About The London Stock Exchange
The London Stock Exchange is known as the world's most international market located in the City of London, England. The current total market value of all companies on the LSE is approximately £3.8 trillion.
As a leading financial market infrastructure and data provider, the London Stock Exchange Group drives financial stability to empower economic growth.
Employing around 25,000 people worldwide the group has deep expertise in data & analytics, capital markets, post-trade and technology. If you are looking for a career with LSEG you'll be working with extremely insightful, dynamic and dedicated people.
Use this guide to help build your confidence and stand out during the competitive recruitment process.
The London Stock Exchange Recruitment Process
Whatever the role you have applied for, whether it's an internship, graduate programme, or more experienced position, the hiring process at LSEG is similar. You can expect the following 5 stages of the recruitment process:
1. Online Application Form
2. Online Tests
3. Telephone Interview
4. Virtual Assessment Centre
It's important throughout the recruitment process to remember the group's values and try to reflect them in your application and answers. The values are:
Online Application Form
After you have decided on the most suitable position or programme from the LSEG careers website, you will need to create an account and upload your CV. Our advice here is to try to make yourself stand out.
The 4 tips LSEG advise during the application process:
- Be more than your online form: what is memorable about your experiences and what led you to the role being offered?
- Do your research: it's a good idea to be clear on your career direction and understand why the programme or position interests you and why you want to work for LSEG.
- Show enthusiasm: LSEG values quality - the motivational statement is the best way to make your application unique and to stand out. Put some time and care into writing it.
- Make sure your contact details are correct: it's a no brainer but if your details are incorrect LSEG will not be able to contact you.
- Tailor your thinking to LSEG: what motivates and excites you about a career at LSEG?
The next stage of the application process is a series of online assessment tests (also known as aptitude or psychometric tests) you will need to complete, typically provided by the test publisher SHL.
It's really important to practice aptitude tests before attempting the official tests. This is because they can be challenging, and so understanding the test format, structure and having some knowledge on a technique on how to answer them will help build your confidence and improve your score.
The tests that you will need to complete are:
- Numerical reasoning
- Verbal reasoning
- Logical reasoning (sometimes inductive reasoning tests and deductive logical thinking tests)
Numerical Reasoning Tests
Numerical reasoning tests assess how logical and efficient you are with numbers. The LSEG test consists of varying math problems - you might be asked to analyse data and charts, calculate equations, or use basic maths principles e.g. addition and subtraction.
Adding to the challenge is that the test is timed so it is not necessarily the difficulty of the maths but your ability to master both speed and accuracy to do well.
Practicing numerical reasoning tests will help you improve your speed and your general maths.
Verbal Reasoning Tests
Verbal reasoning tests are used by the London Stock Exchange to test a candidate's reading and communication skills.
The format of the test involves reading through long passages of text on a variety of subjects before answering questions related to the passage.
You are being tested on how well you can extract key information from long pieces of writing - a crucial skill in the firm - and one that'll serve you well in a variety of roles. It requires you to be analytical in your approach.
Logical Reasoning Tests
The London Stock Exchange logical reasoning test is an opportunity to demonstrate your key strengths and skills as an individual. It is used to display people's logic and their ability to solve problems - two highly prized skills at the LSEG.
The test format involves answering a series of multiple-choice questions where you will be required to use logic to work out the rule behind a series of different shapes/ patterns.
You will get less than a minute per question, so being able to focus on what the question is asking and answer quickly is important.
Once you have completed your online assessments, you might be contacted for a telephone interview.
Some core tips to pass to do well in the telephone interview stage:
- Share your ideas and learnings about the firm
- Show enthusiasm
- Understand the questions being asked and provide an appropriate response
- Demonstrate good preparation
- Be clear on why you want to work for LSEG
- Ask questions
Virtual Assessment Centre
The final stage of the hiring process is a virtual assessment centre. This will be an online video group call where you might be given a challenging exercise or series of tasks to complete that might simulate what your typical role might involve.
The assessment tests a range of competencies across multiple exercises so LSEG advises "if you have a challenging exercise during the assessment centre, put it to one side and move on."
The group is looking closely at how you handle setbacks and challenges and these provide a look into your approach.
Try to fully understand the instructions, before starting any of the tasks. Be sure to contribute and share your views during group tasks - it's important to get involved.