Answering our most popular questions

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By: FD Recruitment Team


To help you along our application process, we have answered a few of our most popular questions. If your question isn’t below, please use our Chat function to get your question answered by one of our team.

How should I apply?

You simply need to attach your CV to your chosen business area and programme (e.g., graduate or placement) via our online application process.

When should I apply?

You can apply anytime. Screening and interviewing will start immediately, so we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.

Can I apply to more than one business area?

No. You can only apply to one business area on your initial application. We can discuss other areas at the interview stage if you have interests in more than one.

I am a Masters student. Where should I apply?

Final-year Masters students should apply to the graduate programme.

I am a PhD student. Where should I apply?

If you are in your final year and studying for a quantitative PhD, you may wish to apply to our graduate programme. Please note, by quantitative subjects we mean: maths, physics, computer science, engineering, economics, financial maths and econometrics.

Am I eligible to apply if I require a work visa?

No unfortunately at this time we do not provide sponsorship for work Visas.

When will I hear if my application is successful?

You will be sent a response as soon as possible, but please bear in mind that depending on the time of year, response times may vary.

How many rounds will I typically have to attend?

You typically have two rounds, but it varies by stream you have applied for.

Whom will I interview with?

You will be interviewed by the HR team responsible for graduate recruitment. For particular roles, the department manager may also interview you.

Will my interview expenses, such as travel, be reimbursed?

No, unfortunately due to the number of applicants coming for interview each week we cannot reimburse interview expenses.

What should I do if my circumstances change? For example, if I have a final interview with another company?

Please go to the Contact page on our website and call our Newry HQ as soon as you can if your circumstances have changed and you can’t make the interview.

Where will I be based if I am made an offer?

For your first 6-12 weeks you will be based at our HQ in Newry, N.Ireland. After this initial training period you will be sent out on client site worldwide. The Company has continued to expand its service offering and now has operational bases in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia to service its global client base.

Will there be formal training?

At First Derivatives our most valuable asset truly is our people – each individual is critical to providing our clients with unparalleled service and maintaining our position as the leading provider of systems support and development services to the capital markets technology sector. Therefore, we are committed to helping our people reach the peak of their capabilities. This Capital Markets Training Programme (CMTP) formalises and articulates the Company’s existing training programme and will provide each new joiner with the skills and knowledge which will enable them to perform at the level required by both the Company and our clients.

When am I expected to start if I am offered a graduate position at First Derivatives?

Recruitment at First Derivatives is rolling at the moment and we are hiring almost every month. However our main intake months are June, July and August.

When am I expected to start if I am offered a placement at First Derivatives?

Your start date will be confirmed with your placement offer and you’ll usually be required to start in early June.

What happens after the Graduate Programme?

Beyond the 2 years of the Graduate Options Programme we have lots of opportunities for our staff to progress their career in FD. Successful graduation involves completing all CMTPs and receiving positive client feedback on site. FD can offer roles with increased responsibility and challenging opportunities to continue to expand on their existing skill set – encouraging our staff to grow with our expanding company for many years ahead.