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Prepare Your Application

Employers are simply looking for evidence of a certain spark that sets you apart from the crowd. They are looking for qualities and aptitude that will be relevant to the traineeship as well as the right attitude. These count for more than grades and previous work experience. They want to see why you find the industry exciting.

The Process

Our employers recruit at different times. Some recruit for a September intake to mirror the academic year and will start the process at the beginning of the year. Others recruit throughout the year when a vacancy arises. If you register with us we can let you know who is recruiting now.

Most employers will broadly follow these stages in their recruitment process:

1. An on-line application asking three basic questions about you:

  • Tell us about your greatest achievement
  • What is your most challenging situation and how did you deal with it?
  • Tell us about a financial news story that you found interesting and why?

2. A 20-30 minute telephone interview to learn more about you.

3. Short listed candidates will be asked to come in for a face to face interview. Some employers will ask you to take psychometric testing and go along to an assessment centre.

Hot tips from employers:

  • Always answer your phone politely. An employer may call at any time to set up an interview
  • It is a good idea to have voicemail on your phone for when you can’t answer it. Employers may not have time to call again if they have called and were unable to leave a message
  • Make sure your email address is sensible otherwise it will reflect poorly on you
  • When answering the questions give relevant examples that put you in a good light
  • Double check your written application for spelling mistakes and obvious grammatical errors
  • Use proper language and not text language
  • Do some research on your chosen firms to understand more about what they do.