Deloitte, got an offer- Ask me anything

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.

Latest comments

  • 12 April 2014 - 1:55pm
    • MajesticMirza

    Hi, does anyone know the exemptions Deloitte allows for the ACA qualification.

  • 11 April 2014 - 7:22pm
    • shehzer.amir

    Hey just hoping to get some advice on how to answer what are the current risks and challenges that Deloitte and the PS industry as a whole is facing?

    Any tips?

  • 11 April 2014 - 12:44pm
    • accountancy_

    Any tips on how to pass the inbox exercise, iv attempted it twice and failed it twice. Seems impossible!! Reapplied and passed numerical test, and definitely need to pass the inbox exercise third time around. Any help would be appreciated

  • 12 March 2014 - 5:03pm
    • charanteja.acts


    I had my interview with Deloitte last Saturday, I have. Cleared all the rounds of interview(three technical rounds about java and a versant round).The hr said that they would be contacting me on Monday for salary negotiations , but today is Thursday and I have not hearted from them yet, is there any chance that they are not considering mefor the position? I am kindda nerves as I have cleared the interviews of Accenture,virtusa , bank of america but did not received the offer from them, so expecting the same from Deloitte.Does Deloitte also do like that?some body assist me

  • 12 March 2014 - 5:00pm
    • charanteja.acts


    I had my interview with Deloitte last Saturday, I have. Cleared all the rounds of interview(three technical rounds about java and a versant round).The hr said that they would be contacting me on Monday for salary negotiations , but today is Thursday and I have not hearted from them yet, is there any chance that they are not considering mefor the position? I am kindda nerves as I have cleared the interviews of Accenture,virtusa , bank of america but did not received the offer from them, so expecting the same from Deloitte.Does Deloitte also do like that?some body assist me

  • 13 March 2014 - 8:08pm
    • okogeorgeoko

    which role did you apply for?

    they have a fixed contract; i.e. they don't negotiate salaries.

  • 15 December 2012 - 12:34am
    • Anna2012

    Hi my presentation topic is Do you think the corporate world will learn its lessons from the financial chaos of the last three years? Can anyone give some thoughts on the topic please?

  • 6 July 2012 - 6:21pm
    • accounting

    Hi everyone,

    I have my final interview on Monday and received my topic today. It is:
    Please describe what you understand by the meaning of the term ‘Independent’ in an audit context.
    Any idea/views???

    Please help me!!! I reallly really really want this role!!!

    Any other tips for interview?? Also what would you say are the difficulties that deloitte is facing???

    Thanks soo much!!!

  • 23 May 2012 - 12:45pm
    • Nemesis19

    Dear All,
    congratulations to everybody.

    I'm opening the topic again since I have my e-tray on half june.

    I have a question: is the date of the 4th step, the first interview, an imposed date, or they will fix it accordingly with the candidate?

    I'm saying that because I have to come from Italy and is not really behind the corner :).

    So for example if I have the E-tray on 14th of June and I pass it, when should I expect to get the first interview? Can I schedule it with the interviewers?

    Thanks and cograts again!

  • 11 April 2012 - 4:02pm
    • TeresaB

    hi i have my final interview on friday and i just wanted to ask if ou have any tips i am so nervous this is the only placement i want

  • 8 January 2012 - 3:25pm
    • Lbak12

    Hey, does anyone have any advice for the first interview please? Its for tax. thank you

  • 8 January 2012 - 8:45pm
    • Funmi

    Would say have a look at the 7 competencies although they did not ask me anything on adaptability. most of the competencies they will ask for 2 examples. Also have a look on the Deloitte website as they will ask you why Deloitte, why tax also know what's happening in the news they will ask on commercial awareness. Good luck

  • 7 January 2012 - 12:47am
    • Funmi

    Hi all, anyone who got through to the partner interview, the final stage any advice/tips will be very much appreciated. Thanks

  • 18 December 2011 - 12:12am
    • felics

    can anyone provide a list (or a link to a thread) of the questions asked in the first interview and the competencies tested?

  • 12 December 2011 - 1:55pm
    • Funmi

    They will also give you instructions at the beginning you can answer them in any order you like. Its more than 20 emails but some don't need responses.

  • 11 December 2011 - 10:11pm
    • wnkhan

    Hi guys, I applied for Audit 2012 and have got my etray on 15th Dec. Can anyone please tell me what type of questions will I be getting? and would there be a series of emails or just one in which I would have to make calculations and write a proposal to manager/client? Please help..

  • 12 December 2011 - 1:23am
    • Funmi

    Basically the etray is 2 part the first part (1 hour) you will have to respond to several email approximately 20 and you will have supporting information to help with response if i can remember there were like 3-4 calculations they are quite straightforward. The second part (40 minutes) you are presented with 3 companies each of which have pros and cons and you will recommend one of them. There is no right or wrong answer they just want you to justify your choice. The tip i will give is work fast and efficiently and try to read all the supporting docs they will help you to easily answer the questions. Hope this helps

  • 12 December 2011 - 2:29am
    • wnkhan

    thank you for your help..

    from those 20 emails, do we have to priortise them before answering? also do we have to answer all of them? I am okay with the second part as I have information of how it would be like..just a bit concerned about the emails bit..


  • 6 December 2011 - 5:07pm
    • ok_cub2008

    Can you remember some of the exact questions you were asked in your first interview?

  • 18 November 2011 - 7:35pm
    • emmetmc


    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?


  • 28 November 2011 - 11:17pm
    • Funmi

    From posts i have read sometimes it takes longer than anticipated to get a response but they should reply soon don't lose hope

  • 17 November 2011 - 1:55pm
    • Funmi

    Yeah mine is also in London and 1st Dec

  • 17 November 2011 - 8:58am
    • insanespana

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

  • 24 January 2012 - 2:21am
    • Funmi

    Got through to partner interview now just preparing any tips will be appreciated my topic is whether corporations have learnt from the financial crisis.

  • 14 November 2011 - 11:18pm
    • mosuembi

    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!

  • 11 November 2011 - 9:33pm
    • pakno1

    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!

  • 8 November 2011 - 9:15pm
    • JohnM


    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.

  • 8 November 2011 - 1:16pm
    • knotts73

    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?

  • 7 November 2011 - 4:06pm
    • zzz

    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..

  • 3 November 2011 - 7:43am
    • pakno1

    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!!

  • 1 November 2011 - 8:39pm
    • stanmoor

    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!

  • 1 November 2011 - 8:18pm
    • JSmith180791

    (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 - 9:52am
    • andy59

    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?
    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!


  • 31 October 2011 - 6:26pm
    • pakno1


    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...


  • 27 October 2011 - 10:14am
    • 500E

    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.

  • 27 October 2011 - 9:54am
    • Jobseeker2012

    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!

  • 29 October 2011 - 4:48pm
    • madskot

    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.

  • 25 October 2011 - 3:06pm
    • silvi80

    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 - 2:54pm
    • Jobseeker2012


    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 - 7:18pm
    • stanmoor

    What commercial awareness qs did you get then?

  • 25 October 2011 - 1:21pm
    • andy59


    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 - 11:30am
    • silvi80

    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?

  • 24 October 2011 - 7:25pm
    • stanmoor

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

  • 24 October 2011 - 5:54pm
    • Jobseeker2012

    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 - 2:40pm
    • andy59

    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,


  • 22 October 2011 - 2:11pm
    • Jobseeker2012

    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?

  • 22 October 2011 - 1:57pm
    • Zoe-B

    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?

  • 9 October 2011 - 4:58pm
    • 500E


    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.


  • 28 November 2011 - 11:15pm
    • Funmi

    Thanks for the post as the etray day is getting closer getting slightly worried as i need a job ASAP. My questions are with the email that need responding from what i understand from other posts at first there will be like 4 emails and then more will arrive do you answer them as they appear or will need to go to the top to answer the new emails. Will there be tons of information to read as the Fast Stream E-tray exercise example i viewed online was. Response and general advice will be very much appreciated.

  • 9 October 2011 - 2:24pm
    • Ruthellen8

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