EY Audit Senior Interview Questions

Updated Mar 5, 2015
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    IT Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at EY.

    Interview

    Got recruited through veteran reference. A Partner and HR introduced us to the business model of EY and some employees who were former veterans. Asked a few questions about work life balance and culture. Went through 3 interviews with 2 of them being partners and 1 of them from HR.

    Interview Questions

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    Audit Senior III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at EY.

    Interview

    Had three interviews, 1st with HR Manager, second with Partner and third with Senior Office Partner. The process was pretty clear and the decision was quick. Being a big four firm used to hiring thousands of people nationally and internationally, this appeared to be a very normal process and all people involved in the process were well versant with their roles.

    Interview Questions

    • Not much technical questions surprisingly for this level - they relied on prior professional experience with big four.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Salary was not negotiable as they mentioned this was the maximum for that role.

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    Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at EY in November 2014.

    Interview

    The recruiting process from submitting my candidacy online until receiving the job offer took 3 months. One month after I applied online, I received an email to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview took around 25 minutes and it was mostly about behavioral questions. It seemed to me that the recruiter was measuring my communication skills and willingness to work. He asked me some general questions about my previous clients, industries, reporting frameworks and tools I had used. Two months after that, I was contacted to schedule a 1:1 interview at the office.

    The interview took somewhere around 2 hours. I was interviewed by 4 different people. The questions were mostly behavioral to see how I would react to several circumstances. We discuss a couple of technical questions and personal views of how it is working at a consulting firm. The people who interviewed me were very engaged, friendly and made me feel welcome.

    A couple of days after the interview I received the job offer.

    An advice: make sure that your resume is detailed enough to show them what you have worked with: specific experiences, tasks, responsibilities and how your audits have been so far.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about some differences between IFRS and US GAAP.
      Tell me about the audit process of one of your previous biggest clients.
      What do you enjoy the most about your job? / The least
      Describe yourself in 4 words
       
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    Negotiation

    Not much space for negotiation, they offered me the market rate. I needed the job, so I was not very insistent either.

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    IT Risk and Assurance Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbus, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at EY (Columbus, OH) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Very easy, laid back process. Just basic, simple questions about your resume and life experiences. I personally did not have any technical questions, but I have heard from some of my peers that they did.

    Interview Questions

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    Assurance Services Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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.

    Interview

    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

    Offers for new graduates from Big 4 firms are pretty standard and equal. There is not much room for negotiation.

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    Audit Senior Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at EY (New York, NY) in September 2013.

    Interview

    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

    • Tell me about your dream job   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    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.

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    Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at EY (Salt Lake City, UT) in September 2013.

    Interview

    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

    Recruiter made oral offer via phone, very low pressure. I was offered time to consider, although I opted to accept immediately.

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    Audit Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at EY (San Jose, CA) in August 2013.

    Interview

    Discussions on nature of clients, GAAP/ GAAS experience

    Interview Questions

  10.  

    Audit Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    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

    Not too much negotiation, but they were open to negotiation.

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    Assurance Services Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Buffalo, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at EY (Buffalo, NY) in October 2011.

    Interview

    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

    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

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