This is my favourite time of year! Milkround season is upon us and we are busy getting our training ready to help you succeed in your interviews. So far so good in that there seems to be a well organised milkround campaign in full swing by all the Big 4 accountancy and Top 5 Law firms.
Here are your closing dates for the Big 4 Accountancy Firms for Ireland
KPMG: Wednesday 21 October
PwC: Consulting applications: 5pm Friday, 16 October 2015 All other applications: 5pm Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Deloitte: 5pm, Wednesday 21 October 2015
EY: Wednesday 21 October
What are the interview processes:
KPMG: Prepare a 60 second pitch about yourself including interests, work experience and college. Answer firm related questions and motivation and competency questions. Business Exercise – The Business Exercise lasts for 30 minutes and consists of two questions. The questions may be competency-based, or about current affairs.
Interviews – Following the business exercise, you will complete two one-on-one interviews. The interviews will be with a partner and director and will last approximately 45 minutes each. At the second interview you will be asked to talk through your answers from the business exercise.
PwC: If invited to interview you will join them for a presentation prior to the interview dates.
Before your interview starts, you will do a short 20-minute case study. This will be discussed in the interview itself. They will explore how well you understand their business and services, how carefully you’ve thought about your career choice and professional qualifications (if applicable) and competency questions.
Deloitte: Competency based interview
A day at the assessment centre is the next stage of the process and includes exercises such as a team meeting, a case study and an interview with a Partner or Director from the service line & location you have applied to.
Top 5 Law Firms closing dates:
A&L Goodbody: Friday, 23 October 2015
Arthur Cox: Thursday October 22, 2015
McCann Fitzgerald: Friday 23 October 2015
Matheson: Wednesday 21 October 2015
William Fry: Thursday 22 October 2015
The interview processes:
A&L Goodbody: Competency based interview
Arthur Cox: A group interview then if successful at group stage an individual competency based interview
McCann Fitzgerald: Competency based interview
Matheson: Two stage competency based interview
William Fry: Two stage competency interview process
We appreciate the effort the milkround takes, as along with the demands of final year assignments you may find yourself running round to 4 or 5 different firm event and many interviews. We highly recommed coming in for coaching as soon as possible in the next couple of weeks to make sure you are set up for your interviews in the best possible way.
Clare Reed is a leading global expert Interview Coach with over 20 years global interviewing and coaching experience.