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Barclays Tests

Barclays Tests

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Barclays Tests

Barclays is a British banking organisation that offers personal and corporate banking as well as wealth and investment management. Established more than 300 years ago with headquarters in London, Barclays operates in 50 countries and employs more than 85,000 people worldwide.

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Business Insight Stage 2

If you are not successful in the first stage, you will be provided with constructive strengths-based feedback that you can use to help you perform better in the future. If you are successful, you will be invited to take part in the Business Insight Stage 2 assessment.

This is structured in a similar way to the first stage, with a realistic scenario with different situational, numerical, verbal and critical reasoning questions – but this time a bit more in-depth. The situation itself is more likely to reflect the type of work that you will be undertaking in the role you have applied for.

The stage 2 assessment has different question types, and answers might be given through multiple-choice options and via video. This assessment is timed, and usually takes 45 minutes.

Barclays Business Meeting

If you are successful with the remote assessments, you will be invited to the Barclays Business Meeting. This is an in-house immersive challenge lasting 3.5 to 5 hours, similar to an assessment centre, and will involve a case study exercise.

The Barclays Business Meeting allows you to showcase the skills and knowledge that you have, as well as demonstrating the six key traits that Barclays seeks in new employees.

If you take full advantage of immersing yourself into the business meeting scenario, you can get the most out of it.

If you are unsuccessful at this stage, you will be offered constructive feedback in the form of a personalised report. You might also be offered a feedback coaching call to discuss in detail the areas you can improve.

If you are successful you will find out almost immediately.

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Sample Barclays Tests question Test your knowledge!

If a banker is analyzing the pattern of commercial loan repayment rates over several quarters to adjust the bank's loan offering strategy, which of the following observations would be the most useful?

  • The number of loan applications received each quarter
  • The percentage increase in loan repayments before due dates
  • The change in the number of banking employees
  • Advertising expenditures on loan product promotion

A client invested in two stocks: one at an annual rate of return of 5% and the other at an annual rate of return of 7%. If the total investment was $50,000 with twice as much invested in the stock with the 5% return, what is the total expected return after one year?

  • $2750
  • $3000
  • $3250
  • $3500

An employee intends to distribute investment portfolios across 4 different strategies: Conservative, Moderate, Balanced, and Aggressive. If they allocate twice as much to Conservative compared to Aggressive and the same amount to Moderate as to Balanced, how should they distribute $1,000,000 across the strategies to meet these conditions?

  • Conservative: $400,000, Moderate: $200,000, Balanced: $200,000, Aggressive: $200,000
  • Conservative: $400,000, Moderate: $300,000, Balanced: $300,000, Aggressive: $200,000
  • Conservative: $400,000, Moderate: $100,000, Balanced: $100,000, Aggressive: $200,000
  • Conservative: $400,000, Moderate: $200,000, Balanced: $200,000, Aggressive: $100,000

Based on a forecast that predicts an increase in consumer spending this quarter, what would be the most reasonable strategic move for a bank specializing in consumer credit?

  • Reduce the issuing of new credit cards
  • Increase the interest rate on savings accounts
  • Offer a promotional period with reduced interest rates for new credit card accounts
  • Focus on investment banking activities unrelated to consumer credit

After reading the executive summary of an annual report, it was clear that the bank's profits had doubled due to a significant reduction in default rates and a simultaneous increase in loan disbursement. What inference can be drawn from this?

  • The bank has likely improved its risk assessment processes
  • There has been an economic downturn
  • The bank has decreased the total number of loans disbursed
  • The bank's overall customer satisfaction has declined

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Barclays Tests FAQs

What are the Barclays tests?

Barclays utilizes tests designed to evaluate a candidate’s proficiency in relevant fields, including numerical and verbal reasoning, and sometimes situational judgement, tailored to the banking sector.

Are the Barclays tests hard?

The difficulty of Barclays tests lies in not just the questions themselves, but in managing time effectively and dealing with the pressure. They can be challenging, but they’re manageable with preparation.

How do I prepare for Barclays tests?

To prepare for Barclays tests, nothing beats practice. Taking practice tests, particularly those offered on Practice Aptitude Tests, is the best way to prepare and boost your confidence.

How long does the recruitment process take at Barclays?

The recruitment process at Barclays can vary, but it generally spans a few weeks to months, depending on the role and the number of applicants. It’s a thorough process aimed at finding the right fit.

What are Barclays's core values?

Barclays’s core values hinge on integrity, respect, service, excellence, and stewardship. These principles guide their operations and their expectations from potential employees.

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  • India

    November 13, 2022


    It was good .. Before I have taken many assessments but this is different from them.. So i got to learn about the various questions.

  • Denmark

    September 27, 2022

    Great Practice

    Decent brain teasers and a useful practice session ahead of the actual cognitive assessment on Barclays International

  • India

    August 15, 2022

    A little more time

    I understand the reasons for keeping time short but that just makes people randomly mark a decent number of questions which brings a chance element in. Maybe negative marks for incorrect answers would help

  • United Kingdom

    May 19, 2021

    There are a few trick questions as the order of things is changed

    if you take time to read through and do the calc slow its easy to get it right, but under pressure you can easily misread what is being asked, or figure how to calculate it. some cases the answer they want is an approximation of the correct answer mathematically.

  • Zambia

    May 07, 2021

    Too much calculation

    The calculation was too much than the time allowed for. I liked the fact that it involved statistics related to the job I picked from the start.

  • United Kingdom

    April 07, 2021

    Maths and problem solving.

    It is very challenging and gets the brain going

  • India

    April 02, 2021

    Idea of assessment

    it's fine for me. i just wanted to know the pattern of Barclays assessment test.

  • United Kingdom

    February 15, 2021

    Good & Challenging

    It covers confusing questions but all of them are true, false and cannot tell. Not sure if this will be the case during the real tests.