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Grant Thornton Interview Questions in Chicago, IL

Updated Apr 16, 2017
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    Financial Consultant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    In person 30 minute conversational. Was first recruited on campus at job fair. Interview was straight forward describing the job tasks and projects. Nice guy but no one got the offer and they ended up going with a grad student instead of an undergrad

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    Word Processor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    I submitted an online application for the Word Processor position that the Chicago Grant Thornton office had available. I received an email from a recruiter in the Houston Grant Thornton office the same day requesting I contact her for a phone screen. I spoke with her on the phone the following day. Though it was not required information on the online application, the recruiter insisted I tell her my wage expectations and tell me what year I graduated from the university I attended. I gave her a broad range regarding my wage expectations and did not tell her the year I graduated (I felt she was trying to determine my age).

    The recruiter contacted me three days later and indicated the company would like me to come in for an in-person interview in the Chicago office. I received an email from an HR coordinator in the Dallas Grant Thornton office scheduling the in-person interview.

    Four days later, I had an in-person interview with two management employees in the Administrative area of the Chicago Grant Thornton office. I interviewed with each manager separately. They were both very pleasant and easy to talk with. It was a comfortable, easy interview.

    The recruiter in Houston gave me a reason why the current person in the position was leaving and one interviewer in Chicago gave me a different story why the person was leaving, and actually indicated the person hadn't given their official resignation at the time of the interview. (I was offered the position and I found out that not only had the one person given a resignation, but another person had decided to retire, so I was one of two new people being hired.)

    Another discrepancy during the interview: Both interviewers gave a very different description of certain aspects of the Word Processor position. One interviewer indicated the position placed a heavy emphasis on Microsoft Excel; the other interviewer indicated the position used Microsoft Word almost entirely, with very little Excel use.

    I found the discrepancies somewhat concerning, but the interviewers were so friendly that I let it slide. When hired, I found the discrepancies were a sign of things to come.

    Four days later, I received a call from the recruiter in Houston. She made me an offer. I accepted. I never heard from the recruiter again. From that point on, the HR coordinator sent a few emails. The background check was handled by multiple companies outside of Grant Thornton. I received various emails from them requesting information I had already provided Grant Thornton when I completed the online application. The company doing the background check was unable to contact my previous employer, so I had to provide W-2s from my former employer. I never heard from the recruiter or the coordinator regarding whether the background check was fully completed. While I was still receiving emails from the companies completing the background check, I received an email from a Chicago Grant Thornton HR employee scheduling my orientation. Though I had not received confirmation that the background check was complete, I showed up for the orientation. I guess the background check was fine!!

    I would be working entirely in the Chicago Grant Thornton office and would have a desktop. The majority of Chicago Grant Thornton employees have a laptop. The person completing the orientation indicated she had never done an orientation for someone who didn't have a laptop. I was left sitting for large portions of the orientation while the employees with a laptop could work through parts of the orientation on their laptops. The orientation lasted almost one complete day. For lunch, two people in the Administrative area were assigned as "buddies" to take me to lunch. One "buddy" did not show up because she was unable to make it back from her out-of-state vacation. One of the people that interviewed me came along instead. Again, she was very pleasant to talk with. It would have been nice if the person who scheduled and led the orientation had indicated the orientation would be a daylong event and that I should not bring a lunch.

    Note: The Word Processor job description needs to be updated!

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    Hostile. Uncomfortable, and made to feel as though I was a target. Didn't even want to shake my hand (germophobes?) but still, that is how the meeting started, cold and lifeless. It was a panel interview with one person on the telephone. The person on the telephone was incoherent and asked bizarre questions the rest of the panel didn't even understand. After a 1/3 into the interview, one of the members asked me about my Department of Defense security clearance. The member wanted to know how would I go about sharing classified information with other people. The answer was simple, YOU DON'T but I had a sense they were not pleased with that answer. After that point I wanted to leave as I had the impression they had other agendas at play and I did not respect that line of questioning as it was irrelevant and unnecessary consider the project was not in any way connected with the DoD. Being critical here, I am curious why they specialize in providing world class project managers to their clients that they cannot self help? One more thing, and I felt bad for the guy, the Fiance manager, the rest of the team treated him like an outcast but I thought he very nice, sincere, and professional. In fact, I thought he was the most professional out of them all, combined, yet they talked to him as if he was insignificant, inf front me. not professional.

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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Met with the manager that I was to work with, talked about what I would be doing and if I was interested. Reviewed resume and relevant skills, met teammates that I would be working with. Generally people easy interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The manager asked why I chose my college path and what I could bring to the table.   Answer Question

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    Audit Experienced Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL) in March 2016.

    Interview

    I was interested in working for GT and a friend who previously worked there introduced me to a partner. We had a very quick phone "interview" (more like a conversation), and then he arranged for a more formal interview about a week and a half afterwards. The "formal" interview started with meeting a recent experienced hire (closer to my level) for breakfast, which I really appreciated. Then we went up to the new offices and the partner gave me a tour and we chatted. Afterwards, we found a little conference room and I had 4 30-minute interviews with other partners and directors. It was pretty casual and conversational - we talked about our personal lives as well as past jobs and why GT is such an attractive company. I'm an experienced hire, so I also talked a lot about the transition from industry into audit, and about how my experience in industry would make me valuable to the audit team.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for GT as opposed to big four?   Answer Question

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    Contract Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Oak Brook, IL) in March 2016.

    Interview

    The Director who interviewed me had no idea what he was doing. When I interviewed by manager who sits in California, it was obvious that she was clueless too.

    Interview Questions

    • How long have you been a paralegal?   1 Answer

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    Staff Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL) in January 2016.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a member of the HR team, and asked basic questions about my background and experience and notified that my resume was being passed on to the hiring manager

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    Business Advisory Services Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Not intense. More behavioral and relational. Won't drill you with difficult questions. They want someone they will enjoy hanging out with. They call it the "Airport Test" - if you are stuck in an airport due to a delayed flight, will you get along with the person you are with. This is very important to them.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about "xxxx" job on your resume?   1 Answer

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    Tax Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    The interview process started with school interviews, dinner and then office visit.Two sets of interview at school, once they would screen you and then invite you for a dinner where we would socialize with the partner level employees. And then one will have the official office visit, where one would meet the higher management to get an insight of the firm, followed by more interviews with the tax department managers, go out for lunch and then more group meetings to understand the business.

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    Audit Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at Grant Thornton (Chicago, IL) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Had on-campus interview, then got invited to an office visit/interview. I had two behavioral interviews during my visit. The rest of the day was geared towards why I should choose Grant Thornton.

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