I just completed my final stage at deloitte (partner stage) and when I tried to go through wikijobs, I felt that the information was abit scattered and the selection process was abit different to mine so here is MY experience there and I hope it helps somebody who was stuck in finding answers to their questions…
I applied for Audit graduate scheme
Ok so stage 1 was the application form (all pretty straight forward)
stage 2: Numerical and verbal reasoning.
I was invited to a numerical test… which is basically under timed conditions and Deloitte test under SHL. Do loads of practice before and what I would recommend is that if you REALLY want to work for deloitte, then leave it till last and do your other numericals before so you gain some practice (even if you might fail the other ones, its still experience non the less)
The verbal reasoning test is basically a big passage of text and you have to see select the most accurate statement (all pretty straight forward and nothing to worry about)
Stage 3- E-TRAY!
ok here i found everyone to be useless in explaining the e-tray to me… so i hope i do better.
You go in and you’re with your competition (i.e. another 20 students all there to do the e-tray assessment). You are all taken to a room with loads of netbooks on the desks… if you are unfamiliar with typing on a netbook… get familiar and practice because the keys are obviously smaller…
the first part of the task is to respond to loads of e-mails (i think it was like 27).
What you should first do is open the documents on the right hand side of the e-mail (its like microsoft outlook- exactly that format) and see who is the people in higher positions than you… (such as partners and managers) and see which e-mails are urgent. Reply to the urgent ones first and the ones that are needed ASAP!.. some e-mails are sent but you dont have to reply… so be aware of those, some are just like “thank you for ur e-mail”…
the second part of the e-tray is a written assessment… you have to write to the firm adivisng them on a particular stratedgy. It’s not so much as your selection but your writing skills… so obviously Dear Mr. X… Kind regards Me… and space out your paragraphs so it is easy for the person to read. BUT BE WARNED… TIME GOES FAST! so type fast but accurate… because the timer will stop itself, if you havn’t finished your e-mail then tough, it logs off automatically and sends whatever you have written so far…
Stage 4- Interview with manager…
So here you sit in a small room with the manager of your service line and its just competency questions. There are many forums that discuss the competency questions but I’ll give you a few:
- tell me about a time you worked in a team
2)tell me a time you had to motivate someone
- what was the hardest decision you have ever made
- why this firm
5)why not another career
6)tell me a time you had to lead a team
7)tell me about a time you have had to do a presentation
So those were what I was kind of asked… but my interview was more of a long chit chat… which is a good sign.
One key piece of advice… BE YOURSELF!.. they want to see if they can work with you or not… in the first 30 seconds they know whether they want to hire you or not… so dont be nervous. be confident but not arrogant… and people forget to smile… so SMILE!
Stage 5- Interview with partner
The hardest part yet…
So I had to do a presentation and I got one e-mail saying “you been successfull in your manager interview, we’ll be in touch soon”
Then a few days later to confirm a date for this partner interview, in this e-mail I was given a presentation topic to discuss… Everybody’s is different so I will leave that to your research…
All I did was talk for 5 minutes (but it was basically like 10 minutes because there is so much you want to show your interviewer)
He asked questions for 10 minutes and asked questions that I really didnt know the answer to but never say “i dont know”… always try… this is your one shot so just go for it!! so just be prepared
Then he asked me more competency questions… so he asked me “a piece of financial news currently… what business is doing well”… (luckily I had prepared that so I sort of remembered my answer"
Then why Audit… why not any other career… why specifically this… (so be prepared to answer that)
Then he asked " a time you have had to do something differently"…
The partner has your CV and application form in front of him/her… so they know and they will ask you questions on it…
then he asked “any questions for me?” and its good to just ask anything…
but remember every partner is different, some people say their partner interview was for 10 minutes and it was a nice chit chat… some were grilling… mine was ok… so its just how well you speak and communicate
But that was my experience… I hope it helped, reply back or message me if you need any clarification.
- be yourself
- be confident… even if you are wrong, make them think that you are right
3)always have some sort of answer
- do your research, you can’t be spoonfed entirely
5)make an impression, if you have something unique… tell them! this is your time to shine! give them everything!
- smile!!! its surprising the difference that makes!
Good luck to you all!