Mazars - Public Sector Internal Audit Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Public Sector Internal Audit

    4.1429/5 | Interview date: July 2015 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Accounting

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    Interview process

    Firstly there is an online application form to pass.

    Then there are two stages to the Public Sector Internal Audit (PSIA) recruitment process which is different to the other schemes the recruit for.

    The first stage interview was with a senior manager. Firstly I received a test booklet which I had 45 minutes to complete. it contained a mix of numeracy questions and verbal reasoning questions. The numeracy isn't difficult (just brush up on your mental maths as its without a calculator). The verbal reasoning was things like word association- however these can be practised for free online.

    After this there was a comprehension exercise. I was given a sheet of A4 with a case study on. (wont go into details as I believe each is different). I had 10 minutes to read and make notes. Then I was asked things like "What is the issue here? Who are the key stakeholders? What potential solutions can you think of and are there any issues you may encounter with these."
    This was something you can't really prepare for, just make sure you think of the stakeholders carefully and make sure you see the bigger picture.
    From there the rest of the interview was a standard competency based interview with questions like; " Why Mazars? Why PSIA ( the scheme you've picked? Tell me about a time you've lead a team? What makes a good role model in your opinion, and when have you acted as one?"
    Just prepare answers to a broad range of competencies and you should be fine. Also be sure to know Mazars key values.

    I was informed I was successful in a few days. The second interview was with a company partner (director). I had to prepare a 5 minute presentation on internal audit, to give at the start of the interview, you will be told this in advance.
    After the presentation the interview is a standard competency based interview. Questions like "when have you been creative? When have you adapted your style to suit a team?"
    The interview was more relaxed. There were also questions about my work history and university degree, this seemed to be done to get a feel of me as a person.
    My only advice for this interview would be prepare standard competency question answers using th STAR technique, and once you're there smile, and let your personality come across- they want to see you, not a robot.

    Most difficult question

    Tell me about a time you have let a team.

    When have you had to work flexibly and how did you demonstrate this?

    When have you encountered issues in your work of personal life, and how have you looked to over come them?

    What motivates you and how do you keep self motivation?

    Interview tips

    Prepare thoroughly.
    Use well thought out examples for competency questions.

    Most importantly try not to be nervous and remember to smile. Mazars want to see you personality and how you would fit into the team , as much as anything else.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    No assessment centre. There are two rounds of 1:1 interviews.

    Interview steps


    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

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