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EY Accounting Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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Staff Accountant Interview

Staff Accountant
Philadelphia, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at EY in February 2011.

Interview Details – Was given an on campus interview for a leadership conference. Received the offer during the leadership conference. Two interviews, one was a partner and the other was a senior manager. Pretty standard interview, behavioral with some situational.

Interview Question – How can you bring creativity to your career in accounting.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiating,

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Staff Accountant Interview

Staff Accountant
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at EY in August 2013.

Interview Details – Go through many interviews, make sure you are very prepared they will ask you lots of questions

Interview Question – Name a current event going on in the accounting industry currently   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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Staff Accountant Interview

Staff Accountant

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Interview Details – Spent a lot of time focused on formulaic question and had a checklist of them. Interviewer ticked them off as he asked them, which I think, was indicative of a personality shared by other people I met from the firm.

Interview Question – Discuss a time you performed poorly in a team.   Answer Question

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Transfer Accounting Associate Interview

Transfer Accounting Associate
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at EY in May 2012.

Interview Details – Got phone interview after connecting with an alumni and sending resume and cover letter that expressed an eagerness to work at Ernst & Young. Phone interview was short and brief. Followed up with an offer to have interviews at office. Interview included a written response, two interviews with management, and a informal lunch with current associates. Generally straight forward process.

Interview Question – Most difficult question was how do your previous experiences give you a competitive edge for the position?   Answer Question

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Tax Accountant Interview

Tax Accountant
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at EY in January 2013.

Interview Details – Contacted by campus recruiter. Went to business dinner, lunch, and 3 staff interviews.

Interview Question – Interview process was as usual. Senior manager who interviewed me was surprised that in recent years there were so many finance students have been applying for accounting position in recent years.   Answer Question

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Tax Accountant Interview

Tax Accountant
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at EY in April 2013.

Interview Details – I was referred from a partner from a different office in another state who reached out to a recruiter for me. She later contacted the right different recruiter, who asked for my resume and transcript. She quickly set up an interview with a Tax Manager.

Interview Question – Imagine you make a very complicated calculation in excel for a client who is going to make a decision. After you reviewed it a couple of times you notice you are going to save the client $10 million in taxes. You give it to your senior and your partner, who review your work. They agree on your calculation and tell the client about the tax savings and the meeting to finalize the transaction is tomorrow. It's 9 o'clock at night and you are finalizing the paperwork, and you suddenly realize you made a careless mistake on excel and instead of putting a minus, you put a plus, so the client is not going to save $10 million, but is going to owe $10 million.
What do you do? How do you handle the situation?
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Staff Accountant Interview

Staff Accountant

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at EY.

Interview Details – -I was hired from on campus. The process was an interview with one person on campus. Then I was given an in-house interview at the office location. There I interviewed with three different people. The questions were more behavioral. I do not remember any technical accounting questions.

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Staff Accountant Interview

Staff Accountant
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at EY in December 2009.

Interview Details – The interview process at EY out of college is fairly simple. If you are there you are likely to get an offer in assurance. They are very meticulous about who they invite in for an interview so when they do pick you, you probably have an offer. The interviews are non technical and very informal.

Interview Question – none   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None

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Staff Accountant Interview

Staff Accountant
Edison, NJ

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at EY in September 2011.

Interview Details – Two phone interviews
One superday interview consisting of six 1:1 interviews with senior management

Interview Question – List some of your weaknesses   View Answer

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Staff Accountant Interview

Staff Accountant
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at EY in November 2011.

Interview Details – Very similar to the other big four. I had an excellent experience, all the people I met were great. I was flown out, put up in a hotel, and compensated for my expenses. The interview consisted of a information session, two interviews, and a lunch.

Interview Question – How do you deal with problems.   View Answer

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