I had my first-round interview in February and got through. It’s been a huge help from the posters here, so I wanted to share my experience and tips too, for anyone preparing for future interviews.
It’s basically 1-2 examples of each competency listed in the Deloitte site as others mentioned. I got asked 1 instance of giving presentation, 2 instances of working in a team, 2 instances of achieveing goals, 2 instances of planning and organising, why my University, why my course, why Deloitte, why audit, what ACA involves, what documents auditors check, how much time would ACA take in the job. Pretty much what has been said by others already. So these covered COMMUNICATION, PLANNING & ORGANISING, CAREER MOTIVATION, GOAL ACHIEVEMENTS.
To give you extra bits of info, consider these:
- I got asked to give an example when I had to make a decision. Now I prepared 2 examples for PROBLEM-SOLVING, but I was not sure if I should use one of those 2 examples for decision-making question, as I thought if they ask me about Problem-solving examples later, then I’d run out of examples! However, my decision-making example was very much integrated within the problem-solving examples I prepared, so I went on about the first problem-solving example I prepared.
Then after some follow-up questions, I got asked to give another example of making a decision. I used my second example of problem-solving and really hoped my interviewer does not ask me about problem-solving separately or I’d be doomed. She didn’t, and so the PROBLEM SOLVING competency was about giving 2 examples when I had to make a decsion. I’d advise you to have 3 examples of decision making and problem solving, to be fully prepared.
Also, I had prepared 2 examples of decision making in my life, e.g. deciding on my uni, but I could not use them for those decision making questions as I got the impression that my interviewer wanted to hear some decision making in a team/work/project environment and not from personal life. I was asked later about why I chose my uni, so I could still use that uni decision example.
- I haven’t seen other posters stressing on this, but let me stress on this: make sure you prepare for possible follow-up questions. I knew there would be follow-up ones, but I felt I didn’t prepare enough and felt really bad on my way back, when I thought about them.
The 3 likely follow up questions (for each example) would be: 1. what did you learn from it? 2. what would you do differently? 3. what are some of the challenges you faced?
So for example, for my decision-making example, she asked how do I go about making the decision I made, what have I learned …, and my replies did not sound convincing to myself! I prepared well for the challenges bit, so for example, when she asked about the challenges I faced for achieving my goal or when I had to plan and organise, I came out strong.
There was no specific examples/questions for ADAPTIBILITY competency. I wasn’t sure how to prepare for this competency, as nobody touched on this specific competency before here. I prepared two examples where I had to adapt, but I was not asked about them specifically. Perhaps they integrated it within the other competencies/questions.
For COMMERCIAL AWARWENESS, I got asked, what challenges Deloitte facing. I was certain to mention about the challenge in terms of providing professional services for London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics, but somehow, at that stressed environment, I haven’t mentioned it! Later on, I regretted so much that I haven’t, but I got through!
For the “do you have any questions” part, my interviewer closed the file where she was taking notes and I felt like my “intelligence” will not be tested as she is not taking notes. However, I did ask her quite a number of questions, I think we had a 10-minutes conversation for that part, and it was very informal and enjoyable.
This is what I do: I took printed slides/reports/A4 posters of my work and I showed them to my interviewer as I went through them. Maybe it impressed her, maybe it didn’t make any difference, but I always do it and I feel good about being able to show what I talk about, for example, printing the presentation slides when I had to give presentation, bringing A4 poster from my final year uni project, one/two reports showing my thorough analysis/problem-solving aptitude.
Overall, my interview lasted for full 90 minutes including the intro and ending part, and I was told by the graduate recruitment lady that I did very well in the interview. I was so tense and kept blaming myself for my flaws at the interview (e.g. stumbling on what did you learn/follow-up questions, not mentioning Olympics, etc) but I also had the feeling that I did very strongly in some parts such as CAREER MOTIVATION, COMMUNICATION, PLANNING & ORGANISING, etc.