A lot of people have completely different telephone personalities to their physical presence. What advice can you give for students about the telephone screening?
Treat the telephone interview just like a face to face interview! Find a quiet place with no distractions (and a good phone signal) to hold the interview. Prep/research as you would for an in person interview. Speak clearly and not too quickly! Don’t be afraid to take time to think and structure your answers – your interviewer will be glad of the time to mark scores!
How large and who is in the audience for the assessment centre presentation?
Assessment centres will have up to 18 candidates who will be observed and evaluated by EY professionals at various levels. Candidates will also have an opportunity to interview with and present to a more senior member of the firm in a one on one setting.
What questions should a student ask their interviewer?
Ask questions which will help gain a deep understanding of what he/she will be doing in the role they applied for, including where this role could lead them in the future. (As a caveat, candidates are expected to have done their research beforehand, so the questions should be beyond what you would find on our website!)
Do you view social media sites of the candidate during selection? What stops a senior manager or a partner viewing a candidate’s social media profile before an interview?
At EY, we do not view social media sites as part of our candidate selection process, nor would we make an offer decision based on a candidate’s information within social media. We don’t have a mechanism in place to prevent an assessor or interviewer from viewing a candidate’s profile, but as stated above, we would not take this information into consideration in an offer decision. With this in mind, an easy way to avoid any controversy with any potential employers, ensure you are comfortable with all public information available on your profile!