I have found the posts on here extremely helpful and thought I should post my own experience of job hunting on here to help others.
I applied to Deloitte for London Audit Grad scheme and have been lucky enough to have been offered a place. The whole process took exactly 2 months, from first submitting my application form to receiving an offer.
This is a fairly standard set up with questions such as why deloitte, why audit etc. It doesn’t have the extended compentency areas like other firms do, (eg Shell, BP etc). It is fairly straight forward, just make sure you get as much information about yourself into it as well as showing that you are interested by the job and company and know, roughly at least, what the job is that you are applying for!!
First round interview:
I was notified within a couple of weeks that I had been successful and I was given a first round interview date. This is entirely competency based and is probably the stage at which you can prepare the most for. If you prepare yourself for this stage and have got the competencies they are after then it is very passable. Go to the Deloitte website and look for their competency areas. These are quite rigorously stuck to in the interview and 2 examples for each will be asked for. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE 2 EXAMPLES FOR EACH! My interviewer was very nice and made a concious effort to get me relaxed at first with small talk. Obviously this will vary depending on who you get. One thing I would say is to make sure that you have read the papers in the run up to the interview. My interviewer pushed my knowledge of the credit crunch, related news, as well as basic business terms. I personally don’t think I have a brilliant knowledge of all these areas but I was lucky enough to pull out a few key things from the FT I had read that morning. (eg inflation rate, oil price) Although I don’t think that this is integral it shows that you have a knowledge of what is going on around you. However, if you don’t know don’t guess, it will make you look foolish!!
The whole interview lasted about an hour and a half which I thought was quite a long time but it flies by!
I had my first round interview on the Wednesday and was notified by email on Sunday!?!? lunch time that I had been successful at the first round interview stage. I was phoned a few days later to book in a date for the AC which was 2-3 weeks later.
The assessment centre comprises of:
The etray is split into 2 parts, a) an email response section which lasts an hour and b) a written exercise which takes 50 mins.
a) I found this hard to prepare for and to be honest there isn’t a great deal you can do before the day. It really is a matter of being able to do it or not. However, it is definitely passable. I found that I was JUST ok for time. Make sure when answering the questions that you look at all the available information. (for example when asked who to assign to a task make sure not only to look at who is good at what but also if they are available or not) All the information you need is given in folders and this will all be explained when you get there. The etray on the government fast track is similar and will give you an idea of what it will be like but unfortunately you really can’t ‘practice’ this exercise.
b) I had a 10 minute break between the 2 exercise so you can stretch your legs etc before returning to do the written exercise. This is as stated on the deloitte and wikijob websites and involves suggesting which firm would be the best takeover target. I thought that it was between 2 of the 3 but as long as you argue your point in a logical way I think you should be ok. I started writing about one but changed my mind half way through because I felt there was a better justification for one. I used bullet points to list which were the good points and a reason behind each one. Apparently spelling isn’t key and I know I misspelt some words, I think what is more important is the way you structure your writting and the way in which you are seen to approach the problem. You are advised to spend the last 10 minutes or so writing some notes about your decision because as part of the partner interview you will need to justify what you have said in the written exercise. I was rushed for time in this and managed to only scrawl a few messy notes which does put pressure on you for later on. If you can get down the key reasons behind why you have made a decision it will be helpful later on.
- After lunch is the partner interview. Although everyone says this I am afraid that it is very true that every partner is different. When waiting for my interview other people at the day were whisked off for interviews by very varying characters, some a lot happier looking than others! All I can say here is be yourself whilst retaining professionalism. This interview is a lot more formal and the questions vary significantly. However, they DO want you to do well and are very ‘chatty’ at first to settle you in. I was asked about motivations for the job and why deloitte, quite similar to my first round interview, as well as a couple of competency questions and more general aspects about my course and life outside of uni.
Some people say that the experience is enjoyable, and although not dreadful I found the whole day quite stressful. I really wouldn’t worry too much about the day though, when it comes down to it if you are good enough to have made it that far then you shouldn’t be worried. The final day is more about whether you’d fit well within the organisation and not if you are ‘skilled’ enough.
Well thats about all I can think about right now! (sorry its a bit of an essay!) Any other questions feel free to ask.
I hope this is helpful!!