I had a partner interview with EY yesterday and I can honestly say it was the most absurd, weird and shocking interview experience of my life. Definitely not what you would expect from a firm that trumps their ‘friendly’ culture. Please read on… the most shocking part is at the end.
The interview started OK, despite the weird format chosen by the interviewer and some really weird questions and discussions like:
- If I knew the latin root of the word audit. I said no… and then the partner wrote down AUDI and made me write down all the English words that start with AUDI that I can come up with.
- If I played golf and if I knew how in golf one of the most important things is to choose the right stick for each hit…
These are out of context, but generally you don’t expect to get questions about latin and golf during an interview for an accounting job. I guess I was foolish enough to use accountancyage and wikijobs for my preparation and not my ‘How to be posh’ handbook.
Then we were discussing sports and I was asked if I am fit. I am not fit and he could see that. I guess I should start lifting and losing weight if I want a job with EY. Maybe an innocent question, but I still found it incredibly unprofessional.
Then, I get this beauty (this frankly is the reason I am writing this, as I found it absolutely shocking):
“I know there are a lot of your nationality students at your university. I find that a lot of them tend to stick together as a group and do not interact with the rest of the student body. Are you one of those students or do you have the mentality that you are in the UK now and you would make friends with everybody?”
At this point I was floored… I think I managed to keep my cool but I almost walked out of the room right there.
And no, I am not making this up… my imagination is not rich. I would have never expected such treatment from a ‘professional’ services firm like EY.