Thank You! The presentation was about the most exciting innovations in the industry, can be absolutely anything to be honest but I would recommend tailoring it to your chosen service line (e.g. TAX - presentation could be about making tax digital in the near future). The presentation is quite informal and takes place in the first 5 mins of the interview. You’ll get a candidate pack briefing you on all this if you make it to the AC.
The interview itself is very relaxed and the interviewer will ask you a range of strength based questions where you may be asked to ‘talk about a time when …’ or ‘what would you do if’ or ‘how would you reply to’ type of scenarios. I would recommend practising the main strength and competency based questions that employers are known to ask.
The assessments were quite easy, I actually finished them early but you are given 30-35 minutes to complete about 10-12 numerical questions and 1 written task. They were similar to the ones online but slightly harder, there was a lot more content to each question that you had to read to understand to be able to answer the questions so take your time to read all the information properly but also bring a watch to watch time. I would recommend completing numerical ones first before doing the written one as many people wasted time on the written task and lost marks as they did not manage to finish all 10 numerical questions. Remember, they can’t mark you on what isn’t there!
Group discussion was just an investment decision and you had 4-5 different options available with a budget, you must decide as a group which one is the best and why? Relate it all back to Mazars values, make sure you contribute meaningfully to the debate, encourage quieter people to speak by calling out their name and asking for their opinion on something, maintain eye contact with each other and be decisive! Don’t let other sway your view but at the same time, don’t be too dominant.
Hope this helps!