EY Audit Senior Interview Questions

Updated Aug 28, 2014
Updated Aug 28, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Audit Senior III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at EY in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process is not very rigorous. Make sure to ask questions to your recruiter ahead of time, and review the position you applied for to ensure you have the skillset required for that position. Most of the questions asked during the interview are behavorial based. As the audit engagements requires you to work in teams, having an experience, and being to demonstrate how you worked in teams in your previous job is the key.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't believe there's a difficult question. Most questions are geared towards understanding your interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Assurance Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at EY in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Round 1 conducted on campus with one current manager (or above), round 2 in office visit (whole day- included meeting with HR with group of candidates, lunch plus 3 rounds of interviews)

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Assurance Services Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Buffalo, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Buffalo, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 week - interviewed at EY in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed on campus set up through the school. Very simple application process. 15 minute conversation with typical questions found on google. Received call back to go to office and meet 3 employees (Staff, Manager, Partner). Received offer on the spot. Very quick process overall. Probably different for experienced hires, I would imagine.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain most difficult person you've worked with and how you handled the experience   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Zero negotiation. Audit compensation is the same for all the firms in the area within $1k. No leverage since they are getting the top candidates whether you accept or not
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Audit Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at EY in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Discussions on nature of clients, GAAP/ GAAS experience

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at EY in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    EY mostly recruits from college but hires some experienced hires. Your experience will be much better if you can get hired from college because you will start with a group of peers from day one that will become your best friends. The interviews are in multiple rounds and are almost ALL about your personality. There is very little if any technical questions you will get - the presumption is that if you are interviewing with EY you are already smart.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you see yourself gaining from EY?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Offers are generally firm numbers, there is not a lot of deviation between a first year staff. Seniors and above may have some differentiation. But offers are generally firm.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at EY in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had been on their automated email for job postings for close to 6 months and applied to several open positions. Finally after many failed attempts received a phone call and email from a recruiter asking me some questions. Nothing hard, just basic stuff like "what are you currently doing..", and "are you available to work at EY..".

    That was followed by an email from their scheduler requesting several times and dates to have a phone interview with their recruiter. EY was very good at meeting my time requirements, and the phone interview went without a hitch. I received some basic questions like "tell me about yourself..", "..do you oppose travel..", and some other basic questions about my current job responsibilities.

    This was followed by another phone interview with another recruiter probably verifying whatever the first recruiter thought, or there were issues and needed a second opinion. This again followed the same scheduling as the first phone interview. This interview lasted about 45 minutes, and it seemed that all we really did was chat about me and what i'm looking to get out of EY.

    I waited a week or two and was contacted again for a face to face interview. The head recruiter asked me to supply several times and dates to meet. EY did a great job meeting my time requirements once again.

    I met with 4 Senior Managers and each interview lasted roughly 45 minutes - 60 minutes. I killed the interview and was very pleased with the conversations. However i was very nervous for the long afternoon of interviewing. All the questions had been based on how I would handle a situation. I have a lot of work experience so I was able to tie similar scenarios to the questions. My advise is to prep for behavioral interviews. I didn't think I was well prepared and BS'd a lot. Be confident.

    I waited another two weeks and was asked to come back for yet another face to face, but this time was with a Partner. I had no idea what to expect and couldn't find any relevant interview prep to meeting with a Partner in NYC office. I felt i went in cold and unprepared. All I did was make sure I had some questions prepared and I was able to answer the question "tell me about yourself"..though that never came up.

    The Partner Interview went really well. I was made to feel very welcome and the conversation was more of two buddies catching up on current events. My advise here is to also tie old responsibilities to the conversation. For example, I'm an auditor and we had been discussing what I thought about a particular article that we both read. I shared a brief 2 minute story of something i had done a few years before. That type of scenario leads to more engaging conversation and allows the applicant to steer the questions and topics. Just don't talk to long.

    That went really well and two weeks later I was called by the recruiter and we discussed salary etc. I wasn't wowed by the offer so I pushed back a little. About another week went by and I received a verbal offer followed by a written offer 2-5 days later which I had accepted.

    Total effort was brutal and very time consuming.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Not too difficult. I know the market rate for senior auditors and EY was a little short. I pushed back with data and job history and EY went back to the drawing board. They came back a week later with a better offer. Still not great, but they made a great effort for showing that they want me.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Assurance Services Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at EY.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process begins early in your college education. Big 4 firms hire from their internship pools, and internships are done before your final year in school. So attend recruiting events early - as a Sophomore! Establish several key contacts at the firm(s) your interested in and maintain regular communication.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a time when someone in your group was not carrying their load. How did you handle it?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Offers for new graduates from Big 4 firms are pretty standard and equal. There is not much room for negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at EY in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview process began after initial contact with a brief phone call with the recruiter. Some initial questions were asked to clarify my experience and knowledge. A few weeks later I had a phone interview with a partner from the recruiting office. A few weeks after that I went in for an office visit. Questions ranged from general inquiries into my past experience to reasons for wanting to leave my current firm. The feel of the office was very good, everyone was 'real' and approachable. I identified with them more than other big4 offices I had visited.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you prefer to come on with a lot of responsibility and a very steep learning curve or less responsibility with more time to learn the ropes?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Recruiter made oral offer via phone, very low pressure. I was offered time to consider, although I opted to accept immediately.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Emailed back and forth with an experienced hire recruiter, had several informal phone interviews with a Partner and a Senior Manager, and then was invited for an office visit. I had three 30 minute interviews with 2 partners and one senior manager. All three interviews were purely discussions of past audit experiences (nothing technical) combined with my goals and where I wanted to go in the audit. I came prepared with plenty of relevant questions. Overall the interviews were more career discussions and where I would fit in within the firm (i.e. clients, industry, tasks on clients, etc.).

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was too difficult, but be prepared to discuss short-term and long-term goals as they want to ensure you are a fit for their hiring group.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not too much negotiation, but they were open to negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days - interviewed at EY in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Great experience, great information on the company and its culture.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Industry related compensation, therefore not negotiated in to much detail
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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