Application Process

When you apply to one of our programmes, you'll go through the combination of tests and interviews below. Please note, this is the application process for our graduate and summer intern programmes.


1. Submit application form

During this initial stage, we’ll confirm whether you meet the minimum requirements for our programme.

We’ll ask you to give details of your education and any previous work experience you may have had.


2. Online tests

If your initial application meets our requirements, we’ll ask you to complete an online strengths-based assessment.

We strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with the test format, practice and read the instructions carefully when it comes to the real thing.


3. Motivational questionnaire

Next, you’ll be invited to fill out a motivational questionnaire. This will ask for your reasons for applying to the FCA and your chosen programme area.

We’ll also ask you to demonstrate some wider commercial awareness by explaining the FCA’s role within financial services.


4. Telephone interview

We’ll then ask you to undertake a 30-minute telephone interview which will cover your motivation, values and competencies.

Again, we’ll ask you to tell us in more detail why you feel you’re suited to a placement at the FCA and what you feel you can bring to the organisation.

We encourage you to look online for sample competency-based interview questions to help you prepare.


5. Assessment centre

This is the final stage of the process. Our assessment centres last half a day and consist of 3 exercises.

Here, you’ll undertake an analysis task, a presentation exercise and an interview.

Useful tips

We look for our values in all candidates. You should bear these in mind, especially during your telephone interview and at the assessment centre.

When you're asked for examples, try to give ones which relate to you and how you demonstrate them. Our values represent the culture we aspire to every day, guiding us, building trust and helping us achieve our objectives.

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