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During this initial stage, we’ll confirm whether or not you meet the minimum requirements for our programme. We’ll ask you to give details of your education and any previous work experience you may have had.
If your initial application meets our requirements, we’ll ask you to complete a numerical and logical reasoning test. We strongly encourage you to practise beforehand by taking online tests like these, and to read the instructions carefully when it comes to the real thing.
Next, you’ll be invited to fill out a motivational questionnaire. This will ask for your reasons for applying to the FCA and your chosen programme area. We’ll also ask you to demonstrate some wider commercial awareness by explaining the FCA’s role within financial services.
We’ll then ask you to undertake a 30-minute telephone interview which will cover your motivation, values and competencies. Again, we’ll ask you to tell us in more detail why you feel you’re suited to a career at the FCA and what you feel you can bring to the organisation. We’d encourage you to look online for sample competency-based interview questions to help you prepare.
This is the final stage of the process. Our assessment centres last half a day and consist of three exercises. Here, you’ll undertake an analysis task, a group exercise and an interview.
We look for our values in all candidates. Please bear them in mind, especially during your telephone interview and at the assessment centre. When you are asked for examples, try to give ones which relate to you and how you demonstrate them. Our values represent the culture we aspire to every day, guiding us, building trust and helping us achieve our objectives. Find out more about our values.