We make the candidate better, not the process easier.
We help brilliant people fulfil their promise through our one on one career guidance and multi award-winning longitudinal development programmes.
With Rare, you choose which applications to make to which clients. You always apply in the same way as any other candidate: the same application form, sit the same numerical and verbal tests, and do the same interviews and assessment centres. There are no “fast tracks” and no back doors – you get the job on merit.
Rare’s standards are high; we’re elite – we look for outstanding people – but not elitist - we have people from over 100 universities on our books. We have no minimum grade requirements – we look at every application to Rare in its full social, educational and personal context.
Apply online. We’ll assess your application and if we think we can help then we’ll invite you to join Rare.
We’ll call you to arrange an initial meeting where we can examine some career possibilities.
We’ll help you make applications.
We’ll give you completely free, one-to-one personal development sessions, with experts including a qualified Executive Coach, in everything from numeracy tests to CVs and application forms; from interviews to group tasks and assessment centres. On average, candidates rate the support they get from Rare at 4.82 out of 5 on a scale where 3 is satisfactory, 4 is good, and 5 is excellent.
You’ll receive regular updates with early notice on exclusive Rare client events.
- The best advice. Over and over again our candidates tell us that the one-on-one initial meetings with experts at Rare help them understand themselves, and their options, better. Since 2005 we have done thousands of these meetings, each one using our proprietary What Makes You Tick software. We are really, really good at helping people work out what the right career for them is.
- The best development. Our multi-award winning longitudinal development programmes have broken new ground in helping candidates shatter glass ceilings. Our one-to-one coaching with experts helps brilliant people from diverse backgrounds realise their potential.
- The best data. In 2014 we invented contextual recruitment. Since the widespread adoption of this practice – which, simply put, allows employers to recognise brilliant outperformers from disadvantaged backgrounds – the number of people from lower socio-economic groups hired by top firms has increased by 50%. We’re don’t just work with candidates to make them better – we work with employers to make them more efficient and smarter at recognising great talent.
Rare candidates go through the same process as everyone else. So when you get hired you know it’s on pure merit.
Can I join Rare if I'm with Aspiring Solicitors/Powerful Media/SEO/Windsor Fellowship or similar?
Yes. There are a number of organisations active in this area. They differ in their approach and what they offer. You can be a Rare candidate and a member of the above organisations, or any similar one.
If I get rejected by Rare, can I apply again?
Yes. People get rejected for a number of reasons. Sometimes it's because we don't have opportunities to suit a candidate, sometimes it's because candidates need more development (i.e. more work experience). We add clients all the time. If something in your application has changed, or we have a new opportunity, we encourage you to apply again.
I'm in my first year; what can you do for me?
If you're in your first year, we provide expert career advice and introduce you to some of the best companies in the world. We run Rare Foundations programmes in banking, consulting, and law, hosted by our clients, that are specifically for first years.
I'm an international student, can you help me?
Yes. Some of our clients ask for EU applicants and some are open to international students. Apply online and we'll inform you of the opportunities available to you.
I'm a Masters student. Can you help me?
Yes. We help undergraduate and postgraduate students.
How do I know if my grades are good enough?
We have no minimum grade requirements – we look at every application to Rare in its full social, educational and personal context. We’re elite – we look for outstanding people – but not elitist - we have people from over 100 universities on our books.
Can I work for Rare?
Maybe! Most of our staff originally came to Rare as candidates. We're pretty picky about who we choose to join our team, but if you're interested in working for Rare, check out the 'Work for Rare' section of the site.
Is your service only for ethnic minority candidates?
No. We help everybody, and specialise in helping ethnic minority candidates. We also place a particular emphasis on helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds.