*** Report on Ernst & Young interview questions for EY Assessment Centre from a Cover Letter Library member’s experiences. This is based on Ernst & Young FSO Assurance Internship in Hanoi in 2016. 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 ***
EY Assessment Centre
Some first bits on the logistics
- Who’s the lucky company?
Ernst & Young
- For which division at Ernst & Young?
- And for which office?
- Which year was this Ernst & Young interview?
- What’s the formal title of the position you interviewed for?
FSO Assurance Intern
- How were you informed of this Ernst & Young interview?
Business person emailed
- Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?
- And this interview was therefore…
In the morning
- Was this a … ?
- Which stage was this Ernst & Young interview?
Let’s talk about this assessment day in some details
- What’s the format of the day?
Behavioral interview, reasoning test, accounting regulations test, and written exercise
- Were there any case study? Tell us about it.
- Was there any group presentation / discussion?
- Were there any other exercises? Tell us more.
At the end of the assessment day, I was asked to write an essay about a pressing topic in the location of the office that I was applying for. For example, environmental pollution in Hanoi. The main purpose of the exercise was to test your analytical writing skill since you would have to write tons of auditing reports as an intern. Yes, the auditors were actually not very keen on writing them.
- Onto the interviews, how many separate interviews were there in total ?
Just one behavioral interview. They used the tests to check my technical knowledge.
- How many interviewers were in each interview and in total?
There were 2 people: one HR and the Head of Assurance
- How long was each interview?
- Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and walk me through your CV
2. You didn’t have any exposure to accounting/auditing before. How did you come to decide you want to work for EY?
- Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
1. Tell me one thing about yourself that you’re so proud of.
2. Tell me your strengths and weaknesses.
3. Have you ever failed? What is your biggest failure so far?
4. What if I tell you that you’re failed?
- Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
- Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
- What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
When the interviews asked me what would I do if they told me that I was not successful, I wasn’t prepared at all. So I took a deep breath before said calmly and politely: “If it was the case, I’d to know the reasons so that I could improve next time.” The interviewers were caught off guard and threw some random reasons like she just simply didn’t like me. I want to laugh at her poor acting but I didn’t. I just said that she’d only met me for 15 minutes and I would like a chance to prove myself, emphasizing that I was a team player. Such and such.
- What was the most unexpected thing about this assessment day ?
Accounting regulations test. I learned Accounting in the States so I had zero knowledge of Vietnamese accounting regulations.
- Did you get the offer?
- How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about this outcome?
- Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
- Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to this assessment day at Ernst & Young?
I should have learned a bit about the regulations in Vietnam, such as personal and corporate tax benchmarks.
- Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience of this assessment day with Ernst & Young?
- Before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates ace this assessment day at Ernst & Young?
Prepare tons of behavioral questions. Learn a bit about the accounting standards in Vietnam if you study at a foreign institution. Make sure to include a headshot in your CV. Yeah I know this is kind of unusual for those who study abroad because U.S. companies don’t allow any photo on the CV to avoid discrimination. However, this is Vietnam so play along.