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Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at EY.
Standard competitive questions (tell us a time you did something worth-mentioning, background stories, why you, why EY, why not another Big Four firm, why consulting, why IT Risk and Assurance etc). Both the manager and the director were very friendly and the interview location was amazing.
- Tell us a weakness of yours. 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at EY (Manchester, England (UK)).
Disorganized and overly long process, unusual for Big4. 4 stages of interviews, not made explicitly clear from the outset, perhaps because it would deter candidates! Also no clarity about the salary, all very vague about it being equal to everyone else, and in line with the salary bracket they ask you to indicate on your initial application. I think they weed people out who input a salary higher than they are willing to pay, then offer you what you input on the form. They need better transparency, be upfront about salary. Will allow you to assess whether the the long process is worth it or not. Process is a telephone interview, office interview, panel interview day in London and then final interview in local office. Process dragged out, poor communication. Felt like there was an internal or preferred candidate involved in the process, which may have explained the hold-up. They also put the onus on you to contact them after your interviews to feed back how you thought it went, after which they will tell you what they thought of you, which doesn't give the impression that they are keen on you or confident of your impression of them. They should chase the candidate, not make the candidate chase them. A tip: I had been told they wanted someone for the role who was credible in the eyes of the partners and clients, so I think you should have some past experience in business development, and also "look" and "act" the part. As with all consulting firms, looking and acting the part (sharp, confident, attractive, and not to young for certain roles) is translated as being credible with clients. Your rapport with the interviewer (I only had one which is unusual for most companies, as doesn't make it a fair process and makes you more likely to be dependent on one person's impression of you) matters a lot. All feedback was very positive, no real reason given for no offer. Sometimes firms see it as risky to give a genuine reason. Good luck!
- Have I had experience of a kick-off meeting? (Which they then test on the London assessment day, by getting you to run one) 1 Answer
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at EY (London, England (UK)) in September 2015.
telephone interview. EY seems have outsourced its first round interview this year. the woman who talked to me was typing my words into computer. i have to wait after each question and her computer crushed down one time so I had to answer the first five questions all over again....
- why this service line? why this city? an experience you volunteer to lead a group? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at EY (London, England (UK)) in September 2015.
The interview was long. Interview with manager, followed by an assessment centre and a partner interview. The interview with the manager was about an hour. The assessment centre had three stages, group exercise, individual exercise and exams (similar to the ones they had online but you can't bring your own calculator)
- The questions were all strength based questions; who are you in a group, what are your strengths and weaknesses. etc. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at EY (London, England (UK)).
Telephone interview, then 2 interviews. It was very slow in moving each stages. Before I visit for the 2nd interview, I received a job offer from other firm so I withdrew myself from the application.
- How I dealt with the difficult client in the past Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at EY.
Workshop consisting of tasks - Partner interview - Maths test - Group exercises. Group exercise was with a group of four based on material that had been provided ahead of the interview. Maths test was not designed to be finished in time allocated - so don't let this put you off. The interview was fairly relaxed.
- What are your weaknesses and what have you done to address them? Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 9+ months. I interviewed at EY (Luton, East of England, England (UK)) in July 2015.
I applied for tax in Luton and had a partner interview within the assessment centre. For the partner interview, there was 2 interviewer (a senior manager and an executive director) and me which was apparently odd, even the assessment centre co-ordinator was surprised. The interview had motivation questions and personality questions which are the compulsory questions and are a bit formal. In between these questions, they asked a couple of informal questions. They did take some noted. Then I was given a chance to ask them any question.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at EY (London, England (UK)) in July 2015.
Two interviews - one telephone, one face-to-face They didn't waste time in asking questions on the telephone interview. It was like a game of 15 to 1... The face to face interview was a bit more sociable but they were still firing questions at me.
- Name a time you have not delivered to a client? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at EY (London, England (UK)) in July 2015.
It takes some time to hear back from EY between application processes. Not clear who is the point of contact for each candidate. The online testing and phone interview are fairly standard but be careful in the group exercise as people tend to be fighting for answers individually instead of realising that it is meant to be assessing individuals on teamwork skills. Remember to listen and build on others points rather than continually contradicting each other.
- Do you think consulting is the life that you want? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at EY.
Cambridge office, people in Assessment center are really nice. we have 7 people and we were splited into 2 groups. three more tests are involved, numerical and logic test, group discussion, and writing a report to client.
- what is your expected position. Answer Question
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