What might it be like to Work at Capital One?

A history and review of Capital One's recruitment incentives for Associates

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The Graduate Scheme

What was Capital One's graduate scheme and how attractive was it for job seekers today?

Capital One saw itself as a company that asked more from its graduates, "we want you to roll up your sleeves and get involved right from the very start," as it sees itself as a comapny that will offer a much more broader business exposure. It also claimed that its graduate would have a higher level of responsibility than other companies and the ability to " contributing personally to thier growth pretty much from the moment you get here. No exaggeration. "

Barclaycard Graduate programme say much the same

"You will need to think about which area is right for you. Whatever business you join, we will expect you to be proactive, ambitious and hungry to learn. Your first placement will be an introduction to your chosen business area. " read more

Is this just financial graduate scheme speak?

No, one Graduate schem quotes "Motivated people who thrive on tough targets and use judgement to make decisions at speed. You will need the versatility to adapt to changing environments and the resilience to negotiate effectively. " Sounds like a trading floor, no it is Sainsbury's

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Capital One's perfect Graduate profile seems to become confused, first it begins with


  • Be bright, dedicated and hard working.
  • Ability to communicate exceptionally well

changes to

  • It also helps if you’re fun to be around.

moves on to

"....we’re not just looking for one particular type of person either, you’re encouraged to own your role,

moves back to fun

"...creativity and fun, and who have the ability to "make things happen".

and then ends with the usual dull stuff

"..a good degree (2:1 or above) in an analytical, business, engineering or scientific field and so on.

Just out of interest we could not find another Graduate Scheme for a household name that mentioned the word fun once, let alone twice.


Additional Note - found one "The scheme is a lot of fun" quote from Graduate on Betfair's scheme

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