I have recently been applied and been accepted for an external audit position at RSM Tenon. I found this forum very helpful so I would like to tell you a bit about my experience.
This wasn’t an interview as such rather more of a conversation. It lasted for about ten minutes and was not planned; they just phone me one evening and asked if I had a few minutes. They asked questions like:
Why the location I chose?
What did I know about Tenon?
Why did I choose my Degree and A Levels?
It was very relaxed and I was offered a place on the assessment day at the end of the call.
The assessment day was really relaxed and the assessors were very nice. The day is quite long; it started at 9am and finished at around 4.30pm. There were 12 candidates all together.
Upon Arrival we were offered tea, coffee and water while we waited for all the candidates to arrive. After this the assessors introduced themselves and gave a presentation about the Tenon, we then had to introduce ourselves to the rest of the group.
After this we separated into two teams of 6 to begin the assessments. Team one had our interviews first and while we were waiting had to prepare a 3-5 minute presentation to deliver to the group in the afternoon. The interviews lasted about 20 minutes and covered some of the questions listed above as well as one or two commercial awareness questions; however I was mainly asked competency based questions. For the presentation we were asked to select two topic cards from a pile for which we had to create a 3-5 minute presentation on one of the topics. The questions were very broad and included Cloning, The Olympics, freedom of speech and the environment. We were told to concentrate on our presentation style, the structure and delivery, as the content was less important.
Meanwhile group two were in another room completing a logical test, an English test and working on the group assessment. The logical tests consisted of 10 logical questions. The English tests involved reading a written statement and indentifying grammar and spelling errors. The group exercise was a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style group project where we had to create a new product or adapt an existing product and then present the idea to the rest of the candidates and the assessors. We also had to answer questions at the end.
Once this was done both teams had a buffet lunch and had the option to speak to managers, partners and new trainees. After lunch we presented our individual presentations and our group presentations. They were a bit daunting but the atmosphere was very relaxed and calm.
I was offered a position the next day via a phone call. It is my understanding that you receive an email if you are not accepted and offered a time slot to call to receive feedback.