Recently had my first interview with EY and I fully understand now what d_t meant about the questions being similar but twisted.
I don’t think I had many questions that were the same as the list I prepared but a lot of them were similar.
I have listed the questions I prepared for and put in brackets what I was asked instead or if I just didn’t have that question:
Why have you applied to Assurance/Tax? (Why have you chosen audit?)
Should there be more hours in the day? - didn’t get this question
Tell me about your group of friends? (Do you find yourself bridging the gap between different groups of friends?)
Do you talk to different groups of friends differently? - didn’t get this question but I think I tried to work an answer to it into another question
Is there a company/brand you admire? What question would you ask them? - didn’t get this question
Do you enjoy working in a team? - it was either this or maybe what did I enjoy about working in a team
Have you ever wanted to quit something? (Do you give up easily? & Do you work at something to get to the heart of the matter or just leave it?)
Have you ever put the needs of a team before your own? (Do you consider what impact your actions will have on a team? - I actually think I interpretated this wrong and said something along the lines of knowing putting in a lot of time researching will help the team, maybe there were looking for am I careful not to only think about how my actions will benefit myself…)
Have you ever done something differently second time around? - didn’t get this question
Have you ever built a relationship with anyone? (How do you build relationships with people?)
Do you prefer starting or finishing? - didn’t get this question
Do you need to be an expert at something in order to lead a team? - didn’t get this question
Do you prefer quick action or careful planning? - didn’t get this question but got a similar one I’ve mentioned further down
How do you know your strengths and weaknesses? (What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are? How do you know this?)
How would a lecturer describe you? - didn’t get this question
Would a friend say you are organised? - didn’t get this question but was asked outright if I was an organised person
What do you call a good day? - didn’t get this question
How do you deal with a boring task? - not sure I specifically got this but I got one I have mentioned below about motivation
How do you make others feel confident in your abilities?
How do you make sure you always do your best?
What have you contributed to a team to help their success? - didn’t get this question
Have you ever used what you know to improve a situation? - don’t think I got this question
How do you stay motivated?
How do you handle working with someone you don’t like? - didn’t get this question
Have you ever had to go out of your way to help someone? - didn’t get this question
When have you persuaded someone? - didn’t get this question
Do you keep your promises? - didn’t get this question
Do you enjoy hard work?
Do you ask for more responsibility? (Either this or something really similar about taking on more responsibility)
Do you plan your week? - didn’t get this question
What is your biggest achievement?
Are you a good listener? (Think it was - do you like listening to people?)
What do you do when you don’t find a task interesting? (How do you stay motivated?)
How do you solve a problem? (Can’t remember if it was exactly this but definitely a question about solving a problem)
How do you make sure you understand a concept/idea? - can’t remember if I was asked this, but was asked in several different ways something along the lines of how I make sure my work is good
Do you prefer learning theory or putting it into practice? (Do you think it’s better to fully understand an idea or apply it straight away?)
There were more than listed above but the only ones I can remember include:
Something along the lines of - What would you do if you found yourself in a room full of people with different interests?
What do you think makes a good concept/theory?
How do you deal with people who waste your time?/Do you get annoyed by people who waste your time? (can’t remember exactly how it was put)
I found a lot of the questions were really similar and actually said to the interviewer that “as I’ve already said” and then used the same example…she didn’t seem to mind.
At the end, she asked the “why audit?” question but also asked what I knew about EY audit and I can’t really say I said very much, didn’t know about main companies, audit teams or anything. She also asked something along the lines of why I thought I would be good at audit.
She was very helpful in the sense that she told me she would help me along if I wasn’t giving enough of an answer (i.e. if I didn’t really give a specific example and she wanted one). She also stopped at some points during the interview and asked something maybe she was just interested in and made if feel more like a conversation.
I’m sorry if I’ve missed anything out, was asked loads and really can’t remember some of them because they were so similar.
Finished my interview after about an hour and was phoned two hours later to say I had been successful and have gotten to the assessment centre stage.
Also wanted to say that after I submitted my application, I got an email a day and a half later to do the online tests and the night after I had done them, I received a call the next afternoon inviting me for a first interview (date and time offered on the phone, then followed up with an email) and then received a call straight away to say my interview was successful. I’m sure it’s not the same for everyone but I’m really impressed with how quickly things are being done.
Hope this helps people!