GRADUATES: HOW TO APPLY - DATA SCIENCE

If you’re interested in building the next generation of banking, developing your skills at the UK’s largest digital bank and working on the frontline of emerging technologies, we want to hear from you.

We want to see applications from people of all backgrounds and have created a recruitment process to give all candidates the opportunity to excel. We don’t ask you for a CV and we don’t rely solely on your past successes – instead we are looking for you to demonstrate your potential and share our values. We are proud to nurture an inclusive work environment where colleagues are encouraged to be their true selves and fully reach their potential.

While we don’t request a specific degree subject for our Data Science Stream, you need to have a strong level of existing knowledge around coding, modelling and statistical mathematics. We would expect applicants to be familiar with applying methodologies such as Logistic Regression, Random Forests, SVM, xGBoost and Time-Series Modelling. At online test stage you will be asked to complete tests which include basic use of Python and SQL.

This is the only Graduate Program where we do require some previous knowledge and experience and this is because of the very technical nature of the role. We recommend you review practice tests to see whether you have the relevant technical skills before you make your application.

The relevant practice tests are lesson numbers 1-5 here. Please note that the tests in the application process will not be identical to these, but by taking the practice tests you’ll get an idea of the skills we are looking for and whether this is the right stream for you.

Closing dates

Applications are open now and for Data Science, will close on 27th November 2019 (you can check the closure date for other programmes on the individual programme pages) and you MUST ensure your application form and online tests are all submitted by that date.

THERE ARE THREE STAGES IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

Stage 1: Application and Online Testingtoggle

The first step is to complete our online application form. This is where we gather your contact details and check your eligibility to apply. We also ask you to compete some questions that we use to measure the diversity of our applications to ensure we are providing equal opportunities. It’s not compulsory to answer these questions, but all information is recorded anonymously and the data collected helps us ensure we continue to ensure we offer an application process that attracts a diverse range of candidates.

Our Graduate Programmes are rotational and our Data Science roles are based predominantly in London, with the potential of placements across the UK. You may also be required to travel to different UK locations for individual meetings and events. We believe this is the best way for you to get to know the business effectively, which is why we ask you within the application form, to confirm you’re happy to commit to the location requirements of the Stream you’re applying to. If you have extenuating circumstances which require you to have a fixed location we can consider these on a case by case basis - you should still apply, but please state NO to the location commitment question and we will get in touch to understand your circumstances in due course.

After that, we’ll ask you to do some online tests. We recognise that everyone is different and so our assessment process has been developed inclusively to remove barriers. Once you have begun your application you will be asked to let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments to support you through the test stages – if you’re unsure what this means or what might be relevant for you, please contact the team before beginning the tests.

The Data Science tests begin with a critical reasoning test. This help us understand how you read and interpret written information; just read the questions carefully and answer to the best of your ability. You can familiarise yourself with similar tests using the ‘Critical Reasoning’ option here.

The next set of on-line tests are the Technical Tests which are specific to Data Science. We will send you the links to these around 2 working days after you complete the Application Form and the Critical Reasoning test.

The Technical Test invitation will arrive by email and include a link to the relevant site. There will be 3 tests which you can take in any order but all 3 must be completed within 60 minutes:
– Multiple choice relating to general Data Science topics
– Writing a basic Python function
– Data manipulation in SQL

We hope you’ll already have completed some practice tests (lessons 1-5 on this website) and will be feeling reasonably confident, but if you get stuck on anything, we recommend you do as much as you can before moving on to the next test.

Stage 2: Video interviewtoggle

If we progress you to the next stage, we’ll ask you to complete a 30-minute video interview.

You’ll click the link in the invitation to be able to see the full instructions on what this entails, but in summary you can expect more questions relating to your application and why you want to work for us – and you answer the questions in video form.

We give you tips on how to set this up to show yourself in the best light (literally!) and you have the chance to undertake a practice before you begin.

You will have 5 days from the point of receiving your invitation to complete this part of the application process, so please do make sure our email notifications are not going to your junk mailbox. You can refer to the timelines on the application pages for an idea of when we’ll contact you if you’re successful at the online tests and should complete the video interview.

If you are successful at your Video interview, we’ll get back in touch again to invite you the assessment centre, which is the final stage.

Stage 3: Assessment centretoggle

The assessment centre day is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your potential to us in person – but it’s not just about us assessing you! We want you to feel excited about the prospect of joining Lloyds Banking Group and we understand that to do this, it’s helpful to meet current colleagues and be able to ask questions to Graduates who have been on this journey before you.

The day itself is, made up of a variety of activities, both group and individual, including an exercise in a Virtual Reality environment. You’ll start the day with introductions and scene setting where we will explain how the day will work. We deliberately don’t share too much information with you before the day itself as we don’t want you to over-prepare. We want to see the real you, and this includes how you respond to novel tasks and experiences.

We also ask you to undertake a further strengths based interview during the Assessment Centre and we will want to understand why you think Lloyds Banking Group is the right place for you to build your career.

For Data Science, the Assessment Centre will also include a task to help us assess how you understand and analyse complex data. Again there is nothing to prepare in advance for this, which is why we don’t go into any greater detail at this stage.

Remember this day is to enable you to get to know more about us just as it is for us to get to know more about you. We want you to be able to feel sure whether or not we are the right place for you, and the assessment centre is a great opportunity for this.

If you’re successful at the Assessment Centre stage, we’ll make you an offer to join the programme.

We’ll give you a full feedback report shortly after your day at the assessment centre. This will explain what we think your strengths are and how you might develop them.

Here are some application tips to help you at each stage of the way:

1. Take some time to think about whytoggle

We want to know how you feel about our industry and why it interests you. And since our purpose is to help Britain prosper, we’d love to hear examples of how you live our values. Whether it’s your experience of volunteering or your ambitions to get involved in our charity work, how can you help us achieve our purpose while achieving yours?

2. Think about your strengthstoggle

Strengths-based interviews are a bit different from traditional assessments. We’d like to learn about what you’re naturally good at, so be prepared to show us how you do things across various exercises – on your own and with a group – on our assessment days.

3. Let us know if you need extra supporttoggle

We recognise that people are different and we’ve tried to make our application process accessible to everyone. Get in touch if you have any accessibility requirements or need any other help to complete your application and interview: lloydsbankinggrouptalent@peoplescout.co.uk.

4. Do what you can, when you cantoggle

Our video interview will ask you to answer a series of questions in a certain amount of time. But just because there is 45 seconds, don’t feel you need to fill that time up. As long as you say everything you need to say, that’s all that matters.

One last thing

Above all, we want to see the real you. We’re not interested in perfectly performed responses and learned answers. We want to hear what you’re truly passionate about, and why you believe this programme is right for you. So, be yourself! We’re looking forward to meeting you.

If you have any questions about the assessment process, or want to talk to us about any special requirements, contact us at: lloydsbankinggrouptalent@peoplescout.co.uk.

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