Deloitte Telephone Interview?

8 September 2009 - 3:57pm


I have a telephone interview coming up for an audit graduate position with Deloitte. Anybody any experience of this?


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  • 20 May 2012 - 8:25pm
    • bettina84

    has anyone recently had a telephone interview with Deloitte???


  • 29 June 2011 - 12:42pm
    • HarryS

    Had telephone interview with deloitte:
    lasted 15 mins but was only asked 2 questions:
    -Why deloitte?
    -What do you think you'll be doing in audit?

    Then I was asked if I had any questions, and I think they really expect you to have some questions... that was about half the call.

    Then as everyone else has said, they tell you they will get back in touch within 3 working days, but I had an email from them within about 3 minutes of the end of the call.

    You're really just expanding on what you said in the application form; if you named some clients in the application form, then know some others for the interview...

  • 8 June 2011 - 10:41pm
    • Ivanah

    Thanks Jmsrowley

    Congratulations. That sounds reassuring. I will book an interview for the ealiest slot.

    Staussy, I am applying for Audit.

    Jms what serviceline are you applying for?

  • 8 June 2011 - 3:35pm
    • jmsrowley


    I just had my telephine interview at 3pm today.

    2 questions - 1) why deloitte and 2) What do you think the day to day activites will be in your chosen service line?

    total interview lasted exactly 8mins and about 3 of them was explaining what the interview was about at the begininng and then the next stage at the end.

    honestly, it is nothing to stress about at all. be confident in your answers. about 5 mins after i got and email saying i had passed.

  • 8 June 2011 - 3:35pm
    • jmsrowley


    I just had my telephine interview at 3pm today.

    2 questions - 1) why deloitte and 2) What do you think the day to day activites will be in your chosen service line?

    total interview lasted exactly 8mins and about 3 of them was explaining what the interview was about at the begininng and then the next stage at the end.

    honestly, it is nothing to stress about at all. be confident in your answers. about 5 mins after i got and email saying i had passed.

  • 8 June 2011 - 1:18pm
    • Ivanah

    Thanks Yingyand and Staussy

    Passed Deloitte online tests. I just booked my telephone interview.

    This thread is pretty comprehensive with telephone interview experiences but I wonder if anyone has had one recently and how it went? questions asked? etc

  • 8 June 2011 - 5:37pm
    • Staussy

    Hey no problem, I believe the telephone interview questions haven't changed much. All the best! Which service line are you applying for?

  • 6 June 2011 - 9:03pm
    • Staussy

    Don't worry about the online tests, work quickly but accurately. The verbal reasoning passages are fairly straight forward

  • 4 June 2011 - 9:21pm
    • Ivanah


    Has anyone recently sat the Deloitte verbal online test? I would be grateful to any experience / insight.



  • 6 June 2011 - 11:01am
    • YujingYao

    Hi Ivanah,
    I sat the numerical and verbal tests two weeks ago (hope it means "recently") and would have the tel interview tomorrow (yes, online tests before tel telephone interview). The verbal test is by SHL and would be the most frequent articles (if you have done it with other companies), like the water surface tension, location of charity shop, inheritance of short-sightedness etc.
    Personally, I don't think it's too difficult. Though I didn't feel good when finished, I passed it. So take it easy.
    Good luck!

  • 30 May 2011 - 2:16pm
    • ashoon

    I thought I'd add to this as it was so helpful to me.

    I got two questions:
    1) Why Deloitte?
    I had 9 quite detailed points ready, basically what everyone else has said (added in the charity work they're doing with the Olympics and specific Tax awards they've won). The woman, Maria, was really nice but twice she thought I'd finished when I hadn't and I had to ask if I could go on. Slightly anxious about this as we were speaking over each other, but hopefully it won't matter too much.

    2) What do you think the core activities would you be undertaking in your service line?
    With this question, I asked her to specify whether she meant in general or in the first year. She said just in the first year so I spouted off my prepared answer.

    The phonecall lasted 7mins, including me asking one question. My worries are that I sounded way too rehearsed (it was obvious that I was reading a script) and also I asked her at 3 separate points if I was talking too fast, just out of nervousness.

    Fingers crossed and thanks to all who have contributed so far. Good luck everyone!

  • 26 May 2011 - 4:34pm
    • realtine

    Hey guys, had my telephone interview for Consulting today. The lady was again very friendly and the questions were straight forward.

    1) Why Deloitte?
    2) What will your day to day activities as a consultant be?

    The conversation lasted about 12 minutes and was very pleasant. She said they would get back to me within 3 days but I got an email confirming that I had passed within 30 minutes which is very efficient.

    Good luck all!

  • 10 May 2011 - 5:33pm
    • TIanwu

    I had my telephone with deloitte and the questions are

    1)why deloitte
    2)what do you think your day-to-day work will be in your chosen service line?
    3)talk about the main competitor of deloitte(Big four)

  • 9 May 2011 - 5:27pm
    • kaspa130

    Could anyone please tell me when do you need to give your academic qualification documents to Deloitte?

  • 26 April 2011 - 7:50pm
    • PT29

    Hey...had my telephone interview..was so simple..just why deloitte (career motivation)and what do you think ur day-to-day activities would be...lasted about 7 minutes...the interviewer was nice...wont interrupt cos shes typing out the answers...

    anyone got through first interview stage (competency) for Transaction Services?

  • 23 March 2011 - 8:23am
    • Osmosis786

    I have mine today at 13:00.. Should be a blast.

  • 22 March 2011 - 11:57am
    • redundanci

    Hey guys, had my telephone interview for EA Consulting recently. The lady was very friendly and the questions were straight forward.

    1) Why Deloitte?
    2) What will your day to day activities as a consultant be?

    So pretty much what everyone else has said, just prepare answers to the questions that have come up in this thread and be enthusiastic. Mine lasted for just over 10 minutes.

    Good luck!

  • 21 March 2011 - 12:23pm
    • avicii2810

    Hey guys I recently had my phone interview. I've decided to share my wisdom with you guys as a token of my appreciation for all your help and for the following candidates who still have phone interviews to come.

    Firstly, I felt I overrated it too much. It really isn't that bad at all. I had Ana as well and she really puts you at ease from the beginning. The interview lasted 9 minutes and she spent about 2 minutes explaining how the interview would proceed.

    She then asked me the same questions as everyone else on this forum (why deloitte and what do you think you will be doing in your first year). For all of you who are worried she may ask something else, she did tell me at the beginning of the interview that it would specifically consist of 2 questions. So probably won't ask you anything else. But don't quote me on that one. It's good to be prepared nonetheless for other questions that could be asked.

    why deloitte?: largest PSF, great opportunities, impressive client base, corporate responsibility, all that stuff.

    What you think you will be doing in your first year: Obviously specific to the division you applied for, but I pretty much repeated what I wrote in my application right at the beginning.

    Hope this helps,

    Good luck.

  • 18 March 2011 - 9:51pm
    • skyrocker999

    hi guys, I have my interview coming up next week. I am a bit confused about the questions on type of qualification I will be doing. I have applied for the IT Risk- Controls Assurance scheme and I am planning to do CISA instead of ACA. I would appreciate if someone can tell me when is the CISA exam taken? Is it in the first year itself or after that as CISA's website one has to write the exam first but can apply for certification after ~5 yrs of work experience.

  • 18 March 2011 - 1:53am
    • Staussy

    Thanks everyone for your input I have my one at 2.45pm later today!

  • 18 March 2011 - 1:09am
    • SamUK

    Deloitte's pre-screen telephone interview is the easiest of all stages. If you struggle with this one, you'd definitely struggle with first round and partner interviews.

    Basically, it's what everyone mentioned already, they ask why Deloitte, why Audit, what you'll do in Audit, and few other variants. You can literally read it off from a sheet of paper or computer screen and pass it with breeze. I had both paper and screen open in front and read from them simply. Just make sure you sound natural, so practice helps.

  • 16 March 2011 - 8:53pm
    • Osmosis786

    Hi guys,

    How can I check which department I have applied to. I don't think I mentioned a specific department because it doesn't say so on my application?

  • 11 March 2011 - 8:53pm
    • nuttyogurt

    To be honest, no need to worry about it too much

    same two questions:
    why Deloitte?
    what you will be doing within your chosen service line?

    Talk as much as you can, especially details, cuz the more you talk, the less chance the interviewer digs in........

    And i can pass! Good luck everyone

  • 23 February 2011 - 2:21pm
    • LW213

    Okay, my computer is working again. I had forgotten the questions you see as my interview was a good two months ago now. I had four questions in mine:
    Why Deloitte?
    Why audit?
    What are you will you be doing in first year? (I mentioned ACA and he then asked me what i knew about it)
    Why apply to this specific office?

    It isn't anything to worry about at all. Just testing whether you have the right motivations and have done some research into the company.

    The person i had spoke very quietly on the phone and had a bit of an accent. So, I had to really concentrate to understand what he was saying. Just be aware of that.

    They told me i had passed the same day (i think, it might have been the day after). Got my first interview soon as they have taken ages to get a date sorted.

    Good luck to all!

  • 23 February 2011 - 12:36am
    • LW213

    Message me and I will let you know the other questions. I have a document with them but i can't paste it into this box. (My computer is crap)

  • 15 February 2011 - 12:41pm
    • xxx_1902

    hey guys, i have my telephone interview for audit tomorrow...can anyoneplease tell me the questions u were asked,and whether any competency based or commercial awareness questions were asked or not???

  • 17 January 2011 - 4:03pm
    • tobij2k

    what two other questions did they ask you? Thanks

  • 10 January 2011 - 10:55am
    • LW213

    Just had my telephone interview for audit. It lasted 10 minutes and i actually got asked the two that everyone is asked (Why Deloitte, What will you do in your first year?) as well as two other questions. So, be aware that they do mix it up a bit with the questions. But, i think they are mainly testing how you say your answer as opposed to what you actually say. Viel glück!

  • 15 February 2011 - 12:42pm
    • xxx_1902

    can u pls tell what were the other two questions??

  • 4 January 2011 - 3:33pm
    • jsc86

    yeah my telephone interview was on the 22nd of October, they got back to me the same day but I didn't get my interview booked until November 6th, two months later and I finally have my first round interview this Monday!

  • 23 December 2010 - 8:41pm
    • sharmy

    I had my interview on Wednesday 22nd Dec in the morning. The lady asked me two questions; 1. Why Deloitte and 2. Why Strategy Consulting?

    The call lasted 13minutes. She told me they would get back to me by 3 working days. Most people on here seem to find out whether they're through within a few hours, however I only just got an email now confirming I passed ( Thursday 23rd Dec in the late evening).

    So I guess, don't worry too much if you're kept waiting; although I'm not gonna lie, I thought I was finished (even though I was confident my interview went really well!)

  • 23 December 2010 - 10:01pm
    • SSJ

    They didn't get back to me after my telephone interview for 4 days, then another 6 days wait after first interview, and 3 for the phonecall saying I'd passed the assessment centre and had a job, so don't panic that they aren't replying quickly!

  • 5 December 2010 - 7:05pm
    • mrbez

    I found out that I passed my phone interview 5 and a half weeks ago.

    I am still yet to hear from them. I have emailed once and have been told to be patient.

  • 5 December 2010 - 9:43pm
    • ceegle

    we are in the same situation, yes they keep saying be patient, lol
    your service line isn't full yet is it?, that's a bit strange they haven't booked your interview
    you have only emailed them once i guess you could send them another email just to make sure that they haven't forgotten about you.

  • 2 December 2010 - 8:15pm
    • ceegle

    hi guys, update to my previous post; i passed my telephone interview on 11 nov, and they said actuarial service line was full and we had to choose other service lines, and i have been waiting for almost 3 and a half weeks, i have emailed them a number of times, each them they emailed back asking me to'be patient, do wait to be contacted, blah blah blah... ''
    last week they said we will contact you next week, and it is approaching the end of this week, still no news from them, don't know why it is taking them so long to book in an interview.

  • 3 December 2010 - 4:51pm
    • Maynard12

    Had my phone interview last week, for Audit, two questions:

    Why Deloitte?

    Largest PSF, global reach, CSR with some examples, impressive client list (give some examples), ethical behaviour, commitment to education, culture, environmental sustainability, potential for career development (give very brief outline), track record in bringing people through professional qualifications.

    What will you be doing in your first year?

    Studying hard for qualification (make sure you emphasise it is a significant time commitment), lots of time at client's offices learning how audit works, making new friends and contacts via college, at office, at clients, 'buddy' scheme.

    She stopped me at two points and asked who were Deloitte's main competitors (Big 4) and also asked me to describe briefly what auditing actually involves. For the second question a few sentences explaining you will look at client's financial records, ensure they are true and fair representation of reality etc will suffice. At no point is any great detail required. The entire thing took about 13 minutes. Interviewer is extremely friendly and will put you at ease.

  • 2 December 2010 - 4:03pm
    • popchip03

    Thanks so much for the previous replies - helped me so much on the phone interview!

    I got a reply from Deloitte today asking me to contact them to arrange a time for my first face-to face interview:) yayyy
    So guys, don't worry if you don't hear anything yet, coz i have waited for 3 weeks since the phone interview. Good news are coming on their way:)

    Finally, would like to ask - if anyone know much about Corporate Tax - M&A division by any chance?

    Cheers, and good luck everyone!

  • 1 December 2010 - 9:52am
    • Daveor

    Yeah it does depend how you measure it whether its revenue, employees, clients etc. Deloitte make quite a big deal about being the largest (in terms of employees) so it wont hurt to mention it.

  • 30 November 2010 - 2:07pm
    • Tautvydas

    I thought PwC was larger than Deloitte.Anyway, I reckon it depends on the way you measure things...

  • 30 November 2010 - 3:42am
    • Daveor

    Professional services firm e.g. law, accountancy, consultancy etc

  • 29 November 2010 - 10:33pm
    • Daveor

    Passed my telephone interview today for audit in London. It lasted 4 minutes and I was asked two questions.

    Why Deloitte? : Reputation, Deloitte people, Olympic involvement opportunities, rapid responsibility curve, excellent structure for ACA training, the constant development of Deloitte (became largest PSF) and global committment e.g. pro bono work in Chile following the earthquake.

    What do you expect to do on a day to day basis in your first year? : Ticking (checking numbers in documents match their counterparts), meeting clients, gaining experience, working on ACA examinations in spare time.

    Hope it helps dont worry too much about it, just speak clearly and slowly. They want you to pass.


  • 30 November 2010 - 12:50am
    • Tautvydas

    May I ask what does PSF stand for?


  • 29 November 2010 - 3:00pm
    • Tautvydas

    I got my reply within 5-10minutes after the interview on 19th of November. But since then I have not heard back from them about the date of my second interview. They just wrote a small message saying they are quite busy with 2010 intakes at the moment; so, maybe that's the reason they are lagging with your reply...dunno...

  • 29 November 2010 - 12:54pm
    • smallworld


  • 21 November 2010 - 6:03pm
    • Tautvydas

    Had phone interview on Friday. Questions were the same:
    1) why Deloitte?
    2) what you will be doing in your first year?
    Also she asked me to elaborate what level of client interaction I expect. I struggled little bit with that, but apparently she just want to know whether I realize that I will spend most of the time at clients' offices.
    Also, it may be worth remembering her name (I think it's Anna) and use it towards the end of conversation. Such things flatter people and show that you good at noticing details.

  • 29 November 2010 - 12:55pm
    • smallworld

    tautvydas, how long have you waited for your results?
    i had it last week. it has been 2 working days since then, still no reply, i am worried

  • 19 November 2010 - 4:41pm
    • makosbejgli

    yeah, think so!

  • 19 November 2010 - 4:08pm
    • makosbejgli

    apparently it is a standard question to bring an example for a company that operates badly and one that operates why - why is it so in your opinion etc

  • 19 November 2010 - 4:14pm
    • plat1num0777

    didnt know that, thanks very much for letting me know. and also does it have to be a real life example? so it means we need to a further research on other companies...

  • 19 November 2010 - 3:36pm
    • makosbejgli

    not really, I did a fair bit of work on my competencies before the phone round just in case but i struggle to find enough examples!

    apart from that, i thought I would read up on commercial awareness, especially how the recession affected deloitte & audit, audit topics at the mo - i find this hard as i know nothing about accounting & am applying for a specific role. Should start this all this sunday, really.

    Will you prepare examples on good/bad companies? I am not sure if this is the question only for the AC round or whether it can come up...