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Deloitte Recruitment Process

The new Deloitte application process includes changes to the online tests and the removal of the e-tray exercise from the Deloitte graduate recruitment, Deloitte summer vacation scheme, and Deloitte BrightStart recruitment. Learn more about these new exercises and how to prepare below. The following table lays out the assessments you can expect at each stage. You may experience some variation, especially in professional hires recruitment processes.

The Deloitte recruitment process for 2016 is as follows:

Assessment BrightStart (school leavers) Summer Vacation Scheme Graduate Scheme Experienced Hires
Application form Online form Online form Online form Online form
Online testing Numerical reasoning test
Critical thinking test
Numerical reasoning test
Critical thinking test
Numerical reasoning test
Critical thinking test
Service line questionnaire
Either psychometric tests, e-tray, or case study
Interviews First interview - with case study
Final interview - with presentation
Interview/ Interview with case study First interview - with case study
Final interview - with presentation
Competency-based interviews (likely to be more than one)
Group exercise Group exercise (consulting)   Group exercise (consulting) Final assessment - presentation or Group discussion

Deloitte Competencies

Throughout the recruitment process, your aim should be to ensure that you reference the attributes Deloitte is looking for in each of its applicants:

  • Communication
  • Achievement of goals
  • Commercial awareness
  • Career motivation
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Adaptability
  • Problem solving

Deloitte Online Application Form

The Deloitte online application form is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the recruiters. You are asked to give information about your education, career motivation, and work experience. Make sure that you fill in every section and that you provide enough information for each new question. However, remember to keep the information relevant. 

Before you start filling in the form, ensure that you fulfill the academic and other entry requirements. For example, for a graduate position, you need to have graduated within the last few years, and you must also have at least one month’s work experience, paid or unpaid, in any field. Don’t forget to save a copy of your application before you submit it as you should review it before every interview you have.

For some applications, particularly experienced hires, you may be required to submit your CV. Before submitting, tailor your CV to Deloitte and the position that you are applying for.


Deloitte Psychometric Tests

Deloitte's online tests for 2016 recruitment include the Pearson Numerical Reasoning Test as well as the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal. Graduate programme applicants may also be asked to sit a Service Line Questionnaire.

The use of tests may vary depending on the level of recruitment:

  • Deloitte Graduate Programme and Deloitte BrightStart (Deloitte School Leavers Programme) applicants sit the numerical reasoning test first. If you pass this test, you will then be invited to take the critical thinking test.
  • Summer vacation applicants are invited to both tests at the same time.
  • Experienced professional hires may be asked to sit a range of tests, including psychometric tests or case study tests. You will be sent an invitation with a link to the tests you need to take.

Deloitte Numerical Test

Provided by Pearson, this numerical test examines how well you are able to use numerical information, draw conclusions, and answer numerical questions.

The test contains 21 questions, and you are allocated up to 30 minutes to answer depending on the difficulty of the test you are taking. You are given two or three pieces of information in every new set of information, and there are three questions per set. Questions are either multiple-choice or free response (you write in the correct answer). The Pearson Numerical Reasoning Test also contains an extra choice in some multiple-choice questions—an insufficient information choice. Choose this option if you feel more information is needed to answer the question.

To answer the questions on this test, you must be able to pull the appropriate information out of the data, as well as to make basic calculations and work with decimals, fractions, and percentages. The free response questions require you to be able to work out the answers accurately without any help. You may use a calculator to help you solve the questions. The test is timed, creating pressure on you to work quickly and accurately through each question in order to get a good score.

The right kind of preparation is important for this test, especially to familiarise yourself with the subtle differences between this test and any other numerical tests you may have taken. Taking practice tests allows you to learn your strengths and weaknesses, how long you need to answer each question, and what information is required to answer them. Knowing all of these things adds up to a better score on test day.


Deloitte Critical Thinking Test

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal is a type of verbal analysis test that goes further than other tests you may have come across so far. This test measures your problem solving and decision-making skills. It examines comprehension, analysis, and evaluation skills, assessing you on three specific areas:

  • Recognising assumptions
  • Evaluating arguments
  • Drawing conclusions

The Watson-Glaser is more analytical than a regular verbal reasoning test, thus requiring you to think more critically in order to answer each question. The test contains 40 questions to be answered in 30 minutes. This time limit places pressure on you to answer questions quickly and accurately. Practising for the Watson-Glaser enables you to familiarise yourself with the types of questions and the thought processes you need to answer each of them. Pracitsing also sharpens your skills and provides you the ability to work more quickly, which is important when you have such a short time allocation for each question.


Service Line Questionnaire

Deloitte graduate programme applicants are asked to submit a third test at the end of the testing period. The aim of the Service Line Questionnaire is to help Deloitte know more about your career and qualification interests, as well as where to put you for interview. This test is not scored.

Once you have successfully passed the online tests, the next stage of the recruitment process is the Deloitte interviews.

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