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American Express

Business Analyst, SPG: Internal Consulting at American Express

Application Advice: Be sure to do your research and tailor your application.

Interview Advice: Prepare well for Case Interviews.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Curve

Site Reliability Engineer, IT at Curve

Application Advice: Always do what you like.

Interview Advice: Study development!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be openminded and ready to learn whilst also being under the pressure of real responsibility in the roles you find.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself - the assesors are professionals - they'll see straight through you. At the end of day, once you've passed the basic requirements - will you treat people fairly and act with courageous integrity? The final thing would be, would I want to work with this person on my team? It's so important to be yourself and let the assessors see this.

Interview Advice: I really can't remember - but just be honest, what is the best and fairest outcome?

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Interview Advice: Make sure you are very familiar with the companies values. HSBC places a big emphasis on cultural fit, and in my opinion, preferences it over 'harder' competencies. Emotional intelligence is also key, so it'd be worth doing some research into EI.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Financial Conduct Authority

Associate, Retail Lending at Financial Conduct Authority

Application Advice: - Demonstrate the 5 cultural characteristics.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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PayPal

, Partner Management at PayPal

Application Advice: Sounds cliche but be yourself and show interest in e-commerce and payment landscape.

Interview Advice: Standard questions about your experiences, why you would be a good fit, your motivations for applying etc. A cheeky question I got as well was 'if you were a biscuit what sort would you be?'

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Retail Banking & Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Make sure you research the company and our values and employee characteristics prior to applying - bear these in mind both at application stage when answering questions and also during interview and assessment centre stage! Ensure your answers to the application questions are based on current developments in the financial sector as well as your own ideas. Also do ensure your cover letter and CV are proofread by multiple people and contain all experience that would make you an outstanding graduate!

Interview Advice: For competency-based questions ensure you use relevant experiences from a multitude of backgrounds -personal life, university, school etc. Our interviews stress the importance of company values so do make sure you research those and include them in your answers too!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

RBWM Graduate Manager, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself, be honest, be open.

Interview Advice: Be clear and concise, don't lose your identity/personality through the course of the interview.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself - HSBC is all about the values. They want to see the real you and not some corporate robot. Personality will get you in, not a perfect CV.

Interview Advice: Again - be yourself. They will see straight through you if you try and be someone your not - trust me, they're professionals.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Retail Banking and Wealth Management Graduate Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Make sure you take time to learn about the culture and values of the business. The assessment centre in particular goes beyond previous personal experience and is designed to identify those who would be a good "fit" in the organisation.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be clear Link to values Show passion and interest in the industry as well as the bank

Interview Advice: For group tasks, try not to be controlling and tell people what to do. Work well with others and really analyse the information infront of you - cleverly pick out some information which is useful - propose an idea from that. Be polite at all times, and be yourself.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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RBS

Graduate, Corporate Development at RBS

Application Advice: Have lots of good examples to support your competencies. Research and read up as much as you can on the company website. The more you know about what the company is looking for when hiring, the more you will increase your chances of getting a job. Show a desire and passion for what you are applying to.

Interview Advice: If you don't know something in the interview/assessment center, don't panic. Try and think through what you need to do and give a reasonable answer. The questions I had were mainly situational based - e.g. if you had two conflicting priorities that had the same deadline, how would you tackle this issue? I think future questions will be more focused around giving examples of a time that you have demonstrated our values. E.g. give us an example of when you did the right thing.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Managment Trainee, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: It's not about answering questions with answers you think they want to hear because they are a large bank. Very much about you as a person and how well suited you are to the role.

Interview Advice: Relax at the open day. The day is long with lots of parts to the interviewing processes but it's very much about you as a person rather than having the most intelligent answers so make sure this shows!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Product and Marketing at Nationwide

Application Advice: Nationwide's values are the core of its culture. Research Nationwide's values and show how you demonstrate these every day.

Interview Advice: Achievements are important, but be yourself - let your personality shine through at the assessment centre and show that you are someone people want to work with.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Graduate, at Nationwide

Application Advice: Be yourself, be honest, believe in the PRIDE values as they make Nationwide tick

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Executive Management Trainee, South and East at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Think about how you can demonstrate the key competencies the company looks for

Interview Advice: Research the company values Be prepared to analyse data and facts

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: know HSBC principles and strategy

Interview Advice: open, dependable, connected

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Cardiff at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: go for it, be yourself. Real people get jobs, don't be someone your not.

Interview Advice: don't be someone your not

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Planning and Strategy Manager, Global Business Performance at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Show your personality. Show variety of experience. Show you are different.

Interview Advice: Be real and honest. Don't lie. Bring charisma and enthusiasm.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

RBWM Management Trainee Graduate Programme, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Keep your application focused and relevant towards the banks values and objectives. Don't waffle too much about individual personal achievements, try and show your real personality through your answers. Be yourself, don't pretend to be someone you're not, it will trip you up in the long run.

Interview Advice: If there is a group consensus, go with it, don't be the person who is championing their opinion and no-one is listening or agreeing. Be a team player and show your true personality, don't let nerves get the better of you!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Operations Management Trainee, Operations at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: The main piece of advice I would give a candidate is to research the company and try to demonstrate how you align to culture and values of HSBC.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be open and be honest. HSBC are looking for future leaders who can demonstrate they fit the values of the company.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Branch Network at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: I would say don't just worry about commercial examples. For my role they are looking for people with personalities and the ability to drive their own development.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Midlands at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: - Make sure you apply for the internships whilst you are at university to gain a great insight into the banking world, to make sure it is the right choice for you. - Make the most of your time with the bank whilst on the graduate scheme as it allows you

Interview Advice: Always consider the customer in every response as they are the centre of our world.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Retail Branch Manager, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Research into HSBC but not just simply at a superficial level, learn abouts its values, and the particular area you are looking to apply. Speak to people who are currently employed by the bank area you are looking to apply to, networking using tools such as LinkedIn is key.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself and honest.

Interview Advice: Be a leader. This program wants leaders of the future and you need to show that you have what it takes to lead.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Mangement Trainee, Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be confident and be yourself

Interview Advice: Same as above

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Analytics Manager (RBWM Management Trainee), UK Customer analytics at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Don't be put off by media coverage, the company is undergoing a significant amount of change; even in the graduate opportunities space, and the opportunities are a lot more advantageous than when I first joined.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

RBWM Management trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Give a strong application, be yourself.

Interview Advice: Many situational-based questions e.g. "think of a time when you had to..."

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: If you want a role that challenges you day to day and gives you a wide access to stakeholders at all levels in the business certainly consider HSBC. HSBC looks at the values and employs it staff based on these. You know if you are successful you will be in a work place of like-minded people.

Interview Advice: Leadership for this role is key. So examples where you have demonstrated leadership is really important.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Channel Optimisation at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be true to yourself, if your values fit the organisation then you will be selected. If not, it is not right for you.

Interview Advice: Always look to built rapport.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Make sure that you obsess about the customer Understand the business sector - competitors and how the landscape is changing

Interview Advice: Remember the values

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Executive Trainee, Marketing at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Portray key competencies around being 'open', 'dependable' and 'connected'.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Channel Optimisation, Business Performance at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be open and honest in your interview. Be as bubbly and friendly as possible. HSBC look for personalities that fit the organisation, they train and teach the rest. Don't worry about what degree you completed, HSBC accept degrees of all disciplines.

Interview Advice: "Why HSBC?" "Why this programme?" - Competency and situational questions

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Retail Branch at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: It can be challenging at times and hard work however the career progression opportunities are endless! You will never be bored and be prepared to challenge yourself

Interview Advice: Be yourself and let your personality show through. It will help you to stand out of the crowd

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Executive Management Trainee, Marketing at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself. Align yourself to HSBC core values.

Interview Advice: Questions are always around demonstrating HSBC values

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Manchester at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: #NAME?

Interview Advice: I had to apply online and do numerical and verbal reasoning, situational judgement, telephone interview and as an assessment centre which consisted of a mixture of individual and group exercises.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, General Leadership at Nationwide

Application Advice: Learn the acronym PRIDE (Putting members first, Rewarding Membership, Inspiring Trust, Excellent Customer Service) and try to think of examples of you exhibiting those characteristics for the interview (if you get there). I think it crops up on the application form as well. Try to gain a small understanding of what a mutual rather than a PLC or Ltd is. A mutual is a company that is owned by it's members (Customers) rather than private shareholders. Nationwide is a mutual. Try to big up and include in you application form/CV evidence of working in a team and if possible leading a team.

Interview Advice: When I had the interview in September last year, it consisted of: A group exercise : We were given a business proposition that had 6 potential solutions and each group member had to argue for the one they were given. Basically you just have to listen to what others say and try to make relevant points. Don't fall into the trap of endlessly just arguing your point. A one on one speaking exercise: After being given a business brief (mine was about fexible working from home) with two potential solutions we were given about half an hour to read the brief and to come up with which solution we'd choose. A one on one interview: It covered the standard interview things. A critical thinking test: standard

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Product and Marketing at Nationwide

Application Advice: Nationwide wants each of its employees to demonstrate its core values, and this is something they're looking for in potential new starters. Research Nationwide's values and really think about whether these match up to your own personal values - if they do you'll probably be a good fit for the business. Make sure in your application you really consider times when you have demonstrated these values/behaviours.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - successful applicants really allowed their personality to shine through. Whilst your achievements are important, the interviewers want to establish whether you're someone they would like to work alongside.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Innovation Consultant (General Graduate Leadership Programme), Corporate Communication at Nationwide

Application Advice: Relate your previous experiences (at university, in work or elsewhere) to Nationwide's PRIDE values.

Interview Advice: Be persuasive but not forceful in group discussions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Strategist, Savings at Nationwide

Application Advice: Demonstrate skills/experience that are applicable to the role

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Also passionate about the graduate programme you have applied for.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Group Product and Marketing Graduate, Product and Marketing at Nationwide

Application Advice: Make sure this is what you want to do. If it is it will show through in your application (and interview). Take the time to understand the culture at Nationwide and how it may differ from other financial institutions.

Interview Advice: Research Nationwide as a company and how it is different from its high street competitors. Also practice the STAR method to answering questions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Operations Manager, Enterprise Development at Nationwide

Application Advice: Do your research on the company and their values/behaviours. Make sure they align to your own. Sell yourself - they want to hire you!

Interview Advice: Likewise think of how your own values align with Nationwides. Also have clear examples for competency based questions. Most importantly be yourself!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

, at Nationwide

Application Advice: You can only apply for one role, so research this thoroughly and ensure that this is the one for you. The assessment process is quite in-depth so I would avoid exaggerating on my CV/application as it's likely to get found out. Consider your main strengths, skills and achievements and have tangible examples of when you have demonstrated these. Incorporate the STAR method into your answers too.

Interview Advice: Research the organisation and the industry. Read the annual results and accounts so you understand how Nationwide is different and also to ensure that your personality will fit with the organisation. If you're the type of person who likes to operate in a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog environment then Nationwide probably isn't the place for you. Nationwide has a set of values that it calls PRIDE, they resonate strongly with all employees (including the ones who will be interviewing you) so a sound understanding of these will also help.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Risk Analyst, Group Risk at Nationwide

Application Advice: Truly understand the meaning of PRIDE and ensure your principles in some way align with PRIDE.

Interview Advice: Be yourself in an interview, the worst thing is to try be something you're not this will be picked up.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Insight Analyst, Customer Experience at Nationwide

Application Advice: Use the STAR approach in job applications

Interview Advice: Questions were asked about myself (competencies) and about the job area, not about Nationwide as a whole

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Executive Management Trainee, Executive Management Scheme at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Understand the values and display them.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

European Customer Experience Manager, Customer Experience at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: You need to have confidence and good interpersonal skills. You must have a good knowledge of customer experience theories and be passionate about helping the organisation to acheive a high level of service.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Operational Leadership Management Trainee, Operations at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Understand the values based culture

Interview Advice: Competency based questions

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Graduate, at Nationwide

Application Advice: Understand the value of being mutual

Interview Advice: Be able to give examples of how you have gone out of your way to help someone.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Operations Management Trainee, HTS at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: When applying for the role, ensure that you understand the values of the bank and what challenges it is currently facing.

Interview Advice: Spend the 2 months leading up to the interview looking at financial newspapers to gain an understanding of the environment that the bank is currently operating in. When at the assessment centre, remember to make your voice heard, but never at the expense of someone else.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Branch/Strategy placements at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Understand the values of the company, if you don't believe in the values and display them in your current circumstances (work/study) then you may wish to explore further.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Executive, Product Management and Pricing, Mortgages at Nationwide

Application Advice: - Sounds cliché but be yourself. Nationwide has an extremely strong people culture. They are trying to look for the best fit in the company and to succeed you will need to agree and believe in the culture and values that Nationwide encompasses. - Do you

Interview Advice: - Sounds cliché but be yourself. Nationwide has an extremely strong people culture. They are trying to look for the best fit in the company and to succeed you will need to agree and believe in the culture and values that Nationwide encompasses. - Follow

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Wealth & Savings at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be very proactive in looking for opportunity. Lots of opportunity to develop and grow however this has to be self driven to a very large extent. Nobody will baby you.

Interview Advice: Research the company values and be prepared to answer competency questions based on how you displayed those values in you prior roles/ education/ personal life. Ensure that you underline your contribution in each situtation.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Graduate, Risk at Nationwide

Application Advice: Focus on Nationwide's mutuality and values.

Interview Advice: All standard competency based questions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Graduate, Governance and RIsk at Nationwide

Application Advice: 1. Nationwide has the most sensible, grounded, graduate recruitment process I have undertaken. From application to final assesment day. It's very challenging, but nobody is trying to trick you - seriously.

Interview Advice: 1. None of your assessors have been overly influenced by reality TV shows in their expectations of you, or their approach - so tone down 'The Apprentice' in you if you have one. 2. Be yourself (within the bounds of professionalism!), Nationwide has a strong business culture, if you're yourself on the day you'll know if it suits you (and they'll know if it suits you). I know you might not think so but it's really important to feel comfortable where you work.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

General Leadership Graduate, at Nationwide

Application Advice: Know what a mutual is, how it is different from a plc etc

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Treasury at Nationwide

Application Advice: Ensure that you have drive, amibiton and the passion to learn and develop. You will not be expected to be an expert in any particular area, yet will be expected to be driven to succeed and progress.

Interview Advice: Know the organisation and the role that is being applied for. But most important know yourself. Understand and article why you want the job and why you are worth investing in. Important to show a willingness to learn and develop and genuine drive and ambition.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Mortgage Product Management at Nationwide

Interview Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Central Distribution at Nationwide

Application Advice: Research the company and make sure you would like to work in the corpoarate environment- it can be a culture shock if you're not used to the large company style. If you reach the interview phase make sure you know a lot about PRIDE as the company puts a major emphasis on this. Use the STAR model to answer competency based questions (S-Situation, T-Task, A-Action and R-Result).

Interview Advice: Telephone interview consisted of 4-5 competency based questions and lasted about 45 minutes. The assessment centre started the night before. All candidates stay in a hotel the night before and go to dinner with two current graduates- this isn't assessed so ask them anything you like! The day itself consists of a written test, an hour interview, group and individual exercises and presentations. Again, research the company and know your stuff!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Accenture

Business Analyst, at Accenture

Application Advice: Do a lot of research and show you are passionate about the company.

Interview Advice: Be confident and honest.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Accenture

PMO, PPI at Accenture

Application Advice: Research the company thoroughly and understand the analyst role before applying. It might not be right for you, so make an effort to fully understand what your life will look like as an analyst at Accenture.

Interview Advice: Thoroughly research the website, particularly the client case studies and make sure you can cite a few and how Accenture made a difference.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Central Retail at Nationwide

Interview Advice: Be yourself- nationwide looks for your personality. The job has to be right for you so nationwide looks for the type of people who are most likely to get on and will ENJOY working here. If you aren't yourself it's likely you won't want to be here.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Product, Protection and Investments at Nationwide

Application Advice: Make sure you read the Nationwide website as there is plenty information on there about Nationwide as a mutual, the roles and the graduate programme. Be sure you know why you are applying to a particular programme. Enthusiasm and being prepared go a long way.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate General Leadership, Media Relations at Nationwide

Application Advice: Nationwide is a Building Society - understand why this makes it different Understand PRIDE, Nationwide's corporate culture

Interview Advice: Relax - the assessment process is very friendly Don't try and play games at the assessment centre

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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