“Have you applied to any of the Big 4 firms?”
This is one of the questions I was asked at a first round interview for assurance at BDO.
What are they getting at? What do they want to hear?
On one hand I think they want to know that I’ve applied to all of them, as it shows I’m committed to the career.
On the other hand I think they want to know that I’ve sussed out BDO’s unique qualities and showed preference for them over the Big 4.
Is it wise to tone down the truth for this question and position my BDO application somewhere in the middle? Say, yes, I’ve applied for two and have been invited to a/c and am holding the other two back, for example.
Is it possible that BDO can know where I’ve really applied to and how successful I’ve been?