I would say being relaxed, confident and friendly to everyone is key. The assessment days are meant to create quite a relaxed atmosphere where you can show your skills and competences without having to know too much technical knowledge.
I think personality. There are obviously so many people that we meet every day, the human factor becomes really important. Big firm such as Deloitte increasingly put more emphasis on social skills - whether you can interact with the client, make them feel at ease. That is not to say you should not prepare! Dress professionally, be relaxed and knowledgeable and you make great impression. Personally, I think it is better to say less but quality answers rather than be the loudest in the group.
Thank you for your answers! Please could you clarify what is included in the assessment day for Tax Consulting (in particular Business Tax Consulting)? I have seen on the website that the selection process includes a first interview and then a final interview but cannot find any mention of the assessment day. Many thanks, Rachel
The first interview takes place on your assessment day. The assessment is usually in the morning and consists of a group exercise where you are presented with a case study to read and discuss amongst other candidates. The interviewers watch your interactions, intervening with questions or to steer the discussion. Afterwards you have the 1-on-1 interview with one of the interviewers where they ask you all kinds of stuff about you, the firm, your experience and expectations. I found it quite surprising how informal it was. It makes you at ease so you can be more yourself.
Thank you, that's a lot clearer. Is the final interview separate from the assessment day?
Yes, after the assessment day you get an email confirming whether you are through to the final interview. that would be with a partner in the department you might work in once you are successful so it pays off to remember names and faces!
Thank you for your help, Mina.
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