Deloitte Graduate Scheme Application Process
The application process at Deloitte begins with an extensive online assessment process, consisting of:
For more detailed information on each of these steps, including hints and tips on each stage, take a look at the Deloitte Application Process.
If you are successful at this stage, you will then need to pass:
- Competency based interview
- Final Assessment
Note: The interview process is slightly different for candidates applying to consulting roles. For specific information on the questions you’re likely to encounter if applying for one of these positions, take a look at Deloitte Consulting Interview Questions.
Competency Based Interview
A competency based interview is where the interviewer uses specific questions to discover your key competencies and skills, with each question asking you to describe your behaviour in specific working situations, backed up by real-life examples. For more information, check out our guide to competency based interviews.
Your interview at Deloitte can take from 1 to 2 hours, though it usually lasts about 75 minutes. You will be interviewed by a manager from the department you’ve applied to. All interviews are standardised; the interviewer will read out prepared questions and record your responses.
The questions are based on Deloitte competencies and you will be asked for two examples to demonstrate each competency area that you are evaluated on. The competencies are in seven main areas and they represent the qualities that the interviewer is looking for. These areas are:
- Achievement of goals
- Commercial awareness
- Career motivation
- Planning and organisational skills
- Problem solving
After your interview, he/she will grade you and return these details to the graduate recruitment team for processing. You should receive feedback on your interview within 3 working days (though it can take longer than this).
All interviewers at Deloitte have been trained to interview graduates by an in-house team. Deloitte operates an interviewer training day (in other words, an opportunity for the managers to train to interview) and for this they require a stream of real graduates to interview.
Putting yourself forward for this is an excellent way for graduates like you to get interview practice. The questions will be similar to those at professional interviews, so you will gain a good understanding of the interview process from both company and candidate perspective, and you may even be paid.
Get in touch with the Deloitte graduate recruitment team if you are interested in participating.
- Do you have any goals in the past and how did you achieve it? (achievement of goals)
- Give me an example of when you gave a presentation (presentation skills)
- Give me an example of when you have to make a decision (decision making)
- Give me an example of when you have had to persuade someone. (Communication)
- Give me an example of when you were involved in team work (social interaction)
- Give me an example of when you were involved in a multi-task situation. How did you manage it? (planning and organising)
- Why are you choosing Deloitte?
- Why are you choosing Audit?
- What interested you the most in the recent news? (Commercial awareness)
You may also be asked about what business you admire the most, and why.
Make sure you ahve answers ready for all the key interview questions listed above.
- When asked for two examples to demonstrate a competency, make sure you leave enough to say for the second example.
- Take a few moments to think, particularly if the question seems a little complicated. It is better to take your time rather than give a fast but poor response.
- Stay positive throughout the interview, even if you feel you have not answered some questions as well as you might have.
- Don't panic. Some of the hard questions are used to gauge how you cope under pressure. Therefore, you should do your best to stay calm.
- When giving your answers, try using the STAR format and make sure you’ve covered everything in detail. The STAR method is a technique of answering questions using the following format:
- Situation – what was the context or background?
- Task – what exactly needed to be done?
- Action – what did you do to accomplish the required result?
- Response – what was the overall outcome and how was it received?
Have a read of our guide for more information on the STAR format and other commonly-used techniques.
For further information see the discussion on Deloitte graduate interviews.
This takes place in the office to which you have applied. It comprises of just two parts:
There is sometimes the option to complete both rounds of interviews in the same day, if your first interview is in the morning. Otherwise the final assessment will take place over two days.
Commercial Awareness Presentation
You’ll receive the topic of your presentation before your final interview date in order to prepare. The presentation will last roughly five minutes followed by ten minutes of questioning.
This interview is with a partner in the firm. This interview differs greatly from the first interview, and is much more personable. There are no set questions. The interview will be competency based and will focus on career motivation and commercial awareness.
- Stay calm. If the interviewer is putting you under pressure, it is likely just to see how you respond.
- Typically by the partner interview stage, there are no competency questions.That said, make sure you go prepared with some general examples to back up your answers in case any random competency questions do come up.
- Ensure you demonstrate your knowledge on the company and the commercial environment that it operates in.
- Ask questions to make this session as interactive as possible.
Receiving an Offer
If you succeed in the assessment centre, you will receive a call from a representative of the company offering you a position within three working days. You will then be provided with a contract.