GRADUATES: HOW TO APPLY
If you’re interested in building the next generation of banking, developing your skills at the UK’s largest digital bank and working on the frontline of emerging technologies, we want to hear from you.
We want to see applications from people of all backgrounds and have created a recruitment process to give all candidates the opportunity to excel. We don’t ask you for a CV and we don’t rely solely on your past successes – instead we are looking for you to demonstrate your potential and share our values. We are proud to nurture an inclusive work environment where colleagues are encouraged to be their true selves and fully reach their potential.
So, if you have, or are on track for a 2:2 degree then apply now. Our biggest tip for the application process is just to be yourself! If you share our vision, are eager to learn and can help push us forward, then we want you.
Applications are open now and will close on different dates for different programmes. You’ll need to check the closure date for the programme you want to apply for on the individual programme pages and ensure your application form and online tests are all submitted by that date.
THERE ARE THREE STAGES IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
The first step is to complete our online application form. This is where we gather your contact details and check your eligibility to apply. We also ask you to compete some questions that we use to measure the diversity of our applications to ensure we are providing equal opportunities. It’s not compulsory to answer these questions, but all information is recorded anonymously and the data collected helps us ensure we continue to ensure we offer an application process that attracts a diverse range of candidates.
All of our roles require you to be flexible in terms of your base location and it’s likely your base location will change with each rotational placement. We believe this is the best way for you to get to know the business effectively, which is why we ask you within the application form, to confirm you’re happy to commit to the location requirements of the Stream you’re applying to. If you have extenuating circumstances which require you to have a fixed location we can consider these on a case by case basis – you should still apply, but please state NO to the location commitment question and we will get in touch to understand your circumstances in due course.
After the application form, we’ll ask you to do some online tests.
We recognise that everyone is different and so our assessment process has been developed inclusively to remove barriers. For instance our online tests are time measured but not time-restricted. Once you have begun your application you will be asked to let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments to support you through the test stages – if you’re unsure what this means or what might be relevant for you, please contact the team before beginning the tests.
The tests* begin with a situational strengths assessment which shows us whether we’d be a good match. You’ll be presented with a range of work situations and asked to tell us how you would respond. We appreciate that many applicants wont have had direct experience working in an office, therefore we encourage you to read the questions carefully and answer honestly about the approach you think you’d take.
You’ll then have to complete a numerical and critical reasoning test. These tests help us understand how you read and interpret numerical data and written information. Please don’t worry about these tests, just read the questions carefully and answer to the best of your ability; some of our roles require greater numerically ability, and sometimes it’s more important to be able to see the ‘bigger picture’.
The application and online testing stage should take around 90 minutes.
If you want to practice these tests, you can go to http://practice.cappassessments.com please ignore the Verbal Reasoning test as we wont be testing you on this.
We’ll give you a feedback report within a few days of completing the first stage and within a few weeks of the closing date we’ll let you know if you’ve been successful on progressing to the next stage.
*For Data Science, the online tests are slightly different – please refer to the Data Science how to apply page for more information.
If we progress you to the next stage, we’ll ask you to complete a 30-minute video interview.
You’ll click the link in the invitation to be able to see the full instructions on what this entails, but in summary you can expect more questions relating to your application and why you want to work for us – and you answer the questions in video form.
We give you tips on how to set this up to show yourself in the best light (literally!) and you have the chance to undertake a practice before you begin.
You will have 5 days from the point of receiving your invitation to complete this part of the application process, so please do make sure our email notifications are not going to your junk mailbox. You can refer to the timelines on the application pages for an idea of when we’ll contact you if you’re successful at the online tests and should complete the video interview.
If you are successful at your Video interview, we’ll get back in touch again to invite you the assessment centre, which is the final stage.
The assessment centre day is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your potential to us in person – but it’s not just about us assessing you! We want you to feel excited about the prospect of joining Lloyds Banking Group and we understand that to do this, it’s helpful to meet current colleagues and be able to ask questions to Graduates who have been on this journey before you.
The day itself is, made up of a variety of activities, both group and individual, including an exercise in a Virtual Reality environment. You’ll start the day with introductions and scene setting where we will explain how the day will work. We deliberately don’t share too much information with you before the day itself as we don’t want you to over-prepare. We want to see the real you, and this includes how you respond to novel tasks and experiences.
We also ask you to undertake a further strengths based interview during the Assessment Centre and we will want to understand why you think Lloyds Banking Group is the right place for you to build your career.
Remember this day is to enable you to get to know more about us just as it is for us to get to know more about you. We want you to be able to feel sure whether or not we are the right place for you, and the assessment centre is a great opportunity for this.
If you’re successful at the Assessment Centre stage, we’ll make you an offer to join the programme.
We’ll give you a full feedback report shortly after your day at the assessment centre. This will explain what we think your strengths are and how you might develop them.
Here are some application tips to help you at each stage of the way:
We want to know how you feel about our industry and why it interests you. And since our purpose is to help Britain prosper, we’d love to hear examples of how you live our values. Whether it’s your experience of volunteering or your ambitions to get involved in our charity work, how can you help us achieve our purpose while achieving yours?
Strengths-based interviews are a bit different from traditional assessments. We’d like to learn about what you’re naturally good at, so be prepared to show us how you do things across various exercises – on your own and with a group – on our assessment days.
We recognise that people are different and we’ve tried to make our application process accessible to everyone. Get in touch if you have any accessibility requirements or need any other help to complete your application and interview: email@example.com / 0345 330 4576.
Our video interview will ask you to answer a series of questions in a certain amount of time. But just because there is 45 seconds, don’t feel you need to fill that time up. As long as you say everything you need to say, that’s all that matters.
One last thing
Above all, we want to see the real you. We’re not interested in perfectly performed responses and learned answers. We want to hear what you’re truly passionate about, and why you believe this programme is right for you. So, be yourself! We’re looking forward to meeting you.
If you have any questions about the assessment process, or want to talk to us about any special requirements, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0345 330 4576.