Here you will find information on each stage of the EY hiring process for undergraduates, as well as details of the practice EY assessment tests we offer. There are three programmes for undergraduates, and they largely follow the same hiring process. These programmes are:

  • Industrial Placement Programme
  • Summer Internship Programme
  • Scholarship Programme

As part of an effort to recruit only the most talented, promising candidates, the EY recruitment process for graduates, apprenticeships, and young careers alike is characterised by stringent criteria and naturally demands advanced preparation. With JobTestPrep's tips and guides, you are guaranteed to be at your best at every stage. JobTestPrep is here to help you succeed with our expertly developed PrepPacks™.

EY Undergraduates Assessment Tests

There are several competency-based tests you will take for the online stage of the EY undergraduates hiring process. These are the numerical reasoning test, verbal reasoning test, situational strengths test, business behaviours test, and what's your mindset test. 

Numerical Reasoning Test

In the EY numerical test you have to answer 12 questions assessing your ability to evaluate, analyse, and interpret numerical information. The main difference between this test and other tests used by other companies is the time limit. Whereas almost every testing company uses a time limit where you have to complete the test before the time runs out, in the EY numerical reasoning test there is no time limit. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to complete the test over a few hours. The quicker you complete the test the more it influences your score. You are marked out of seven levels with seven being the highest level. In order to get acquainted to the EY numerical test use our EY internship PrepPack.

Verbal Reasoning Test

The verbal reasoning test will test how quickly you analyse written texts with minimal error. You will be asked to determine the meanings of words in their contexts as well as determine whether a given passage substantiates or denies a following statement. 

EY Situational Strengths Test

The EY Situational Strengths Test aims to assess you against the particular skills or strengths that EY are looking for. It is made up of 16 different scenarios about which you are expected to answer questions. Every scenario looks at a different strength (or skill) needed in the role you are applying to. You are given a short scenario to read and watch reflecting a situation that may occur in your office. You are then asked a question about it and given a series of possible responses. Some questions will ask you to rank these responses from most likely to least likely, whilst others may ask you to choose the option that best represents your response. There are five different option answers and you have to drag and drop them into the order which you feel is correct.

EY Business Behaviours Test

In the EY Business Behaviours Test, you perform the role of someone who has recently joined EY and go through their day from beginning to end. There are eight questions on the test, each of which has five answer options to rank in order from most to least appropriate. This test is similar to the EY situational strengths test in that you have to rank the options in order of appropriateness. The main differences are that in the Situational Strengths test, the questions are independent of each other and come with accompanying videos, while the Business Behaviours test questions are all based on a single scenario. 

EY What's Your Mindset Test

In the EY What’s Your Mindset Test you are presented with a series of statements. You are given 25 points for each set of statements and you have to assign them to each statement with the most being given to the statement which suits you best. There are five different mindset dimensions assessed in this test and they are: concentration, detail focus, learning languages, problem solving, and technology affinity. This is actually a personality test which you can practise with our EY apprenticeship PrepPack.

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EY Undergraduates Hiring Process

The exact EY hiring process will vary according to the particular role you apply to. Detailed below are the possible different stages that you might encounter for various programmes within the EY undergraduates scheme.

EY Recruitment Process

EY Internship Application Form

The EY internship application form is fairly standard. You must enter in your personal details as well as your examination results and where you achieved them. In fact, it is only used later because once you have completed it, you will immediately be sent links to complete the EY strengths online tests.

EY Strengths Portal

After you have completed and submitted your EY internship application form you will sent a link via email inviting you to access the EY Strengths Portal. Here you will find a series of several different tests, each of them focusing on a separate skill. These tests are provided by CAPP and are administered by Jobmi. They are described above in the EY Tests section.

Preparing for Your EY Undergraduate Interview

There are a number of different options available to you here that you can use to give yourself full preparation for your upcoming EY interview. One popular option is our recording service where you are asked the questions through an automated service. You record your answers through a webcam and microphone. You can then replay your answers and mark them using the same indicators that assessors use.

A further option is our live service where you will be put in contact with one of our expert assessors who will conduct a mock interview via skype. You will get personalised feedback on the spot with the assessor pointing out where you need to improve, whether that be in your answers or in your demeanour. Both of these options are available through our interview preparation page.

EY Interview

The EY Interview is about 25 minutes long and is designed to understand your individual strengths. To this end, the questions are pointed towards reasons why you have chosen EY, the position, and the area of the country you are applying to. They also want to know about your motivation for joining EY. In order to demonstrate this you have to come across as relaxed, even if you are not on the inside.

This is a strengths based interview so you have to really show why you are good at something. You must take a strength of yours and think about how this applies to the possible work situation that you could encounter. As EY themselves state: a strength is what you’re naturally good at. By using your strengths to find the role that’s right for you, perform at your best in it and, most importantly, enjoy it, you can make your impact in the way that’s most natural and comfortable for you within EY’s entrepreneurial, inclusive and flexible culture.

EY Interview Sample Questions

We have prepared a separate PDF that you can use to get a better understanding of the EY interview. It contains numerous questions that you can prepare answers for so you will really be able to answer any question that comes up.

Live Interview Preparation

For live interview preparation, JobTestPrep is proud to introduce a full simulation of an interview with an experienced coach. In these one- or two-hour sessions, you will be able to simulate the interview more than once, receive helpful tips and advice, and make sure to follow some thumb rules for a successful interview.

EY Undergraduate Assessment Centre

There are a number of different assessments and tests that you have to take at the EY assessment centre. Each of these is detailed below. As a general point however, you must bear in mind that throughout the day you be assessed on your strengths. These are the general strengths that apply throughout the process. The main stages of the EY assessment centre are:

EY Written Exercise

The written exercise, or case study, is one of the most demanding EY assessment centre tasks. You are given the details of a fictitious company facing some tough business decisions, and a set

of relevant materials. In the allotted time frame, you must go through the materials, analyse the case in hand, devise a recommended plan of action, and prepare a written report or short presentation of your findings and recommendations. The key to success in this exercise is working quickly through the documents, prioritising and identifying the key issues.

The EY written exercise lasts for 40 minutes and is divided into two parts. In the first part of the exercise you have to work your way through a case study on a new topic. You need to analyse different facts and figures similar to that of what you will face if you are given the job. For example, you may need to summarise profit trends and percentage increases or decreases. You then present them in a report in the correct manner with tables and succinct points along with different recommendations.

EY Case Study

The second section of the Ernst & Young case study asks you to plan a way to deal with a team that you are going to be leading. You have to devise timetables, progress reports, deadlines, contingency plans and everything else that you need to run a team of individuals working towards a common aim.

In general, you will need more time to do the first part of the exercise than the second. Your reports are written in Microsoft Word so you can utilise the spelling and grammar check when you come to proofread your work. It is very important that your work contains no spelling mistakes as this will count against you.

Frequently Asked Questions by EY Undergraduate Applicants

1. What are the different positions in the EY undergraduates roles?

These are the Internship Placement Programme, the Summer Internship Programme, and the Scholarship Programme.

  • The Industrial Placement Programme involves a year’s paid role in a real client project team which gives you a head-start towards professional accountancy qualification. This is for undergraduates whose degrees includes a year’s industrial placement.
  • The Summer Internship Programme offers candidates structured training in one of EY’s four service lines and the opportunity to secure a graduate programme scheme.
  • The Scholarship Programme offers GBP 15,000 in scholarship payments during your degree as well as paid work placements.

2. What is the difference between the application process for the undergraduates and the graduates?

The undergraduates application process mirrors that of the graduates application process; there is no difference in terms of how you apply and what you should do to prepare.

3. How can I prepare for the different stages? There are two separate packs.

There is one PrepPack which is exclusively targeted at the online assessments (both competency- and personality-based) and one other PrepPack which is geared towards walking candidates through the entire hiring process.

JobTestPrep is not a part of Ernst & Young and is not related to them in any way. JobTestPrep offers preparation services for psychometric tests.


What's Included

· 11 Numerical comprehension exercises · 8 Numerical drills · Numerical study guides & video tutorials · 11 Verbal reasoning exercises & 2tutorials · 9 English language exercises (vocabulary, grammar, spelling) · 5 SJT exercises & a three-part tutorial · 1 Personality practice test, 3 study guides, and 50 single-trait exercises · An interview preparation application & 3 study guides · 2 case study exercises & a three-part study guide