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EY Interview Questions & Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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Audit Intern Interview

Audit Intern
New York, NY

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

Interview Details – My first interview was an on-campus interview-- mainly behavioral questions and a run through of my resume. Second interview, I was invited to the EY office and interviewed by 3 people including HR. Mainly behavioral as well, asking predominantly about my track for the CPA exam. Then after the interview I got a tour of the office. People were very nice and friendly, great work environment. I got the offer within two weeks.

Interview Question – Specifically why did you pick audit?   Answer Question


6 people found this helpful

Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Manager Interview

Senior Manager
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at EY in December 2011.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a headhunter who after 2 interviews had scheduled a phone screen with a principal at E&Y. A week after that they started working on an in person interview with Ernst & Young Advisory in NYC.

The HR team at EY was unorganized and would send out interview appointments on a Wednesday for that Friday, not factoring in that I am not even in the same time zone. We had to do that a few times until I finally made it.

There were 4 interviewers and one discussion with the in-house recruiter. The first interviewer was 20 minutes late for the 30 minute interview. Had no idea of my background and did not even know what was on the resume. He became agitated as I asked him a followup question about the group's strategy, which is a fairly common question. Second interviewer was the Principal I had initially spoken with and it went smooth, third interview was with another Prinicpal who was 15 minutes late for the interview, and had been with E&Y for all his career yet could not understand that in some companies the roles between delivery, management, and service development are not fully separate. The recruiter just wanted to know a number which would prompt me to jump ship, and it was on okay discussion. The Partner for the group had me wait for 20 minutes and then sent the message that he can not meet for 2 hours if I can wait or they will reschedule. The recruiter said they were ready to make an offer but needed for the partner to meet before they can give a final number.

Interview Question – from the in house recruiter- what number do I have to hit today for you to make the decision today and start on Monday.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The group did not seem to understand that the industry was changing. The role was good for the practice and what they needed, but it would have stifled my career with too narrow a focus on an industry and too narrow a focus on type of projects.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Consultant Interview

Senior Consultant
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at EY in May 2010.

Interview Details – The interview focuses on:
1>Why E&Y and why consulting domain
2>Why you - past, education
3>Why you in E&Y

Most questions are HR based and skills based. Lot of them are based on teaming, leadership and previous experience
Pay emphasis on culture, projects as well as industry analysis.
Be prepared for a case interview. Typically integration of 2 banks and technological, financial and cultural challenges.

Interview Question – Give an example when you failed and explain the situation before and after?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations were allowed as this was part of super day cum campus recruitment.
The offers for most people selected were same.
Usually negotiations are possible from role, title, and salary. They become accomdating if you have an offer from a competing big 4 firm.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Tax Intern Interview

Tax Intern
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at EY in January 2012.

Interview Details – I sent me resume in to the HR department and within days got an email setting up a phone interview. The phone interview was very easy-took about 30 minutes and asked me questions like "why I chose my university" and "why tax". No behavior questions.

Interview Questions


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Audit Staff Interview

Audit Staff
New York, NY

The process took 2 days - interviewed at EY in September 2010.

Interview Details – I applied through my school and received an email saying they would like to schedule an on-campus interview. I interviewed with an audit partner. The interview itself was not at all formal. He did not ask me any questions until the end where he asked if I had any questions. For most of the interview we just talked about our interests i.e. cooking and the news. The interview was very relaxed and again no behavioral questions or any questions really were asked. I cannot say this is how it is for other interviewers, but my interviewer approached it from this angle. A week later, I received an email invitation to attend superday.

Superday consisted of a presentation (ask a question!!!!!), a small ice breaker with a partner (answer his/her question!!!!) and then a series of two interviews with a partner and a manager. The partner had a less structured approach (talked about interests and how i dealt with STRESS) to the interview and it went about 25 minutes over the 30 minutes allotted (total 55 minutes) and then I had a much more structured interview with a manager... basic behavioral questions.

Then we had lunch with my host, the other candidate and another host-group.

To summarize, be yourself, ask questions, dress smart and be friendly! Superday was actually a lot of fun.

The partners, the manager, and the hosts were all great!

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – Do not negotiate. Big 4 for the most part have their salaries set.


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Transaction Advisory Services Senior Interview

Transaction Advisory Services Senior
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at EY.

Interview Details – Submitted resume through Indeed.com, but took 2 months to hear anything. Once initiated, went through 2 phone interviews based entirely on fit, followed by 2 in-office interviews. None of the questions were particularly challenging, but looked to match my experiences with the job at hand. Met one Manager, a Senior Manager, and two Partners.

Interview Question – Why are you interested in Transaction Advisory Services? As stated above, none of the questions were overwhelmingly challenging.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Wasn't any room for negotiation and I admittedly had zero leverage. They had researched pay grades based on years of experience and level which they stuck to.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Consultant Interview

Senior Consultant
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at EY in September 2009.

Interview Details – I was referred by a friend and went through one interview.

Interview Question – Was given a business case to identify a solution to a compliance problem.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Yes


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Manager Interview

Manager
New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 months - interviewed at EY in April 2011.

Interview Details – 1 - Initial phone screen w/ HR
2 - Phone screen w/ senior manager from the area
3 - Invited to come in for a Superday

Super Day ( Four 30 min interviews: 1st w/ HR, 2nd with Senior Manager, 3rd w/ Manager and 4th with Partner)

Heard back in 24 hours w/ offer


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Advisory - Technology Quest Program Interview

Advisory - Technology Quest Program
New York, NY

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

Interview Details – I talked with EY at my campus career fair, shortly after I applied to our career website and was given an on campus interview. The day before the interview all of the potential EY candidates went to a 'meet and greet' where we were able to ask recent hires about the interview process and how they were enjoying their work experience thus far. The interview was 30 minutes long and was made up of straight forward interest and behavioral questions. Why choose EY over the other big 4 firms? Describe a time when you were in a team environment where conflict got in the way of accomplishing a goal? How will your skills make you an effective team member at EY? The second round interview was an on site interview at the office of your choice, however I took another offer before I participated in this opportunity.

Interview Question – Why choose EY over the other big 4 firms.   View Answer


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Executive Director Interview

Executive Director
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at EY in August 2013.

Interview Details – very easy going and laid back interview process. s true sense of teamwork and commitment is portrayed at all levels, Everyone seems to be part of a team and shows a true dedication to growing the practice.

Negotiation Details – i received offer, i did not have to negotiste as they met my initial requests

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