The in-tray was a booklet of information about a certain case and you were acting as an employee of BDO and you were required to respond to a bunch of emails which were coming through to a client of yours. You start by preparing a list of the tasks you’re going to complete and then giving them different priority levels and then you go ahead and do those tasks, which are the emails I mentioned. And then you finish by writing a longer letter to your client, explaining everything that’s going on with these tasks -Just for context, mine was that the client was a lady whose dad had just passed away and I had to sort out a bunch of correspondence and various things, particularly related to buildings, that were addressed to her father. But I don’t know if every in-tray is based on the same situation.
Group exercise was nice and simple to understand - You’re given a booklet with information about a business and the many problems it’s currently facing. At the back of the booklet there are 10-12 possible solutions and you have to work through those with your group to decide what you all believe are the most viable options. The time allocated wasn’t a problem as long as you keep an eye on how much you have left to do and maybe have a watch in the middle of a phone with a timer or something. But really, I think they’re looking at your ability to work with people more than anything else.
Partner interview - Sort of. That might sound weird but he didn’t specifically ask me a question about it; We were talking about an answer from my first interview about how I keep up to date with business news - he was looking at the transcript from my interview and then that kind of led on to us talking about a couple of cases that were going on at that time because I had asked him about the Tesco profit overstatement. That interview was very casual - He did ask some questions like the ones in the first interview but the majority of the time was more of a chat.
Good Luck, you’ll do fine.