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EY Audit Senior Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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.


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Audit Senior
New York, NY

I applied online and 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 Question – Tell me about your dream job   View Answer

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

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Average Interview

Audit Senior Interview

Audit Senior
Salt Lake City, UT

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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

Easy Interview

Audit Senior Interview

Audit Senior

Interviewed at EY

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 Question – 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

Average Interview

Audit Senior Interview

Audit Senior
Dallas, TX

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

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

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 10 years?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Industry related compensation, therefore not negotiated in to much detail


Accepted Offer

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Easy Interview

Audit Senior Interview

Audit Senior
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at EY in December 2008.

Interview Details – I was working overseas in another EY office. When one of my friends moved to the New York office I requested him to refer me to New York Office. The interview process was painstakingly long. I was interviewed over the course of some 45-50 days. In between the interviews and even after them, the communication was really bad. I was told after more than 2 months that they want to go ahead and hire me, but the lack of communication was not appreciated at my end.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself and background? Why do you want to move to New York office   Answer Question
  • Tell me what you are currently doing? What type of clients are you working on?   Answer Question


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Average Interview

Audit Senior Interview

Audit Senior
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at EY in May 2011.

Interview Details – Phone interview, followed up in house invitation to interview with HR, audit manager, and audit partner. Pretty quick process.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – not too much room, i was able to get extra $1k, that's all.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Audit Senior Interview

Audit Senior

Interviewed at EY

Interview Details – There are 2 rounds of interviews. First round group interview, 2nd round partner interview.

Interview Question – The most difficult part is the 1st interview. We are to discuss a case scenario and to present the solution after discussion.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Audit Senior Interview

Audit Senior
Mumbai (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at EY in March 2012.

Interview Details – upload the resume on the site and then if shortlisted
Then attend 3 round of interviews including technical round

Interview Question – Why do you want to join EY   View Answer

Negotiation Details – As I was a fresher, hence there was no negotiation was possible


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Audit Senior Interview

Audit Senior

Interviewed at EY

Interview Details – one round of interview with the relevant department manager is sufficient for fresh graduate and the location is at its office.

Interview Question – questions are standard and no difficult questions for fresh graduate candidates.   Answer Question

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