How to apply for a job at EY
Choosing where to start your career is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. This site gives you a brief insight into life at EY – how we’ll help you develop your career and why you’ll enjoy working here.
Use the tabs on this page to find out more about the application process and how you can make sure you have the best chance of success.
Application, interview, selection
There are seven steps to complete before we can welcome you on board. This process will help you make sure you are applying for the right role and give you the opportunity to get to know us before you begin work here.
Identify your interests
Take a moment to visit Your role here to learn about our service lines and identify your area of interest. You can then apply for the relevant opportunity in Assurance, Advisory, Transactions or Tax.
Search for opportunities
Find out which program suits you and then Click on Job search and look for openings in your chosen area of interest. You’ll find more information about specific requirements in the job descriptions.
This is your opportunity to give us as much information as possible about yourself so that we can make sure that you’ll be successful at EY. We ask all applicants to complete the online application form to ensure everyone is assessed fairly and objectively, and a member of our recruitment team reads each application. If you need to you can save your application and complete it at a later time.
After you have submitted your online application, you may be invited to complete a short online situational judgement questionnaire. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about what it would be like to work with us and to help us assess your suitability for a position with EY. You will receive an email with detailed information about this test so please ensure you check your emails regularly.
The next stage in our process is to complete a timed online verbal, numeric and diagrammatic reasoning test. These tests, along with your application and results from the situational questionnaire will assist us when considering which applicants to bring through to a recruitment day.
Prepare for the assessment process
Once you have passed the online application stage, we will invite you to attend our recruitment day. During the day, we are particularly keen to find out about you as a person – your strengths and attributes, and what you’re interested in.
In preparation for the Recruitment Day we recommend you think about your hobbies, leadership positions and extra-curricular activities, as well as any work or other experience you’ve had that you think may be relevant to EY. It’s also useful to think about what questions you’d like to ask your interviewer.
Attend the Recruitment Day
The recruitment day will include a number of exercises such as a case study, and an interview with two people from the Business Unit you have applied to. You may be randomly selected to also sit an additional test to validate your online aptitude tests. You may also have the chance to meet some of our recent graduates who will share their EY experiences with you and are happy to answer any questions you might have.
The exact structure and content of the Recruitment Day will depend on the program you apply to, as different roles require different skills. We’ll give you more information when we invite you to this day.
Review our offer
We always aim to let you know the outcome of your final assessment within five working days. To help you get the most from your experience with us, we’ll also offer feedback on your interview. If you’re successful at this stage, we’ll make you a formal offer.
Prepare to join
You’ll find a large community of people at EY ready to welcome you. In the months before you take up your position, you'll have a chance to meet your peers and new colleagues in one of our keep in touch events. We encourage you to take advantage of these occasions to help prepare for your first day at EY. You will also receive our EY newsletter to ensure you’re always up to date with what’s happening at your future workplace!
What to expect during a recruitment day
Attending a recruitment day can be quite daunting – especially if it’s your first time! So that you feel more comfortable and confident about what to expect, we’ve put together a brief overview of some of the main activities, plus some helpful tips for you to consider as well.
There’ll be two people interviewing you - a combination of a partner, executive director, senior manager or manager. They’ll ask you motivational and behavioural-based questions that relate to what we look for in our people. You’ll be able to answer these questions using examples from your studies, work experience or extra-curricular activities.
General interview tips:
- Be prepared by researching EY as well as the service line or business unit you have applied to
- Know key selling points about yourself and your application
- Practice the STAR technique (situation, task, action, result) when answering questions
- Prepare at least one question for your interviewers
- Use relevant and recent examples and link your skills to the role
For more helpful interview tips click here.
You’ll be asked to solve a problem or issue with other students who are also attending the recruitment day. We’ll observe how you work as a team to resolve the problem or issue.
There is no preparation you can do for this part of the day. During the exercise, ensure you get involved, speak clearly and that you are motivated, energetic and of course, be yourself!
You may be randomly selected to validate your online aptitude test results.
You’ll have lots of interaction throughout the day with people from all parts of our firm, from recent graduates to partners.
Make sure you come along with some questions you can ask staff from different parts of our firm. Use this time to find out more about what we do and what it’s like working at EY.
Some of our recent graduates or cadets will take you on an office tour so you can get a feel what our facilities are like and how different floors are set-up.
General recruitment day tips
- Be punctual - Arrive at least 10 minutes early
- Be energetic and professional
- Be prepared and do your research
- Be yourself and enjoy the day!
What to wear:
Business attire – A suit is appropriate however if you are unsure, dress conservatively. Here are some examples:
- Males: suit pants, collared shirt, tie (suit jacket if you have, but not essential)
- Females: suit pants, suit skirt, collared shirt, corporate dress top, corporate dress
Different backgrounds and skills – but similar values
EY can offer a superb working environment, thanks to our commitment to flexibility, inclusiveness and development. There are a number of criteria we look for in our employees. If these describe you, you can relax in the knowledge that you’ll feel comfortable within our working environment.
People who excel
We’re not only looking for high academic achievers, we want you to demonstrate leadership through extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
People with integrity
We want you to have a clear sense of personal and professional accountability and to show you are committed to doing the right thing.
People who demonstrate respect
We look for people who recognise the value of different backgrounds and points of view. By respecting these differences we enrich our perspectives, which helps us build strong relationships and enhance the services we provide to our clients.
People who are good at working in teams
We look for evidence that you are good at listening, learning, sharing, developing and working with others, including those that are different from you.
People with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead
We want you to be passionate and excited about the opportunities at EY and what your future holds.
People with determination and personal ambition
We look for people who want to strive to be their best. We recognise the importance of personal and career development and have framework in place to provide you with the right learning, experiences and coaching.
Does this sound like you? Apply for a role now
Be at your best
What can you expect in the interview? How can you best prepare to make a good impression? We offer you a number of hints and tips to give you confidence on the big day.
- Learn as much as you can about EY: who we are, our services, our strategic direction and our vision for the years ahead. Make sure you can articulate how your strengths and career goals are aligned with ours, and why you think you’ll succeed in our organisation.
- Prepare a list of questions for your interviewer(s) so you can assess whether EY is the right place to launch your career. Ask us questions about our organisation, our clients, the opportunities we can offer you, and what you can expect from us.
- Try to relax and remember that we’re interested in the real you. Our interviewers are trained to get the best from you in the time you've got in the recruitment process, so enjoy it! Make sure you listen to each question the interviewer is asking and think about your best example.
- Talk to us. Come along to one of our events on campus and ask our current graduates what it's really like to work at EY.
- Visit your careers service for advice on completing your application form and practicing interviews.
If you're an international accounting student keen to join us as a graduate, you'll need to meet the following criteria.
- You currently reside in Australia
- You're currently enrolled in an Accounting or IT degree at an Australian campus of an Australian university. Prior to joining EY full time, you must have completed two years of your degree at that campus.
- You are on target to graduate with a major in accounting and pass all subjects required to obtain a favourable skills assessment from one of the Australian professional accounting bodies (ICAA, NIA, CPAA).
- You are eligible to apply for Australian permanent residency under the General Skilled Migration (points test) scheme upon completion of your degree. You must apply for that residency immediately when you complete your degree, providing confirmation of the lodgement to EY prior to your first day of work.
- When you submit your application, you must attach a copy of your IELTS test scores. You‘ll need to achieve a minimum score in each of the following individual categories (Academic or General module accepted):
- 8.0 speaking
- 8.0 listening
- 8.0 writing
- 8.0 reading
- If you're asked to attend one of our recruitment days, you‘ll need to bring your original IELTS documentation and your original visa.
At this stage, we don't accept applications from international students for our Cadet, Vacationer, Career Compass Programs or Game Changer Club. If you're an international student and don't meet these criteria, you could consider a career in one of our overseas offices.
Unfortunately, we can't fully or partly fund applications for permanent residency, or sponsor students on the 457 Visa. Also, we're unable to provide advice on or supporting documentation for your permanent residency application. At this stage, we don't accept applications from international students for our Internship Year or Cadet Programs.
For more information about skills assessment criteria, please visit the Institute of Chartered Accounting website. For more information on the IELTS test and where to sit the test, please visit http://www.ielts.org.
There's no substitute for getting to know us in person, so make the most of our events on campus. We'd welcome the chance to say hello, answer your questions and find out about you.
You'll meet some of our young professionals as well as fellow students who've been on one of our programs. It's an ideal opportunity to discover more about our organisation and explore what's on offer.
To learn about forthcoming events, speak to your university or high school careers advisor.
We look forward to saying hello and getting to know you in 2013.
We'll be updating our event listings soon - stay tuned to learn about forthcoming events.
Frequently asked questions
If you have a question that needs an answer find out more in the sections below:
Applying to EY
I'm a student. What are my opportunities with EY?
Depending on the office in which you're interested in working, you may be eligible for the Career Compass, Cadet, Internship Year, Vacationer or Graduate Program. You can join us from school or university as a cadet and combine work and university study. As an Intern (Melbourne only) you work with us for 9 to 12 months before completing the final year of your degree. As a vacationer, you gain between two weeks and three months work experience with us in your penultimate year of uni. As a graduate, you join us as a permanent employee following the completion of your university studies.
Regardless whether you start as a cadet, intern, vacationer or as a participant of the Career Compass Program, all have the potential to become full-time positions. Go to Student Programs to learn more about the opportunities available.
How do I start the application process?
Familiarise yourself with our eligibility requirements. If you meet these requirements you can complete the online application form. You'll need to attach an electronic copy of your academic transcript. If you're an international student residing and studying in Australia, we'll ask you to submit a copy of your IELTs scores. We're not accepting applications from students based outside Australia at this time. Applications for all of our programs can be submitted through our website.
I've just graduated, can I apply now or am I too late?
You can apply to our Graduate Program within 18 months after you finished university at the time of application. Lodge your application once we've opened the process, which we do each year, normally in early March. Check our website for the exact dates.
Do you offer positions to international students studying at Australian universities?
Yes. Our Graduate Program is open to international students. Find out more about our requirements. At this time, we are not accepting applications from students based outside Australia.
What majors besides accounting does EY hire?
As a global professional services organisation, we tackle diverse and challenging clients and projects. Developing excellent relationships and delivering effective business solutions requires specialists from many different subject areas – not just accounting or commerce. These include human resources, information systems, information technology, computer science, engineering, law, science, environmental studies, actuarial studies, economics, finance, maths, arts and psychology. If you have a bachelor degree in a discipline other than accounting and you're keen to pursue a career in chartered accounting, we'll support you to complete Deakin University's Graduate Certificate of Chartered Accounting Foundations course. In 2012, international students must by studying for an accounting or IT degree recognised by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. To be considered for a graduate position, candidates must meet the requirements to obtain a positive skills assessment of the relevant authority for an occupation on the Skilled Migration Occupancy List.
Do you accept applications from post-graduate students?
Yes, we do. We employ post-graduates with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences who have completed Honours, Masters, MBA and Graduate Diploma courses into our Vacationer and Graduate Programs, and consider them for experienced hire opportunities.
What does EY look for in potential employees?
It is not just based on academic performance. We are looking for well-rounded candidates with good communication, analytical and interpersonal skills. We also want someone who will work well in a team and who is enthusiastic and motivated to learn.
Are there any offices where it's easier to obtain an interview or offer?
All our offices require the same high standards of academic qualifications, competencies and personal qualities. However, some offices recruit higher numbers of graduates, giving you increased opportunities to apply and interview. Go to Job Search to review the opportunities on offer in your preferred location(s) and apply.
Can I speak to someone about your recruiting process and available programs?
There are several ways to find out more about our process and programs. You may wish to talk to your lecturers campus careers advisors or peers who've been on one of our Vacationer, Career Compass, Cadet or Internship Year Programs. You'll see us on campus, at school or at our offices so you have an opportunity to ask us questions. It's worth checking out our Facebook® page - EY Careers - Australia. It provides more information and insights that will help you make an informed decision about pursuing a career with EY.
What happens once we receive your application?
As soon as we receive your application, we'll send you a confirmation email. If your qualifications meet our requirements, we'll then invite you to attend a recruitment day. For helpful tips on how to prepare for an interview, click here.
Working at EY
How is EY structured?
EY is a global organisation made up of member firms in more than 150 countries. Each member firm is owned by its partners and they have operational control of their business. However, in order to maintain the same high standards of service quality and delivery in each of our locations, we have a global governance structure. This consists of four geographic Areas, each with an Area Executive that works in close partnership with our Global Executive, headed up by our CEO, Mark Weinberger. To support our efforts as a global organisation, we also have a global entity, EY Global, which works strategically with each of our Areas to support consistency and excellence in all of our activities around the world.
Where does EY have offices around the world?
EY has 175,000 people working across the world in more than 150 countries. Take a look at our Location map.
How do I choose which service line to join?
The right choice for you will reflect your area of interest and specialisation. Have a good look around our website to get a feel for who we are and the services we offer. Then speak with your lecturers, recruiters, campus careers advisors, friends and family to gather all the information you need to understand where you may best fit. EY is growing and expanding in new and exciting business areas, so there are lots of opportunities for you to consider. Invest time now to research the possibilities, so you can make an informed choice later on.
Do I need to complete the Chartered Accountant (CA) program if I join EY?
The requirement for Chartered Accountancy qualifications depends on the Service Line you're working in. Some groups require their staff to complete the CA Program . We support this qualification through study leave, mentoring and financial support. We also offer students who don't have an accounting background an online bridging course to convert their degree to meet the CA Program requirements. This online course is done via Deakin University.
Can I apply for a job outside my home country?
You are able to apply for any open positions you see in any one of our 140 countries that hires graduates. Your eligibility, however, depends on the hiring country's qualification requirements, employment laws, work permit and/or visa requirements.
What is the organisation's policy on flexible working?
Flexibility is important to our employees, who are looking to manage their work commitments alongside other aspects of their lives. Sometimes reducing the number of hours you work or having access to the very best IT and communications technology can make a real difference in helping our people succeed professionally and personally. We have a pragmatic approach to supporting individuals in meeting commitments in and out of the office. Through discussion and negotiation, we work together to agree on a framework that meets the needs of our business, our teams, our clients and those of our people. It's an approach that allows you to manage family commitments, or pursue personal passions outside of work. We're proud that some of our people have participated in the Olympics, written novels and recorded albums alongside pursuing a career at EY. Review our staff benefits.
Do you offer work experience? What program would suit me best?
We don't currently offer work experience placements but during your final year at school you can apply for a cadetship in New South Wales or Victoria. If you're in the penultimate year of your degree, you can apply for our Vacationer Program. Please go to student programs for more opportunities. We also recommend checking with your school careers advisor or university career services for more information.
Where can I find information about the Vacationer Program?
If you're looking to jump-start your career, participating in our Vacationer Program will give you valuable experience and insights. If you're a top performer, you'll be offered a position with us upon completion of your studies. Take a look at the different programs available in the location of your choice and apply now.
What responsibilities do vacationers have?
Vacationers work with a team just like every other new graduate staff. Your experience will differ depending on the service line you join. However, the Vacationer Program is designed to give you a taste for what a full-time position would involve so you will gain exposure to different managers and businesses, be involved in collecting and analysing data, helping prepare presentation and participate in meetings. . Rest assured you will also receive intensive training to help get you started and extensive coaching from the advisors on your team along the way.
What is the IILC?
The International Intern Leadership Conference is an annual event held in Disneyland, Orlando, Florida. It's the largest event of its kind and is attended by over 2000 interns and vacationers from all over the world. IILC gives vacationers the opportunity to meet and greet our global leadership and learn about our vision and strategy. The conference is by invitation only and is a reward to the best performing vacationers. If successful, you'll learn from our top leaders, participate in seminars on current global issues and get involved in team activities. It's a great way to build your global network and your vision of what your future at EY might be.
Developing your career
How will I continue to grow as a professional?
We aim to give you interesting and challenging work which allows you to develop your skills and knowledge on a continuous basis. And we back up your day-to-day responsibilties with one of the most comprehensive training programs in the business. We take your individual strengths and learning requirements into account to provide the right blend of experiences, learning and coaching for you. This approach will help to accelerate your progress and support your career goals and aspirations. We call this approach EYU (EY and You) and it reflects a mutual commitment to your development. You're responsible for articulating your needs and aspirations and we'll provide the tools and opportunities you need to fulfil them.
What training is on offer?
Training is a core element of EYU. With our award-winning learning and development programs, you receive the formal training you need through a variety of approaches in the classroom and online. You'll also receive valuable informal training through new experiences and on-the-job coaching and mentoring. See EYU for more information.
Will EY help me get my Chartered Accountant qualification?
Yes, we provide you with assistance to pass the Institute of Chartered Accountant's Chartered Accountant (CA) program and the Graduate Certificate of Chartered Accounting Foundations course. We provide:
- financial assistance (subject to terms and conditions) and study support material
- study leave
- study support workshops
- business unit support through CA partners and employees
- payment of ICAA membership fees
- merit awards
We also support the Masters of Tax, Securities Institute of Australia (SIA) and other relevant business, financial and professional courses.
Once I join what opportunities do I have for working in another country?
We're committed to offering our people international experiences. Once you've spent some time with us, you can apply for a short- or long-term secondment or international mobility program. You'll need a strong performance record to qualify. Speak to your counsellor and he or she will help you identify any suitable opportunities to enhance your career development with some international experience.
What influence will I have over my career progression?
You own your career at EY but developing it is a mutual commitment. You're responsible for articulating your development needs and aspirations. We provide a supportive learning, team-oriented and high-performance environment that will help you become a highly competent and successful professional. We offer plenty of career options and, wherever possible, we allow flexibility, so you can balance the demands of work and personal life. In return, you take responsibility for your professional and personal growth and for performing at your best every day.
Life at EY
What's expected of me in the first few days, weeks and months of my career?
Regardless whether you join us as an intern, vacationer, cadet or graduate, you're not expected to know your job inside-out on your first day with the firm. Your development will start on day one, where you'll partake in our firm-wide induction and training. Your development will continue progressively throughout your first year - and throughout your entire career with us.
When will I start work?
Graduate positions commence in the new year, usually between January and April, and some divisions offer a mid-year start which is generally in July. Depending on the needs of the business we may be able to offer you some flexibility in terms of your start date. Vacation employment varies in each location but is typically over the summer vacation period running from December until February with a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Our Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide offices also offer a Winter Vacationer Program in June/July.
What hours will I work a week?
Our core hours of work are either from 8.30am to 5.00pm or 8.45am to 5.15pm depending on which state you work in and our work/life policy states that mandatory meetings cannot be scheduled before 8am or after 6pm. However, your hours will vary according to the work or engagement in which you're involved. Occasionally, there may be some weekend work, particularly during busy periods. We encourage teams at all levels to work flexibly and discuss and negotiate how to meet the demands of each engagement. By communicating regularly with your team and counsellor, you'll be able understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.
What is the average starting salary?
In addition to the training, development and support you receive during your career, we reward you for your commitment and potential through performance based remuneration, flexibility and a range of benefits.
We know your salary isn't the most important thing but we know it's important. That's why we spend a significant amount of time reviewing market salary data to ensure we offer you a salary that is attractive and commensurate with our competitors. And, this continues throughout your career as we review market data on an ongoing basis.
What do people wear at EY?
Our office dress policy is contemporary business wear. However, we're providing a professional service to our clients and they expect us to look the part, so formal business attire is appropriate for meetings with clients. The exception to this rule is when you're based at client sites, in which case you may adopt the client's dress code policy.
What is the social life like in the office?
Here, you'll find individuals representing a variety of backgrounds, opinions and perspectives but united by a shared set of values. This means that there are plenty of groups and networks built around shared issues and interests. These range from hobbies, sports and creative or intellectual pursuits through to support and volunteer opportunities. They also include groups such as working mothers. Regardless of your background or areas of focus, you'll find colleagues who share your interests.
What is EY's approach to diversity and inclusiveness?
The workforce around the world is becoming more diverse than ever. We’ve therefore created an environment in which all people feel valued, are part of the community and are able to perform at their best. Whenever possible we break down barriers. Diversity and inclusiveness are about everyone. When we talk about diversity, we’re referring to the mix of people we have and when we speak of inclusiveness, it’s about how we make the most of that mix. It's about welcoming and harnessing diverse viewpoints, and about how this leads to making better decisions for us and for our clients. It's also about operating in a way that helps people to achieve their goals and make a difference, wherever they come from and whatever their characteristics. We believe in developing our people's cultural awareness and skills, including helping them to be aware of their own assumptions, frames of reference and behaviours. You can benefit from soft-skills training which helps develop a global mindset. To us, diversity and inclusiveness make business sense: it helps us to engage with clients and teams in a global economy. And in a world of shifting demographics, it allows us to navigate efficiently across boundaries.
The environment is very important, what is EY's approach towards sustainability?
We recognise that we have a corporate responsibility to the environment and believe in making it possible for our people to contribute on an individual basis. As an organisation we've implemented various strategies. For example, developing carbon neutral buildings; reducing the need for overseas travel through the use of video and teleconferencing; and sourcing green energy suppliers wherever possible. As an individual, you can participate in one of the eco-teams in our offices that promote responsible practices or you can contribute your time to a charity or organisation that benefits the environment.
I have personal commitments that are important to me. Can I still join EY?
We understand that success is broader than what you achieve at the office. That's why we support one another in attaining life balance, in reaching our personal goals and keeping our personal commitments. Some of our people have participated in professional sports, written novels, recorded albums and achieved a host of personal initiatives while working with us. The key to balancing your professional and personal commitments is communicating often with your team and supervisor and remaining flexible.