Preparing to apply

Preparing to apply

Barclays jobs and interview tips and advice

We’ve provided some useful tips and advice to help you apply below. Plus, we have more fantastic advice, support and tools to help you on our Lifeskills site.

  • Apply

    While the application process depends on the role, there are some constants.

    You'll need to start with an online application form, and we'll ask about your contact details, education and work experience. You'ill also need to upload a CV, so it’s a good idea to have this ready.

  • Assessment

    If your application is successful you'll be invited to complete a number of online assessments or take part in a telephone interview.

    Our online assessments are carefully designed to measure the skills and capabilities you'll need to be successful in our roles, and they'll also give you an idea of what our roles involve. They usually take about an hour and you’ll always have the opportunity to practice first.

    Our telephone interviews give us the opportunity to find out more about your experience and technical skills, and give you the chance to ask us questions. They usually last about half an hour.

  • Interview

    If your telephone interview or online assessment is successful, we’ll invite you to a face-to-face interview. We want you to be free to choose an interview time that suits you, so we’ll give you some options and ask you to choose one of them online.

    At your interview, we’ll be keen to explore your motivation for the role, your fit with our values and the key skills and behaviours (competencies) you need for the role.  To find more information on Barclays competencies, download the competency definitions document relevant to the type of role you are interested in here:

    Candidate Competency Guide (BA1 – BA4) (PDF 75KB)
    Candidate Competency Guide (AVP – VP) (PDF 80KB)
    Candidate Competency Guide (Director) (PDF 75KB)
    Candidate Competency Guide (MD) (PDF 100KB)

    You can demonstrate core competencies by giving us examples of when, why and how you have used these skills in the past. This tells us that you have the potential to apply these skills if you work with us.

    Interviews for some roles might involve additional assessments - for example, role plays, case studies and presentations. We’ll only assess skills that are relevant to the role, and we'll give you a full brief beforehand that will tell you what’s going to happen.

    To help us to move your application forward quickly, bring supporting documents to your interview. You'll need your passport (which confirms you can work in the UK) and driving licence or bank statements (which verify your current address).

    Download our what to bring checklist (PDF 254KB).

  • Outcome

    If you’ve been successful at interview, we’ll ask for some additional information so that you can complete our screening process. We’ll tell you more about the screening process during the application process, as the way it works depends on your location.