I had my assessment day today for audit at Deloitte.
The e-tray and written exercise part of the day is relatively straightforward to be honest.
As for the partner interview, for the first 10 minutes I was asked to discuss the choice I made in my written exercise (I had to choose between 3 alternative companies that Trafford Lea (the client) could acquire to help them access new markets). The partner pushed me to justify my answer in every possible way, which I think was to make sure I could stand up to pressure.
Next, I was asked about 3 competency questions which threw me a bit because I was also expecting to be asked more commercial awareness sort of questions. The questions he asked were ‘Tell me about a time when you set about to achieve something and failed’, ‘Tell me about a time you had to learn something completely new’, and ‘Tell me about a time when you were put under a large amount of pressure’.
After that nightmare, I was then asked a little about recent news stories and mostly about why I wanted to go into accounting, why Deloitte specifically, why audit, what does the ACA involve and what I thought I’d be doing. I was also asked if I had applied elsewhere and what stage I was at, and then he asked if he gave me an offer would I accept it.
I think the main things to remember in the interview are:
*Keep calm and if it seems like they’re really pressuring you and asking tough questions, it’s just to see how you cope under pressure which you’ll probably find in the job.
*Ensure you have enough general examples to get you through any random competency question that could come up. To be honest I think there’s too many to actually prepare for each one specifically.
*Make sure you come across as actually wanting the job and jump at any opportunity to prove it.
*Find out exactly what you’ll have to do as part of the job and what any professional qualification you do involves. (As for this point, you will go out to lunch with a recent starter before the interview and that’s the best time to ask about the job and exams)
I hope that helps some and I wish you luck.