Dhaval, an Economics undergraduate at the University of Warwick, recently got in touch to tell us all about securing a graduate role with Barclays. Dhaval shares his thoughts on the application process and his best piece of advice for other Bright Network members below.
What steps did you take to secure your graduate role with Barclays?
I submitted a Spring Week application to Barclays and completed an internship there at the end of my 1st and 2nd year of university. Through the internship, this was converted into an offer for a graduate job.
What was the toughest part of the application process and what was your favourite part?
The toughest part of the application process was the video interview. Answering questions into a camera, without being able to bounce off the other person like you would in a face-to-face interview, was really difficult. Talking into a camera in a video interview is more like an audition rather than an interview.
My favourite part of the process was the assessment centre. The VP in trading asked me statistical and mathematical questions, which I really liked, because I enjoy the aspect of problem solving with someone.
What top tip would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
When you go into your interview or assessment centre, dress as if you are a million bucks. Even if it’s a telephone interview, dress in full suit, your best shoes, everything – you’ll be powerful and confident, and it makes you feel like you’re someone else. You can feel a massive difference compared to if you do a telephone interview in your pyjamas!