COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION

Eligible students to the programme must successfully navigate a rigorous application process before they can become a Lloyds Scholar.

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1. ONLINE APPLICATION

A simple form to determine whether or not you are eligible for the programme. If you are eligible, you will be asked to complete the next stage of the process.

2. NUMERACY TEST

You will be asked to complete an online numeracy test. If successful you will then be invited to a telephone interview.

Take a look at some examples of numeracy based questions.

3. TELEPHONE INTERVIEW

The telephone interview takes around 30 minutes and will be conducted at a time suitable for you. The interview will be competency based – for more information about competency based interviews, see the interview section below.

4. ASSESSMENT CENTRE

An assessment centre is a face-to-face event where students complete a competency based interview and a range of exercises which are designed to simulate challenges you may face in the working environment. This gives us a chance to get a real insight into your individual strengths and areas for potential development. Remember – this is a two-way interaction, so use this as an opportunity to find out more about us and whether we are right for you.

At our assessment centres, you will have to complete a number of exercises as outlined below:

COMPETENCY BASED INTERVIEW

This is used to assess your potential using everyday situations you can expect to face during your career with us. You will be asked to demonstrate that you have a particular 'key competency' by answering specific questions. An example question may be: "Tell me about a time when you've had to tackle a potentially difficult issue with a team member."

A good way to tackle competency-based interviews is to use the 'STAR' approach:

SITUATION & TASK

  • Describe the situation/task you needed to accomplish.
  • Be specific - don't give a generalised description of what you have done in the past.
  • Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand.

ACTION

  • Describe the action you took - keep the focus on you.
  • What specifically was your involvement?
  • Don't say what you might have done, say what you did.

RESPONSE

  • What happened?
  • How did the event end?
  • What did you accomplish?
  • What did you learn?
  • What would you have done differently?

…and remember:

  • Answer the question that you've been asked, not one that you want to be asked.
  • Come across with enthusiasm and energy.

GROUP EXERCISE

This is used to assess your communication and problem-solving skills in action, and to ascertain how effectively you work in a team environment.

Assessors are looking out to see if you:

  • Keep the group focussed on the objective.
  • Present your case persuasively and with impact.
  • Challenge appropriately and show encouragement / leadership of others.

A few tips:

  • Decide on objectives and priorities, make a plan and follow it.
  • The quality of what you say is more important than the quantity of your words.
  • Find a balance between advancing your own ideas and helping the group to complete the task set.

CASE STUDY

A one-to-one activity used to assess a candidate's analytical skills and commercial awareness, as well as their ability to gather relevant information to solve presented problems.

There are a number of stages. After initial analysis and fact-gathering you'll be expected to present your conclusions and explain the rationale behind your recommendations.

A few things to remember:

  • Try to work quickly and efficiently.
  • There will be a lot of information so identify what is most relevant.
  • Make sure you have a good rationale behind your decisions.