About Fidelity International
Founded in the 1940s and working in 25 countries, Fidelity International is a global organisation offering services in investments and retirement planning.
Working with a wide range of clients such as corporate investors, financial organisations, and private individuals, Fidelity is best known for providing investment advice on financial products such as mutual funds and stocks and shares. The company also has expertise through its personal and financial health business on investment, administration, and guidance on pensions.
As a company, Fidelity is focused on the development of its employees, recognising that development varies according to the individual. Their values of integrity and trust are integral to the working culture at Fidelity, with employees encouraged to be bold, brave, curious, and compassionate in their work.
All employees at Fidelity receive a competitive salary alongside a benefits package that includes health and medical checks, risk insurance, and retail discounts.
Given the scale of the organisation, the career options at Fidelity cover several different specialisms. Career opportunities are open to undergraduates, graduates, and experienced hires and vary by location.
Fidelity International Application Process
Fidelity International's application process is comprised of four stages:
- Online application
- Online assessments: numerical, verbal, and logical reasoning tests
- Video Interview
- Assessment centre
The process is designed to assess a candidate's abilities and discover more about them as a person, their interests, strengths, and whether, based on this, they are a good fit for a role at Fidelity International.
Candidates need to complete an online application form as the first stage of the recruitment and selection process.
The application form requests basic information such as personal details and any employment history.
Also included in the application form are vacancy-specific competency questions. These questions are an essential part of the application form, so take time to craft a detailed response.
When detailing the answers to these questions, it is advised to think about your previous experiences. Documenting your experiences using the STAR technique (situation, task, actions, and result) enables you to provide an answer that fully highlights your skills and experience.
Candidates who apply for experienced hire vacancies must upload a CV in support of their application.
All candidates that submit an online application form are invited to complete three online assessments: numerical reasoning test, logical reasoning test, and a verbal reasoning test. The tests each measure a specific aptitude, each with its own time limit and question format.
These tests provide further insight into a candidate's inherent abilities, how well they can solve problems, their cognitive abilities, and critical thinking skills.
It is worth noting that the online tests must be completed ahead of the vacancy deadline and within five days of receiving the invitation to sit the tests.
Candidates who apply to experienced hire vacancies do not complete an online assessment.
The numerical reasoning test assesses a candidate's ability to work with numerical information to solve problems.
Information is presented in the form of graphs, tables, or charts. Candidates need to use their understanding and working knowledge of basic mathematical concepts such as ratios, percentages, conversions, or fractions to answer the questions. Then, to select which of the multiple-choice answers is correct.
The test is timed, adding extra pressure when completing the questions, so working quickly but accurately is essential. The more questions answered, the higher the overall score will be.
Logical Reasoning Test
The Fidelity International logical reasoning test is an assessment of a candidate's critical thinking skills.
This test is a timed test with questions presented as diagrams or shapes. Candidates need to use their logical reasoning skills to determine the relationship between these shapes or diagrams; then using this information, select which of the shapes or patterns given in the multiple-choice answer follows according to the sequence.
This is also an assessment of whether candidates can use non-verbal information to solve problems and make logical deductions. Also, how well they can work under pressure to solve problems based solely on the information given.
Verbal Reasoning Test
The verbal reasoning test is a reading comprehension test that focuses on a candidate's ability to read and understand passages of text, then make logical inferences from this.
In this timed test, questions are given in the form of short passages of text. Candidates need to read the passage and determine whether the statements that follow are true, false, or they can not say based on the information they have read.
The timed nature of the test adds extra pressure when completing the test. It is essential to make sure you have thoroughly read the information and then the question before selecting your answer.
This test also evaluates a candidate's understanding of the use of grammar and word comprehension.
Candidates successful at the online assessment and application screening stage are invited to attend a video interview.
The interview is strengths-based, typically lasting around 45 minutes long. Strengths-based interviews focus on candidates' interests, experiences, hobbies, and what they enjoy doing. Questions will be asked about why you want to join Fidelity, what you know about the role and what interests you about the position and sector you have applied to.
The Fidelity International assessment centre format varies according to the role or programme applied to.
The assessment centre can include:
- An additional strengths-based interview similar to the video interview format
- Group exercises
- A business-based case study assessment
The group assessment is focused on assessing how well candidates work in a group. The assessment takes the form of a group task, with each candidate being given information and the group an overall objective or goal they need to complete within a given timeframe.
Candidates are evaluated on their communication skills, time management, teamwork, collaboration, and interpersonal skills. The task requires you to work together, listen, contribute and be aware of timings to ensure that the group reaches an overall outcome.
The business assessment is given as a timed individual case study. This assessment enables recruiters to gain further insight into how well a candidate can solve business-related problems. Candidates are provided with information that relates to a business scenario, similar to that they may encounter when working on the job. You need to read, understand, analyse and interpret the information, then outline the recommendations you would take in the given situation.
Candidates may be asked to present their findings or discuss these with an interviewer. This assessment focuses on whether candidates can clearly and logically outline their thinking behind how they have reached their recommendations. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are also assessed in the business assessment task.