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:
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 InterviewIf your application is successful, 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 Psychometric TestsFor non-experienced positions this is the next stage after completing your application form. You will have to complete verbal, numerical and logical reasoning tests.
For some positions (including corporate finance and advisory) if successful at the online tests you will be requested to attend a numerical test in person at the Ernst & Young office. This is an SHL multiple choice test; you will have 35 minutes to complete 30 questions.
Graduates with a mathematical background are sometimes exempt from one or both of these tests.
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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