Deloitte graduate Audit offer 2014- ask away for help

19 July 2013 - 12:04pm

Throughout my application process, I found the forums on wiki jobs immensely helpful. Now that I have received an offer for the audit intake 2014- I'd like to share my experience and help anyone whose applying as well. Feel free to ask anything and I'll try my best to answer them to the best of my memory. Good luck with your applications:)

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  • 21 September 2014 - 5:32am
    • faizan.virjee

    Hi Maz91,
    hope you are doing good. Please can you help me for deloitte application and please can you describe the procedure and how to do it?

  • 26 July 2014 - 12:54pm
    • kikirikikiki

    Guys in order not to ask me I forgot to mention that all names used in my previous post are fictional and questions like Why Nottingham does not mean that I will be in the office. I am saying that to avoid questions why that office etc.

  • 26 July 2014 - 12:51pm
    • kikirikikiki

    Hi there I also got an offer so let me give you a bit more about the process as well. In general read Wiki Job and the comments here + contact someone from the company to tell you more about the process. Be proactive!

    The application - I advice everyone to attend one of Deloitte career events and ask for help and also your University career destination centre.

    The numerical test I heard that this year it might be changing but for 2014 I used assessment day and their tests and tips were useful.

    You know that the e-tray is in two parts.
    First part:

    My first suggestion is if you have not done it so far to practice the sample e-tray on Deloitte website. In that way you will gain some brief idea of how time pressuring the e-tray is.
    1st tip Open all the files one by one and minimise them.You have 3 folders as far as I remember the 1st one was some Corporate information about (GDT Group - the company you are senior project analyst/advisor in it and your main priority will be to advise the client - Trafford lea regarding their growth strategy. Your boss is George Barton. They have had very modest growth over the last couple of years and now they want to expand (either Regional expansion or throughout product diversification or acquisitions). The date was Monday 9.00 a.m 09.September. Second folder about TLB business & organization and finally the 3rd one about situations facing the business - competitors
    2nd Tip: be consistent. For example there are a lot of e-mail interrelated and if you have said that we must spend an additional XXX amount of money after that remember what you have said and confirm it.
    3rd Tip: Be careful who is sending you the e-mail is it your boss or the client. Because some of the information you will see on the top of the documents is confidential and you must not disclose it! (something that I forgot is that Trafford Lea are selling stationary & books)
    4rd Tip: Do not place random answers, be concentrated & there are some documents/attachments in the e-mail that are not going to be useful so ignore them
    5th Tip: Some questions that I remember:
    -There was one that you had to divide 1,500 hours/ number of hours required by employee something like that
    -Question to decide which workers are available. There are two files one with checklist of skills and one with availability just open both of them and check who is free and who is not.
    -How many days it will take to do a marketing report+financial analysis ( which I believe that I answered 10 days) after that you will have a second questions which states that there are 3 days preparation in addition so it was 13 days (excluding weekends) so be careful with the calendar as well !
    -You have two questions to refer a person of contact in one of the cases was from GDT (your company) in the second it was from the client (Trafford Lea). What you have to do is to go see the chart and refer to that person. For example: John Smith (Operational Manager) for operational purposes
    -There was a question in which region you must expand in - use your judgment and be consistent !
    -One question is asking to recommend a formula - staffing arrangement formula again be consistent and relate it to other files.
    - There was a question which distributor to choose ( i think one of them was Chinook)
    - One question for miscalculation against the estimated cost and actual cost.(Table of analysts + rates are relevant) Compare e-mail attachment with the document
    - One question - how many branches can TLB open = Budget/cost of opening a branch
    - One question how many staff will be required in each branch ( I believe I answered 4 people per branch (24 people in total)
    -Check also dates and hours on the e-mails !
    -Hatton books are their competitors
    - You will have 28 e-mails - 7 of them are with attachments (minimise the attachments as well you might use them later), 7 e-mails with no need to reply and 14 e-mails without attachments. Don't worry some of the e-mails are easy to read and easy to reply.
    -You must confirm a date of when the project will finish so use the calendar again
    -There was one question that you must say that you are going to do the task by yourself and after that in a second e-mail they will question you but confirm that you still want to do the task.
    In general the questions are: - do it yourself, come back to this later, delegate tasks.

    For the 2nd, Written e-tray:
    You can used the following structure. It is 40 mins only so work fast! You have three options the name of the companies are always different but just recognise pros and cons and put them in the order that is below and you will be fine with it.

    Dear XYZ,

    Thank you for your recent e-mail. I am delighted to provide you with the information that you have requested.

    You will all necessary information below for the meeting with Trafford Lea (TL) Board of Directors summarized below. I have assessed the investment attractiveness of XXXXX, YYYY, and ZZZZZ for a potential acquisition based on the quantitative and qualitative information provided in the e-mail.

    Option 1: XXXXX

    A). Strengths:
    In the first place, Option 1 main advantage is that…….
    Furthermore, another advantage is…..
    B). Weaknesses:
    On the other hand, the main drawback is……
    In addition another argument that can bring negative effect is……

    Option 2: YYYYY
    A.) Strengths:
    One point of view in favour of Option 2 is…….
    It can be assessed that an additional strengths of YYYYY is…….
    B.) Weaknesses:
    Although there Option 2 can be recognized as a good takeover company the main drawback is……
    An additional disadvantage is the fact that……..

    Option 3: ZZZZZ
    A.) Strengths:
    The first main advantage of Option 3 is……..
    It can be evaluated that the second main point in favour of the company is…….
    Thirdly it is…..
    B.) Weaknesses:
    However it can be argued that the company will experience problems from…… On the other hand if the TL………(do that)….. they will mange to overcome the drawback.

    The three options evaluated above suggest that the most suitable option is……… due to the fact that it will bring more advantages than disadvantages to TL.
    Arguably, if TL acquires XXYYZZZ it will give them the opportunity to……….
    In addition there are less threats and more opportunities related to the acquisition….. For instance……

    Senior analyst
    GDT Group
    Mobile: +44 (0) XXX XX XXXXX

    1st Interview

    It is competency. I have prepared over those type of questions below by using STAR approach for every one of it. The most important thing about STAR is the A-the actions that you did in particular task for example working with clients you have researched, analysed, helped, supported etc.
    Career motivation is extremely important if you are going to Audit research ICAEW ACA website and know more about the exams - 3 stages (15 exams) etc.


    1. Tell me a situation when you had to give a presentation
    2. Time you had to work in a team?
    • Have your teammates appreciated your work, how would you measure their appreciation?

    Planning and Organising

    1. Time when you had to plan for something? 

    2. Time you had to organise something?
    3. Time when you had to multitask?
    4. Time when you had to change your plans?

    Problem Solving

    1. When you had to make a decision?
    2. When you had to solve a problem?
    3. Time when you had to work under pressure?
    4. Time when you had a conflict with someone?

    Achievement of Goals
    1. When have you achieved a goal?
    2. Give me and instance of the best business minded decision you have made?
    3. Tell me a recent crisis you handled?
    4. Tell me a time when you used your initiative to improve a way of doing things?

    Career Motivation

    1. Why Deloitte? 

    2. Why Nottingham?
    3. Why not any of the other Big 4?
    4. Why audit service line? 

    5. Tell me about the ACA?
    6. What are you expecting to do in your first year?
    7. How far are you with your other applications?
    8. If all other organizations you have applied give you an offer, why would you choose Deloitte?

    Commercial Awareness

    1. What issues are currently affecting the industry?
    2. What issues are affecting Deloitte?
    3. What interested you most in recent news?


    1. Give an example when you had to adapt to a situation?

    Follow up questions after every competency:

    1. What have you learnt from this experience?
    2. What would you have made different?
    3. How it has helped me?

    At end ask two questions! One for your service line and one about the person who is interview you like: Any challenges in tax/audit that are expected to happen and are not currently in the news? Why you personally decide to work for Deloitte?

    For the partner interview:

    You will have to prepare the presentation. 5 mins + 10 mins follow up questions. After that again the competency questions + CV questions + Questions from your application.

    Be yourself, research wikijob, Deloitte website and you will be great!

    I hope that I have helped to anyone.

  • 8 January 2014 - 12:40pm
    • pday

    Woah, thanks adam.hair1! Really good tips, will make note of them.

  • 6 January 2014 - 2:37pm
    • pday

    Hey there, I managed to get to the partner interview stage! This website definitely has one of the best communities I have seen so far.

    I am not from a finance related background and I am a bit struggling with what to include in my presentation. My topic is on the understanding of auditor Independence. I was wondering if anyone could guide me through how to structure my presentation? My interview is on Wednesday next week.

    Thanks a lot, and Happy New Year.

    • 6 January 2014 - 5:00pm
      • adam.hair1

      Hey pday, congrats on making it to the Partner Interview Stage!

      I am not from an accounting background either, so I encountered a similar problem to you when it came to doing my presentation. Although I did not do my presentation on auditor independence I think there are some cross overs with the topic that I did.

      As the UK is moving further towards a more general global trend of have quarterly audits there is likely to be a more constant auditor presence in companies and relationships with clients will need to be strengthened as 99% of CEOs and CFOs already see auditors as a pain in the backside (don't say that!). So you need to consider the fact that client relationships need to be strengthened but independence needs to be assured at all times in able to retain the integrity and objectivity of the audit.

      With regards to structure, it is totally up to you. Be original. You only have 5-6 minutes to speak so you can never cover everything in that time, so I would suggest writing down everything you know about it, crossing out what is of least importance and then structuring what you have left to give you a natural flow through the presentation. Also leave subtle hints that you know more about something/not fully exploring it in the presentation due to time restrictions and that might lead your interviewer to ask you about it afterwards; try and dictate the questions you are being asked so you are fully prepared!

      One other piece of advice I would have for you is do NOT make a PowerPoint, have a handout or ANY notes if possible. This doesn't suit everyone but I heavily prepared then went in to the presentation during unaided and moved through my pre-determined structure at a pace dictated by the reactions of the interviewer. For example, she didn't seem overly keen on one thing I said so I quickly moved on. It makes you seem more natural and personable. My interviewer even told me that it was a welcome relief from the robotic presentations that she is normally given in interviews.

      Anyway, best of luck to you and if you're applying to the Birmingham office then I hope to see you in September :)

  • 13 December 2013 - 12:51pm
    • madalina20

    I've applied for X Audit-London and just received an offer. This site was very helpful for me so I want to share my experience in the hope to help others.
    First, I want to say that I am not a native English speaker and X has been one of very few firms that offered me equal opportunities throughout the entire process, even though every single firm says that it doesn't discriminate people in any ways (there are many people at X from various cultures and they are all very happy to take you in irrespective of your culture or background => so if you are in a similar situation as mine don't be shy to apply to X).

    About the interviews:
    1) The first interview is pretty much competency based around Deloitte's core competencies. I was asked very similar questions with those written by other people on this site ( 1 time you held a presentation, you planned and organised a project, worked on a team, why audit, what is affecting the industry at the moment ). However I was asked only 1 question on each competency, but the interview lasted for 1 hour (maybe my answers were too long and the interviewer didn't have enough time to ask me 2 questions, as he had to interview another person immediately after me).

    2) The partner interview + presentation.
    My partner interview didn't follow a particular structure. I started talking about myself (CV stuff). Then we talked quite casually (i.e. the huge difference in the price of houses in the UK when compared with those in my home country). I remember he asked me one competency question ( tell me about a thing you are proud of ). Then, I held the presentation, was followed by very few questions not necessarily related to the topic. So the interview was more like a conversation. My best advice for this would be to take your time before answering a question and think about your best answer possible. I tend to rush into answering the question without reflecting on it and on many occasions I regret. For example, after the interview I felt that I could have given a so much better answer.

    Keep reading this site because all the information is valid and extremely helpful.
    Thank you to all the people who took from their time to help others!!!
    Hope this helps as well.

  • 23 November 2013 - 11:46am
    • adam.hair1

    Hey everyone, I was hoping some of you might be able to help me out because I am in a rather unique position. I originally applied for Audit Adivsory (Risk Consultancy) and had my 1st interview just over a week ago. They got back to me within 3 working days and said that they didn't think I was right for the job but because my interview was so strong that I could chose any service line I wanted and, provided that they had an opening, they would put me straight through to the Partner Interview. So I am now booked in for a Partner Interview in just over a week for Core Audit. Any general advice for the interview and the presentation? What topic have other people been given?

  • 13 November 2013 - 7:13pm
    • €mi12786

    91ddt I think you should call them definitely!!

    I have my partner interview tomorrow, I know it says not to take a pp or anything due to there not being a projector. But as it is only to one person do you think it would be okay for me to take my own laptop and have a prezi presentation on their? I have a printed handout of power point slides to give them after but I thought this would give them something to look at. Do you think this would be okay?

  • 5 November 2013 - 10:51pm
    • 91ddt

    This question isn't about Audit but I thought I'd ask anyway. I've just done the Service Line Questionnaire and I was only offered one option for what I am interested in. Does this mean that all the other service lines are full?
    Because now I've been offered an interview based on a service line I don't really know that much about. Do you think I should call them and have a chat, maybe see if the service line is still being offered in other offices?

  • 23 October 2013 - 9:15pm
    • fits0and0starts

    Hi all,

    I have made it through to the final round at Deloitte, and am beginning to get a bit nervous about pre employment checks: I had an internship going on 7 years ago for an office that no longer exists. I have no way of proving it, given that it was so long ago, but I stupidly included it on my CV.

    Does anyone know if this will be checked? How many previous employers/what time period of employment is checked for graduates? Should I let HR know before I receive an offer?

    Thanks for your help!!

  • 17 October 2013 - 4:04pm
    • emily.chesworth

    Hi, I found your post really helpful.
    I have an interview on Tuesday for the Audit graduate scheme and have been preparing some answers.
    I had the interview for the tax summer scheme but didn't get it so have an idea of what the interview will be like.
    I was wondering what type of answers you gave for your competences in particular achievement of goals, adaptability and problem solving. As I feel the answers I have prepared may not be strong enough, thanks.

  • 15 October 2013 - 12:11am
    • faisalbutt_678

    it is nice to hear that you got audit in Deloitte firm. i would like to ask you how could i applied for internship in Deloitte. i am ACCA part qualified and having Bsc accounting and Finance degree. i would be thankful to you.

  • 12 October 2013 - 3:56pm
    • markdesai

    Hi, I have just passed the numerical reasoning test and I have moved onto the etray email activity. I failed at this stage when trying for a Deloitte internship and so I would really appreciate any tips/guidance by people who have passed this stage.

  • 2 October 2013 - 4:50pm
    • fiksi

    wyzgz, they will just close the application system for London Audit by then.
    I guess this means they have enough applicants now so all of us will get an interview. I was told it's busy in Audit now and that I will get my date soon.

  • 2 October 2013 - 3:33pm
    • emeryl

    They're just closing the initial applications.

  • 2 October 2013 - 2:42pm
    • emeryl

    Oh right, I guess they'd want to get through the audit ones first then. I'm applying for tax. To be honest they gave me a date in August that I couldn't make but they still haven't arranged a new one.

  • 2 October 2013 - 1:53pm
    • fiksi

    Which number did you call people? I am also waiting... hope what solid said is true. They are closing London Audit in 2 days, so I assume they will give us all an interview. Also, how can I choose if I go for fast track or not?

    • 2 October 2013 - 3:14pm
      • wyzgz

      Hi fiksi, what do you mean by 'They are closing London Audit in 2 days'? I applied to London Audit and got invitation to interview last week however I rearraged it because I wasn't prepared, now still waiting for next slot

  • 2 October 2013 - 1:39pm
    • solid_545

    i rang them up, and they said they are really busy at the moment, and are dealing with summer vac people so we should be soon. I applied in july as well

  • 2 October 2013 - 11:57am
    • emeryl

    ^^ When did you guys apply?

    I applied at the start of July for 2014 intake and still have no interview date. Are you applying for 2014 or for fast track?

    • 2 October 2013 - 1:31pm
      • Jsss

      Applied end of Aug and had first interview after 4 weeks. So Deloitte didnt take long in replying. Im also applying for 2014 audit. You should ring them, shouldnt have taken this long.

  • 1 October 2013 - 9:38pm
    • solid_545

    Or does that mean we will to the financial audit, but also give advice on their transactions + processes (which is what they perhaps mean by transaction advisory)....when i hear transaction i think of corporate finance and their transaction services????

    I hope im not too confusing lol

    • 1 October 2013 - 10:11pm
      • Jsss

      From my understanding the audit service line is split into banking and capital markets, consumer businesses, energy and resources, infrastructure services and real estate, insurance, and so on. When is was asked what service line and why, i said that the service line questionnaire suggested audit for me but that is too broad so i said core audit and then particularly attracted to consumer businesses as they worked in manufacturing, leisure, retail, and professional services firms and PL FOOTBALL CLUBS which made the interview laugh. So a chance to get rid of the awkwardness in the beginning. lol

      • 1 October 2013 - 10:34pm
        • solid_545

        Hmm i think for london you have to specialise to work in a particular industry...but regional you work with clients in all industries?

        The service line questionairre gave 3 options which i saw was - core audit/Risks&Regulations/Financial services...i got an email saying audit was my ideal service line

        So im just confused how its all being split...what about public audit? internal audit? etc...where do these come in?

  • 1 October 2013 - 9:22pm
    • solid_545


    Please can you help me. I have a first interview and really am struggling to understand how deloitte have split the audit service line...

    Is their audit service line split into : Core audit/Public sector/Financial services/Risks&Regulations/Entrepreneurial business...? or have i got that wrong?

    Also under 'audit' on their website it says
    "Our Audit practice delivers to clients audit assurance, advisory and transaction advisory services. "

    so in the job we will be doing advisory and trasaction advisory jobs as well? thats not audit though?

  • 27 September 2013 - 5:49pm
    • fiksi

    Hi guys, I'm also waiting for first interview. It says no interview slots are available(email says they will let me know when there are slots). Does anyone know what is happening?

    • 30 September 2013 - 12:02pm
      • Jsss

      I had that, i thought i was going to get a call for an interview, but one week after my etray i went on the recruitment site and instead of 'no slots available' it said 'book interview' so i guess its done online and i'd say just keep checking for it to change to 'book interview!

  • 21 September 2013 - 6:04pm
    • Sam_691685364

    Hi People, I have a first round and final interview on Tuesday for Audit at Deloitte. Just wondering how people approached their presentation. Was your exactly 5 minutes long?


  • 15 September 2013 - 2:03pm
    • da93

    Hi wyzgz. I got an email two days after my interview to tell me that I had been unsuccessful. I was pretty disappointed, especially since I thought it went ok. Wish they would give feedback. I just need to focus on other applications now. I don't come from an accounting or business degree, so my knowledge of audit is definitely limited.

  • 14 September 2013 - 1:35pm
    • solid_545

    I have been waiting nearly a month and a half for a first interview date. Cant get through to graduate recruitment? Anyone know whats going on? It also says invite to fast track day on my application status. Hmm

    • 14 September 2013 - 3:48pm
      • wyzgz

      Hi solid_545, I think we are in the exactly same boat! I have also been waiting for over one month for my first interview and my status is 'invite to fast track day'. I asked the HR last week and they just told me to wait. Did you also receive the message of invitation to fast track day after submittion of application form without online tests and e-tray? I'm quite confused about that because most people seem to have both online tests and e-tray before progressing to the interviw. do you have any ideas about it?

  • 13 September 2013 - 4:22pm
    • jack_d

    Has anyone had a partner interview/been booked for one for London audit. I deferred from last year and find it odd that they still havnt been able to give me a date and we're already in september.

  • 12 September 2013 - 12:47pm
    • jjss912

    hi maz,

    May i ask if there is an end date on your contract?
    i've got an offer for ey 2014 grad scheme but there is no termination date on the contract which is a bit weird... i rang them and the hr lady said it is a permanent contract so there is no end date.

    i am a bit worried about it as i am chinese and have 0 understanding of british contracts..
    hope you could help :-)

    Many thanks!

    • 14 September 2013 - 3:55pm
      • wyzgz

      Hi jjss912, congratulations on your offer! may I ask how long it took for you to get the offer? I applied for 2013 intake last November however was on hold until this March when they told me the roles had alredy been filled. I then applied to 2014 intake at the end of July and am on hold again until now. I applied to Financial Services audit by the way.

  • 10 September 2013 - 9:44pm
    • da93

    I had my first interview yesterday and these forums helped me a lot, so I thought I would share my experience. Every competency question I received was one that I had read on here previously, so there was nothing that I hadn't prepared for. The only questions I slightly stumbled on were some of the follow up questions, but overall I think it went quite well.

    The questions I was asked: 1 example of giving a presentation, 1 example of working in a team, 2 examples of achieving goals, 2 examples of planning and organising something, 2 examples of decision making, explain what auditing is in layman's terms, tell me what you know about the ACA, what do you think you will be doing in your first year, why Deloitte over other big 4, what issues are currently facing Deloitte and other professional services firms.

    The follow up questions to the first competencies were pretty simple e.g. What would you do differently if you had to do it again? What did you learn from the experience? How have you implemented this since?

    The questions that I stumbled on were things like how can Deloitte mitigate the issues that it faces? Also, he seemed to push me on details about audit to see how much I knew about it. He asked me what kind of financial statements would be analysed, what the audit tests involved and what dynamics were needed to work in audit, but I'm not sure how much he was really expecting me to know. The interview lasted just over an hour. It was pretty hard to gauge how well I did, so I just have to wait for an email now.

    • 14 September 2013 - 3:42pm
      • wyzgz

      Hi da93, hope you can pass the interview. do you study for an accounting/business related degree? I come from a non-related background and wasn't asked too much about commerical and auditing questions for pwc's interview however was pushed for details in KPMG's interview which I did not well :(

  • 7 September 2013 - 11:07am
    • Gazmund

    Yh I wouldn't worry about length of time they take to get back to you! In my 2013 entry cycle, I waited about working days till I heard that I made it through to partner interview stage :D

    • 7 September 2013 - 11:09am
      • Gazmund

      Sorry that meant to say 10 working days

      • 7 September 2013 - 12:05pm
        • tolaosundina

        Haha thanks! I received the email today that I made it through to the partner interview! I'm so happy

  • 6 September 2013 - 4:15pm
    • haseeb448

    thanks for the reply, i meet the entry requirements but just about so what are they chances that my application will be accepted, and they they just look at your 3 a levels and not the AS level grade for the fourth subject when deciding.
    thanks mate

  • 6 September 2013 - 8:05am
    • haseeb448

    Abc can't you please tell what gcse math and english grade you got and your a level results so I know if I have a chance of passing the application stage. Thank you

    • 6 September 2013 - 10:06am
      • abc_0930

      hi @haseeb448, sorry i didn't read your post earlier. i think you should refer to their requirements page :
      If you suit their minimum requirements, I do not see any problem at all. However, if you do, you may still get a chance. The best thing is simply to ring the Deloitte HR and you will get all you need I believe.

      Hope that helps. Cheers mate!

  • 5 September 2013 - 6:37pm
    • haseeb448

    whoever got an interview what a levels and gcse's (maths and english) did you get, and when did you submit the application form.

  • 15 August 2013 - 5:06pm
    • olaseni

    Hey Guys
    I jus had my first interview with Deloitte for audit graduate program (2014) @ Manchester Office. Wikijobs helped me a lot in preparing for the interview so i thought i would return the favour.

    My interview was very structured. my interviewer had already written the questions that she wanted to ask me on her notepad. I know this because i could see the questions. she told me that she will ask me five main compentencies and for each competencies needed to give two examples. She then went on to ask me specific questions about each competencies.
    Planning and Organising - Give me a time you had to plan an event? Give me another time you have to plan and organise something?
    Communication. Give me a time when you had to do a presentation? Give me a time when you had to work in a team?
    Goal Orientation - When have you achieved a personal goal? Give me another time when you have achieved a goal?
    Commercial awareness and career motivation - What do you know about ACA? how prepared do you think you are for ACA? Why Audit? Why Deloitte? Tell me something recent in the news and the effects it has on a professional service firm such as deloitte?
    Judgement - Give me a time when you have solved a problem? Give me a time you have made a big decision?

    One thing i wasn't prepared for was the amount of follow up questions my interviewer was asking me. for example, for the presentation question, she wanted specific details about how i structured my presentation? who exactly was my audience? what i learnt from the experience? etc so be prepared for this. it is really had to prepare for follow up question but im telling you now so that it doesn't throw you off during your interview.

    i should hear back from deloitte in about 3 working days. so hopefully i progress to the next stage.

    If you do have an interview coming up. my main advise are prepare for 2 answers for each competencies and jus be urself on the day. i had a very friendly interviewer and i was able to crack a few of jokes with her. hopefully it was enough to win her over. good luck guys. if you need any more information about the etray or interview process let me know. i am very happy to help

    • 19 November 2013 - 9:50pm
      • fred_989

      Hi Olasensi, thanks for the tips they are really helpful. From your first interview, do you remember whether there were any questions relating to Adaptability, as it appears to be a competency on the Deloitte website, but none of those interviewed mention whether they were questioned on this?

      Also, can you tell me how much time it took for you to prepare for the first and second stage interview?

  • 14 August 2013 - 2:55pm
    • shpeli

    Anyone going on the Assessment Centre tomorrow 15.08.2013, in London?

  • 13 August 2013 - 6:00pm
    • carrick_glen

    Do you know what the pre employment screening involves?

    How many references did you have to give? Do they contact all your past employers? I have one employer who may not have nice things to say about me, so I'd prefer to avoid them being contacted.

    Are you given a form to fill in for the background check company to follow up on? If so what fields do you have to fill in

  • 13 August 2013 - 10:28am
    • WikiJob


  • 12 August 2013 - 12:32am
    • abz444

    Hi wyzgz,

    Did you previously apply for a summer internship and was unsuccessful? They may have fast tracked you.

    • 12 August 2013 - 11:34am
      • wyzgz

      Hi abz444,
      Thanks. I applied last year for graduate role but got rejected immediately after application form submition, so it should not be a fast track i think. not sure what going on

  • 9 August 2013 - 9:50am
    • wyzgz

    Hi guys! Is anyone applying to the audit intake 2014? I sumbitted my application form a week ago and got invitation to do the service line questionnaire, and then today informed that I'll soon be arranged an interview. However, I haven't done any test yet, no numerical or verbal or etray....Is it normal for deloitte application process to invite ppl to the interview directly after application form submitting? haven't ask HR due to fear of getting rejected directly...

  • 4 August 2013 - 4:19pm
    • shmhfs

    Hi maz91,
    What topic did you have to do for your presentation, and can you give any advice on it?

  • 1 August 2013 - 1:45pm
    • e-stud

    Hi javs156,

    Up north, don't want to be too specific :P

  • 31 July 2013 - 3:45pm
    • jack_d

    Hi e-stud,

    Can I ask which office you will be at?

  • 30 July 2013 - 6:59pm
    • maz91

    sri- Im sorry to hear that. What you say you did seems to be exactly what I did. So I cant really comment further . Good luck with your other applications.

    e-stud, did they tell you they would do all the pre employment and qualification checks including sending out the contract 6 weeks before starting date? That's what I've been told- so for now pretty much nothing happens until July/August 2014.

    • 31 July 2013 - 11:35am
      • e-stud

      Hi maz91,

      They did all the pre employment checks and stuff before my summer vacation scheme with deloitte, so I presume they don't need to do anything else for my graduate role. They did ask me again for A level qualifications which I sent them.

  • 30 July 2013 - 1:42pm
    • abc_0930

    Hi Maz and e-stud,

    Another question here! I have passed the etray and answered the service line questionnaire last week. However, so far I still haven't heard back from them regarding to the first round interview. Do you have any idea how long exact do I need to wait before I could choose my interview date? I tried to contact them, but the number left on the website was not going through to recruiters. I also emailed the HR who is my contact in Deloitte, however, still no response. Any advices?

    Another question regarding to first round interview, what sort of commercial/business awareness questions were you tested there? Similar to KPMG ones such as introduction to a recently company doing well or bad and reasons for that, current economy situation etc.

    Appreciate all sorts of help for the first round interview:)


    • 8 August 2013 - 10:39am
      • hxjhjy2011

      Hello abc_0930

      Hope your application goes well so far. I would like to ask you what is the service line questionnaire look like? what is the question type? Is this going to test me sth, or just collect more info. from me? Should I prepare sth first for this?


      • 9 August 2013 - 10:40am
        • abc_0930

        Hi hxjhy2011,
        Thanks, I am still waiting for my first round interview...Have to say it jut takes so long! How's everything going on your side?
        As to the SLQ, it is just choose an area you want to work in Deloitte tax, that has absolutely nothing to do with your application, you don't need to prepare for that:)

        Are you also applying for tax or else?


      • 9 August 2013 - 9:55am
        • wyzgz

        Hi hxjhjy201, I think the service line questionnaire is just simply for collecting information. It just asks 2 questions. the first one is to choose the work type you like most from three, which I think are consulting, audit, compliance or sth.. the second question is to choose what qualification you want to study towards. hope this helps

    • 31 July 2013 - 11:32am
      • e-stud

      Hi, They asked me for a presentation on pretty much the same topic you mentioned but in the final round partner interview.
      I cant remember the time between each application stage sorry :/

  • 30 July 2013 - 12:28pm
    • jeeves

    Maz91 - Just realised that you answered this above. Thanks!

  • 30 July 2013 - 12:26pm
    • jeeves

    Hi Maz91 & e-stud,

    I would really appreciate it if you give us some hints on the first interview and what kind of questions come up. Do they look for any particular competencies. Also, What kind of questions did they ask for the recent business news/ commercial awareness question

    Thanks in advance

  • 29 July 2013 - 10:18pm
    • e-stud

    Hi, I second what maz91 said!! I'd found these forums very helpful. Would really like to help someone as I was in your position before aswell :)

    I've also got an offer for Audit 2014 intake so please feel free to ask me anything maz91 hasn't covered!

  • 27 July 2013 - 4:42am
    • sri13

    Heard from Deloitte yesterday. Didn't clear the written exercise. :(

    Wondering what I got wrong - I analyzed 2 pros and cons for each option and no spelling/grammatical mistakes, concluded well also. Any idea what they particularly look for?

    • 18 December 2013 - 8:29am
      • okogeorgeoko

      did you state clearly your choice of the three options.. regardless of analysis not making a clear and precise choice is a fail.. best approach is first sentence in your answer state "from the given information i believe option ** is the best approach for acquisition by the TLB and the following analysis are in support of this decision"

      in that way you have covered your decision even before you start analysis..

      i tended to potray my choice option in the best light possible and then focused on finding as much not too good information from the other two options. then i defended the weaknesses of my option.

      let me know if you need specific help with the question.. good luck.. on your next attempt

  • 25 July 2013 - 10:25pm
    • maz91

    Jeeves - I think that should be fine. As long as your content was to the point nd mistake free. Im sure they realise that time is very less nd sometimes its difficult to even complete the report. So good luck mate.

    Abc_0930 - the graduate recruitment team contacted me nearly 2 weeks after I passed my etray for a the first interview date. So deres no need to worry, especially as it will be a real busy time with all the applications nd stuff . Id suggest u email ur graduate recruitment contact to ask when you will b contacted for the interview.

    Javs156- I emailed them on the 1st july as soon as the applications reopened and they contacted me back with a date 2 days later. My partner interviewer told me I was one of the first to get interviewed nd was certianly his first interview of this intake. So I suggest u contact them nd get ur interview sorted ASAP. The quicker it is the better for u as places start getting filled pretty early.

    • 25 July 2013 - 10:28pm
      • jeeves

      Maz - Nice one mate.

  • 25 July 2013 - 3:24pm
    • jack_d

    Hi Maz,

    I also applied for 2013 start but have defferred to 2014 in London and am at partner interview stage and I was wondering how you went about getting your partner interview. Did you have to contact them or did they contact you?, and how much time were you given to prepare?


  • 25 July 2013 - 12:30am
    • maz91

    No problem. Yes, from my personal experience once you've got past the etray stage then the ball is in your court. You have ample time to prepare for the interviews and protray ur personality in the correct manner. Its nly a major mess up that can cause you to b rejected. Preparation is urself nd give it ur best.

    Regarding the partner interview presentation, your given the topic beforehand (when you get the date for it). Deres no projector etc, so u hav to give ur presentation just by talkin it out. Its nly a 5 min presentation, so pretty much just covering the topic breifly yet effectively. U just gota make sure u know wat ur talkin about incase your asked about it later. You can make a handout for the partner and I did that.

    • 25 July 2013 - 2:45pm
      • abc_0930

      Maz, thanks so much for your reply! You are being very helpful.

      Just a quick questions here: I received the email from Deloitte yesterday that I've passed the e-tray, but so far I haven't heard from them regarding to the next stage, there is a survey right? Normally, when do I expect to hear from them regarding to the next stage and the interview?


    • 25 July 2013 - 2:38pm
      • jeeves

      Hi Maz,

      Your comments are extremely insightful so thanks for starting this thread.

      I have just completed the second part of the Etray - the written exercise. I found it very time pressured and managed to get down around 350 words with brief pros and cons for each option plus intro/ conclusion.

      Would be great to get your thoughts on this. Also, In your opinion, How many words do u think is the minimum?

      Thanks in advance.

  • 24 July 2013 - 5:03pm
    • abc_0930

    Hi Maz, another quick question.about presentation for the partner interview,were you asked to prepare in advance of the interview or got the topic on the interview day? Use any ppt to present or simply talked things through to the partner?


  • 24 July 2013 - 5:03pm
    • abc_0930

    Hi Maz, another quick question.about presentation for the partner interview,were you asked to prepare in advance of the interview or got the topic on the interview day? Use any ppt to present or simply talked things through to the partner?


  • 24 July 2013 - 3:33pm
    • maz91

    I applied for audit. If the tax interview procedure is the same as for audit, then you wont get no case study etc. Just one interviewer and that too a manager from the service line. The 2nd interview is done by a partner. I certianly wasnt retested for the online tests again and havent heard from ny1 being retested again either. Ive mentioned my first interview experience above in my post....

    • 24 July 2013 - 4:45pm
      • abc_0930

      Thanks Maz:) You are being very helpful! I will read through your previous post first!

      Btw, will you consider passing the etray and get the interview as not far away from the offer maybe?

  • 24 July 2013 - 1:59pm
    • abc_0930

    Hi Maz, congratulation first for your offer!
    I just passed the etray for the tax in london office, and I would like to know what shall I expect in the first interview.

    1, Will there be a group exercise? Any case study request?
    2, How many interviewers will there be?
    3, Will I be interviewed by someone from the tax service line or someone from the HR?
    4, Will they retest the previous online test on the interview day maybe? I saw someone mentioned that here.

    Sorry for so many questions! Look forward to your help. Any more information or advices regarding to the interview will be highly appreciated!

    • 15 August 2013 - 4:22pm
      • tolaosundina

      Hi abc_0930, I've applied for the Tax graduate scheme in the London office as well and I'm waiting for my interview as well. When did you submit your application? The email they sent me said that they were carrying out interviews in chronological order. I applied on 10th July and finished all the online tests by 26th July - still waiting. I've been preparing for the interview but really want to know when it is!

      • 17 August 2013 - 7:12pm
        • abc_0930

        Hi tolaosundina,

        I had my interview this Friday and i'm waiting for my result, hopefully next Monday. It took me long before hearing from them about the first interview. However, they did offer some availabilities for the interview all of a sudden before I was ready for a space held, for example, the following day.....My HR contacted me two times, both on Monday. The first time was to set an interview the following day, the next time was this Friday.

        As to the interview, I think I am lucky. However, who knows, I still might get rejected already : (

        The Manager who interviewed me was so nice..He only asked me one example for each competency, donno why, probably I spoke too much for each example. And the whole interview last over 1 hour, probably 1 and 15/25 mins.

        The questions he asked me were as below:

        1, Teamwork/a presentation/leadership - I used an example combining the all three, probably why he only asked for one example. Make sure to prepare as many details as possible
        2, A project you previously planned and organised - Not sure whether I remembered correctly, I think I did.
        3, A big decision making example - I just used a very simple example...and I asked him later whether I could use another because this one was so simple, he smiled and said its unnecessary..
        4, Why change my current placement - To those who haven't graduated, probably only prepare for why deloitte and why the service line would be enough.

        I was thinking hard, but it seems that's all I was asked during the interview. Not even why tax, why deloitte...> <

        Though he didn't asked about current news, however, I did talk about some news as examples in some questions, and he made extra notes, so I think it does matter. Make sure to read some latest financial news before the interview.

        That's it! Really hope I could pass this stage...

        • 4 September 2013 - 1:44pm
          • tolaosundina

          Hey @abc_0930, have you heard back from them about your interview? My first interview was pretty laid back but not sure whether that will work in my favour or not...

          • 5 September 2013 - 10:37pm
            • abc_0930

            Hi @tolaosundina, how's your interview went? I hope that you passed it!
            My result was very sad - I heard that I passed it the following Monday and I was quite happy. I even asked to speak with the manager who interviewed me for advices for the final interview. However, the following Monday, my app was withdrawled because the HR lady told me that they cannot sponsor for a graduate position :( Yes, right before my final interview...Was wondering why they cannot inform me earlier or maybe later.. Was quite happy and confident with it, however, all I can do now is to hope there maybe a change. And also prepare for my EY interview really well..

            Good luck to everyone! All in all, my application process with Deloitte was great! Definitely worth a fight and go!

            • 6 September 2013 - 9:05pm
              • tolaosundina

              @abc_0930, I am so sorry to hear that you didn't make it through! Good look on EY though - I'm sure it'll work out in the end. My interview went well, I think, I really got on with the interviewer and built a rapport pretty early on into the interview - it lasted for 90 minutes though because we did get talking at the end. The questions were pretty much the same as everyone else has posted on the forums here, so I was given time to prepare for all of them. I had my interview on Monday 2nd and should have heard yesterday (Thursday) so now i'm getting a bit impatient! I'm really hoping that no news is good news

        • 18 August 2013 - 9:05pm
          • tolaosundina

          Thank you! I hope you get it - good luck!

          Now I know exactly what I need to prepare for, I just hope they get back to me soon

  • 23 July 2013 - 10:54am
    • maz91

    I had applied for the sept intake 2013 while I was in my last year of uni last year. However, while I passed my first interview in mid-Jan, I was told that vacancies in Birmingham had been all finished and so I chose to defer my entry to 2014. So its a good thing your all applying early. Im not fussed either, gives me a year for travelling now :)
    Also, I come from a Biomedical Science degree and have not had any relevant work experience in an auditing/accounting environment at all. As long as you prove by your answers you can fit into the deloitte environment and are determined to do the ACA qualifications to become an auditor, your pretty much fine because your provided training.

    Regarding the etray exercise, I completed it 7 months ago so I don't exactly remember the specifics. Youll find a lot of experiences on the other forums. However what I do remember is in the first part, the email exercise, make sure your in a quiet location where you can concentrate fully. Open up all the tabs that contain information for your questions that will appear as emails in mcq forms. I spent the first 10 mins going through all the information and trying to remember which information was in what. This helps you as it saves you time when you have to go back to the information when answering the questions. Don't panic, I think the time is adequate to complete the email exercise. I did mine with 5 minutes to spare, just try and answer every question as they come because certain questions are linked to the same information. But obviously, if you do find yourself really stuck on a question, then do move on. I think there were 20-21 questions all together.

    The second part of the exercise is writing a business report . You'll receive a link to this a day or 2 after when you complete the first email part. Your given all sorts of information and data for 3 companies, and you have to write an email basing your decision on which company for your company to acquire. Again be time conscious, I did find myself to complete the task right at the last second. My advice would be to look a the information very very quickly - 2 minutes, write a 2-3 line intro, make 3 headings for the 3 companies and a 2-3 line conclusion ( for the company you think is best to acquire) even before writing the main content. Then, for each company give 2 short paragraphs each. One for their Pros and one for their Cons. Obviously the one that you think is the best, stress on its advantages and compare its cons with the other 2 in a way that it sounds to be the best. Theres no right or wrong answer, as long as you prove your choice to be better by your analysis, your fine.
    Because the task is time pressured, I remember making an effort in not to make any spelling mistakes and being correct in terms of grammar as I wrote along. You wont get time at the end to check your work. This is very important because I believe if you have more than 3 spelling mistakes, you will fail the task. There is no spell check there. So as I say, be very simple and to the point ( saves you from making any spelling mistakes), just pick up 2-3 valid pros and 2-3 cons and write them down for each company. If you dwell too much on the information and start writing a lot, you'll fall short of time. Good luck with ur etray excercise;)

  • 22 July 2013 - 3:06pm
    • Cheryl0809

    Hi,congratulations on your job offer. I am currently asked to finish the e-tray test. Would you please tell me more details and techniques to pass it? Many thanks.

  • 22 July 2013 - 4:55am
    • sri13

    Congratulations on getting through, maz91! Are you in for the Sep 14 intake?

  • 22 July 2013 - 2:01am
    • abz444

    Thank you so much for your advice, I really appreciate itt! and i'll keep you informed on how it goess!

  • 22 July 2013 - 1:28am
    • maz91

    Yeah not a problem. I understand how it feels when your in the application process, so any questions are relevant.
    Many thanks, I will be joining the Birmingham office for Audit.
    Regarding the first interview, then I would suggest you read through ALL the forums on wikijob and list all the possible questions that have been asked in the first interview and then prepare examples for them.
    My first interview lasted an hour and was solely competency based with 1 question on commercial awareness.The basic questions like everyone's stated before eg- give me an example of when you've given a presentation, shown leadership, handled pressure/deadlines, biggest decision and biggest challenge in life. They will ask for 2 examples for each competency so have the examples prepared. And relax, as long as you use the STAR approach and keep your answer as simple, youll be fine. Also, after each example I tried to add 1-2 sentences with what I learnt from it and how has it helped me. For example after a presentation competency question I said it helped me with my communication skills and has made me realise that to deliver an effective message across to an audience, it has to be concise yet effective and has to be delivered in a clear, confident way.
    He didn't aske me anything regarding my CV. Apart from the competency 1s, he asked why audit, what do u know about it, the qualification, what youll do in your first year, and for commercial awareness he just asked a general question-what have you been following in the recent news. So just make sure you read up on something, I gave him the mandatory audit rotation news and that was fine. Make sure your relaxed, always smiling and trust me youll build a friendly rapport with the interviewer in no time.
    With my partner interview, I was asked to give a 5 min presentation on auditor independence. After that I was asked questions on my presentation for 10 mins, 3 competency based questions and then half an hour on my uni, course, generally why audit again. No commercial awareness question was asked but that I had prepared 1-2 news as different partners are different in approach. You are not required to know everything recent in the news, but Id suggest reading Financial times a week before your interview, and research on 1-2 news that you find interesting. That would be sufficient.
    I've tried to outline everything I remember and good luck with your interviews.

  • 21 July 2013 - 10:11am
    • s604567

    Hey, well done! What office are you applying to?

  • 21 July 2013 - 2:27am
    • abz444

    Hey Maz91,

    Firstly, congratulations on your offer it must feel great!! Urmm I have my first interview coming up in Audit-Financial Services for intake of 2014. Would you have any advice with regards to both the first and second interview, for example what kind of questions do they ask, and how much detail they go into your CV. Also what topic did you get for your partner interview? Sorry for asking so many questions, any pointers you can give me would be much appreciated. Well done again for securing your grad job!

    • 15 August 2013 - 10:56pm
      • ndjhuos

      I am also applying to Audit Financial Services and I'm currently looking over what I should know for commercial awareness. Do you know how much we need to know about the financial services industry specifically rather than audit and professional services? Thanks.

      • 10 September 2013 - 7:51pm
        • wyzgz

        Hi ndjhuos, have you got the invitation to the first round interview? I applied to the same role but have been waiting for over 1 month since they told me they were still trying to arrange me a slot.