Barclays Internship Recruitment Process - Business Insight Assessment - Video Interview

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Hi guys,

I would like to know whether someone already experienced Barclays' new recruitment process for London IBD SA. I have been invited to a Business Insight online assessment.

Does anyone know what it is about? What kind on question I'll have? Is it SHL or Kenexa or anything else?

Thanks !!

Business Insight Video Interview / Assessment

Outlined below are the steps to apply for any division of Barclays in the Asia Pacific or Europe / Middle East division. First you need to express your interest through the Barclays website.

A key part of the of application process for Barclays is the career aptitude test which is similar to a situational judgement assessment (such as SHL or Kenexa).

Barclays Business Insight Stage 1

The first stage of the Business Insight assessment is designed to put you into a realistic business scenario and is meant to assess a candidate's strengths, values, and cognitive abilities. The assessment is untimed but will take 35 - 40 minutes to complete.

Prixn - Investment Banker:

When completing the first portion of the Business Insight you will watch a series of 2 - 3 minute situational online videos. You will rank responses to the situation on a scale of one to five. There will also be chart and quantitative analysis.

Example Questions:

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  • You have an idea but none of your colleagues support it, what do you do?
  • You are invited to a launch breakfast but your friend needs help correcting their pitchbook, what do you do?
  • Numerical questions: Examine 5 graphics (ex. charts) and answer numeric questions

When facing these questions, you will rank responses in order of importance. Barclays suggests visiting http://practice.cappassessments.com/ to practice questions that candidates might encounter.

Barclays Business Insight Stage 2

If you advance to this stage you will be tasked with a specific project that reflects the business line that you applied to. The project will be made up of tasks that reflect the type of work graduates do on the job.

Through this stage candidates will answer multiple choice questions and will record video responses. This stage should not take more than 45 minutes.

Candidates perform a variety of tasks including recording responses to questions, completing some calculations and replying to an email. To do this candidates will be given some reading material and choose a preferred response for each question.

Example Scenario Section:

  • You will be asked by hypothetical manager to give recommendations on how improve the financial stability of the bank (Video Recorded Response).
  • Next you receive an email from your colleague criticising your report and you have to respond to her by email.
  • Next another manager emails you to tell you there are lots of errors in a report, done by you and 2 other colleagues and you have to respond to him by video again.
  • Summary video response answering what you think about Barclays and the assessment process.

Barclays Super Day (Business Meeting)

This Barclays Business Meeting stage is the equivalent of a super day interview and will take place over the course of 3.5 - 5 hours. During this stage candidates will receive an "immersive" task in line with the business unit they applied to.

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Comments (51)

Sep 7, 2016

Also curious about this

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Sep 7, 2016

Just got an insight from a connection...

Basically you'll have 2/3m videos where you will be put in a situation and you Will have to rank 5 choices (the more to the less adequate). Situations are like what you get in a basic situational judgement test but they paid some actors to give you a better image of the situation
You will also have some calculations to do and chart analysis.
Difficulty : 4/5. if you think a little bit and you have already practiced some SHL/Kenexa it should be okay.

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Sep 7, 2016

Ah right thanks for that :) do you know if there is another stage of online application after the test or is it interviews?

Sep 22, 2016

Thanks Prixn! Which stage comes next of the recorded interview? How would you prepare for the recorded interview?

Sep 7, 2016

Don't know
Last year it was a video interview (recorded, like what GS does this year) instead of that and after the AC (because HRs/softwares analysed every single recorded interview)
but I think there will be a basic phone interview before the AC

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Sep 8, 2016

Hey, have any of you guys sat the video interview yet? Not sure what to expect.

Sep 7, 2016

There is a video interview after the business insight assessment ?

Sep 8, 2016

Yeah straight after the first assessment you get an email saying you have to complete a 'video interview' which is basically business insight 2. Wondering what to expect.

Sep 7, 2016

How long did you have to wait before hearing back after completing the business insight assessment?

Sep 11, 2016

Hey,
Have you found out what is this Business Insight 2 thing about? I have to sit the video interview now and I have no idea what to expect...
Thanks!

Sep 16, 2016

Hiya Just wondering if you had the video interview?

From my research it seems to be just competence questions like why Barclays why this division etc

How long did it take?

The invitation didn't give a deadline so I m a bit confused when it needs to be done

Sep 7, 2016

Maybe it's the same video interview as last year... Questions were "how did you handle with this?" "Have you ever worked in a group, what was your role?" Etc.

Sep 9, 2016

Hello, I have just applied for 2017 Markets Trading & Structuring Full Time Analyst London at Barclays. They do not ask for a CV (or I didn't see it), was it the same for you ?

Sep 7, 2016

Hi !
Yes same, they didn't ask for my CV nor my CL

Sep 16, 2016

I m trying to apply for the structuring analyst as well as I think it s a very interesting area. But have no idea if any other bank does somethings similar! Any ideas or suggestions? Ps no cv was asked

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Sep 16, 2016

Hey just wondering how was the 1st business insight assessment? Was the calculation involved difficult?

Sep 7, 2016

Nothing crazy.. Variations, differences etc... If you Can read graphs (pie, chart etc...) it will be easy

Sep 16, 2016

Thank very much!

Sep 14, 2016

Hi,how much time did you spend on the questions ?Because I have attempted it without receiving a link for stage 2

Sep 14, 2016

Hey guys,
I did not receive an email after the numerical tests completion, does it mean im out or does it take few days to get a reply?

Sep 14, 2016

I am also wondering. Because I haven't also received a stage 2 email

Sep 16, 2016

Please let me know too. Finished Business Insights 1, and am waiting for the rejection/invitation to Stage 2.
Does anyone know what will happen if we try to apply to multiple locations?

Sep 22, 2016

I'm also waiting for an invitation to stage 2 but I did get feedback today which says I will find out how successful I've been in due course. Doesn't look hopeful if others have already had their video interviews.

Sep 7, 2016

Same, I took it and I did not receive any answer yet...
What's about you guys ?

Sep 23, 2016

Hi.. Have you appeared for the Barclays Business Insight Stage 1? How is the pattern? What kind of test it is? Please let me know. It will be a great help

Sep 23, 2016

Hi, has anyone taken the video interview? wondering what it is like ...

Sep 26, 2016

Any advice on the online interview (Business Insight Stage 2)? What kind of questions and does it involve numerical reasoning?

Sep 30, 2016

Hi I have completed Business Insight 1 for almost 12 hours but have yet to receive any news. Does that mean rejection is coming?

Oct 1, 2016

I personally received an email straight after Business Insight 1 to complete Business Insight 2... As for everyone asking what it was about, there were some numerical questions which were different to the normal SHL ones because they would give you 5 graphics like charts and ask you a numerical question, some of which were quite hard, based on those. With regards to the weird videos, they were situational eg you have an idea but none of your colleagues support it, what do you do? You are invited to a launch breakfast but your friend needs help correcting their pitchbook, what do you do? They give you 5 responses and you rank them in order of importance in your opinion. Hope that helps!

If anyone has done BI 2 please tell me what it is like, I am trying to talk to people in Barclays itself to ask but this is their first year with two separate Business Insight Stages...

Oct 9, 2016

This is correct. I too would like to know if anyone has been through the insight 2

Oct 16, 2016

Hi, I was wondering if you had completed insight 2? Can you remember any of the specific questions?

Hope it went well

Oct 9, 2016

I did, it went fine. It's mainly SJT. Can't remember the questions in specific, but assume you get 10 min to read an email, an article and some other text and answer four question in relation to those sources. Distribute your time from the beginning and you'll be fine.

Oct 16, 2016

Thanks for the reply, In addition to the SJT questions were there regular competency style questions as well? e.g think of a time when... and name an achievement you're proud of

Just trying to do some prep now but from what a gather it seems pretty hard to prepare for it

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Oct 17, 2016

No competency questions for risk
The thing is divided into two parts.
Part 1 is the 4 numerical multiple choice questions in 12 minutes.
Part 2:
Video question asks you to base your answer on the document and responses used in Part 1. There are Basel III rules, data on payment app investments, and a balance sheet. You can't go back to check your answers. They ask you to use all this information to make recommendations on how to improve the financials (can't remember exact wording). Good luck with that.
5 minutes to prepare, 5 minutes to respond.

Written exercise: respond to an email where you are given feedback on your report. Feedback is short, vague and without context.

Another video question: Manager says the report is not good but you know it's mostly your colleagues fault, respond.

Last video: what you learned and how it makes you look forward to joining them

3 Video questions in total. So as someone else said on the internet, you can't prepare for it in the traditional way. It's very challenging.

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Oct 16, 2016

Hi, I was wondering if you had completed insight 2? Can you remember any of the specific questions?

Hope it went well

Oct 6, 2016

Any new insights on the second stage? Are there actually any questions like 'Why Barclays/Why this role' or competency questions?

Oct 16, 2016

Hi, I was wondering if you had completed insight 2? Can you remember any of the specific questions?

Hope it went well

Oct 17, 2016

No, nothing like that. There was only a final question asking what you have learned that makes you look forward to joining them.

Jan 19, 2017

My interview followed a similar format but was a little different.

In Part 2 there was no more analysis of data, so I didn't have to present any recommendations. Instead, there was a video to introduce myself to a client team, and an email where I had to edit a piece of work from a colleague in 10 minutes.

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Feb 4, 2017

hey, thanks for sharing!
Did you have any numerical questions at all for your video interview?
I've applied for internal audit and have no idea what to expect for this one

Oct 2, 2017

what area did you apply for?

Oct 2, 2017

what area did you apply for?