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Advisory Senior Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at EY in June 2012.
Interview Details – The hiring and interview process is selective and in the beginning is very behavioral in nature. It is important to be knowledgeable about the company and have a genuine interest in EY with specific reasoning as to why it is attractive compared to other similar opportunities. Also, it always helps to have someone on the inside who is well respected that you can reference in an interview as vouching for your work ethic and character. Get your CV in using a current employee as a recommendation and greatly boost your chances at landing an interview. Ask whoever recommends you to invite you out to meet some others so you can gather more information and have additional names to drop of people you reached out to to learn more about the firm.
Interview Question – What is consulting? (If applying for Advisory make sure you have a grasp as to what a work day actually entails and not the glamorized "House of Lies" lifestyle) Answer Question
FSO Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at EY in November 2013.
Interview Details – 1. On-Campus Interview: Standard behavioral 1:1 interview
-obtained through campus recruiting
2. Timed written submission: Industry question and why you are a good company fit
-30 mins, no prior info on question before start
3. Super Day:
a.) 2 behavioral interviews (low stress)
b.) 1 case-study
-at times square office
Interview Question – Asked for two biggest weasknesses Answer Question
Advisory Staff Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at EY in June 2014.
Interview Details – Recruiter had my resume from previous campus communication with EY and contacted me with a phone interview. A few weeks later, I was invited to have an in-office interview with some senior managers and a partner. The interview took all day as it was made up of 3 separate interviews.
Interview Question – One interviewer asked me no questions, but made me interview her with questions I had about the position. I had asked so many questions already that day, it was difficult to come up with more questions to ask. Answer Question
IT Risk and Assurance Staff Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at EY.
Interview Details – One campus interview, a writing assessment, two behavioral interviews and a case interview. The interview process wasn't too taxing, don't over think the interview, typical behavioral interviews all in all it was a laid back process.
Interview Question – The case interview was stressful going into but I found it easy once I started, the interviewer somewhat guides you on the issues and they are more interested in how and why you think not necessarily what is the correct answer. Be confident and support your answers. Be rehearsed on business tactics like SWOT analysis. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I'm more technology side: Business Analyst as opposed to doing accounting audits. I chose to stay with my passion of IT BA instead of taking the accounting route.
Very Difficult Interview
Senior Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at EY in July 2014.
Interview Details – Phone interview process is very smooth and then invited for super day. The first technical interviewer came up with very detailed question about sth. I might have done 5 years ago and I didn't put anything in my resume that I did that kind of project. He just assumed that I should know that because I worked in the group. And it is just a senior associate position. Why did he expect I know sth. a manager or senior manager should know? Other interviewers are ok.
Interview Question – HJM model details, how to calibrate the parameters, analytic form of swaption price. Answer Question
Marketing Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at EY
Interview Details – Very easy. Talked to recruiter, hiring manager, hiring manager's manager. Did not meet any junior members of the team. Would have eased resentment later on. Did not meet other members of larger marketing team until later on.
Interview Question – None. At junior levels seemed to be a lot of frustration. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Yes. If they really want you, they are flexible.
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at EY.
Interview Details – I applied through a program at my school and got a risk intern interview. The interview process consisted of situational questions and a 15 minute case study prior to the interview. Going to any recruitment event or job fair will definitely bump up the chances of you getting an interview.
Interview Question – Some technical questions were discussed (ratios, methodologies) from the case study, just make sure that you ask questions about the case study for clarification, not simply just providing answers to the scenario in retrospect. Answer Question
Audit Staff I Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at EY.
Interview Details – After campus interview, was offered to come in for a series of in house interviews. This took the better part of the day and consisted of three one on one interviews. After the in house interviews I got a call back a week later with the offer.
Interview Question – Most questions were behavioral and not technical. The hardest part was finding meaningful questions for each of the interviewers. There was a lot of time given for interviewee questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was unable to negotiate the wage. It was a take it or leave it offer.
Audit Staff Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at EY in March 2010.
Interview Details – Campus recruiting involves on campus interviews/phone interview and an on site interview at the location you are applying for. You will typically have 3 interviews with 3 different people for on site interviews. Most questions are behavioral and not very technical.
Interview Question – Addressing weakness and difficult moments. Typically not a hard question but that is how hard it will get. Interviews are conversational and not very intimidating. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation or starting bonus.
Very Easy Interview
Audit Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at EY.
Interview Details – Experience hire from smaller tier firm. Initial opportunity was presented by a recruiter that I had previously worked with. After understanding that I met the qualifications they were looking for, I had a first round phone interview with HR just to confirm previous work experience, followed up by second round interviews at their offices with two partners in the service line. HR also performed a background and reference check. No drug testing.
Interview Question – N/A - no trick questions. Interview was focused on past work experiences and overall experience level when discussing technical accounting areas. Answer Question
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