Preparing For Your EY Interview
There are two stages of emotion which come with an invitation to interview for an internship. The first is the initial delight and happiness at being offered an interview. The second is the fear of what comes next. The best advice we can give is to prepare and have confidence in yourself. You’ve done the hard part and got the interview. Thousands of people apply for graduate positions every year. You should be proud to have been picked out from the bunch.
Know your strengths – your EY interview will be largely strengths based. Ask yourself what you do well? What activities energise you? When are you at your best? When do you feel that you are most like ‘yourself’? How can you capitalise on your strengths more? Examples of strengths include things like flexibility, work ethic, learning agility, credibility, personal responsibility, growth oriented and time optimiser.
Know the Role: Read the job description thoroughly and have a think about how your experience is applicable to the role you’re interviewing for. Practice speaking through your CV out loud so that you highlight your achievements and your relevant experience. Even if you don’t have direct experience, you can use the skills that you’ve gained elsewhere to apply to the role you’re interviewing for and don’t be afraid to sell yourself!
Know EY: This may sound like a no-brainer but doing a bit of research before your interview is key. The interviewer will not be looking for you to recite EY’s mission statement but showing that you care enough about the role to research the company or the career history of your interviewer shows initiative. Perhaps you’ve read an interesting story about EY in the news recently. You can mention this in your interview if they ask you what you know about EY. Check out our social media posts and blog pages on our website. Gather as much information about EY as possible. It will stand to you!
Practise some competency based questions: Sometimes competency questions can throw us for a loop and we end up waffling on and on. To avoid going into your life story (however interesting that may be!), we recommend using the STAR technique. This is a clear and concise way to organise your thoughts and answer questions directly. It always helps to prepare a few of these answers in advance. Have you ever had to deal with a difficult teammate or colleague? Have you ever been given a difficult task under a strict deadline? How did you deal with these situations?
- Situation: What was the situation?
- Task: What task were you asked to perform or what obstacle did you need to overcome?
- Action: What actions did you take to perform the task?
- Result: What result did you ultimately achieve?
Talk to someone who has completed an internship or graduate programme before or who has been invited for interview (ideally in EY) – It can be quite reassuring to have an idea of what to expect.
Check out some of our other blogs to help you prepare