EY Advisory FSO Interview Questions

Updated Apr 2, 2015
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    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at EY (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I was approached by a London based Placement / Staffing firm. They understood my interests and placed my profile with EY for the position of Senior. Initially they provided me the details on Manager and then reverted to Senior, the explanation was provided that EY will evaluate and then align my experience with the title. After couple of weeks, a phone interview (technical round) was setup with a Manager, she was generally polite and asked questions on my experience and the resume itself. The feedback was quick and I received a notification that a super day will be organized. But all of a sudden another round of phone interview was organized with the Head of recruitment after a week. The recruiter did not turn up and I wrote an email to the recruitment coordinater, she apologised and scheduled the same another day. The next day, the conversation started well and then the question came up starting as "I am not a technical person and can you in short tell me about yourself?" I was happy to provide a response but got abruptly interrupted, wondering if this was technology oriented role then the Recruiter is expected to appreciate the technological concept and inputs at the high level. Overall the interview went well and 2 weeks later a super day (13th March) was organized.

    On the Superday I reached at 8.20 AM as the interview was scheduled to start at 8.30 AM. There were 3 rounds of interview scheduled, the first round was scheduled with the recruiter who had taken my phone interview. He turns up late at the reception (about 8.40 AM or so). He begins by providing his gyaan on why they would like to hire somebody at Senior level and when I prompted a question on bands and what is the difference between those bands in terms of expectations, he was not able to provide a proper answer. He skipped the answer saying that they do not know a clear difference. I also asked a question on the business model in terms of managed services or staff augmentation and he was arrogant in responding back that EY is a Tier 1 company and not a Tier 2 IT consulting firms. He also made an exaggerated suggestion that the visa transfer filing will take about 30 days or so.

    The next scheduled interview was with the Partner, he was about 10 minutes late. This guy walks in and goes to the window in the office that I was sitting, peeks outside and then when he was finished, shakes hands with me and then starts providing overview of the Regulatory Transformation practice. I asked a question on the business model in terms of Regulatory transformation project bid and I did not get a clear response. He asked few questions and then took out his diary, asked some standard questions, wrote down notes and then he left without providing me a chance to ask questions.
    Next steps in a Senior (same level as my prospective title). She asks a standard question on 'Tell me about yourself', then she retorts back with further queries on 'What is my goal in 5 years time', I responded back that I would like to focus on client advisory role and build my domain expertise on OTC Derivatives and regulatory requirement. She comments that this sounds a good proposition but then why one would join a consulting firm and not a bank instead. I asked her some questions which included - What can you leverage from my CV in the current role. She responded back saying that she did not find anything interesting. That response was enough to put me off. I sensed an agenda of nit picking for sure. I kept quite and let her exit the room after few minutes. It was clear to me that this was not working out for me. If there was an issue with skillsets then this should have been filtered out at the phone interview stage and not during face to face interviews.

    The last round was scheduled with a Manager, she comes and apologies as she was not carrying a CV copy, I provided a copy that I was carrying. She sounded upbeat as she discussed the training plans and answered my questions politely. Then she all of a sudden got up while I was speaking and I felt uncomfortable, I shook her hands and let her go. She commented she will ask the other partner to speak with me. That never happened. I called the Interview greeter and she confirmed that everything is done and the recruitment team will come back to me. This was a Friday and then I kept waiting for confirmation untill Wednesday - 18th Mar, I ultimately called the EY Recruiter and left a message, he did not return my call. I am yet to receive an official notification from EY but overall my experience with them has left a bad taste in my mouth. If this is how they treat you during the interview stage then this is a good indication of things to come. Overall, I am glad that this did not work out! nobody likes to work with people who do not respect you. I am certain that this is a case with few bad apples, EY is known for its culture.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself
      Which project did you enjoy the most?
      Which project was challenging?
       
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    Advisory FSO Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at EY.

    Interview

    Invited to interview off of the normal interview schedule after attending another EY event in the summer. Started with an office visit before networking time and then got to the interviews. The interviews included 2 personal interviews and 1 technical case interview. Interview process took the majority of one day.

    Interview Questions

    • Was asked to analyze whether a large national bank should merge with a regional brick and mortar bank, and had to use supplied data to present a solution. Pretty typical case interview question, had time to write down thoughts on paper before delving into answer. Not too difficult of a question.   Answer Question
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    FSO Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at EY.

    Interview

    On campus interview initially. If selected, they will bring you back for an on-site interview.

    On-campus interview was looking over resume and behavioral questions.

    On-site interview was two 45 minute behavioral-styled interviews, but they turned mostly into just conversation. The last part is the case study, which lasts 45 minutes as well. During this, they are looking for how you go about coming up with potential solutions to problems.

    Interview Questions

    • Give a time when you had to work with a difficult member in a group.   Answer Question
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    Business Advisory Program FSO Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at EY.

    Interview

    All very behavioural. First interview was at university, then got invited to interview in a major city office after completing a writing assessment. This consisted of two behavioural interviews and an additional "case" interview, which was very simple and not at all like any management consulting cases in terms of how it's given/structure/expected response. Got my offer about a week later - also was able to transfer to another office since I wanted to work for a different city than the position I applied for. Incredibly friendly employees, seems like they really want to invest in you.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing terrible; know answers to all the hard behavioural questions.   1 Answer
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    FSO Advisory BAP Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at EY (Dallas, TX) in October 2014.

    Interview

    1st Round of interviews is at your college. There is a dinner the night before that I highly encourage you to attend. You get to know the managers and the people that are currently in the program. Everyone was very nice and willing to answer all of your questions. The first round is with a manager and they just want to get to know you and see if you would fit into their culture. They ask you a few things off of your resume and a few behavioral questions.

    About three days later, if you make it to the second round they invite you to a super day at the location you preference. This super day contains two behavioral interviews and a case study. EY does a great job to make you feel like they are recruiting you and that you are not just another candidate. You will be assigned a buddy who takes you to all of your interview locations. I advice you to prep for the case study by reviewing the attached podcast from the super day invitation email. If you have time I would practice case studies with a friend. This case was very interactive and the manager will ask you questions on what would you do in this case.

    One of the behavorial interviews was very relaxed and they just wanted to get to know you. The second asked a lot of questions on what technical experiences you have and experience with working in a team environment.

    After the interview, people that are currently in the program take you to a nice brunch and they are really just seeing how well you fit in with them.

    About three days later I got a phone call with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Why should I hire you instead of the other candidates I am interviewing today?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate, they give you a very good offer.

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    Advisory Services Senior Manager (FSO) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at EY (New York, NY) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted my resume to EY recruiter who contacted me the next day. Phone interview with a sr. manager occurred a week later. Invited to NYC office for 'Super Day' which consisted of 4 1:1 interviews (sr. manager, director, partner, and partner/principle). One of the 1:1s involved a case question. Super Day was held on a Friday; the recruiter contacted me on the following Thursday regarding outcome/next steps.

    Interview Questions

    • The case involved a client who was experiencing declining profitability in one of its lines of business. Two questions were asked: 1) What approach would you use to understand why there is a decline in profitability?, and 2) Calculate revenues by LOB based on percentage of total revenue by year (numbers were provided).   1 Answer
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    EY Advisory FSO Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at EY (New York, NY) in March 2014.

    Interview

    I applied on campus interviewed with a Partner and then was invited for their Superday in NY. The interview started with a presentation talking about the service line then the greeters took us for our interview locations. The interviews consisted of 1 writing test (1 hr), 1 reasoning test 45 mins, 2 behavioral 45 mins and 1 case 45 mins. Got an acceptance call within two days.

    Interview Questions

    • I really prepared very well for the case so know your basics and dont rush. Think before opening your mouth and talk sense like a proper consultant. You can make flow charts/diagrams if you like- they helped me a lot.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Did not negotiate it was well beyond my expectations.

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    FSO Advisory Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at EY (Dallas, TX) in September 2013.

    Interview

    There was a networking dinner the night before the on-campus interview. The interview went smoothly since I got to meet the interviewer the night before. I was also asked to do an online business writing assessment. Four days later I got an e-mail saying that I was invited for an office visit.

    During the office visit, there was a presentation given followed by two behavioral interviews and one case interview. After that, they took us out for lunch.

    Everyone was really friendly and it was a pleasant recruiting process.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you were doing an assignment or a task and halfway through, you realized that what you were doing was completely wrong. How did you handle it?   Answer Question
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    FSO IT Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at EY (New York, NY) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Went through basic 1 on 1 campus interview after the pre-selected interview dinner the night before. Interview was very nice and fairly informal. Was sent an online writing assessment to complete a week later. Was invited to Superday in the Times Square office where I participated in 2 behavioral interviews and one case study. Didn't connect well to the first interview, who was fairly condescending at some points of the interview, though I'm sure it was designed to be like this. Didn't get the offer, but I'm sure someone else who was a better fit for the company got it over me.

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    Advisory FSO Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at EY (San Francisco, CA) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Beginning with an on campus interview, followed by timed writing assignment. Then the selected candidates went to San Francisco for 3 interviews and lunch. We spoke to three different representatives and one of the interviews was a case, the other two were behavioral.

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