I was interviewing with a top 10 accountancy firm (Tenon) for an audit trainee role and they asked me during my interview “Why have you applied to us? Why not the big 4?” I wasn’t really sure how to answer this one. The best answer I could come up with was that some of my university peers did their placement year for big 4 companies and having spoken to them, they find working in such a large organisation a bit stuffy and hierarchical. I couldn’t really think of anything else to say. What are the advantages of working for a smaller firm and what would be a good way to answer interview questions such as this?
Any ideas would be much appreciated. Also, how would you answer that sort of question if you were interviewing with, say, a top 30 or even top 50 firm?