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BDO, or Binder Dijker Otte, is one of the largest accountancy, business advisory, tax and consulting firms in the UK. The company’s key service areas include auditing, risk management, forensic accounting, tax advice, business restructuring and corporate finance. It operates globally, with 1,500 offices across more than 160 countries.

Careers at BDO

Although accountancy is often viewed as numbers and processes, BDO believes people are at the centre of its business. It offers training opportunities and professional roles under four main streams: Audit & Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Business Services, and Outsourcing.

The graduate programme, open to those with a 2:2 university degree and above, offers the opportunity to work for the company while studying for your accountancy exams.

Completion of the graduate programme results in a Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Apprenticeship, covering the following qualifications: ACA, CTA, ACA/CTA Joint Programme and ATT/CTA Tax Pathway.

BDO also offers apprenticeship programmes. These are aimed not just at career starters, but also at those who wish to retrain and professionals returning to the workforce after a career break. All ages and career stages are encouraged to apply.

For university students in their penultimate year, BDO runs a summer internship programme.

BDO Application Process

  1. 1
    Online Application
  2. 2
    BDO Interactive Assessment
  3. 3
    Video Interview
  4. 4
    Virtual Assessment Centre

The application process at BDO is multi-stage and competitive. It consists of an online application, interactive assessment, video interview and virtual assessment centre (including a final interview).

BDO believes certain behaviours and strengths are critical for success within the company. It assesses candidates against these attributes throughout the recruitment process, so be aware of the need to consistently evidence strengths under the following umbrellas:

  • Business thinking
  • Strong and aware communicating
  • Efficient and accurate decision-making
  • Developing yourself and others
  • Collaborating
  • Innovating and change-making

If you want to know more about BDO, its work, culture or application process, explore the website, visit its online Talk To Us facility to connect with current employees, or sign up for a virtual event.

Online application

Once you have found your ideal role, the first stage of the recruitment process is to complete the online application form. This will require you to complete the standard sections on your personal details, academic background, work experience and extracurricular activities.

Take time to answer the questions accurately and honestly, providing the detail needed to impart a true impression of who you are to the recruitment team. You can save and return to the application if needed, but ensure you submit before the closing date.

Proofread your application for any spelling and grammar errors before submitting. It is also a good idea to save or print a copy of your application, so you can refer to your answers when preparing for the later stages of the recruitment process. Once submitted, the application can be tracked through BDO’s online portal.

BDO Interactive Assessment

Once application screening has taken place, you will be invited to complete the BDO interactive assessment. This is a blended online aptitude test – containing elements from a verbal reasoning test, a numerical reasoning test and a situational strengths assessment.

The test questions used by BDO are published by SHL. All progress is saved as you proceed so, in the event of any technical difficulties, you should be able to log back in and resume from where you left off.

A short practice interactive assessment can be found on BDO’s website. To simulate the official assessment, it contains a useful mixture of questions from the three types of psychometric test.

Verbal reasoning test

BDO’s verbal reasoning test questions are included in the interactive assessment to evaluate a candidate’s ability to interpret text – assessing both language understanding and reading comprehension skills.

Questions will involve a passage, or passages, of text and ask candidates to deduce the answers to a set of multiple-choice questions, based on the information provided within the text.

Common question types include those asking if a given statement is true, false or if you cannot say, questions on vocabulary (often antonyms and synonyms), spelling and grammar, and questions asking you to interpret the meaning of a passage and deduce its implications.

Numerical reasoning test

The numerical reasoning test questions assess a candidate’s ability to work with numbers and interpret data. Questions involving basic arithmetic, percentages, ratios, fractions, number sequences, currency conversion and financial analysis are common.

They will likely be based around realistic scenarios and include graphs, tables and charts, which will need to be analysed accurately under time pressure.

A calculator may be needed to answer some of these questions, so make sure you have one to hand.

Situational strengths test

Situational strength questions explore how a candidate reacts to hypothetical scenarios.

They depict workplace situations that may be encountered whilst on the job and ask you to indicate which answer option most closely reflects the course of action you would take. You may have to select a single response or rank the responses.

When answering these questions, keep the main competencies BDO seeks in mind and try to ensure your answers embody those approaches.

The questions assess whether your behaviour aligns with that expected of BDO employees and reflects the values of the company, so are viewed as key in determining whether you are a good organisational fit.

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Video interview

Once you have completed the interactive assessment, you will be asked to record a short video interview.

BDO uses this video interview as another method of getting to know you and gauging whether you would fit in well within the company. As a video, it is your first chance to convey your personality and make an impression – so try to relax and be yourself.

There will be the chance to record a test question first, so you can familiarise yourself with the process. The interview questions will be skill- and competency-based.

Listen to the questions carefully and respond honestly and naturally. The best candidates answer the questions posed thoughtfully, rather than sticking to any pre-prepared script.

To display your enthusiasm and determination to secure the role, ensure you have thoroughly researched the company, department and role for which you are applying before you record your interview. Reviewing BDO’s purpose, values, vision and priorities is a good place to start.

Seek to gain a familiarity with the skills BDO values and be ready to demonstrate these in each question. Using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) is a good way of ensuring you evidence your skills clearly and effectively.

Virtual assessment centre

The final stage of the recruitment process is the BDO virtual assessment centre. It is a full day, involving a group exercise, written task, presentation and final interview.

To increase your chance of success in the tasks, take part in the activities from a quiet and comfortable environment with a stable internet connection.

During the group exercise, the recruitment team will be assessing your ability to think laterally under pressure, efficiently solve the problem presented and work well within a team. The exercise is split into two tasks.

It is important to use these tasks to convey your individual strengths, but to also prove that you work well collaboratively, as an adept listener who can bring the best out of your colleagues.

The written task takes the form of an e-tray exercise. It will likely involve having to prepare written communication on a certain topic, or for a particular client, using the information provided in a set of curated emails and reports.

For the presentation, you will be sent a brief ahead of time and asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation on the given topic.

The final interview will again be competency-based. It will also explore your motivation for wanting to be a part of BDO’s work and culture. As always, be ready to demonstrate your strengths, using solid evidenced examples of your skills. Don’t be shy about conveying your experience and achievements.

Preparing a couple of intelligent and relevant questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview is, as always, considered good practice. It is an opportunity to display your curiosity and business awareness.

The assessment centre measures candidates against BDO’s key attributes and behaviours, so be aware of displaying your competency in these areas throughout the tasks.

It also provides an opportunity for prospective employees to get a feel for what working at BDO could be like and judge whether it is the right fit, so aim to be truly present in all of tasks and take the time to reflect upon their completion.

All candidates will receive feedback on their assessment centre performance which means, even if you are unsuccessful, the BDO recruitment process can be a constructive experience helping to prepare you for your next application process.

Practice Aptitude Tests is not associated with BDO. We provide preparation services for BDO psychometric tests. Our tests are not designed to be identical to any style, employer or industry. Visit https://www.bdo.com/careers to apply.

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