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Banking Jobs

Job title Location Salary
Marketing/ Big Data/ Digital Headhunter: Graduates. London London £25,000 basic + commissions + benefits + OTE + Bonus
Corporate FX Sales Executive London £23,000 (£35k OTE) + stock options + benefits + OTE + Bonus + expenses + share scheme
Graduate Case Handler Leeds, Chester £18,000 to £20,700 + benefits
Junior Trader- Spread Betting Company- London- £28,000 London £28,000 + benefits
Junior Underwriter, London, £22,000 London £22,000 + benefits
Isban Technical Graduate Programme 2015 South East, London £26,000 to £29,000 + benefits + Bonus
2015 Off-Cycle Analyst Internships and Industrial Placements International (Europe), Nationwide Competitive + benefits
2015 Pre-Internship Opportunities Nationwide n/a

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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.

Banking Interview Questions

Senior Personal Banker at Natwest

 4.4 / 5 added 28 July 2015

Firstly you had to fill in a an application form stating which statement applied best to you approximately 30 mins to complete. After passing the initial stage a telephone interview was…

The application process comprises of completing the online application, then numeracy, verbal and strength based assessments. Following this, you will be invited to complete a video interview at your convenience. The…

TSB - Mortgage Advisors (Telephony Based) at TSB

 3.7 / 5 added 12 October 2014

The telephone interview was quite straight forward and was what should be expected. The interview lasted about 25minutes and I was questioned mainly about myself and how I would react in…

Following the online numerical test there was no phone interview. Selected candidates are invited straight to business interviews for the Corporate Banking Europe programme. The first round of interviews consisted of…

AML Analyst at Citi

 2.9 / 5 added 17 July 2014

The interview was conducted over the telephone, during which I was asked about the company itself, and the information covered in my CV, including professional experience, both previous as well as…

Initially, after doing the respective entrance tests, I received a call from their team in Glasgow where I applied for my placement. They were very friendly and courteous on the phone…

Firstly, I was asked to talk about myself, talk them through my CV. Then we moved on to the next stage asking me a duple of competency based questions focusing on…

Mortgage advisor at Barclays

 2.4 / 5 added 16 July 2014

My initial application was via the internet, where I filled in an extensive application form, then was invited to undertake internet based assessments. These involved numerical tests, situational judgement tests, and…

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,…

Banking Employers

  • Allegis Group

    Founded in 1983, Allegis Group is a serious global player, with over 350 offices and a turnover in excess of $8.3 billion. We are the largest privately owned recruitment company and the 4th largest staffing firm in the world.

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the marketing name for the company’s global banking and global markets businesses.

  • Barclays

    Barclays is a major financial services provider that operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Our global business has a history that spans 300 years and touches every area of finance and investment including retail banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management.

  • BP

    We recruit ambitious graduates like you at every stage of the energy life cycle - from geoscientists sending shock waves through the earth to find new oil and gas reserves and engineers building platforms in the ocean to extract them, to traders anticipating and reacting to changes in the markets around them.

  • FDM Group

    FDM Group is an international IT services provider, with over 200 blue-chip clients in various sectors and offices in the UK, Germany, Luxemburg, New York, Zurich and Hong Kong.

  • Isban UK Ltd

    Isban (Ingeniería de Software Bancario) is part of the Technology and Operations division of the Santander Group. We develop software and provide system integration services, which are shared by the different companies in the Santander Group.

  • Moore Stephens LLP

    Moore Stephens was founded in London in 1907. Today, the UK network has over 1,500 partners and staff and is the 10th largest accountancy firm by fee income. Our philosophy has been to develop to cater for our clients' needs whenever required, but not to grow for the sake of size alone. Our growth has been organic and we have never been involved in a major merger. We are small enough to provide a personal service but large enough to have available specialist expertise in all areas.

  • QA

    Our customers benefit from the world-leading capability of our experts, who are dedicated to making every learning experience exceptional.

    The learning you need, when and where you want it:

    • Over 250 training courses available every day from over 25 training locations
    • Work alongside world leading companies
    • Award winning quality and innovation

  • Sky

    Over 20 years ago, Sky started out as a satellite TV broadcaster. Through imagination, innovation, and with customers at the heart of everything it does, Sky now leads the industry, combining award winning technology and the best entertainment to excite and inspire over 10 million customers.

  • Smith & Williamson

    Smith & Williamson has around 1,500 staff in 12 principal offices across the UK and Ireland. We hold the unique position of combining a firm of chartered accountants with an investment management and private banking house.

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