Deloitte final round interview questions – Tax Scholar Scheme

by Mai Le | Sep 6, 2020

Report on Deloittefinal roundinterview questions from a Cover Letter Librarymember’s experiences. This is based on Deloitte Scholar Scheme interviewTaxfinal roundinterview in London on 10-05-2017.  There may be some variations depending on the offices or other new updates to the recruitment practice – so please use this for reference/preparation purposes only.

Deloitte final round interview questions

Who’s the lucky company?
For which division?
And for which office?
What’s the formal title of the position you applied for?
Scholar Scheme
When did you apply?
When was this interview?
How were you informed of this interview?
HR emailed
Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?
And this interview was therefore…
In the morning
Was this a … ?
in-person interview
Which stage was this interview?
final roundinterview
How many interviews in total were in this interview?
Only 1. I had previously had a group assessment centre and subsequent first roundinterview with an HR representative. This interview was the final round.
How many interviewers were in each interview ?
Only 1 – the interviewer was a Partner at the firm, and he conducted the interview on his own. This was the case for all other applicants as well.
How long did this interview process take in total then?
1.5 hours, although I was told to prepare for 2 hours, so it may have lasted longer for other candidates.
Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
1) Tell me about yourself.

2) Tell me something that isn’t on your CV.

These were the only personal questions, as they had mostly been covered in my previous in-person interview.

Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
1) Tell me about a recent project you became involved in, and detail your particular role(s) within this project.

2) Tell me about a time you had to make a difficult decision. In hindsight, would you have acted differently?

Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
1) Why have you applied to the Tax division?

2) What do the next few years old for the Tax division in the aftermath of Brexit?

What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
What differentiates you from your peers most?

I chose to focus on my commercial awareness and maturity most. This is due to the fact that, as the Scholar Scheme is tailored to individuals looking for financial services work experience immediately after the competition of secondary school, a strongly desired characteristic from the interviewer is maturity of though, as well as a concrete demonstration that the applicant is forward-thinking and has a clear idea of their future career path. Therefore, I explained the steps I had taken to become acquainted with the firm and the industry, including reading business publications and listening to Deloitte podcasts.

I also tried to demonstrate my maturity, explaining how I had recently led a charity programme that required significant responsibilities, and the steps I had taken to ensure success.

Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
The interview itself was not ‘weird’ per se, as the interviewer mostly wanted to gauge whether the candidate was personable, well-informed, and suitable for the role. We engaged in extensive conversation that was also unrelated to the role; it is important to remember that the interviewer wants to ascertain whether you can comfortably participate in client meetings and represent the firm positively.
What was the most unexpected thing about this interview or whole process?
The friendliness of my interviewer – this was my first year of professional interviewing, and the Partner was aware and accommodating of this. They simply want to help you show your best self.
Did you get the offer?
How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about your offer?
1 day
Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to applying to this company?
Deloitte focusses heavily on innovation; this is their USP when compared to the rest of the Big 4. I was asked about this in my first roundinterview, and it is certainly something applicants should be aware of.
Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience applying to this company?
Finally, before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates get the offer here like you did?
Make sure you apply no later than January. I remember from my experience Deloitte really do follow a rolling applications structure, and they fill most of their places by February.

With respect to the interviews, I think that the most important thing is to remain calm and relaxed, as this is the biggest differential at a young age. A candidate who comes across as confident and secure will present much better and is much more likely to get the job.

Good luck!


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Written By Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate. When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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