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How to get a job in Banking

The Banking sector has received a lot of bad press over recent years. It has been accused reckless practices, outrageous bonuses and crashing the economy. However, Banking and work in the financial sector has traditionally been key area for graduates to go into. In the more modern age of responsible Banking, graduates can expect a challenging and rewarding career. The sector has many aspects, covering Investment Banking, Corporate Banking and Markets. All areas of Banking require candidates to have a solid academic grounding but require different approaches to the way they conduct business in the field.

Promising graduates that want to make their way in Banking must be prepared to put the work in. The industry is fast paced, non-stop and extremely demanding. Graduates can be expected to work 12 hour days, if not more, to cut their teeth in this sector, however if they are successful the rewards are there. The majority of the work in Banking takes place in London and The City, meaning relocation for graduates should be expected.

Becoming a Banker

Graduates aiming to be recruited into Banking need to be the best of the best. This requires top academic qualifications. Classifications of 2:1 or higher are usually accepted; rarely do banks accept anything lower without excellent work experience. Unlike most graduate schemes, banks can be quite strict on the types of degrees they except. They generally prefer to have them from related subjects such as Maths, Economics, PPE, Computing or they do except the traditional academic degrees in the Humanities. Graduates should also be aware that banks look for a history of academic excellence and will ask them to provide A Level results and possibly GCSE's.

This is all part of a rigorous application process for Banking positions. Most banks will require several online applications, tests, psychometric tests and interviews. Candidates would be best brushing up on their technique and practicing these psychometric tests. The competition is so much that they must be ready for each of these stages. Banks thrive on dynamic employees and driven, ambitious candidates. They should show enthusiasm in the interview and a real desire for the job. Applicants should also think of times when they've really strived to be the best so they can show examples of this ambition.

One area in Banking that graduates can choose to go into is Investment Banking. Working in this type of Banking requires an array of skills depending on which department you are in. Candidates can work in Research or Analysis, Sales or Markets. These fields require candidates to work under extraordinary pressure, work late and sometimes through the night.

Starting with Research or Analysis roles, these require its employees to conduct research and write reports about certain businesses, stocks, shares and varying sorts of equity. They give their opinion on how much a company's shares are worth and draw a comparison to what they are currently selling at, finally offering a buy or sell verdict to the Sales team. For this sort of role graduates need to show meticulous research skills, knowledge of the industry and an understing of market trends. The role is vital to the success of the Traders and the Sales team. For candidates to prove they have knowledge might be difficult if straight out of university, however evidence of research skills can be found in a candidate's degrees.

Sales Teams within banks take the report from the Researchers and Analysts and contact clients with its findings and recommendations. The advice given from the Sales team can be entirely dependent on the work done by the Analysts, but what employers are looking for in Sales applicants is the ability to form long term relationships with clients, gaining their trust and getting them to trade with the bank. Candidates should be able to prove this with excellent communication skills and rapport, as well as confidence and drive. Sales Teams in banks can spend all day on the phone so a good telephone manner is imperative.

The third side to Banking is the Traders themselves. Trading itself relies on Traders making the right deal at the right time. Buying the shares before they rocket and selling before they plummet. It might sound like wheeling and dealing, but it is in fact working in a tight relationship with the Sales and Research teams. Graduates wanting to become a Trader need to be quick and decisive thinkers, being able to keep up development and client demands through the sales team.

Big multinational Investment Banks might seem like giant, faceless, money-making machines. Candidates need to be people focused and great communicators. Team work is essential to all elements of this process and candidates would be advised to mention their part in sports or debating teams. A final thing to remember is that those who work in Banking are not just number drones, but personable team players that work together to get sales and trades done. Candidates should remember that when selling themselves to banks.

Commercial Banking Management Trainee at HSBC

 5 / 5 added 05 March 2014

My initial telephone interview lasted around 20-30 minutes for my role of Commercial Banking Management Trainee. The interviewer was very polite, friendly and helpful. During the interview I had to provide…

Citi - Graduate Opportunities at Citi

 3.9 / 5 added 05 March 2014

After initially filling out an online application, consisting of basic biographical information and educational history, I was invited to attend an assessment centre. The assessment centre comprised: Psychometric tests (numerical and…

The interview was meant to last between 30-50 minutes and it was bang on time. The lady called me at 12:20 exactly (I was expecting there to be a +-5minute delay,…

I applied to HSBC through SEO London. I was first given a telephone interview, which focused mainly on commercial awareness. The questions included: What are the current issues facing HSBC? What…

Transfer agency at The Northern Trust

 5 / 5 added 04 October 2013

The interview was done via a teleconference as the position was based in Luxembourg. The interview process was really good, everybody was quite prompt and the atmosphere was quite tranquil and…

Finance Analyst at Nomura

 4.7 / 5 added 08 September 2013

The first round was a single one-on-one interview with a senior member of the finance team (in my case an Executive Director). All questions were competency based, using my CV as…

The process began with filling out an application form requiring basic information such as education details, employment history as well as a CV upload. Shortly after this I was notified through…

Compliance Graduate Programme at Barclays

 4.9 / 5 added 09 July 2013

The first stage was an application form followed by two online tests, firstly a verbal reasoning test, which if passed lead to a logical reasoning test. The second test was the…

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