Changing office preference midway through interview process


#1

I am through to the last round of interviews for a position at a Top 20 Accountancy firm (dont want to mention it just yet) but I’m having second thoughts about my choice of office. (I applied for one a little further away than the one closest to me believing the selection criteria to be more relaxed)

Do you think I should try and change my office preference now or wait until after the final interview?

Help please!


#2

What service line have you applied for? It’s probably worth asking now, but they will probably say no.


#3

I would tell them now! I know from my experience with one of the big 4 that you would have to stay attached to the office you choose until the end of your training contract. There might be exceptions but I would say something sooner rather than later!


#4

In my experience, large firms can be difficult and inflexible when it comes to these things. Remember, they are recruiting to fill a specific resourcing need. Ask as early as possible, but I suspect they will probably say no.


#5

I actually did that but was told that my preferred location was already full.
However, I think it’s possible that you can change your preference location before the offer has been made.


#6

Thanks for the replies all; I’ve requested the change & have been accepted onto the recruitment drive for the alternative office (I dont want to give too many details at the moment).

I’m just hoping I haven’t p*ssed somebody off so much that my chances are seriously affected.


#7

You should be fine! I dont think you would have pissed anyone off. If they didn’t want you to change they would have been clear about it.

Good luck with the rest of the process.