Frequently asked questions

The application process

Applications open on 1 September each year. Close dates vary according to the year and programme you are applying for. Please check the job description for further information on close dates.

Please note, we review applications and extend offers on a rolling basis, which means we may fill all available positions for some divisions and locations prior to the application deadline.

Macquarie values the innovation and creativity that diversity of thought brings. We are always looking for people who share our drive for innovation, ideas, and excellence, no matter what your university degree or background is. 

A degree or work experience in finance is not a requirement for our opportunities. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have a passion for the role or industry you have applied to, we’d love to hear from you.

To be eligible for our Graduate Programme, you must be:

  • entering your final academic year of study of an undergraduate or master's degree at the time of application,
  • completing your studies in 2020, and
  • on track to achieve a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent.

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider candidates who have recently completed their final year of study and are no longer enrolled in their course, as well as PhD and MBA candidates.

The eligibility criteria for our opportunities outside of London may differ, please check the job description for more information.

Visit our programmes to find out more.

If you are interested in a career with Macquarie but don’t meet the eligibility requirements for our Graduate and Internship Programmes, please visit our current opportunities page and consider what other roles might be right for you.

To be eligible for our Summer Internship Programme, you must be

  • entering your penultimate year of study of an undergraduate or master’s degree at the time of application,
  • completing your studies in 2021, and
  • on track to achieve a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent.

Unfortunately, PhD and MBA candidates are ineligible for our Intern Programme and will not be considered.

The eligibility criteria for our opportunities outside of London may differ, please check the job description for more information.

Visit our programmes to find out more.

If you are interested in a career with Macquarie but do not meet the eligibility requirements for our Graduate and Internship Programmes, please visit our current opportunities page and consider what other roles might be right for you.

To be eligible for our Insight Programme, you must be

  • studying an undergraduate degree or a degree with an integrated master,
  • completing your studies in 2022, and either:
  • entering your first year of a three-year course; or
  • entering your second year of a four-year course; or
  • entering your third year of a five-year course.

Postgraduate students are ineligible for this programme.

If you are interested in a career with Macquarie but do not meet the eligibility requirements for our Programmes, please visit our current opportunities page and consider what other roles might be right for you.

Eligible candidates will be

  • enrolled at the University of Reading,
  • studying a bachelor’s degree with an option for a year’s industrial placement in their penultimate year, and
    • completing your studies by 2022.

Postgraduate students are ineligible for this programme.

If you are interested in a career with Macquarie but do not meet the eligibility requirements for our Programmes, please visit our current opportunities page and consider what other roles might be right for you.

Macquarie offers Internship opportunities in multiple locations. Visit our programmes to find out more.

Macquarie is able to offer visa sponsorship for successful candidates. It is your responsibility to inform us of your residency status when applying and to provide any necessary supporting documents.

We look for students with a strong academic background. While we don’t require a certain amount of UCAS points, we do look for graduates and interns who are on track for a 2:1 and above.

Yes, we only accept applications through our online process.

Go to www.macquarie.com/careers

Click on ‘returning applicants’

Type in your email address and select ‘don’t know your password?’

An email will be sent to you with further instructions to help you reset your password.

You can track the status of your application at any time by logging into the returning applicants page on our website.

Please include your CV and your most recent academic transcript (if available) in your application. If you are currently studying a second degree or a master's degree, please ensure you include transcripts from your previous degree as well.

Remember, your application is your opportunity to tell us why you want to work for Macquarie and what sets you aside from the other applicants. Your CV should demonstrate any previous work experience, volunteering and extra-curricular activities that you have undertaken, as well as any key skills or achievements you have.

We do not ask for a covering letter and you don’t need to include references when you submit your application. If you are successful, we will ask you to submit two professional references.

Make sure you submit your application well before the due date. We recruit on a rolling basis and may fill the opportunities before applications close. We do not accept late applications.

Unfortunately, due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we’re unable to provide you with specific feedback on the outcome at the early stages of your application, however if you are invited to our offices to take part in a Superday or Final Interviews, we do provide all candidates with feedback.

If you’d like to receive a copy of your assessment report, please contact our assessments team.

Unfortunately, Macquarie does not run a formal work experience programme.

If you have a disability and require a workplace adjustment in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us in order to make arrangements.

We are looking for students who are passionate about the area that they are applying to. We ask that you select a first and second preference through the application form, and only submit one application.

Our Graduate Recruitment Team will use the first application form they receive from you and will disregard any further applications you submit.

The recruitment process

The recruitment process varies slightly between our business groups. Typically, successful candidates go through the following process:

  1. A review of your application by the Graduate Recruitment Team, if successful you’ll be asked to
  2. Complete a psychometric assessment. If you have the skills and attributes suitable for the opportunity you’ve applied for, we’ll invite you to take part in
  3. A video interview, where you’ll be asked questions relating to the opportunity and your motivation to work in that business area. If successful, we’ll invite you to a
  4. A Superday and completion of verification assessment at our offices, where you’ll interview with various members of the team. Graduate candidates may be invited back in for a final interview. Following your final interviews, your recruiter will contact you to provide you with feedback. If successful, we’ll make you an
  5. Offer, and initiate our offer process such as reference checks and employment screening.

Please refer to our recruitment process video.

A psychometric assessment is a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioural style.

There are two parts to the assessment – one measuring your cognitive ability and the other measuring your behavioural preferences.

The information generated from this assessment, in combination with all of the other information gathered during the selection process, will be used to assist us in ensuring we have a comprehensive view of the match between you and the position you have applied for.

You may be asked to complete the assessment from home, or to come into one of our offices to complete it. The assessment typically takes about an hour. If you complete the assessment at home, you may be asked to come into one of our offices to complete a verification assessment.

Make sure you are prepared. Your recruiter will send you further information about the psychometric assessment and a link to do some practice tests. The practice assessments will help you familiarise yourself with the type of assessment.

More information on the assessment can be found in our recruitment process video.

You are able to request your assessment report two weeks after you have completed the test. For a copy of that report, please contact our assessments team.

We recommend that you complete the assessment within three days of receiving the invitation and during business hours, as technical support is unavailable outside of this time. 

Please note that we recruit on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to complete the assessment as soon as you are able to.

If you have a question about the deadline to complete your assessment, are experiencing any technical issues, or would like to tell us about a disability that prevents you from achieving your best possible outcome in the assessment, please contact our HR Service Desk.

Please note, by starting the assessment (and video interview), you are confirming that you are fit to complete it to the best of your ability. If you’re not feeling well, please wait until you are well enough to complete the assessment or video interview.

At Macquarie, we look for innovative, driven, and talented students who share our drive for excellence. During the interview process we’ll be expecting you to show us that you’re commercially minded, passionate about our what we do and can tell us why you think you’d be successful at Macquarie.

In order to prepare, we’d encourage you to

  • visit our website to find out more about the business you’re applying to
  • use external sources to keep up to date with current market activity and trends
  • consider the skills and attributes you believe are important to excel in this area, and think of examples of when you have demonstrated these

If you have applied to Macquarie and have sat the psychometric assessment in the past two years, you will not be required to sit the test again as the results which we have on file are valid for two years.

If you are invited to sit the assessment again in error, please contact our Assessments team who can advise you on next steps.

Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide you with feedback at this stage of the recruitment process.

We endeavour to respond to you as soon as we can, but during campaign periods we receive a high volume of applications and it may take us a bit longer. We aim to provide you with an update on your application within two weeks.

We encourage you to apply to our programmes even if you won’t be based in the country. Our first-round is an online psychometric assessment and our second-round is video interview. You can conduct these anywhere, as long as you have internet connection.

If you’re invited to attend our Superday, Macquarie will cover all reasonable costs of travel from within Europe to our offices. If you live outside of Europe, or the costs are out of policy we will be in touch with you directly to organise an interview by WebEx or a video conference if we have a Macquarie office near you.

If you’re invited to attend our Superday, Macquarie will cover all reasonable costs of travel from within Europe to our offices. If you live outside of Europe, or the costs are out of policy, we will be in touch with you directly to organise an interview by WebEx or a video conference if we have a Macquarie office near you

We will provide instructions on how to book your travel via our travel centre in your Superday confirmation email.

Unfortunately, our travel policy means that we are unable to reimburse any travel booked without the use of our travel centre, under any circumstance.

Working at Macquarie

The Graduate Programme will commence in either July or August and runs for 12 months depending on your business group

The Summer Internship Programme typically commences mid-June and finishes in late August.

Macquarie cannot guarantee a deferred place for your graduate or internship role as business requirements may change. However, we will consider you for an opportunity on the programme in the following cohort if there is a position available.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Graduates an early start date. All Graduates will join us in July or August depending on what business area you are joining.

Your career development starts with a tailored orientation and business group-specific workshops and technical training. Depending on the business area you are joining, you may also have the opportunity to attend further training in New York or Sydney. You will then embark on a structured Programme with on-the-job training, access to a comprehensive range of external and internal courses and the opportunity to build your business network.

All Graduates are invited to take part in the Graduate Development Programme. This Programme is tailored to each Graduate group to give you the training and development you require. The Programme also focuses on personal development and wellbeing.

Learning and development continues throughout your career at Macquarie. Employees have access to a comprehensive range of learning and development opportunities through external and internal courses.

In addition, you’ll sit side-by-side with business leaders and have the opportunity to learn from some of the best industry professionals in the country.

Macquarie aims to facilitate flexible working arrangements where possible to support our people achieve their career and personal goals.

Because we recognise that working flexibly means different things to different people, flexible working exists across Macquarie in many forms. A flexible working arrangement may include for example, changes to hours, locations and patterns of work, or access to leave without pay, study and exam leave or a range of other flexible options dependent on circumstance and feasibility.

Ultimately, Macquarie empowers its staff to manage their professional commitments to suit their own personal situation, and equips its people managers to lead a flexible workforce.

Internal and global mobility is encouraged within Macquarie, with 654 of our employees moving within divisions or relocating globally in 2017 and 2018.

With offices in 27 countries around the world, many of Macquarie’s employees have taken advantage of our global mobility options.