Secrets to Big 4 Recruiting
Obtaining a job at one of the Big 4 ( Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG ) is the goal of many college students. Whether you’re looking for a Big 4 job upon graduation or a Big 4 internship, you don’t want to go in alone. There are many tricks to the Big 4 recruiting process. The process is not like consulting interviews or investment banking interviews. Those interviews are relatively easy compared to the tricks the Big 4 will throw at you.
Unlike other professions, you won’t have to solve case problems. Most accounting interviews won’t even include accounting-specific questions. You probably wondering then, just what these firms will ask you. Your inreview will ask you a number of behavioral questions. The interviewer will be trying to “get a feel” for your “fit” with the firm.
When applying to the Big 4 accounting firms you should make sure that you know the different positions open and exactly what you’re interested in. You should spend some time on the company websites. Make sure you know what a typical person does in the position you’re applying for. Most people typically think of accountants as people who “do taxes” but that’s far from the truth, even for Big 4 tax accountants. As a tax accountant you’re more of a tax strategist than a “tax filer”.
You will have the best chance of securing a Big 4 job if you attend a school where they heavily recruit. It goes without saying that they’ll be looking for students with a high GPA. Don’t worry if you haven’t taken a ton of accounting classes yet though, this isn’t too big of a deal because they know you can take them later. A good GPA and resume should be your #1 focus during your college years because without them you will have a difficult time even getting the Big 4 to look at you. After that, you just have to impress them with the strategies exposed in the Big 4 Recruiting Secrets .