I’ve had an AC with Smith & Williamson and progressed to the first interview. It was relatively hard.
The day starts with a repeat of the verbal and numerical tests. The verbal was easy, the numerical much, much harder than their online test. However, no one finished it and the graduates you talk to at lunch reassure you that it is just set at a stupidly hard level to see how you cope. Only 1/6 failed it.
Then there is a group exercise. Mine was about prioritising different investments for a new business. Just be confident and explain your ideas with clarity. In mine, we went massively over budget because of the belligerence of one of the team members, but I still progressed because I felt I spoke confidently and assuredly throughout.
The day finishes with a written exercise in which you have to summarise to a partner numerous emails and bits of information regarding a potential client. It is straightforward, just make sure you leave enough time to plan it all. Make sure you relate it back to the 3 key points that you are given in the brief.
Luckily I’ve accepted an offer with Deloitte, because from what the graduate recruitment officer said about the interview, they expect a lot of preparation and it sounded quite intense.