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EY is a leading global professional services company and one of the Big Four, which also includes Deloitte, KPMG and PwC. EY has a London HQ and employs 230,000 people globally. Candidates applying for jobs with EY face a rigorous selection process and competition is fierce.

Careers at EY

A leader in professional services, EY helps other organisations make better decisions about business, finance and technology.

As well as roles for experienced professionals, it offers a number of opportunities for those just starting out in their career. These include apprenticeships, industrial placements, summer internships and graduate programmes.

Jobs and placements are available in a range of business areas, such as consulting, tax, technology and assurance.

Students or recent graduates who are keen to apply to EY but are unsure which business area is right for them can complete the EY Pathfinder survey. This will give them a good indication of which role would be the best match for their strengths and interests.

EY Application Process

  1. 1
    Online application
  2. 2
    Psychometric tests
  3. 3
    Job simulation
  4. 4
    Experience Day (assessment centre)
  5. 5
    Final interviews

The application process for EY depends to some extent on the role and level you are applying for, although most follow a fairly similar path. Here, we focus on the application process for graduates, which has five stages:

  • 1 Application form
  • 2 Online assessments
  • 3 Job simulation
  • 4 EY Experience Day (assessment centre)
  • 5 Final interviews

The applications process can take around two months from submitting an online application to receiving an offer.

Online application form

The first step is to create a profile and fill out an online application form. This will include stating the job or programme you are applying for, as well as your preferred location.

You will also need to give personal details, along with information about your academic achievements and relevant work experience.

After submitting your completed form, you will find out immediately if you have made it through to the next stage. If you have, you will be sent login details to complete the online assessments.

EY situational strengths test

This aptitude test presents a series of challenging scenarios that one might encounter in the workplace, followed by a number of possible responses to the scenario.

You will watch 16 videos setting out specific situations and must indicate which approach you would choose in response to each scenario. You may be asked to choose one answer from a selection, or to rank possible responses from one to five, based on how likely it is you would choose each approach.

The test should take around 30 minutes, and it is advisable to complete it as soon as you can after receiving the link. Read our situational strengths guide for more information and practice tests.

EY numerical reasoning test

This comprises 24 questions to be answered in 20 minutes. The questions relate to graphs, percentages and tables, and you will be asked to analyse data and choose from a set of multiple-choice answers.

You do not need advanced maths knowledge – a good grasp of basic GCSE-level maths should be enough to answer these questions. EY is more interested in testing your ability to apply reasoning to numerical information, and how well you perform under pressure.

You will have less than a minute for each question, so it’s important to practise beforehand and get used to working under timed conditions. Our numerical reasoning tests guide has lots of practice tests for you to try.

EY verbal reasoning test

Verbal ability tests are designed to assess your level of written and verbal comprehension, as well as your communication skills and ability to analyse text quickly and accurately.

In the EY verbal reasoning test, you will be presented with passages of text followed by questions based on what you have read. Your choice of response to these questions will either be ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Cannot say’.

As with all the EY online assessments, you should aim to take this test as soon as possible after receiving the link. Check out our guide to verbal reasoning tests.

EY logical reasoning test

You may also be asked to take a logical reasoning test as part of your application process with EY. This is a non-verbal test that assesses your problem-solving skills through a series of questions relating to sequences of shapes and patterns.

In each question there will be a missing step and you will be provided with a number of possible answers to complete the sequence. This type of psychometric test is sometimes also known as a diagrammatic reasoning test.

Our article on logical reasoning tests provides more detailed information, along with practice questions.

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EY job simulation

If you complete the online assessment stage successfully you will be invited to move on to the job simulation. This stage aims to explore your individual strengths, and how good a fit you are for the EY role or programme you have applied for.

The job simulation consists of 14 questions based on real workplace scenarios you may come across while working at EY. For some questions you will be asked to rank possible responses in order; others will require written answers and two of the questions will involve recording your answer via video. Some questions will have a time limit, while others will not.

All together, this section should take you about an hour to complete and you must do it all in one sitting.

As you will be recording some of your answers, you should make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you are in a room with good lighting and free from background distractions.

You will be given a practice round to get used to recording yourself, but when it comes to the actual questions you will not be able to re-record your answers.

After completing this stage, EY will give you detailed feedback on the strengths you displayed and how you could develop these further.

EY Experience Day (assessment centre)

The EY Experience Day – which may also be referred to as the assessment centre – is the penultimate stage of the application process. This is a day of exercises, activities and interviews designed to assess your strengths and qualities, and also for you to get a taste of life at EY.

During the day you will take part in a group exercise and a case study, both of which we outline below. You may also have your partner interview either at the beginning or the end of the day.

EY group exercise

During the experience day, candidates will be split into groups of four and given a package of information about a work-related task or scenario. You will have 15 minutes to read through the information on your own, then 30 minutes to discuss what you have read and how you should approach the situation with the rest of the group.

You will be assessed on how you work as part of a team, so you should listen to the other candidates and respond to their comments and suggestions respectfully. But also make your own voice heard, and take the opportunity to display leadership skills wherever you can.

EY case study

In this task you will be provided with information about a fictional company that needs to make some difficult business decisions, along with extra documents and materials relevant to the task. You will then have 30 minutes to go through all the information, analyse the situation and come up with a recommended plan of action.

At the end of the task you must present your findings and recommendations to the EY assessors, who will ask you questions about how you have approached the case study. For this task you will need to be able to work quickly to find the key issues in the documents.

EY partner interviews

These may be scheduled for the start or end of your experience day, or on another date. The interviews usually last about 25 minutes and the questions are strength-based.

As such, you may be asked about significant achievements, how you approach tasks, what you like doing in your spare time and what motivates you.

Practice Aptitude Tests is not associated with EY. We provide preparation services for EY psychometric tests. Visit https://www.ey.com/en_uk/careers to apply.

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