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EY Tax Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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DSG Tax Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at EY in April 2014.

Interview Details – Applied through school's website, after a few weeks a recruiter contacted me and conducted a first round interview. After the first round interview, an email was sent inviting us to their office where the second round interview was held. The interviewees includes both grad and undergrad students from multiple different schools. I arrived a bit late but the process is your host comes to greet you and introduce you to your interviewers. The interviews were with 3 different EY employees, Manager and up. Afterward your host took you out to lunch and you say your goodbyes.

Interview Question – There are many people interviewing right now, why should we choose you?
Tell me a scenario where you disagree with a group member
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation necessary, happy with offer.

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Tax Staff Interview

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San Francisco, CA

Interviewed at EY

Interview Details – Three interviews. One partner and two senior managers. Mix of behavioral based questions with general conversation. Lunch with a couple staff members.

Interview Question – How would you respond if one of your coworkers wasn't pulling their load with a project?   Answer Question

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Tax Staff Interview

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at EY in April 2013.

Interview Details – Initial Interview about experience, education, other positions held

Interview Question – Would you move to Europe for a permanent position   Answer Question

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Transaction Tax Staff Associate, TAS Interview

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New York, NY

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

Interview Details – Had a phone interview, followed by a phone interview, followed a few weeks later by in-office interview with four partners. After our interviews, a few junior associates took two of us to lunch. I didn't get an offer but everyone I met was incredibly professional, kind, and helpful.

Interview Question – It was all just "getting to know you" type questions. I think the most "challenging" question was, "what's your favorite code section?" All very straightforward.   Answer Question

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Tax Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Seattle, WA

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

Interview Details – Through campus recruiting

Interview Question – Cant' remember   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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Tax Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 12 months - interviewed at EY.

Interview Details – The hiring process for any Big 4, not just EY, is truly rigorous. There are many requirements and suggested steps to be met alon the way. For example, recruitment for Big 4 internships begins the spring of your junior year. Here, you will apply for summer leadership programs. These programs are designed to introduce candidates to the firms professionals and various service lines. It's a great way to get your foot in the door but highly competitive so be prepared to interview and bring it.

After summer leadership conferences, there is summer recruiting events that are typically informal and sometimes invite only. They can range from being very small scale with a few professionals and yourself to a larger BBQ social type event. The more successful candidates are proactive and set up coffee/lunch meetings with professionals of the various firms.

After the summer, fall of your senior year is when internship recruiting begins. You apply through your Universities career services (usually online) and if selected, you are scheduled for an on-campus interview. The firms all interview generally within the same week so schedule your interviews so they aren't back to back (looks bad on your part). On top of this week long series of interviews (one per firm) you will have nightly social events (not mandatory, but don't shoot yourself in the foot). It is very busy. Not to mention it's generally during your first round of midterms!

Next, if you survive first round interviews, firms will reach out and extend a second round interview to you. This is where, regardless of where you are going to school, the firm will fly you out and put you in a hotel, all expenses paid, for whichever office you are recruiting with. You will have three, 30 minute interviews back-to-back-to-back (drink water!) usually with senior managers and partners. Then later that night typically there is a social event. Repeat this process for as many Big 4 or large regional firms as you are interviewing with.

You will receive your offers after this point. Some firms even offer you early, prior to second round interviews to try and get you early before you are persuaded by the other firms. It's competitive and firms want the best candidates. Bring your A game!

And, if you don't get an internship, you can go through full time recruiting the next fall, where you will start as a Staff 1. Same process as above with first and second round interviews. There can be exceptions though (i.e. if you are no longer on a college campus and an experienced hire). Generally speaking, firms will hire first out of their internship programs to fill spots before hiring directly for full time. Internships are great "trial runs" where the firm can evaluate a candidate's fit with the firm and ability prior to offering a full time position.

Interview Question – Most difficult question: What are your weaknesses? What do you struggle with most?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Very easy, everything is basically set to standard and you don't have much leverage as an intern.

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Tax Exempt Org Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university - interviewed at EY in March 2014.

Interview Details – It is 1st round phone interview, last about 35 min. The interviewer is so nice and asks when I graduate. He introduces EO and asks 3 questions total. The round will be office interview. I apply for this through campus recruiting website and get this phone interview about 1 month later.

Interview Question – nothing difficult, ask what is the best team and worst team you have ever met.   Answer Question

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Tax Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at EY in March 2013.

Interview Details – All behavioral questions. Fairly casual. They asked me lot of questions based of my resume, experience and leadership experience on campus. I interviewed with 3 different people, two partners and one senior manager.

Interview Question – Nothing too surprising   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate

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Tax Senior Associate Interview

Tax Senior Associate
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at EY.

Interview Details – a standard big 4 process, recruiter contacted the candidate, phone interview first. Then invited to the office to meet 2 partners and 1 Senior Manager.

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Tax Senior Interview

Tax Senior
Milwaukee, WI

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at EY in January 2010.

Interview Details – Very organized and well-planned interview process.

Interview Question – What is your biggest weakness?   Answer Question

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