I had an AC for Deloitte Corporate Tax a month or so ago, so I think I can prob help.
My day seemed pretty standard. I arrived and my first task was the e tray exercise. After answering the questions, I had to write a business email detailing which company I would recommend for a takeover.
The next stage was the interview. Both a partner and a senior manager came in. The Senior Manager spent about 20 mins quizzing me about the choice of company I had made for the takeover. There is no right answer, so you will always be ‘attacked’ for your choice. I got asked quite a few business specific questions and my economics A level was a lot of help in this area…don’t know if you do a business degree or anything but I was asked a lot of quite specific questions both in this section and the partner interview.
After the grilling was over it was the partner’s turn. This section lasted about 45 mins then I got the chance to ask questions. I found this section the hardest as I really did not know what was going to come up next. He was not nasty, but he did ask probing questions. I had to strongly justify my career choices and show I had a real interest in business. My degree is HIstory, and this had a lot to do with it, its not a standard degreee for the job. I also got asked the current state of affairs in the U.K with regards to Corporate Tax. This threw me, I had business stories I could talk about but only knew a little about Tax specifics. I did not answer very well, but this was ok. He said we are not expected to know really, and proceeded to tell me. He then asked me to comment on this, and I had to talk at some length about my thoughts and how I would act if I was leading a Corp Tax department in this situation.
He also asked me specifics about the qualification and picked up on my one low grade during uni. I gave the honest answer that I did not work hard enough in that module, and said I had learnt from it. I don’t think I would have passed if I had tried to waffle some answer together, I think he would have picked up on it in a second.
At the end of the interview there was time for questions. I found out both my interviewers had come over from Arthur Andersen, so I used this oppurtunity to mention Enron and Sarbanes-Oxley and show I had some industry knowledge. I also asked about the exams and the kind of clients they have. I also asked about whether there was much conflict with HMRC just out of pure interest.
That is about all I can think of at the moment really. I also got asked the standard “Why Deloitte”, “Why Corp Tax” and “Why not another big 4?” and whether I had applied to the other Big 4.
Hope this is off some help. I was phoned the next morning and offered the post, and received my info thorugh the post a few days later.
Any questions please ask.
-did you practise the etray on any particular sites? and was it quite straight forward ?
- i also have tax final round any pointers as to what to focus on?