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Follow the links in the table below to learn more about the application and selection process of some known firms, including the Big Four accounting firms.

Baker Tilly BDO Deloitte Ernst & Young
Grant Thornton KPMG Mazars Moore Stephens
PwC Schroders Smith & Williamson  

 

Accountancy Sector Preparation
AGN Shipleys Alliotts Anderson Anderson and Brown
Armstrong Watson Arnold Hill Barber Harrison & Platt
Barnes Roffe LLP Beavis Morgan Beever and Struthers
Begbies Traynor Group Bennett Brooks & Co Berg Kaprow Lewis
Bishop Fleming BKL Brebners
Broomfield & Alexander BSG Valentine Bulley Davey
Buzzacott Carter Backer Winter Chantrey Vellacott DFK
Charterhouse Chiene + Tait  ClearSky Contractor Accounting
Cooper Parry Cowgill Holloway Creaseys
Critchleys Crowe Clark Whitehill Crunch
CVR Global Dains David Rubin & Partners
DSG  DTE Duncan & Toplis
Ecovis Wingrave Yeats Ellacotts Ensors
EQ Accountants Ford Campbell Forrester Boyd
Francis Clark Frank Hirth French Duncan
FRP Advisory Garbutt & Elliott Gerald Edelman
Goodman Jones Grunberg & Co Haines Watts
Hartley Fowler Haslers Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers HAT Group of Accountants
Haysmacintyre Hazlewoods LLP Hendeson Loggie
Hillier Hopkins Hilton Sharp & Clarke HJS Solutions
Howard Worth HURST HW Fisher & Company
Jackson Stephen James Cowper Kreston Jeffreys Henry
Johnston Carmichael Kingston Smith Kreston Reeves
Lamont Pridmore Larking Gowen LB Group
Leonard Curtis Littlejohn LLP Lovewell Blake
MacIntyre Hudson Magma Chartered Accountants Martin Aitken & Co
Menzies LLP Menzies  Mercer & Hole
MHA MacIntyre Hudson Mitchell Charlesworth Monahans
Montpellier Professional Moore and Smalley Moore Thompson
Nixon Williams Old Mill PKF
Price Bailey Raffingers Rawlinson and Hunter
RDP Newmans Reeves RGL Forensics
Rickard Luckin Rothman Pantall & Co Rothmans
Rouse Partners RSM Saffery Champness
Scott-Moncrieff Shelley Stock Hutter Shipleys
Simmons Gainsford SJD Accountancy Smith Cooper
Spofforths SRLV Streets LLP
TaxAssist Accountants Taylor Cocks Partnership Taylorcocks
Tenon Group The MPA Group  Thomas Westcott
UHY Hacker Young UKI Wellden Turnbull
Westleton Drake Whitley Stimpson Whittingham Riddell
Wilkins Kennedy WSM Partners Other Accountancy Firm

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What Is the Hiring Process for Accountancy and Financial Services Employers?

Online application: On the company's website, fill in an application form detailing your work experience, educational background, and career goals. Be sure to take note of the requirements of the position for which you are applying—for example, most graduate schemes have requirements relating to your undergraduate field of study and grades, as well as the number of years that have passed since you graduated. Double check your contact information to make sure that it is correct and go over your application carefully to look for spelling and grammar mistakes before submitting.

Psychometric tests: Popular tests include the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal and the Pearson Numerical Reasoning Test. Some firms, such as Ernst & Young, have in-house tests that were specifically designed for their company. In addition to psychometric tests, you may also need to take a personality test or a situational judgment test, which evaluates your behavior, decision-making skills, and attitudes. Furthermore, you may need to complete a case study test, which allows you to demonstrate your work-related skills. You will be presented with a list of problems, and you must order them by level of importance and also decide how to solve each issue.

Assessment centre: The assessment centre is an intense day-long evaluation. During this day, you will participate in group exercises, complete an in-tray exercise, and undergo personal evaluations. Some assessment companies offer shorter versions of the psychometric tests that you completed at home so that the employer can verify that it was, in fact, you that took the exam. Be sure to be friendly toward your fellow candidates as well as the interviewers. Think of the other candidates as your future coworkers, not as your competition. 

Interview: The final step of the hiring process, the interview is a chance for you to meet hiring managers one-on-one and leave a positive impression. Don't come to your interview unprepared—JobTestPrep's interview guide can help you navigate the interview process. Below we have listed some of the most common questions asked by accountancy and financial services employers, as well as questions that we recommend that job seekers ask employers at their interviews. Since this is such an important part of the pre-employment screening process, you should practise for your interview so you can go in feeling confident and prepared.

Questions to Ask at Your Interview

You know that your answers to interview questions are important, but did you know that the questions that you ask, rather than answer, also have value? Take the time to learn about the company by asking questions during your interview. This is a good way to show that you are interested in the position and engaged in the interview process. Here are some questions that we recommend asking at your accountancy and financial services company interview:

  1. What do you think makes this company a good place to work?
  2. What is the most important criteria for success in this job?
  3. Tell me about the company culture.

Combat Your Nerves at Your Accountancy Firm Interview

Even the most qualified candidates can stumble at their interview if they let their nerves get the best of them. Use these tips to minimize your anxiety and perform your best at your interview.
  1. Take deep breaths and relax your muscles.  
  2. Take the time to pause between words and sentences. 
  3. Make eye contact, but don't stare. 
  4. Consider your answers carefully. Don't rush through every question.
  5. Keep your answers short and to the point. Be aware of the tendency to ramble on aimlessly when you are nervous.

Top Accountancy and Financial Services Interview Questions

Top firms such as BDO and Deloitte often ask candidates the following questions. Start preparing your answers now so that you won't be caught by surprise during your interview.

  1. Why should I hire you?
  2. If you didn't have this career, what would you be doing instead?
  3. How do you handle multiple demands on your time?
  4. Describe a time that you had to meet a challenging deadline.
  5. Tell me about a time that you had a conflict with a client or a co-worker, and what you did to resolve it.