.

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    • What was the harshest decision you had to take so far?   Answer Question
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    Technology Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Barclays Investment (Singapore (Singapore)) in February 2011.

    Interview

    The phone interview was about my knowledge of the financial world. After that there was an interview at the assessment center which was about detailed questions about my resume. Then there was a group activity in which we had to follow instructions given by a lady and there were two guys observing us all the time. We worked in a group of 4 for this activity.

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    • You have 5 minutes what would you do among the following list?   Answer Question
    • If you are interested in saving the environment, why do you want to work for a bank?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No. Do not try to negotiate on salary or vacation period.

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    Graduate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Barclays Investment (Sydney (Australia)) in April 2011.

    Interview

    After the online application you get automatically approved to an online numbers exam, which if you score sufficiently turns into a word reasoning test. 3 interviews, each on different sections, one on the current market, one on accounting/finance, and the other on me as a person.

    Interview Questions

    • None, all very standard if you are prepared. Know the market!   Answer Question
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    Trading Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Barclays Investment (London, England (UK)) in October 2012.

    Interview

    This was for a summer position in the London office. The day consisted of a group based trading game in which we traded on the expected market value against 3 other teams. After this we had a number of interviews which ranged from 2-7 and you could of obtained more if you networked. The interviews were mainly all brainteaser and competency based. I had no technical questions however I know a few other people who got quite a few.

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    Quantitative Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Barclays Investment in February 2011.

    Interview

    1 phone interview 1 AC, including 1 programming test, 1 math test, and 1 paper summarizing exercise, and 3 seperate math interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • math question on probability and independent variables   Answer Question
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    Finance Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Barclays Investment.

    Interview

    - Standard Psychometric tests and competency based application form - Followed by Phone Interview which was "Strengths-Based", lots of weird questions about being inclusive in the office and moral codes.

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    • Tell me about a time you confronted someone who was cheating?   Answer Question
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    Credit Risk Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Barclays Investment (Glasgow, Scotland (UK)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online, had an online numerical test followed by a telephone interview. Walked through my CV, asked about college assignments related to credit risk and any knowledge I had about credit risk. Called for an assessment centre then 3 competence and technical interviews, a values interview and a case study which was mental math based. Good experience, expecting to hear back this week.

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    • Tell me about a time when you failed and how did you rectify it?   Answer Question
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    Equity Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Barclays Investment (New York, NY) in January 2013.

    Interview

    60% time was spent on fit questions. Walk me through your resume, followed by specific questions to each experience. Some basic accounting questions, nothing beyond WSO guide. Stock pitch was met with lots of questions, including assumptions. Be prepared

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