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BDO Tests

BDO Tests

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BDO Tests

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.

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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.

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Sample BDO Tests question Test your knowledge!

Within a sequence where each box represents a step in the processing of financial data, what is the most logical subsequent action after 'Data Entry' and 'Data Verification'?

  • Data Deletion
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Archiving
  • Data Transmission

If a financial analyst at a business advisory firm estimates that a client's revenues will increase by 8% annually, what will be the client's revenue in three years if the current revenue is $150,000?

  • $183,600
  • $194,040
  • $162,000
  • $170,000

A client report reads: 'Non-compliance with tax regulations may lead to substantial fines and reputational damage.' What is the primary implication of non-compliance as stated in the report?

  • Improved public image
  • Potential financial and reputational risks
  • Tax deductions
  • Operational efficiencies

Which of the following best reflects a client's request for a more equitable distribution of year-end bonuses amongst their employees?

  • Implementing a performance-based bonus system
  • Dividing bonuses equally regardless of position
  • Allocating bonuses based on seniority
  • Eliminating bonuses entirely

A risk management team assigns a risk probability of 20% for a potential breach of contract in a business deal. If the financial exposure for the breach is estimated to be $500,000, what is the expected monetary value of the risk?

  • $120,000
  • $100,000
  • $80,000
  • $75,000

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BDO Tests Tips

1Get Familiar with the Format

Understanding the structure and format of BDO’s tests is the first step in optimizing your preparation. Familiarize yourself with the types of questions you’ll encounter so that you’re not caught off-guard on test day.

2Practice Under Timed Conditions

BDO’s tests are timed, so it’s crucial to practice pacing yourself. Use Practice Aptitude Tests to simulate the test environment and improve your time management skills.

3Review Basic Principles

From numeracy to verbal reasoning, make sure you’re up to speed on the fundamentals. Brush up on basic concepts to ensure you’re not wasting valuable time during the test.

4Stay Calm and Focused

Test anxiety can undermine your performance. Work on stress-management techniques like deep breathing or positive visualization to stay composed and maintain your concentration throughout each exam.

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BDO Tests FAQs

What are the BDO tests?

BDO uses a series of aptitude and skills tests to evaluate potential candidates for various roles. These tests typically cover numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, and situational judgement among others, meant to gauge a candidate’s capabilities.

Are the BDO tests hard?

The difficulty of BDO’s tests can vary depending on your own strengths and experiences. Some may find the tests challenging, but with thorough preparation and practice, you can improve your performance.

How do I prepare for BDO tests?

To prepare for BDO tests, the best strategy is consistent practice. At Practice Aptitude Tests, we offer a wide range of practice tests specifically designed to help you build confidence and improve your scores on the actual tests.

How long does the recruitment process take at BDO?

The recruitment process length at BDO can vary depending on the role and the number of applicants. Typically, it’s a multi-stage process which may take several weeks, as it includes aptitude tests, interviews, and assessments.

What are BDO's core values?

BDO’s core values focus on honesty and integrity, mutual support and respect, professional and personal client relationships, and empowerment through knowledge and open communication.

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  • Philippines

    April 17, 2023

    Fast paced critical and analytical thinking

    I wish I had more time to answer each question, it takes time to conceptualise the problem and breakdown formula as well as solving the problem.

  • Philippines

    December 27, 2022

    Challenging yet Helpful

    I find it challenging especially because most of the questions are about Math but I was able to sharpen my skills and used my logical thinking when answering the questions. It is really helpful. Thanks admin

  • Philippines

    September 03, 2022

    Tricky at first

    I just found out that the numbers are indicated in the graphs I could have done better on the first few questions but overall I love how the assessment is made

  • Spain

    August 21, 2022

    Percentage Calculation

    What I liked about the test is that you really have to think logically and try to find the correct mathematical solution for each question.

  • Philippines

    May 20, 2022

    Analytical skills are very important

    Your analytical skill will be tested, so you need to read the question more than 2 times for you to find the right answer.

  • Namibia

    May 06, 2022

    Time management is key

    I liked that the test challenged me in terms of time management, I have to put more practice on that:)

  • Philippines

    November 23, 2021

    About ratios

    This is more on ratios and percentages. It is helpful for me to have a little knowledge about the exam.

  • United Kingdom

    April 07, 2021

    Percentage increase and decrease

    Having the timer is very useful to ensure you are on track for a good time in each question.