Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Assessments
This test presents you with a series of challenging scenarios that one might encounter in the workplace and then a number of possible responses to the scenario. You then chose which one you feel is the best way to describe how you would react. As with the rest of the tests you will be timed and so it is important that you read the information properly and not rush. You may be asked to sit these again at the assessment centre.
This comprises of a series questions to be answered within a specific time which will vary from company to company. They relate to graphs, percentages and tables whereby you will be asked to analyse data and choose from a set of multiple choice answers. Due to these being timed it is highly advisable to practice these as much as possible in order to find the right balance when juggling the time restriction. You may be asked to sit these again at the assessment centre.
Diagrammatic / Logical Reasoning
This test comprises of questions relating to sequences of shapes and patterns. In each question there will be a missing step and you will be provided with a number of answers to choose from. These are designed to test your logical reasoning as well analytical and problem-solving skills. You may be asked to sit these again at the assessment centre.
This type of exercise is designed to test your people skills and how you work within a group. You will be required to work within a group to solve a problem or answer a question that is provided by the assessors. You’ll be placed in groups and will be assessed on how you interact. Make sure to find a happy balance between being dominating and passive. The assessors are looking for someone who can contribute but not take over.
You’ll be given material to read, usually a type of case study relating to the company, and be expected to write a report. This will be to assess your written communication skills as well as grammar and vocab and how you would deal with given scenarios in the workplace.
You will be provided with information and an objective and will be given 30 minutes to complete the task. You will then need to present to the assessors who will ask you various questions relating to the topic provided. It is important to make sure you are aware of the values of the organisation as well as their history and how they deal with clients. The questions are likely to include broader topics so preparation is key.