Kevin there is a downloadable PDF under top tips that will help hugely
Would any of the recent Deloitte grads like to add any of their own experiences in the interview/selection process that may assist Kevin?
Thanks for this Claire. I was also curious to get some insights from actual graduates who went through the process if possible. Thanks Neil - exactly what I was looking for.
Hi Kevin I will start with some advice for the e-tray which is the first big step in the recruitment process. I found the best thing to do is simply not to panic! read through every email that comes in carefully as there is plenty of time to answer them all. for the written response again time-planning is key, make sure you leave a few minutes at the end to check your answer. I noticed several mistakes in my response during these few minutes and when it comes down to it these small differences can put you ahead of the other candidates. Hope that was useful :-)
Hi Kevin, I'll briefly run through some tips for each stage:
Application – take your time and research the firm and role thoroughly
Tests – practice, practice, practice before taking the real thing!
E-tray – don’t rush and read through the information carefully and taking notes helped me
First interview – ensure you have examples for each of Deloitte’s key competencies and be yourself in the interview. Make sure you can answer why you want to work for Deloitte and the specific role you are applying for
Final interview and presentation – you can’t prepare as much for this as it depends very much on which partner interviews you, but again be yourself. For the presentation, make sure you’ve spent time preparing it as best you can
My little add on, try and have a number of examples of things you have done for each of the key competency areas. Try and demonstrate you're a well rounded individual who's sociable and outgoing as well as ticking the boxes for being academic, diligent etc. Deloitte is fun of people with great and varying personalities, bring your own to the table.
And be prepared for unexpected questions, ie don't get flustered, think about it logically and answer as best you can. There might not be a right or wrong answer.
For the first interview Deloitte tells you exactly what you need to know on their website. Know the key competencies and have strong examples of how you have/can demonstrate them and you should be fine. There are no trick questions and it really is down to you to show the interviewer that you are what the firm is looking for.
Thank you all for your insights. It's always reassuring to hear it from people who went through the process, appreciate it.
Is there anything else you would find useful to know Kevin?
The final interview is tricky but be yourself and don't be intimidated by the partner. Making it to the final stage in the process is not easy and making it to the interview is 90% of the way there. Knowing your presentation well and speaking with confidence will put you in a good position before they ask you some of the trickier questions!
Reminds me of one thing I faced in re the presentation, I was asked a question I didn't know the answer to so I just asked the partner what he thought about the issue. Seemed to go down just fine.
Thanks, very helpful. Regarding the interview(s) - is it a general discussion regarding your profile, competencies and why you fit with Deloitte or do you get specific case studies like some of the management consultant firms make you go through?
I agree, it doesn't matter too much if you don't know the answer. In my partner interview there were a couple of questions I was unsure of but how you handle the situation is more important. There is a case study for consultancy I believe but not for the other service lines.
The interview will be a competency based interview for the first round which means that you will be asked to provide examples that demonstrate your skills in a particular area
That's right Amber, only consulting applicants do a group exercise and case study as part of their first stage interview.
I found the partner interview was largely about how you coped with the pressure and expressed yourself rather than how much you know about tax. Everyone is assumed to have no technical knowledge upon starting but knowing a little, especially that which is current affairs is very useful.
I am currently applying for tax.
Is there a group interview for this service line? As I am not sure if it comes under tax consultancy or just tax.
If there is no group interview please would you be able to provide me with the 2014-2015 application process.
If you visit the student careers pages at www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/careers/students… you'll find all the detail you need on applying to join one of our programmes.
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