EY First Round Interview – Transactions Advisory Services​ Summer Internship

by Mai Le | Sep 30, 2016

*** Report on interview questions and detailed answers from a Cover Letter Library member’s experiences. This is based on EY First Round Interview for Transactions Advisory Services Summer Internship in Singapore in 2021. There may be some variations depending on the offices or other new updates to the recruitment practice by Ernst & Young – so please use this for reference / preparation purposes only ***

Some first bits on the logistics

    • Who’s the lucky company?
      Ernst & Young (EY)


    • For which division at EY?
      Transactions Advisory Services




    • What’s the formal title of the position you interviewed for?
      Summer Intern


    • How was you informed of this EY interview?
      HR emailed


    • Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?


    • And this interview was therefore…
      In the afternoon




Let’s talk about this first round interview in some details





    • Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
      1. Tell me about yourself?
      2. Why EY? And specifically, why Singapore?


    • Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?


    • Were there any technical questions in the interview? If yes, what were they?
      Had a case based interview on a leading Singaporean movie theater chain’s growth strategy.


    • Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
      How many tennis balls can fit in a Boeing 747?


    • What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
      After giving 3 suggestions on ways for the chain to grow, the Senior Associate says – tried all three. Failed miserably. NEXT?



    • Did you progress to the next stage?


    • How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about this outcome?
      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 this first round interview at EY?
      Gotten to know the department even more. I interviewed for the OTS sub division and didn’t know much to be honest.



  • Before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates ace this first round interview at EY?
    The company is a beast. It expects you to question any and every assumption. Learn how to build visually appealing presentations because as a junior, that’s about all you’ll be doing.

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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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