Deloitte, got an offer- Ask me anything

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2 October 2011 - 9:41am


I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now..I got an offer from Deloitte for the 2012 graduate scheme!

As my karmic payment I've set up this thread so that if you want to know anything within reason about the recruitment process, ask me here or PM me and I will do my best to help you.

3 October 2011 - 10:14am

Hi, congratulations on your job offer! I have my final interview with a presentation tomorrow. Any tips on the types of questions they will ask? And is the presentation to just one person?

3 October 2011 - 8:10pm

Hi, hope this response isn't too late.

The presentation is just to one person; the partner. Don't worry it isn't too formal, it isn't timed and you do it sitting down. You're given the option to do it standing up but because of the size of the room it'd look weird tbh.

I found my partner interview challenging as I was asked questions such as 'How do I know you're not a jobhopper' as I worked in an unrelated field last year and did an irrelevant degree. I was also asked things like 'Why didn't you apply to Deloitte last year if you were interested' and 'How did things end with your last job' and 'How come there is a gap on your CV'.

As for questions apart from these curveballs there wasn't really anything unusual; I was asked what were the challenges facing Deloitte, what is happening right now in the PS world and What I knew about my service line and why I wanted to do it, that's pretty much it.

The most important piece of advice that I could personally give you from my experience is don't panic if the partner starts asking you challenging questions- I got asked so many and even now after I got the offer I look back on some of the questions and cringe! I came out of the interview convinced I had failed as the nature of the q's were almost Apprentice-like- my interviewer partner was lovely but the questions were obviously designed to test me. Luckily he was kind enough to put me out of my suspense quickly after.

So do not worry if your interview is difficult. I think if you have any employment gaps on your CV, if your degree is non-finance/business related and/or you have worked in an irrelevant field before applying, you may be assigned challenging questions. But in a way this is better because if you get through and get the offer, you know you have worked even harder to get it.

What is your interview for? Are you feeling okay about it? Good luck!

3 October 2011 - 9:14pm

Wow some of those questions sound intense!! I'm applying for audit for the 2012 intake. I'm feeling pretty confident for the presentation part but I suppose you just have to prepare as best you can for the questions and just hope for the best!

Thank you for your advice and congratulations again! :)

6 October 2011 - 6:52pm

hi was just wondering when you had your interview , what sort of questions were asked? mixture of both technical and competencies? also did you get asked what were the challenges facing deloitte? if so could you please give me a bit of feedback on this question as i can't seem to find any information on it anywhere , thank you !

6 October 2011 - 10:07pm

thanks. I am preparing for my partner interview now. finger-crossed!

8 October 2011 - 1:38pm

Hi firstly congrats on your offer! :) I have an offer from another of the big4 in audit for 2012 as I did an internship with them. Applied to Deloitte in transaction services just yesterday. Long way from getting an offer but just wondering do Deloitte have a car scheme for new employees? Also do they have subsidised canteens/lunch vouchers. Also heard that they don't pay for lunch/dinner on away jobs either. Would like to know if that's true? Thank you!

8 October 2011 - 4:27pm

Hi, I had my interview 2 weeks ago and was asked mainly competency questions and a few technical ones i.e. commercial awareness. I will send you a PM re: challenges facing Deloitte

8 October 2011 - 4:36pm

hey hun thats brilliant well done on getting the offer, espec. after interning with them. I honestly have no idea sorryt as I ve not reciefd the contract tyet so not go full detais, nhowever from the offer letter I havent seen anything. I take it you got an offer from PwC then!? :]

8 October 2011 - 5:44pm

No I applied to PwC for the audit program 2 weeks ago now, their HR seems to be the worst so far. My current offer is from KPMG! Haven't received the contract yet either.

8 October 2011 - 6:01pm


Could anyone possibly give any advice for a first round interview? I'm applying for Audit-Financial Services at the Reading office. I have read lots of different posts from the various forum topics on this site, which give plenty of advice as to what to expect.

My question is, will the format for the first round interview for 2012 candidates be the same as others? i.e. prepare 2 examples for each competency: communication, achievement of goals, commercial awareness, career motivation, planning & organisation skills, adaptability, problem solving.

Has anyone been for a first round interview this year & could shed some light on this?

Thanks in advance!!

8 October 2011 - 7:47pm


Hi. I have just started at Deloitte, so could probably answer your questions. Deloitte do have a company car scheme. Think it is a few hundred a month and that includes car tax, insurance, etc. Better than buying your own car. However, they don't have subsidised lunch vouchers. But, if you are on an away job, i think you get a certain amount of money for food/drink each day. Not sure exactly what that is though.

Hope that helps.

8 October 2011 - 8:08pm

Thanks for the info! :)

9 October 2011 - 12:59am

well done about the offer!! im having my ac in two days, but still havent received a email about the activities involved on the day, will there be any presentation? what is the topic? i am so worried that i might not have time to prepare for it because i was not told anything about it yet. Regarding the challenges faced? do you minding send me the information about it too, or pm me? thank you in advance

9 October 2011 - 12:59am

well done about the offer!! im having my ac in two days, but still havent received a email about the activities involved on the day, will there be any presentation? what is the topic? i am so worried that i might not have time to prepare for it because i was not told anything about it yet. Regarding the challenges faced? do you minding send me the information about it too, or pm me? thank you in advance

9 October 2011 - 12:59am

well done about the offer!! im having my ac in two days, but still havent received a email about the activities involved on the day, will there be any presentation? what is the topic? i am so worried that i might not have time to prepare for it because i was not told anything about it yet. Regarding the challenges faced? do you minding send me the information about it too, or pm me? thank you in advance

9 October 2011 - 12:59am

Hi, I have been invited to an Etray assessment on Tue. I have been told that I would write an e-mail communication about a particular issue in the exercise. May I ask what is it like? Is it a written exercise? Do I need to do a short presentation for the exercise afterwards? Thanks!

9 October 2011 - 1:05pm

Hi Vivian, I private messaged you with tips, check your inbox! No presentation required anymore, they changed this requirement since last year.

9 October 2011 - 2:13pm

I've been asked to go for an e-tray exercise for deloitte, but I can't figure out if there will be any form of interview on the day or not?

9 October 2011 - 2:19pm

There is no interview for the e-tray this year, just a multiple-choice exercise followed by the written x

9 October 2011 - 2:21pm

What division did you apply for? If you applied for consulting for example it's different, if audit let me know and I'll PM you some info x

9 October 2011 - 2:24pm

I've got my e-tray day on Wednesday - can anyone give me any tips? Thanks

9 October 2011 - 4:58pm


I have done the E Tray and successfully passed. Those that are worried, don't be.

There are 2 aspects to the E Tray:

1) Simulation of an Email box (e.g. Outlook) (1 hour)

Here you are expected to answer emails in accordance to what you think is correct. Use the right judgement and think about answering before you do. If you don't understand something, dont panic, ALL the information will be in another email folder or an attachment. Make sure you open / read everything before answering. All answers are multiple choice.

I finished with approx. 7 mins to spare so it wasn't too time consuming.

2) Writing an email advising a client on a potential takeover (40 mins)

Here you are given background information on a scenario and shown 3 potential takeover targets for your clients along with their associated facts / figures.

You are expected to advise the client on which company is best for them and why.

This was pretty tight for time and I was writing right up to the last min!

I hope this helps. I have my first round competency based interview on the 13th along with partner interview if I get through (fast track option).

Best of luck.

Thanks, Bill

14 October 2011 - 6:14am

Congratulations!!! I will have the partner interview next Tuesday ( a dinner) and Wednesday with Deloitte tax service line. The recruiter told me that I wll have two 30minutes' interviews with two partners. And I asked her about the presentation she said it's not the one we should do, she said they will give us presentation to let us know more about Deloitte. Isn't it weird? I mean, I thought I need to do presentation...Do you think is there any chance I took it wrong? Because I am an international student sometimes I'm just afraid that I didn't get people correctly. if you would give me any your thought, I would highly appreciate that! Also, do you mind give me some hint about the challenge facing Deloitte, and commercial awareness? I totally have no idea about these. Thanks a million! Since I'm from China, I know little about the sports or music or movies in US, do you think that I need to prepare some of these topics just in case they will talk about this to me??

Look forward to hearing back from you! If you don't mind, please send your answers to me via emai at :-)

Thank you so mcuh and congraduate again!!!

22 October 2011 - 1:57pm

Hi, I have my first competency interview on Tuesday and was wondering if I could get some tips off someone for the commercial awareness part? Where did you find it best to research abut this and read about issues facing Deloitte and your service line? Thanks Zoe

22 October 2011 - 2:11pm

I had my partner interview for consulting yesterday and although it seemed to go rather well I haven't heard anything yet.

The partner said it would take 1 or 2 working days until I hear back but from what I've seen on the forums here, a lot of people who were made offers were given an offer almost immediately after.

Have many people had to wait for an offer, or are most offered on the day?

24 October 2011 - 2:40pm

Hi all,

I'm in a similar boat to Jobseeker2012 here; except I had an assessment centre on Thursday for consulting and I've not yet heard back. After not hearing anything on Friday I'm not feeling too optimistic... but I live in hope! Does anyone have any idea of how long I should expect to wait and how long before I should stop almost having a heart attack on receiving a new email expecting it to be them?

Many thanks,


24 October 2011 - 5:54pm

I'm still waiting to hear. I've never understood why companies take so long to send rejections when its generally delivered in a pre-set email.

Hope you get the news you're looking for Andy59! It may also instil some new found optimism in me.

24 October 2011 - 7:25pm

What is generally the difference between the partner interview and first round interview (apart from the presentation)?

25 October 2011 - 11:30am

Congratulations Spacegirl66 and good luck to everybody still waiting!

I applied for Audit in London and got invited to the partner interview. I was wondering what kind of topic / task I can expect to get for the presentation?

25 October 2011 - 1:21pm


I just received an invite to final interview and I'm over the moon. I'd recommend you get in touch with graduate recruitment. Compared with other companies I find Deloitte are very approachable so I would expect them to respond quite quickly if you gave them a call/email. Either way keep us posted and try not to go too crazy with worry whilst waiting (something I am VERY good at).

On a separate note - does anybody know if partner interviews for consulting include a presentation? I know the process seems to have changed recently and differs according to service line... so if anyone could shed any light that would be great...

25 October 2011 - 2:54pm


Actually, mine was the partner interview so I'm hanging around waiting over whether I have an offer. I phoned Graduate Recruitment and they say it can take up to 3 working days (max), and that the decision for consulting generally takes longer.

The partner interview started by giving a pre-prepared 5 minute presentation. To be honest my partner didn't seem too bothered about this, and was more interested in going through commercial awareness questions. But from what I hear no two people are likely to have exactly the same experience at partner interview!

25 October 2011 - 3:06pm

May I ask what instructions you got for the presentation? I would love to start preparing as I know that my partner interview will come up soon.

25 October 2011 - 7:18pm

What commercial awareness qs did you get then?

27 October 2011 - 9:54am

So, I heard yesterday that I got the job and am absolutely delighted!!! Well worth the wait of three working days! Apparently with consulting it is more likely you will have to wait longer than the other streams for a result, so be patient guys and don't lose hope.

The presentation I had to do was about the 2012 Olympic Games and the current and future opportunities for Deloitte. You have 5 minutes to give the presentation and may produce a handout but there are no computer facilities - so powerpoint is pointless! The partner will then ask questions for about 10 minutes.

Most of the time was spent talking about my previous work experiences, which luckily aligned with some of the recent engagements my partner had been assigned to. I was then probed more about the possible issues there may be on the engagement he is currently on. This involved a lot of him talking me through the answers so don't worry too much if you don't give long extended answers, or if you get stuck. They're not expecting fully fledged consultants, but they will expect you to be calm under the questioning.

I must say that no two partner interviews will be the same. He obviously saw something on my CV that we could talk about and we did. Therefore not too much need for obvious "name a time when so and so happened" questions.

My partner was nice but gave me no indication at all that I would be made an offer, so I had been assuming the worst during the wait.

Good luck guys and I hope this helps!

27 October 2011 - 10:14am

Hello guys,

Congrats to all. Unfortunately I got a rejection from Deloitte a few days ago.

No feedback on the 1st interview either. So onto the next app!

Best of luck to all, its tough out there.

29 October 2011 - 4:48pm

Jobseeker2012, congrats on being offered a place, I have a final interview with Deloitte this coming week and my topic is also on the London 2012 Olympics, 5mins is obviously not long to present on such a broad topic. did you focus on certain areas of just give a broad overview of the benefits? What were the questions like during the 10mins after the interview and I presume you didn't use notes when presenting and had learnt your presentation? Sorry for all the questions! Well done again.

31 October 2011 - 6:26pm


I have a Partner interview shortly, and have to present the commercial benefits of the Olympic Games to the UK.

Can anybody who's been to an interview recently, especially if you have had to present the same topic, kindly give me tips on the type of follow up questions they will ask? I know that it is likely to be based on the findings I present, but if anybody can tell me what they were asked after their presentation would be a massive help!! Even if it wasn't on the Olympics...


1 November 2011 - 9:52am

I'm waiting for a date for my final interview, sorry pakno1 I haven't had my topic yet but could you just tell me...

How long after they said you got through to final interview did they give you a date? and... When they gave you the date how long did you then have before interview?

If you have time, reply would be great - although I imagine its different for everyone as these partner interviews can't be easy to set up!


1 November 2011 - 8:17pm


Congratulations on your offer! I have a Fast Track Day (so both first and final interview in one day) next week for Audit in London. I was wondering if you could also send me a PM re the challenges facing Deloitte? Did they ask you any questions about current affairs / very specific accountancy questions about what's happening in Big 4 etc? Thanks SO much for the help - I'm coming from a non-related degree so trying to learn a lot very quickly!!

And what was your presentation on? How did it go?


1 November 2011 - 8:18pm

(that was for Spacegirl as I saw you sent someone else a PM about Deloitte challenges, but any other inputs are very helpful thank you!)

1 November 2011 - 8:39pm

Had my first interview a month ago today and still not had anything back regarding final round. Emailed my contact today and she said it's done on a chronological basis - praying that the role doesn't close before I have my final interview!

3 November 2011 - 7:43am

Hi Andy,

Yep, Im sure its different for everyone and will depend on things like which branch your applying to and availability of the Partner.

For me, I was given a date at the same time I was told I was through, and the date was around 2 weeks ahead.

Good luck to you all!!

7 November 2011 - 4:06pm

Hi, i'm having an interview with Deloitte this week, for consulting- technology, I look for challenges facing Deloitte, but I can't find any challenges that affect directly to the position that I applied. Does anyone knows anything regarding the challenges? Your help is much appreciated, I'm so nervous, I read all the data of how many graduates they will employ next year and applications they's so overwhelmed..

8 November 2011 - 1:16pm

Hey Space Girl, Congrats on your offer! I have my final interview next week, think I'm ok about the questions, one of your posts on here was really helpful. But am a little concerned about the presentation. Did you get asked questions on it at the end? Also when you mentioned that you were questioned on challenges facing Deloitte. Is this generally in the market place or was it a specific continuance of the presentation on 2012 Games?

8 November 2011 - 9:15pm


I have my fast track day coming up for audit and am starting to research my presentation.

My title is "the commercial benefits of the 2012 Olympic games to the UK"

I was hoping someone could give me a few tips on this if they've had a similar topic or let me know some good places to start researching?

I'm a bit worried about my commercial awareness, I studied an unrelated degree so don't have a deep knowledge of the area, if anyone has any useful info or websites on this/the challenges facing Deloitte I would be very grateful for your help.

11 November 2011 - 9:33pm

zzz & knotts73- a challenge for deloitte related to your area is that deloitte are behind its competitors in terms of offering it's services in the Business Process Outsourcing market. KPMG, Mckinsey, PWC feature in the top ten BPO providers....Deloitte is therefore missing out on one of the fasted growing services in the world. Other challenges facing deloitte is obv the current economic crisis in europe which will have knock on effects for growth for companies which may hurt deloitte's revenue. another challenge is the regulatory proposals that might possibly shake up the big4, again taking away revenue or even market share.

johnM- try to back up your reasoning with quantitative info to add weight...e.g. the games are expected to give a total £5.1bn stimulus to the UK economy over the next four years....there are lots of studies and articles (government, business reports) out there that can help you talk about the benefits. Just google it! The questions you will be asked will be mainly about the things u say in your presentation, but i was also asked some questions you think there is a risk of events we saw in the summer (riots) happening at the time of the olympics & do you think that there will be long term benefits of the games or will it just last for a year...something along those lines....which you just have to reply with logic and reasoning....she wasn't trying to catch me out...just trying to see if you can respond reasonably....

in terms of commercial awareness....i think the current sovereign debt crisis is affecting the UK and every company inc. Big 4 (every services line) in terms of challenges they might have to face...i mean 70% chance of Uk going into recession again because of the crisis says it all really...then for your sector learn whats affecting it....for me, i went for audit-financial i made sure i read the news on the regulatory proposals to ringfence banks....learnt about the stock market volatility thats going on right now (bank shares falling)...and learnt about the regulatory proposals and referral of the audit sector to the competition commision to be investigated. I used bbc business news website which really analyses business news simply and u dont have to read the FT for hours trying to digest it! also accountancy age can be useful.

my partner was really general advice is to be relaxed....prepare well...answer questions in detail but also get to the point of what they are trying to ask you...and just try to build a you get there....ask how are you today...pretend it's someone like your personal tutor i.e. be friendly and normal but still act professional...don't be intimidated...remember...they once were in our position (looking for their first grad job)...they are looking for people who they think are motivated and that they can get on with....

if you prepare will pay off on the day as you won't feel like your answering too much on the spot...and you would be more likely to respond effectively and telling them what they want to hear....they just want to be assured you know what your talking about rather than your just there to give it a shot or applying for the sake of it....act like its the only job you want & give good reasons why!

14 November 2011 - 11:18pm

hey all, i was wondering what specific questions you were asked after the presentation and what you think will make a great partner interview?

all of your thoughts are appreciated!

17 November 2011 - 8:58am

@Funmi, where's your e-tray? I'm going to one on Dec 1st in London!

17 November 2011 - 1:55pm

Yeah mine is also in London and 1st Dec

18 November 2011 - 7:35pm


I had my first interview on Monday for Tax and I haven't heard anything back yet. How long did it roughly take for everyone that did the first interview to hear back?