RSM UK - Audit Graduate Scheme Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Audit Graduate Scheme

    4.4286/5 | Interview date: December 2015 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Accounting

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    Interview process

    First off let me mention that my experience of the selection process will probably be different to many of the graduates applying for this role (I applied through a recruitment agency). The first step of the selection process was the verbal and numerical tests, I was invited to sit these in the RSM office and did not take these online.
    I was given a booklet with the numerical and verbal reasoning information mixed together, I was given 10 minutes to read through the booklet before being given the test paper with the questions on. It is important that you don't rush this step, read through all of the information and try to understand it. I was with 2 other people in the same room and they both made notes, I decided not to make any notes because of the time constraint and instead jotted down what information was on each page so I could easily refer back to it. I was given 20 minutes to answer 40 verbal reasoning questions and 35 minutes to answer 30 numerical questions. If you have reading the information properly this is not too hard, the difficultly lies in being able to access the correct information quickly.

    I was then called back for an assessment day this consisted of an interview with a member of the HR team and an audit manager followed by a case study and a partner interview. I was the only person to attend this day so there was no group exercise.

    The first interview was a competency based interview, they asked about my A level grades, my university experience and general examples of key competencies that I had demonstrated. I would suggest that you come with examples but don't learn answers off by heart, it should sound genuine. They then asked me to step outside and they discussed whether to take me on to the next stage, you could be sent home at this stage.

    I then progressed to the case study. I was given a one page report on a company that was failing and was asked to produce a 10 minute presentation to a partner. The case study was not hard, most of the information is handed to you and its all common sense and commercial awareness. I was worried about this stage but for me it was the easiest of the lot.

    I then had an interview with the partner, this was much less formal we discussed the case study, how RSM could help the company in its current situation and some general questions about myself, my education and my work experience. This interview was conservational and relaxed and the partner seemed really interested in what I had to say and was extremely passionate about the firm. I hope this helps for those who have interviews in the future, best advice is to be yourself, be honest, be relaxed and be prepared.

    Most difficult question

    Describe a time when you have had to deal with a conflict?
    Describe a time when you have had to convince someone of your potential?
    Describe a time when you have persuaded a team to follow your direction?

    Interview tips

    One of the things that they said they like about me was that it was obvious that I had done my research. Read accountancy age, financial times or business news so you can show a genuine interest in the current financial climate.
    Make sure you know what audit is what you will be doing day to day. If you can find out changes that have happened in the industry recently such as new European Audit Directives or changes to legislation that will effect the firm then this will give you an edge. Just relax, you are there because they are impressed with you up to this point. You are all graduates with next to no experience so be confident; if you go into an interview thinking it is the be all and end all you will become nervous, there are loads of opportunities for graduates so don't stress and enjoy the experience.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The interviews and assessment centre was rolled into one, I have described the structure and content of the assessment centre in the interview section.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

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

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

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

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