Parents of Successful PWC Applicant 2017
Ernst & Young has designed an application process to find talented people like you who could demonstrate workable skills as defined in their core strengths page. The Ernst & Young internship scheme selection process is summarized as below:
Step 1: Applicant completes Registration Form
Step 2: Applicant completes Situational Strengths Test
Step 3: Takes online Psychometric Aptitude Tests
Step 4: Attend First Strengths Based Interview
Step 5: Attend Ernst & Young Final Assessment Centre
Step 6: Successful Applicant will receive a job offer
The complete application process is also summarized on the Ernst & Young website.
The Ernst & Young registration form consists of the following sections;
a. Personal & Contact details
b. Education details
c. Experience details
d. Strength Based Questionnaires details
e. CV Submission option
f. Equal Opportunities
Ernst & Young Aptitude tests are designed by a company called Saville Consulting bespoke for Ernst & Young only. These are complex aptitude tests and are extremely time pressured. You will sit these tests online so would have complete freedom to take from any location whether home, library etc.
Once you’ve passed the Ernst & Young online aptitude tests then you would attend the first interview at either at the Ernst & Young office or over the phone. It will be Strength Assessment based interview to tests your skills match against Ernst & Young core strength capabilities.
Ernst & Young assessment centre consists of full day tasks which you would perform at the Ernst & Young office. Ernst & Young has tried to portray an experience of typical work related scenarios on various exercises.
The main tasks you’d expect to take at the Ernst & Young assessment centre are listed below;
a. Ernst & Young Group exercise – You will attend a group exercise at the EY assessment centre. Depending on which service line you choose you would receive a topic of discussion either prior to attending the EY assessment centre or on the day. You will be asked to research on the topic and get ready for the open group discussion on assigned topic at the assessment centre.
The group exercise will be carried out as a part of group to assess your team working and coordination skills amongst other skills set. You will be expected to work as a team and reach a final conclusion from the task at hand. You will all receive a standard “information pack” to build up knowledge about the topic, which is expected to be shared and worked upon as a team. Read More.
b. Ernst & Young Reports Writing Case Study exercise –The objective of this exercise is to assess your business writing, vocabulary and communication skills. This is a critical factor to be observed when dealing with the high profile clients as you’d expect to operate professionally with the Ernst & Young clients at work all the time. You will receive a company / topic related information in an “information pack” and expect to summarise and conclude on all important points, in a professional matter within the tight time frame. You will be expected to write two reports one to fictional EY Client and second to EY Manager. Read More.
c. Role Play exercise – You will be assessed on an Individual Role Play exercise. On the EY assessment day you will be given a “Reporting Pack” which you’d expect to quickly go through and pick up on errors. As part of Role Play you will make a phone call and present either to Ernst & Young Manager or Senior Manager who can then ask few probing questions to understand your business awareness and task keeping skills. Read More.
d. Completion of Self assessment form – Ernst & Young will ask you to write self review feedback to check your understanding of how you performed against your actual performance. In addition you’d expect to give feedback about your experience of the Ernst & Young assessment day’s various exercises and generally about the Ernst & Young staff etc. Read More.
e. Lunch with colleagues – You will meet Ernst & Young trainees and seniors at lunch where you will discuss your questions, career aspirations and hear about their views of life at Ernst & Young. You will be assessed during your Lunch at Ernst & Young. Read More.
f. Ernst & Young Assessment Centre aptitude tests – At Ernst & Young you will ask to resit the aptitude tests at the assessment centre at the EY office. You will attempt all three types of tests namely numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests. Questions will be slightly difficult as compared to the online test. Read More.
There are two streams of applicants one which are interviewed straight after the assessment centre by the Partner or in the second stream due to lack of Partner’s availability applicant would get invited on a separate date. Your final interviewer will be a Partner or Director and the final interview will be carried out at Ernst & Young’s premises.
Successful applicant will receive a job offer in the range of c£29k per annum if they pass the six steps assessment.
Ernst & Young has set four types of recruitment test to assess each applicant before offering the job. These job tests are applicable to more or less all graduate and school leaver applicants. For experienced routes the test are less grilling only to some extent.
Ernst & Young has designed all the recruitment test with the help of external companies ‘Saville Consulting’ and ‘Cubiks’, the occupational psychology specialists Consultancy. The aim of such rigorous assessment is to ensure the whole recruitment process is relevant to the specific vacancy, consistent across the firm and become an overall useful recruitment process. Ernst & Young recruitment team has worked hard for the last 10 years to develop such an impressive recruitment process.
Ernst & Young has kept a clear view to impress applicants in the whole process by making the recruitment process an informative, interactive learning and enjoyable skill development exercise for the candidates. Read more.
Each applicant is assessed against Ernst & Young core strengths during the six stage recruitment process. For ease of reference we have highlighted main strengths at the end of this section. EY is the only company amongst Big Four which has taken a different approach than testing via Competencies. EY believes that the “Strength Based Assessments” are much effective as compared to the “Competency Based Assessments”.
Ernst & Young has set specific priorities of testing these strengths at each of the six stages. They believe that the unique strengths framework assessments would lays out a success pattern as required of trainee entrant at Ernst & Young.
It is assumed by Ernst & Young that if an applicant could demonstrate such skills and strengths during the six assessment stages successfully then they’d automatically become a perfect match for the firm.
If you could demonstrate the right skills set for each of the six stages’ exercises and obtain certain PASS MARKS in each of the assessments then you will secure a job in Ernst & Young. It is really as simple as that. From our specific practice material you will learn the right skill set to obtain the maximum marks per strength assessment per stage.
Green Turn has researched for the past 10 years to genuinely understand the Ernst & Young application process’s pass marks structure. Please read our material for further details. Read more.
There are roughly 1,500 full time trainee positions available at Ernst & Young. If you meet the firm’s minimum entry level academic requirements then you are eligible to apply in the firm. The trainee vacancies are open to UK residents as well as to the overseas nationals.
Ernst & Young treats all the applicants fairly against the set criteria, Ernst & Young strongly believes in diversity and equal opportunities policy, so every applicant has an equal chance of securing a job with Ernst & Young.
Ernst & Young receives hundred of thousands of trainee position applications every year however only a handful circa 1,500 applicants would successfully receive trainee job offers.
If you would demonstrate the required skills and ‘certain strengths capabilities’ during the six assessment stages then, you could also receive a job offer from Ernst & Young. Read more.
The first step to your success is to objectively assess yourself, your skills and capabilities against the core strengths skills required by Ernst & Young. If you have practiced such skills and have demonstrated these specific capabilities regularly say for example in your existing job then there is a chance that you will do well at all of the Ernst & Young assessment exercises.
On the other hand if you are uncertain about your own capability level, you do not know the pass and fail criteria for each of the assessment test and exercises, and you have not prepared for the Ernst & Young assessment test, then you would not perform well in all the six stages recruitment test.
It is then more likely that you would face rejection earlier in the assessment stages, which is the case with 90% of the applicants! Read more.
Do any of the following situations look familiar to you?
If you find yourself in above situations then it is quite rare to succeed in all of the Ernst & Young six assessment stages at the first attempt. You are in the same boat as any other unprepared applicants. You will need to do a lot more relevant test practice to become ‘Usain Bolt’.
Without a doubt you’d need to practice relevant material and make an informed effort to prepare for each of the Ernst & Young recruitment test rigorously before attempting the real Ernst & Young assessment test as only then you will succeed in all of the Ernst & Young six stages assessment test and be able to secure a job with Ernst & Young. Read more.
Your only way out of this vicious cycle is to practice the relevant materials as soon as possible. It is critical to decide whom you want to get trained with and which material you’d want to practice before exhausting yourself with the practice material.
Due to time constraints of the job opportunity, your decision about practice material could be a make or break factor for you. You can identify whether the practicing material is genuine and worth spending time on if:
At Green Turn we take your career at the forefront of our research. We have designed the relevant practice material, eBooks, videos and computer based simulations. Practicing our material will help you prepare and pass all of the Ernst & Young six assessment stages’ test and exercises at the first attempt.
You will straight away start preparing for the specific Ernst & Young relevant assessments. Our intelligent simulation will observe your practice performance and would give you step by step guidance at each stage of your progress. Now you can master any stage of the Ernst & Young recruitment process in few hours.
Please note that Green Turn is not a generic company our preparation material is specific and only designed to practice for and pass the big four recruitment test. Our test materials are developed after years of research and with the help of ex-Big Four Managers & Seniors who have extensive experience as assessors at the big four.
In addition to the specific practice material, Green Turn would also give you access to the ex-Big Four Managers and Seniors from the Audit, Tax, Advisory, Consulting and other relevant sectors to help you prepare for your Ernst & Young recruitment process test. This would give you real insight into each of the Ernst & Young departments and working style. This is truly a unique blend of your big four career counselling directly from the relevant big four qualified experts. Read more.