All candidates applying to Barclays who successfully pass their application screening, will then be required to take psychometric tests supplied by a well-known company: SHL.
Depending on the business area and position, the tests you are required to take may differ. Typically, you will be asked to complete the following tests as part of this stage:
- Barclays Numerical Reasoning Test
- Barclays Logical Reasoning Test
- Barclays Situational Judgement Test
- Barclays Occupational Personality Test
Our experts at Graduates First have designed the same tests for SHL in the past and so by practicing sample tests prepared by them, you can get a similar experience to help you prepare for the real thing.
Barclays Numerical Reasoning Test
In this aptitude test, you will be given a few passages with tables, charts and other types of data presentation. Your task will be to quickly analyse the information and answer a series of questions.
Do not worry if Maths is not your strong suit! Just make sure to do a quick recap of basic GCSE calculations, such as ratios, percentages and reading data off charts. People only find Barclays’ Numerical Reasoning Test difficult because of the time pressure and stress involved – not the knowledge tested. You will have to solve 35 questions and will be allocated (on average) less than a minute to answer each one!
Tip #4: You need to be able to control your stress and time pressure. One of the best ways to achieve this is through numerical test practice in a safe environment, before your real aptitude assessment.
- For more hints on how to pass a numerical reasoning test, visit our Youtube channel
Learn more about numerical reasoning tests
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- If you are just looking for more information, make sure you check out our SHL numerical reasoning page to get more insights
Barclays-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example
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Barclays Logical Reasoning Test
- This test will not examine any particular area of your knowledge. This time you will be presented with 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements, and then will be asked to identify the right pattern to determine what comes next in the sequence.
- The main difficulty the logical reasoning test, often referred to as a diagrammatic reasoning test, is that there is no pre-requisite knowledge required and there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be; both two- and three-dimensional shapes will differ in: size, arrangement, movements and colours.
- However, is does not have to be as difficult as it seems. By having a look at Barclays-style logical reasoning tests offered by GF, you will get familiar with the format of the questions and the level of difficulty. A lot of patterns are repetitive and follow similar logic, so by practicing you will grow in confidence and be better-suited to take your real test.
- If you are looking for a Barclays-style logical reasoning test with answers, worked-solutions, progress tracking and professional score reports including personalised tips based on your performance, then GF has it covered.
- Learn more about logical reasoning tests
- For more hints on how to pass a logical reasoning test, visit our Youtube channel
Barclays-style Logical / Diagrammatic Reasoning Test Example
In the example above, you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:
- the arrow moves around the diagram
- shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
- the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer! There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.
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Barclays Situational Judgement Test
- The Barclays Situational Judgement Test will examine your main characteristics and skills in dealing with unknown life situations that you are likely to encounter when working for the bank. This test is designed to check if you suit the core values that Barclays are looking for. These were described in the first section of this article.
Tip #5: Remember those traits and values we covered in Tips #2 and #3? Memorise them! Although this test can be difficult due to the answer options all seeming plausible, you need to differentiate between which are practical, and which options are likely to be desired by Barclays – based on the traits and values they’re looking for.
Tip #6: It’s also a good idea to be aware of Barclays’ organisational culture. Employee review websites such a Glassdoor or Quora can be great to get a sense of an organisation’s culture. For instance, if Barclays expect you to be a team-worker, it’s probably not a good idea to say you would dump all your work onto another person in a tight situation. Instead, you may choose to delegate a small part of work to a colleague if this seems like the option closely resembling what they are looking for. Similarly, if you are expected to go above and beyond at Barclays, it’s best to select the response that demonstrates just that, rather than one where you decide to not undertake an additional training course, for instance.
The Barclays Situational Judgement Test will be a multimedia version of a scenario like the one below. Typically, Barclays will present the scenario in a video format, and candidates will then be asked to answer questions in response to the scenario. Response formats may be video-based or in the form of multiple choice options.
Barclays-style Situational Judgement Test Example
Barclays Occupational Personality Test
This is another type of psychometric test that examines your ability to fit into the specific role you applied to, and how well you align with the work culture at the bank. You will be asked to identify statements that describe you best. However, often you will be required to allocate a specific amount of points between many desirable qualities. In this exercise, you will be faced with a challenge to priorities your key skills and competencies.
Tip#7: Do not try to manipulate your responses, as these tests are designed to flag up any inconsistencies. Be honest with your answers, but just bear in mind that some of your qualities or skills might be more appropriate than others to be demonstrated for this specific job.
- If you are just looking for more information on Barclays’ SHL tests, make sure you check out our CEB SHL situational judgement test to get more insights.
- The occupational personality tests vary in their structure and design, but most of them will follow the format presented below
Barclays-style Occupational Personality Test Example
GF offers a test similar to the Barclays Occupational Personality Test – we call it the Work Personality Questionnaire. Try it out.