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EY Senior Manager Interview Questions

Updated Oct 21, 2016
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Senior Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
No Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at EY (New York, NY) in October 2015.

Interview

I was referred by an EY employee. Very poor experience overall. The recruiter scheduled a phone screen but did not call at the scheduled time. I had to follow-up and then received an abrupt call from the recruiter. No apologies or explanation. Was asked a few general profile related questions. The recruiter wasn't sure about where to forward my profile and instead asked me dig through the career portal and identify job codes. I replied back with the jobs that I was interested in. Did not receive a response for a week. Followed up a week later and another phone screen was scheduled. The phone screen was then again rescheduled last minute. On the day of the phone screen, I again did not receive the call from the recruiter and had to instead call her. The recruiter asked exactly the same questions that she asked the first time. She assured that we'll be moving forward soon with the opportunities for which I had expressed interest. Did not receive any response from the recruiter even after following multiple times over a period of 2 more weeks.

Very disappointing experience. Not expected at all from a Big 4 firm.

Interview Questions

  • Q. Please walk me through your profile.   1 Answer

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at EY (New York, NY) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Very unorganized. Was supposed to meet with two partners and when I got there one of them ended up being out of the office so I ended up interviewing with a random cranky old man who was not happy that he had to interview someone on short notice as soon as he got into the office. He was from another service line who had no clue what he was talking about in regards to the role I was interviewing for, and what type of experience was necessary, and was very adversarial to every response I gave. They should have just cancelled the interview and re-scheduled when the original person (who was most versed in the job functions I'd have been performing) was available.

    Interview Questions

    • Don't remember any questions. The interview with the first partner was more of an adversarial exchange with him regarding the experience we each had and how it differed. I tried to stay calm and reduce the snark involved in my responses as much as possinle, but that is very difficult to do when someone is constantly interrupting you and trying to tell you that the work you've done has been done "the wrong way" because it is not inline with the work they've done. The entire time I was thinking "dude...it's called client service....you perform services in line with client preferences, policies, and procedures while ensuring it complies with any applicable regulations...stop being a know it all."   Answer Question
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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at EY.

    Interview

    It took months not weeks especially since I am a higher level manager with seniority. It was quite unprofessional, with monthly reminders, shifting priorities and starting the in person interview 20 minutes late. They systems are rigid and it took them over a month to reimburse my travel expenses. Glad I didn't join their team, they are extremely demanding and what we call a chew factory. There is no work life balance and they will take every advantage from their employees in time, financially and benefits. Many professionals I know that have joined, were promised positions and promotions and they dangle these over them continually without ever rewarding them once they have met their goals. During the interview process no one smiled, not even around the office. It was evident that employees were focused and mechanical. They weren't even apologetic about keeping me waiting. I spent approximately 15-20 minutes with each interviewer since they had double booked appointments, so it was very quick and rushed.(Disorganized)

    Interview Questions

    • They wanted to know about my current employers strategies, which is confidential and violates most NDAs.   1 Answer
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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at EY (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    Was contacted by outside recruiting firm initially. Went through a phone interview, then 5 more interviews, two directors, one executive director, and two partners. All very casual interviews, very conversational. They wanted to understand my technical background. Very accommodating to my questions about firm culture, etc. For the most part, I liked the people I interviewed with.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    They gave a very respectable offer, certainly didn't feel like they were lowballing me. Came with a signing bonus. Always ask for more, worst they can say is no!

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at EY (Chicago, IL) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Very professional and formal process. I liked the formality and thoroughness. They made me feel very important and comfortable. The actual interview process was somewhat cold and removed, though. They were more interested in technicalities than my personality and whether or not I would be a good fit. Some of the questions seemed like they were testing technical competence rather whether or not I would be a good fit.

    Interview Questions

    • Post-interview process very distant and removed. Nothing like the pre-interview process.   Answer Question
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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    very good but slow, it took around 2 months

    Negotiation

    friendly and fair

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at EY (New York, NY) in December 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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

    Reasons 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.

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at EY (Chattanooga, TN) in February 2011.

    Interview

    met the team for lunch, fairly smooth interview. after the lunch, the team took me to tour the office where I met other team members in various other service lines. the interview process was more about me learning about the firm and the team members.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at EY (Houston, TX) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Multiple interviews with hiring manager and his supervisor, also HR. The process was thorough, there was travel to Houston to meet in person, something they probably no longer do, they'll probably video conference rather than incur the expense.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at EY in June 2009.

    Interview

    General questions, like reason for transition from previous job. Walk thru the resume, identify areas of interest for the new role. I think it depends on the background and interests of the interviewer. For the HR discussion its mostly generic to get logistical details.

    Interview Questions

    • Example of a time when you had to lead a difficult team   Answer Question
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