I applied to RAS/Assurance at the Reading office nearly a year ago (a very quick year!!), sadly unsuccessfully.
Digby has covered the AC stuff well, and that is also very well documented in numerous threads here on the forum. Sounds like yours is slightly different (like mine was) in that you are going to have an AC (1st interview, tests, group exercise) then, if successful at the 1st stage, a later partner interview.
Just a few quick points on RAS as, I know, it was nigh on impossible to find out any information on it!! Had a quick look through my notes on it, and here are a couple of points I have noted down.
*RAS helps clients to be confident in their business by identifying, measuring and managing their risks more effectively.
- alot of that is testing the internal controls in place within organisations for things like security of systems/buildings, access to confidential/documents and commercially sensitive information.
*help clients to:
-understand risk holistically
-reduce risk and complexity (standardise/simplify processes + procedures)
*My own point for any question on the impact of recession on RAS:
-“In uncertain times organisations & investors need to know that there is a safety net in place to protect their future profits and investments.”
I went into the 1st interview with little knowledge of what RAS was about, and in hindsight should have looked into it more! I will say that at the partner interview I was told that a significant amount of the RAS teams are computer specialists who do things like trying to hack into computer systems (with permission of course!), also they have people that try to blag their way into client HQs without supposed to be able to get in.
I would get in touch with your HR contact and ask if they can put you in touch with someone from within RAS to get a better understanding of the day to day. (I wish I had…)
Hope that helps,