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Updated Apr 12, 2014

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Audit Associate Interview

Audit Associate
Phoenix, AZ

The process took a day - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in October 2011.

Interview Details – The interview was very informal. The interviewer asked if I preferred to work with non-public companies or public companies. No behavioral questions whatsoever.

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Intern Interview

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The process took a day - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in October 2011.

Interview Details – I really did not feel I had the opportunity to get to know the interviewer. I felt like the interviewer was the drill sergeant and I was a cadet. I was asked questions about how I could audit someone when I did not balance my checkbook and high level "what can you do for us" type questions. By the end of the interview, I was hesitant to ask anything personal for the interviewer.

Interview Question – How can you audit someone when you don't balance your own checkbook?   Answer Question

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IT Help Desk Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
DeBary, FL

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in December 2010.

Interview Details – I first had a phone interview, then a 1:1 interview, then came back three weeks later for a 3:1 interview. Phone interview went over resume, 1:1 interview was over the specifics of the job and resume again. 3:1 interview was behavioral questions and resume again.

Some questions asked were illegal and not appropriate, but I answered them anyway.

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Audit Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Fort Lauderdale, FL

The process took 2 days - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in February 2010.

Interview Details – The interview consisted of two parts. The first day was more of a social event, all the interviewees meet at a resturant with some partners, managers, seniors , and associates. It was a way for them to get to know us in an informal setting. If you get to do this TALK TO AS MANY Peolple possible, they want to see if they like your personality , if you will fit in with the company. The 2nd day was the actual interviews. Started very early , consisted of 4 interviews , 45 mins each all one after another. Be prepared for this, by the last interview your going to be exausted. But after all the interviews are done everyone hasnlunch together, this is another good time to show your personality

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Audit Associate Interview

Audit Associate
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in October 2013.

Interview Details – I was not hired for what I applied for, but I record excellent detail that I'm willing to share. A McGladrey interview will almost be 80% based on your personality, a few behavioral questions, and lots of "tell me about yourself" stuff. They're definitely just getting to know you as a person. Your qualifications to do the job is the main reason the interview is provided--they know that you can do the job, because they'll most likely put you to a formal training program anyway.

It's as described by many: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, by some employees of the firm, to help ease your nerves. Whether or not they have any power in your hiring, that's unknown. Better be nice to everyone. We had a nice relaxing lunch with all the other candidates. Learn a little bit about the firm, the benefits, all that jazz. After lunch, the candidates went their separate ways to meet their respective interviewers. They'll each tell you a little bit about themselves before they get to the real deal.

For me, I had an Audit Partner interview me. Nope. I can feel I sucked. Why? He did not seem very pleased to even be doing interviews, which was an immediate sign that I was not going do well, or have a fair chance. He was interviewing my INTEREST in the position by asking if I have any questions about the job; I had a few, but not enough to last 10-15 minutes conversation. But being that I've always dreamed about being a part of McGladrey and for my dream career choice, what didn't I already know? This was my fault; should've prepared better. It's not an interview about how much you want the position & company, it's about showing the ambition you want for yourself in YOUR career. He had NOTHING scripted, and it was all spur of the moment questions...well, in my case, expecting me to have questions for him.

Interview #2 was with a junior HR person. It was more formal, with the questions I've prepared for in personality questions and a few behavioral. Definitely felt I aced it. But again, I think most of the hiring powers come from Partners. If not, you probably need the approval of both. I already knew I was a lost cause, and accepted defeat after all this.

Below, I share with you some questions in exact form:

Interview Question – 1) Tell me about yourself
2) Why do you want to work with McGladrey?
3) Why did you not apply for the Big 4?
4) Why public and not private?
5) Why do you like Audit? (or whatever your position is)
6) Tell me about a time you made a mistake, and how you dealt with this?
7) Run me down with your resume
8) Do you have any teamwork/leadership skills?

**Have some questions ABOUT the position you're applying for, even if you know most of it already, to show interest. Be ready to wing random moments of conversation**
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Consulting Manager Interview

Consulting Manager
Chicago, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in October 2013.

Interview Details – Process included interviews with a Partner with dotted line responsibility to the practice area, the Director of the practice area and a peer Director.

Interview Question – Tell me what you have specifically done in our practice areas with success.   Answer Question

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Consulting Summer Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Charlotte, NC

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in May 2012.

Interview Details – First there was a phone interview with a local recruiter who gave me a description of the company, a description of the position, and a little information about what was on my resume. Next I was called into the Charlotte office. I had a 45 min interview with one supervisor who asked me questions about my resume, why I wanted to intern at McGladrey, advantages of not working at a big 4 firm, etc. The 2nd interview was also with another supervisor who asked similar questions but also had me explain how what I learned in school would help me as a consulting intern. It was also 45 min.

Interview Question – Explain how what you have learned in your classes would apply as a consulting intern   Answer Question

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Audit Associate Interview

Audit Associate
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in October 2012.

Interview Details – Met with a recruiter at career fair. Got invited for an interview and pre-night dinner on campus. Everyone was very personable. I had the chance to meet my interview at the dinner to calm down nerves. Interview the next day was pretty basic, with behavioral type questions and I was invited to an office interview in chicago a few weeks later. There were about 50 other interviewees there that day from a few other midwest schools. Interviewed with a partner and a senior manager. Again behavioral based questions. Pretty open and friendly.

Interview Question – What is your greatest achievement to date?   View Answer

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Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

The process took a day - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in November 2008.

Interview Details – Applied through their online system. HR missed the boat on contacting me, but seemed like an accident. Eventually setup an interview, which was a process of 3 1-on-1's. Everyone was very friendly, got a decent look at the work environment in the office. Was not able to 1-on-1 with one of the employees, and did a phone interview instead afterwords. Seemed like a good place to work, everyone said good things about the work-life balance there as well.

Interview Question – How would you describe your attitude towards testing, unit testing, etc?   Answer Question

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Internship Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in November 2009.

Interview Details – Tell me about yourself.
Why public accounting?
What's your biggest accomplishment?

Very friendly staff, inclusive culture!!!

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