Tips for success
When you’re busy with studies or not even sure where you want to take your career, applying for a programme can be daunting and time consuming. That’s why we’ve put these hints and tips together to help you make the most of this opportunity.
Preparation is crucial, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the news and know what’s going on in the world, and particularly the financial markets. Find out as much as you can about Schroders and the wider investment management (not investment banking) industry, before each stage of the application process.
You might find these sources useful:
The online application
It may take a bit of time, but getting your application right could make all the difference. It’s your first chance to impress us. And the best way to do that is to be yourself. So, be honest and think about what sets you apart from anyone else.
Obviously, accuracy’s very important, so make sure a spelling mistake doesn’t let you down. And keep your details up to date so we can contact you at any time.
Think carefully about your answers, particularly on the free text questions. You have around 200 words for each answer, so make them count. We read every word, so it’s a great chance to express yourself and let us know your ideas. But be truthful – we’ll probably ask you about your answers at a later stage.
The aptitude tests
These online tests, provided by SHL, will assess the analytical and numerical skills you’ll need for most of our programmes. It’ll help to take a few practice tests first – you can find them on SHL's official website: SHL - Practice tests.
Don’t worry if you find the practice tests hard at first. If you’ve got the resilience we’re looking for, you’ll soon find that practise really does make perfect.
Remember, the tests aren’t everything – we’ll take your whole application profile into consideration
The online video interview
This stage is a bit different to what you may have experienced before and may take a bit of getting used to. It’s not a live interview. Instead, you’ll record your answers on camera, using an online system called Sonru. This means you can complete the interview at a time that suits you.
First of all, think about where you’ll be recording your answers. Is the lighting good? What’s the background like? Can we see your face?
In the interview, the questions are timed to two minutes. Practise timing your answers in front of the camera a few times so you don’t overrun in the real interview.
It may not be a live interview, but a senior manager in the area you’ve applied to will view your answers. So you should treat it like a face-to-face interview. That means preparing your answers thoroughly and dressing appropriately – we’d recommend a suit.
When you’re ready to record your answers, you’ll have a practice session first. This is your only opportunity to watch yourself back and get a feel for how the system works. Once you start answering questions for real, you’ll need to answer them straight after reading them. You can’t stop, pause, rewind or delete the interview once it’s started, so you can’t take more thinking time or redo an answer.
The questions are designed to test your technical knowledge and your personal competencies. This gives you the chance to show us your passion for the business area you’ve applied for, so be enthusiastic.
Look at the camera, not at the screen, and try to relax and enjoy the experience. We’re looking for people we’d like to work alongside and the more comfortable you feel, the better you’ll come across. Don’t worry if you trip over your words just make sure that you answer the question and show us how you think; we are not looking for the next Benedict Cumberbatch.
If you have any technical problems using Sonru, please contact the Sonru Technical Support team.
Assessment centre tips
Be prepared. Look at our website. Read the financial news. Prove your passion for our business and our industry by showing you have an opinion and can speak confidently about the latest happenings.
Find out as much as you can about the business area you’re interviewing for. Think about what it takes to be successful there and how your answers show you’ve got relevant skills and competencies. But most importantly, be yourself.
Relax, be outgoing and try to enjoy yourself. As well as working with other candidates in group exercises, you’ll meet a number of Schroders employees and managers. So don’t be afraid to ask them questions. It's a two-way process and we want to see that you’re as interested in us as we are in you.