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Responsibility:
3.2/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4.1/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.8/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.7/5
 
Company Culture:
3.8/5
 
Career Progression:
3.2/5
 
Colleagues:
4/5
 
Training:
3.4/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.5/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.6/5
 

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Application Advice:

Do lots of research into the FCA and the role they play in the wider industry.
The attitude of the FCA is particularly friendly, do not come to the assessment centres with competitiveness - effective teamwork will be more impressive.

Interview Advice:

Skills you can bring to the FCA.
Research recent FCA initiatives and there impact.

Associate, Business and Technology Solutions at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Be up to date with recent news - have a good reason for wanting to work specifically in regulation and why it interests you - STAR is useful for preparing answers.

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Concision, coherence and creativity.

Interview Advice:

Confidence and research.

Senior Associate, Business Partnership at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to clearly articulate your experiences and skills against the competency framework.

Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Interview Advice:

Make sure to do research before doing your interview. It reflects really well on you if you are able to ask a question about something the company is doing. Shows that you are interested and looking at the market.

Associate, Banking and Payments Policy at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Use the FCA website to the best of your ability and ensure your application really is one to the FCA not generic.

Interview Advice:

Prepare as you would for an exam, including wider knowledge of the FCA and its role (there are absolutely loads of resources to do this on the FCA website such as business plans, thematic reviews, market studies, occasional papers, final notices and consultations).

Also prepare in a similar manner for the competency based questions utilising your university careers service.

Associate, Strategy & Competition at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Research a lot about FCA and PRA and don't be shy to show your knowledge when you can.

Interview Advice:

Show that you can lead but also work with other peoples ideas. When put in a group exercise make sure you contribute to the conversation as much as possible, coming up with suggestions and raising points/issues when someone else suggests something.

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Think carefully about why you're interested in the role and what it means to be working in a public sector organisation rather than in the private sector; prepare questions.

Senior Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Think about the organisation's values and how you can demonstrate that you share them

Interview Advice:

Think about examples of when you demonstrated the organisation's values, read about its present and future objectives and how you can contribute to their achievement, try to talk to people from the organisation (if you can).

Associate, Enforcement at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Find areas of work that the FCA are doing that you are interested in. Read up on its priorities and consider the challenges it faces. Lots of public information on this, so shouldn't be too hard to find.

Interview Advice:

Previous situations I'd been in that reflected the 'cultural characteristics' of the organisation, areas of work they were doing that were interesting, challenges and priorities of the organisation etc.

Associate, Markets Policy at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Show an interest in financial markets and have a look at what the FCA is doing and what it's focuses are.

Interview Advice:

Know what the FCA does an why this interests you.

Wholesale Banking Supervisor, Wholsale Banking Supervision at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Know the role of the FCA and why you want to work in financial regulation.

Interview Advice:

Know the role of the FCA (including its objectives) and why you want to work in financial regulation. Have an understanding of what is going on in financial services.

Associate, Ring-Fencing at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Practice for the tests.

Interview Advice:

Know exactly why you would like to work for the FCA and be passionate about the work it does.

Associate, Markets Policy at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Understand how the regulatory framework operates, including at European and international level. Understand the powers the FCA has at its disposal. Take news and media writing with a pinch of salt and use evidence based examples rather than conjecture.

, Financial Crime at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

- Demonstrate the 5 cultural characteristics.

Associate, Retail Lending at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Research the FCA, and its divisions.

Interview Advice:

Focus on how you have demonstrated judgement, influence and drive.

Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Relate application to topical and relevant developments in the financial service sector.

Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Only apply, if you're interested in finance but don't care about money in the short term (hence not appropriate for most people).

Economist, CED at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Try to give examples of demonstrating FCA cultural characteristics.

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Consider the real world applications of FCA rules.

Interview Advice:

Come up with a good question to ask.

Associate, Wholesale & Investment at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Research, research, research.

Interview Advice:

Be passionate and well prepared.

Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the company and key cultural characteristics and make sure you reflect them!

Interview Advice:

Be calm. If you don't know the answer to something try to give an educated guess. Show you can think about new problems.

Associate, Economics at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Learn about the team you are applying for and use the website to read through their work or any papers they may have published. If there is an associate level job available, apply for this over the graduate one.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you know how the EU, FCA, HMT and Bank interact. This relationship is key.

Associate, Graduate at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Give it your best shot, psychometric tests are a lottery anyway.

Interview Advice:

-Prepare with notes much like revision for an exam.
-Use practice interviews and university career support services prior to the interview.
-Do not show an ego during the assessment centre and try to intimidate other candidates.

Forensic Investigator, Enforcement at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Think long and hard about what career you want and what skills you want to demonstrate. Ensure you select the graduate program which best suits you. If you feel like there isn't a good fit, look elsewhere.

Interview Advice:

Read the values of the FCA and feed the buzzwords into your answers.

Associate, Graduate scheme at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Read the FCA objectives and business plan for the year you are applying. This will outline the FCA's top priorities for the year in which you are applying. Read around these subjects and form your own views on the topics. This will put you in good stead for discussions and motivational questions.

Interview Advice:

The usual situational judgement tests apply, after which you will have a competency based phone interview.
For the assessment centre, ensure you are clear on why you would like to join the FCA and have competency based examples ready to use (again) for the interview. You will be subjected to other tasks, however these require general intelligence and soft skills, meaning they cannot be prepared for.

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Application Advice:

- Read the Financial Times to build knowledge of the financial services
- Research the organisation and the huge breadth of its work fully
- Understand what the FCA does, how it is organised
- Get a clear idea typical the day-to-day roles of people i

Associate, Strategy & Competition (Policy, Risk and Research) at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Talk to other grads. Research the role and make sure you read current events, as you might get asked this. Have a convincing reason for why you want to work at the FCA.

Associate, Risk at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Do your research thoroughly.

Interview Advice:

What are the issues facing the industry?

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Research the FCA and the industry thoroughly, think about the FCA's objectives and specific ways in which you have demonstrated these in previous roles.

Interview Advice:

Competency based together with an assessment day, expected to demonstrate the FCA's core objectives. Application form is essay based and includes a maths test.

Associate, Credit Authoirsations at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Applications to the graduate scheme are tough but follow the general structure of most graduate recruitment. Knowledge of the organisation and the cultural characteristics is key.

Interview Advice:

Interviews were competency-based and focused on the cultural characteristics.

Associate, Competition at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Do research on the website on the different areas of the FCA; know why you want to apply, etc.

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

- Do your research on the FCA. As a regulator, it's a bit different to other organisations in the financial services industry
- Have a passion for protecting consumers and driving an efficient market

Interview Advice:

A large part of the assessment process was competency-based;. So you would not be at a disadvantage if you have not done a finance related degree.

Associate, Competition at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Candidates should thoroughly research the Financial market and look at ways they can become involved with the vision of change across The FCA. Candidates should be keen as they will be developing into future leaders.
The Application should show a variety of strengths.

Interview Advice:

The interview is intense but make sure you answer the questions as clearly as possible.
The interview asks about examples. Please adopt the STAR method.
The interview can be simplified should you have a learning disability. Please request this as a reasonable adjustment when completing the application.

Business Intelligence Analyst, Business Intelligence at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Write accurately and well.
Ensure that your personality comes through (the FCA is BIG on personality)
Stand out from the herd.

Interview Advice:

Be confident!
Research the FCA thoroughly.
The assessment day is long and tough so keep your energy levels high.
Again make sure your personality shines through.

Associate, Governance and Assurance at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Learn as much as possible about the organisation and be clear about why you would like to join the program.

Associate, Authorisations at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - the FCA are looking for a wide range of candidates with the ability to grow in the organisation.

Associate, Economics at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Really understand what financial regulation involves and the changes that have happened so far across the industry.
Have robust reasons for applying, ask yourself what you seek to get out of a graduate programme at the FCA.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for competency questions in line with the FCA's cultural characteristics.

Network with current graduates to find out more about the role.

Graduate Associate, Mortgages at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Research the FCA's current workstreams / focus, and have an awareness of the UK financial system as a whole.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for a group exercise, an individual competency-based interview, a written exercise and a presentation. Research the FCA's objectives and cultural characteristics, and be able to relate them back to your own professional / educational experiences.

Associate, Supervision at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Clear interest in positive outcomes for both consumers and the UK financial services sector. An understanding of the wider economy and its current and potential impact on firms, customers and regulation. An appreciation of risks to the FCA's statutory objectives.

Associate, Supervision at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Know the organisation and what they believe in, their core values are critical, if you don't agree with them and feel passionately about them, then perhaps it is not the right fit. A good fit means you will be challenged and enjoy your programme and they will have an enthuastic and dedicated employee.

Interview Advice:

motiviation for role, reason this organisation over other ones, 3-5 year career plan, what do you know about this organisaion

Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Read up on all the legislative changes coming from Europe

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have evidence to back up all of your reasoning.

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Motivation is key - why would you like to work at the FCA
Research the FCA and the wider financial services industry well
Key skills: communication, analytical, organisational and interpersonal skills

Interview Advice:

Be prepared for:
Motivational questions
Technical questions
Competency based questions

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Prepare well for all application stages.

Associate, Strategy & Competition at Financial Conduct Authority
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Interview Advice:

Use specific examples to answer the competency questions.

Associate, Financial Crime at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Keep an open mind when applying for a role in regulation. It's much more exciting and interesting than the industry makes it sound.

Interview Advice:

Know well why you want to work in regulation (need to be able to justify that clearly).

Associate, Markets Reporting at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

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Associate, Authorisations at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Show that you are interested in what the FCA does and how what we do affects people. As a graduate you can be working on issues which affect a lot of people, which you would not find in many other places.

Policy Adviser, Banking and Payments Policy at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Same as all major companies, a challenging recruitment process so do your work!

Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

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Interview Advice:

- Ensure you directly answer the interview questions
- Remember that a financial services related degree is not a job requirement

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Make sure you genuinely care about the outcomes the organisation is trying to promote. You will encounter politics and process around every corner and you will need a lot of motivation and ingenuity to navigate those successfully.

Interview Advice:

Be familiar with the cultural characteristics.

Associate, Asset Management and Investment Banking at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Research FCA's objectives, recent news/decisions/action taken; recently published policy papers. But you need to be genuinely interested in finance and consumer issues - and financial regulation.

Interview Advice:

You need to know why you want to join the FCA. You need to be able to analyse a lot of information, make quick, accurate decisions, and be decisive and confident in implementation. You need to be able to work in a team-environment.

Associate, Enforcement at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Research the work the FCA is currently doing and any challenges it may face.

Interview Advice:

Give examples where you have demonstrated resilience in your decision making, team work, adapting to changes, did something by thinking outside of the box etc

Associate, Consumer Credit at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Think about what you want from your job, and whether working for the regulator will get this for you; if you want a profit driven, commercially minded job then this is not for you!

Consider your wider career path through the organisation. For example, there are great opportunities to second to Europe and consider whether this is something you want to do and why you would want to do it.

Make sure you are abreast of regulatory news - financial news will help you, but political news could help you more in some cases. Consider the wider macro-economic environment and the impact that this may have on the riskiness of the UK market.

Interview Advice:

Come armed with a good question - this tactic has never failed me in interviews and makes you more memorable. Try something that might stimiulate a debate/discussion/explanation of the FCA view on a topical issue that has shown you have done your homework/are interested in a speciifc area.

Associate, Strategy and Competition at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Think big, think small - think about linking the decisions made by the Board of multi-million pound companies to the person on the street, how, (if at all) will they be affected?

Interview Advice:

Don't make things up. If you don't know the answer say that you don't. The interviewer will see straight through a half-formed answer and is ultimately more interested in how you think, how you learn, and your attitude to learning rather than what you already know.

Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

Know the industry and relevant recent case studies.

Interview Advice:

Understand the organisation's cultural characteristics.

Associate, Permissions at Financial Conduct Authority
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Application Advice:

It's difficult to get in but once you do you will be given a chance to show your worth and develop.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Communications assistant, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

National influence

Worst:

Sometimes overcomplicate decisions

Associate, Business and Technology Solutions at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

Not client-driven

Worst:

Bonuses and pay-raises are hard to come by.

Associate, Enforcement at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

Training opportunities
Work is genuinely interesting and has an impact

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Best:

The attitude of its workforce - people want to make a difference and take pride in their work.

Worst:

Reactive complacency, and a risk averse/ bureaucratic ethos.

Senior Associate, Business Partnership at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

Good Canteen.
Good place to work for work-life balance.

Worst:

Hot-desking.

Associate Market Policy, Policy at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

The FCA is very supportive, especially on the graduate scheme there are unlimited support networks for you.

Worst:

One mandatory part of the graduate scheme includes doing a community outreach project. You are put in teams and as will every team project (even at the professional level) there are slackers. While it is very rewarding to reach out to the community and help those less fortunate. It can be difficult to have the community outreach project as well as your day job.

Associate, Banking and Payments Policy at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

The FCA's culture is diverse, gives responsibility and is very good on work/life balance and wellbeing.

Worst:

Progression issues - the FCA has a very flat structure and so progression may take longer periods of time than elsewhere. Of-course the other side of the coin is that you are given jobs with high levels of responsibility and very senior members of the company are approachable.

Associate, Strategy & Competition at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

Work/life balance and responsibility

Worst:

Pay and career progression

Associate, Enforcement at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

Never worked in such a big company I appreciate the structure in place to deal with new people and the amount of training provided is amazing

Worst:

Again, the down side of a massive company is that you are easily swallowed by the immensity of everything( number of colleagues, rooms, floors)

, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

culture, exposure, diversity, meaningful work

Worst:

bureaucracy, slow career progression, pay

Senior Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

The collegiate and supportive atmosphere, great exposure to stakeholders at various seniority levels, importance of community work

Worst:

Systems - not always working properly

Associate, Enforcement at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

Important work, great working hours, good pay

Worst:

Overly bureaucratic, some departments characterised by mundane work, hard to progress internally above senior associate

Associate, Markets Policy at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

Moral, World Leader, Diverse, Full of Opportunity, Friendly Staff/Culture.

Worst:

Bureaucratic, Top heavy decision making, a lack of communication between certain teams.

Wholesale Banking Supervisor, Wholsale Banking Supervision at Financial Conduct Authority
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Best:

The people.

Worst:

The move to Stratford.

Associate, Ring-Fencing at Financial Conduct Authority
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