Ernst & Young Assessment Centre
Headquartered in London, Ernst & Young (EY) is one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms. It is one of the largest professional service firms in the world with operations in more than 140 countries. Here JobTestPrep guides you through the application process.
There are hundreds of roles available at Ernst & Young, indeed that is what makes the firm an exciting careers prospect. Careers generally fall under five broad sectors: Advisory, Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Financial Services. The recruitment process differs slightly depending on role applied for and where you are in your career cycle, but in general you will have to pass through the following stages:
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Ernst &Young Application FormAfter choosing a specific job to apply for, you will need to fill out the Ernst & Young application form. This includes uploading your CV, entering your personal information and work experience, filling out a questionnaire about your salary expectations and specific skill experience for the job you have applied for (e.g. Excel abilities) and a diversity questionnaire. Graduates will also need to fill out an online strengths assessment within three days of submitting their online application. Approximately 33% pass this stage in graduate applications.
Ernst & Young Psychometric TestsIf your application form is successful you will be asked to take the Ernst and Young psychometric tests. The suppliers of these tests are the Saville Consulting group, a popular online testing supplier. The Ernst and Young ability test is a battery of three different tests, numerical, verbal, and diagrammatic reasoning. You will be given eight questions to answer in a six minute time frame with one section following the next. To ensure that you are performing to the top of your ability it is necessary to practice these tests. Here at JTP we have the practice tools as well as the tips on success to ensure a great performance.
Graduates with a mathematical background are sometimes exempt from one or both of these tests.
Ernst & Young InterviewIf you come through the online tests, you will be invited to an Ernst & Young interview, this may be on the phone or at one of their offices depending on where you are located. Depending on the role you apply for you may also be asked to take some online/written tests (see the next section). At the initial interview, you will be asked about your work experience, how you foresee changes in market trends, your motivations for wanting to join Ernst & Young and about your strengths and weaknesses. They will also welcome you to ask them questions about how you will fit in – you should have some questions prepared.
Ernst & Young Assessment CentreMost graduate positions require attendance at an assessment centre. There are three parts to the Ernst & Young Assessment Centre – an interview, psychometric testing and exercises:
Partner interview (approx 60 mins.)– this is not the same as your first interview and will go back to information you have filled in on your application form. They may ask you about your near-future career plans. This interview is competency-based, be sure to use examples. Be sure to show motivation for the specific role you are applying to and know why you want it. They are looking for candidates with intellectual and interpersonal skills, drive and leadership potential, academic achievement and career motivation. If you have done anything to make you stand out be sure to bring it up!
Psychometric testing – depending on the role you apply for you may be asked to take some or all of the following tests – Numerical, Verbal, Abstract and Mechanical Reasoning; a Personality Test. Make sure you have sufficiently practiced in advance.
Exercises may be individual or group. Individual exercises may include a job-specific written exercise, a presentation, an In-tray exercise, report writing. Try to exude confidence and be sure of yourself. Group exercises may include a group discussion, group presentation and a team building exercise. Group exercises test your ability to communicate and persuade, listen and understand, compromise and be flexible and utilise team members. It is important to be enthusiastic, trust others and to find a balance between being submissive and aggressive.
If you are successful at the above stages you will receive a letter in writing.
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