AnchorGraduate Recruitment in Financial Services 

Discover which personality traits and behavioural characteristics are most important for graduates to succeed in the financial sector and how this insight can add value to your people processes.

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What does the whitepaper cover?

  • The most important personality traits and behavioural characteristics for graduates in finance

  • How to predict success in finance-oriented roles and make the best people decisions 

  • Effective methods to enhance your recruitment process 

The financial services sector accounts for 7% of the UK economy representing the UK’s position as a global centre for finance. The sector employs approximately 1.2million people in the UK, with financial institutions acting as some of the largest graduate employers annually.  

So, how can we predict success in financially oriented jobs? What type of profiles typically equate with success? How can psychological methods assist with graduate selection in this sector, and what are the best practice considerations for this?

"Several major organisations have now removed or reduced the weight of academic qualifications in their selection processes and are instead using psychometric assessments to support recruitment"


The profile of the UK finance sector - A look into the characteristics and traits of people currently working in finance-orientated jobs.

Graduate recruitment in financial services - Delve into the current and historic ups and downs of graduate recruitment into the financial sector, and how the selection process has been typically designed. 

Predicting success in the finance sector - How utilising Thomas’ General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) was identified as a good predictor of success from a benchmarking study that followed the progress of graduate recruits within a financial services firm.

​​​​​​​Meet the author

Jayson Darby is a business psychologist and has worked in the Psychology and Product Teams at Thomas since January 2014. He works on a range of projects, including the design and delivery of talent benchmarking programmes and the development of new products and solutions at Thomas. 

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