Get your job with Barclays first time. Follow proven recommendations and tips from a team of organizational psychologists and recruiters at Graduates First to pass Barclays aptitude tests, interviews and the assessment centre.

In the article below, we will provide you with a step-by-step overview of and the best tips to successfully pass the Barclays recruitment process.

Barclays is a British multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in the UK. Its operations range from retail, wholesale, investment banking, wealth management and mortgage lending.

It employs 130,000 people and competition for its jobs and internships is very fierce. Barclays is a popular destination for graduate and professional positions, attracting thousands of applicants each year. People applying to Barclays all have excellent grades and skills – therefore you need to differentiate yourself from the crowd!

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Barclays job application and assessment process is divided into 4 stages:

  1. Barclays Online application form
  2. Barclays Online aptitude tests
  3. Barclays First-round interview
  4. Barclays Final interview

STEP 1

Barclays online
application form

  • Once you have decided on the position you want to apply for, you will need to fill in the online application form. You will be required to provide details of your education history and academic results, relevant work experience and possibly answer some short competency questions.
    • Try to refer to the key values that Barclays search for:
    • Respect
    • Integrity
    • Service
    • Excellence
    • Stewardship
  • Tip: always aim to apply as early as possible – often candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis which could significantly increase your chances. Remember to double-check the application form for any mistakes.
  • The application form will provide a basis for any future references, so be ready to spend some extra time to make sure that the information you provide reflects not only you as a person, but also as a candidate that Barclays are looking for.

STEP 2

Barclays online
aptitude tests

  • 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! All you will need is a quick recap of basic GCSE calculations, such as ratios, percentages and reading data off charts. Barclays’ numerical reasoning test is difficultnot because of the knowledge tested, but because of the time pressure and stress. You will have to solve 35 questions and will be allocated (on average) less than a minute to answer each one!

Tip: You need to be able to control your stress and time pressure. The only way 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
  • If you are looking for a Barclays-style numerical reasoning practice test with answers, worked-solutions, progress tracking and professional score reports, including personalised tips based on your performance – then Graduates First has it covered. Take a test now!
  • If you are just looking for more information, make sure you check out our CEB SHL numerical reasoning page to get more insights.

Barclays-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Barclays-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Barclays-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

  • Check if you got the correct answer at the bottom of the page.
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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 Graduates First, 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 Graduates First 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

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.
  • Got the answer? Check it out at the bottom of the page.

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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 Barclays. 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.
  • This test is especially difficult because all answers will seem like appropriate options. They will all have some good qualities – so what you need to do is differentiate between which are practical and desired by Barclays.
  • The real Barclays Situational Judgement Test will be a multimedia version of a scenario like the one below.

Barclays-style Situational Judgement Test Example

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 Barclays. 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: 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.
  • Learn more about the SHL CEB – Occupational Personality Questionnaire 
  • If you are just looking for more information on Barclays’ CEB 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

Barclays-style Occupational Personality Test Example

GF offers tests similar to the Barclays-Occupational Personality Questionnaire test; this is called the Work Personality Questionnaire. Try it out.

 

STEP 3

Barclays First Round
Interview

  • If you have successfully passed through the online aptitude tests stage, you will be invited to a first round interview – which usually takes the form of a telephone interview.
  • Each of your answers should follow a STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) model, in which you need to refer to each of the four points mentioned above; explain what the particular situation was, what task you were faced with, what action you took and what the result Before your interview, think of a few situations from your personal, professional or student life that can be presented using a full STAR model.
  • Be familiar with Barclays’ corporate culture; this way you can accommodate your answers to show that you appreciate and align with the company’s mission.
  • Your interview will be competency based (CBI). Be prepared to talk about specific times when you proved to possess certain skills: determination, teamwork, leadership skills, etc. Think about your previous projects and experiences – from your professional, academic or private life.
  • You can also be asked some technical questions so you really need to know more about financial services and Barclays’ position in the industry
  • Tip: it is crucial to present a number of different examples from your experiences. Do not get hooked on only one situation- instead prove that you are a well-rounded individual who always tried to get involved and learn more about something new.
  • Do you want more Barclays style interview questions and answers? Prepare some ideas for your answers, before your interview, by analysing the most common types of interview questions.
  • Want to know what questions could come up in your interview? Graduates First can help with our prioprietary Question Identifier Tool (QIT).

STEP 4

Barclays Final Interview

  • This is the last part of the Barclays recruitment process. You will receive an initiation to attend an interview with a senior manager or director from the business area that you applied to. This is your last chance to stand out from the competition.
  • This will also be a chance for you to ask questions and experience what working at Barclays might be like. Therefore, come equipped with some interesting thought-provoking questions, which you are likely to be able to ask at the end of your interview. You should always use this opportunity to engage in a conversation with a senior member of the team, to demonstrate your motivations and enthusiasm. Do not be afraid to ask your interviewer about their personal experiences with the company, and their career path.

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Correct answers to example questions:

Numerical Reasoning Test – D

Logical Reasoning Test – C

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