Early Careers - Baillie Gifford
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Applicant Resources.
Top Tips.

Top Ten Tips for Interviews

In no particular order, here are our top ten tips for making a great impression during our interview process.


Don’t be late – arrive at our offices in plenty of time or if we are meeting you virtually, log-in five to ten minutes before the interview start time. Test the meeting link in advance to make sure it works on your computer.


Do your research on Baillie Gifford. We’re keen to find out what you know about the firm, the position and what interesting things come up in your research. Don’t just repeat our own website back to us. Use what you’ve learned to show us you’re interested in the firm and what we do (but this doesn’t mean you need to be an expert in investment management!).

Take a moment

Take your time when answering questions and don’t feel like you need to jump in. Interviews can be nerve-racking, and we appreciate that. Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to re-phrase a question if you don’t understand what they’re asking. If you don’t have an immediate answer, it’s okay to take a moment to think about it.

Your experiences

Feel free to talk about all of the experiences that demonstrate your skillset, interests or opinions. These could be from your academic studies, voluntary roles, part-time jobs or just your general interests and passions. These things will often spark more interesting discussions in an interview.

Giving examples

Don’t forget the ‘what’ – when giving your examples. What have you gained from your experiences? What skills did you develop? What did you learn? What would you do differently?

Be honest

Remember you’re applying for a training programme and we don’t expect you to know or have done everything. We’re really looking for the potential in you, so if you don’t know something, don’t worry – be honest.

Body language

Remember your body language is important – although it can feel awkward, things like good eye contact can help build a relationship with the interviewers.

Unexpected questions

Sometimes we will ask you unexpected or abstract questions that have no connection to Baillie Gifford or investment management. Don’t worry about preparing for these in advance as there is often no right answer - we are more interested in how you formulate a response. It’s an opportunity to show us your thinking on matters outside of our industry, and we’re keen to hear what you enjoy talking about.

Asking questions

Even if you’ve found out a lot of information through your own research, have some good questions prepared for your formal interview and informal team sessions. We’re looking for curious individuals and by asking us questions you’re giving us an insight into how interested you are in the position and the firm.

Your individuality

Finally, be yourself and show us your individuality. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not or what you think we are looking for. We’re genuinely interested in hearing about you, what you enjoy doing and what’s important to you.



Meet the Early Careers Team

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Victoria MacGillivray Early Careers Team
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Giada Foniciello Early Careers Team
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Suendoss Burwaiss Early Careers Team

BG: No psychometric tests. No game based assessments. We want to find out more about you and your individuality.


Me: I want an honest, straightforward interview process where I can show my real self and have a conversation with my potential future colleagues.