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The Big 4
PwC • Deloitte • KPMG • Ernst & Young

The Recruitment Process

In order to select the most suitable candidates, Big 4 companies have developed elaborate routines to screen for prospective employees in their recruitment. Students who wish to work for the Big 4 are advised to develop a good understanding of the recruitment scheme before they apply. A thorough preparation will help them to maximize their performance in the complex recruitment exercise. While each of the Big 4 companies has their own emphasis in the recruitment process, there are requirements that are common to all four. Information about the common requirements as well as information unique to individual companies are discussed in the following webpages.

Recruitment Schedule

Check out the recruitment schedule for the Big 4 in 2015/16. (click here)

Recruitment Process

  1. Online application (click here)
    The things you need to know when you apply for a position online--from personal information, to resume, to short questions for the applicant. 
  2. Identifying your competencies (click here)
    Your competencies are important in the sense that they are indicators of how competent you are in performing your assigned jobs and how well you can be in excelling in different work situations. They are not specific abilities like your numerical or verbal skills. However your competencies may include these. Competencies are often evaluated in the context of real work situations. Learn how to state your competencies as they are often asked about in interviews and in other forms of assessment.  
  3. Personality tests (click here)
    Find out the proper ways to take personality tests. Some employers used personality tests as ways to find out if you will blend into their company culture. They can also indicate how you may adapt in different work situations. 
  4. Ability tests (click here)
    Verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning tests are used to assess your ability to solve problems and analyze situations. These are common tests for larger firms in the recruitment process. 
  5. Written tests (click here)
    These tests assess your ability to communicate in written English, to systematically present your case, and to analyze situations. Check to see if you are properly prepared for them.  
  6. Assessment centre (click here)
    Important recruitment events happen at the assessment center for some firms. They exist in the form of group interviews, group discussions, in-tray exercise, role-play exercise, and panel interviews. Find out more.  
  7. Interviews (click here)
    Interviews are often only offered to those who have a good chance to succeed in getting the job. Are you prepared for interviews? Find out more about how you can prepare yourself for these important and challenging moments. 
  8. Partner interviews (click here)
    If you have fulfilled all the requirements, you will be invited to partner interviews. At these interviews, you are actually talking to the bosses of a firm--so to speak. Exhilarating it may be, there are always ways to better prepare yourself to deal with high caliber personalities and the most probing questions.  
  9. Office visits (click here)
    Congratulations! If you are into office visits, it means you have already been hired. What happens at office visits? Care to find out?  
  10. Job offers (click here)
    The Big 4 offers jobs in a predictable pattern following specific timetables. How do you make a decision when you are hired by more than one firm? Check to find out what you should do related to job offering.