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
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.
Prepare for the interview
Wherever possible, your first-round interview will take place in the office you’re applying to and will take approximately one hour. We are particularly keen to find out about you as a person – your strengths and attributes, and what you’re interested in.
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.
Complete the assessment process
Depending on the role you apply to, you may be asked to participate in an Assessment Center day. This will include exercises such as a team meeting, a case study and possibly an interview with a Partner or Director. Your interview gives you the chance to get to know us better, while we gain a greater understanding of you and your strengths.
The exact structure and content of the assessment and final interview 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 the Assessment Center.
Review our offer
We always aim to let you know the outcome of your final assessment within 48 hours. 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 EYready to welcome you. In the months before you take up your position, you'll have a chance to take part in campus networking events and possibly to meet your peers and new colleagues. We encourage you to take advantage of these occasions to help prepare for your first day at EY.
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 aren't only looking for high academic achievers. We also want you to demonstrate leadership through extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
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 whoe are different from you.
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 recognize 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 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.
You'll also find more detailed information about specific requirements within each job description in our jobportal.
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 organization.
- 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 organization, 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. We know interviews can be stressful, but we want you to enjoy it. Listen carefully to each question and take time to think about your best answer.
- Talk to us: We're friendly and always happy to answer your questions. 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.
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 just recently joined us. It’s an ideal opportunity to discover more about our organization and explore what’s on offer. We look forward to saying hello and getting to know you.
Check out our event calendar.
Frequently asked questions
EY Application, interview, selection and beyond
Make sure you know everything you can about our application, interview and selection process. You can also find out more about working here, your career development and life at EY.
Applying to EY
How can I learn about open graduate/entry level positions?
Visit Job Search for opportunities in Advisory, Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Core Business Services. We list jobs by service line as well as by geography. You'll also find more detailed information about specific requirements within each job description. You can either apply online or “Add to my Job Cart” to apply after reviewing various job opportunities.
You can do basic searches, advanced searches or simply fill in a general profile application and, by activating the “Jobs Matching My Profile” functionality, we will inform you about new job opportunities according to your preferences. Please notice that by using “Save This Search” you can save your searches according to your personal preferences so that when you come back you can reuse those criteria.
How do I start the application process?
Go to Job Search and browse the list of job opportunities available in your country of choice. Once you've identified a suitable position(s), apply online and submit your CV/resume. We'll send you a confirmation email when we have received your information. If your application meets our requirements, we'll invite you for an interview. Visit Application process or Interview tips for more information on the process.
How do I submit my CV/resume online?
Identify your area(s) of interest, search for jobs, select "Apply now", fill out a personal profile and submit your CV/resume.
You can submit personal and professional information by uploading a CV/resume.. You can review the extracted information and make the appropriate changes in the next steps. There is a character limit of 2,500 for the Work Experience section of the CV/resume. If the number of characters exceeds 2,500 the CV/resume will not load. It is possible to upload up to five attachments (each with a maximum of 2.5 MB). In case you need to upload more than five files, please use ZIP to pack them. The following file formats can be uploaded: .doc, .wpd, .xls, .txt, .rtf, .htm/.html, .pdf, .zip.
What should I do if I cannot find an opportunity that matches my skills?
You can set up a job alert so you are notified as soon as suitable opportunities are available. Make a note to come back and check the site for open opportunities on a regular basis as well. This will help increase your chance of success.
Should I submit my CV/resume for every position in which I am interested?
Yes. Every position is filled separately, so you should submit a CV/resume for every opportunity and geography for which you'd like to be considered.
How can I search for jobs in different languages?
We have four languages available: English, French, German and Italian. You can scroll to the bottom of the page to see which languages are available depending on our local job opportunities.
Can I apply for a job outside my home country?
You can apply for any open positions in any one of the 140 countries that hires graduates. Your eligibility, however, depends on the hiring country's qualification requirements, employment laws and work permit and/or visa requirements.
If I submit my CV/resume for a specific position, how long will it be before I find out if I'm being considered?
When you submit your application online, we'll immediately send you an e-mail confirmation that your information has been successfully received. If your qualifications and experience match our requirements, a recruiter will contact you to discuss your CV/resume in more detail. Because we receive so many applications, we can’t make personal contact with everyone who applies for a position.
Where can I get online help if I have questions about filling my application?
Go to the top right side of your screen and click “Contact Us”. Select your country in the "Select a Location Specific to your Query" field. Fill in all required fields, adding in your question(s) in the comments box. An email will be sent to the relevant country and a Recruitment team member will contact you regarding to your query. In addition, feel free free to contact our recruiting team: email@example.com.
What is the difference between a General Profile and Job Application?
Job Application is when you identify a specific job opportunity that is suitable for you and you decide to apply for that position. This way the recruiter will see you as a new candidate for this specific position. By going to the Candidate Profile section at the right of the screen you can fill in a General Application, which won‘t be attached to any specific role. This means that you will be an active candidate within our database so that a recruiter can find you whenever they perform a search according to your preferences and qualifications.
Can I update my profile and job submissions?
Yes, you can update your profile and job submissions whenever you want. Simply log in to your profile where you can edit all your information. If you wish to update or withdraw a job submission select ”My Job Page” within your profile where you can make adjustments.
Can I delete my profile and job submissions?
Yes, you can delete your profile and job submissions whenever you want. To delete your account log in to your profile and then click on “My Account Options” where you'll find a delete link. Click on this link and follow the online instructions to delete your account.
How can I receive Job Posting Notifications?
To receive Job Posting Notifications, access your profile, click on "My Account Options", scroll down to the correspondence section, click on the "Edit" link and select "Send me an email notification whenever a new position matching my profile is posted (Job Posting Notification)."
How can I retrieve my username or password?
Click on the link to access your profile and at the log in page click on "Forgot password" or "Forgot username". Follow the online instructions and you'll then receive an email with your request.
Working at EY
How is EY structured?
EY is a global organization made up of member firms in 140 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 association with our Global Executive, headed up by our CEO, Mark Weinberger.
To support our efforts as a global organization, 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 190,000 people working across the world in 140 countries. Take a look at our location map.
How do I choose which service line to join?
The right choice for you'll reflect your area of interest and specialization. Have a good look around our website to get a feel for who we are and the services we offer. Then speak with your professors, recruiters, campus careers advisors, friends and family to gather all the information you need to understand where you may be most successful.
EY is growing and expanding in new and exciting business areas, particularly Advisory Services, 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.
What is the organization’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. We’ll discuss it with you and together agree on a framework that meets your needs as well as those of the business, our teams and our clients.
This approach 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.
Student Programs at EY
Do you offer work experience? What program would suit me best?
We strongly believe in providing work experience opportunities to help you make the transition from education to business. We offer work experience in many of our countries. See what opportunities are available to you.
Do you offer internships?
Yes. If you're looking to jump-start your career, participating in one of our internship programs will give you valuable experience and insights. If your internship goes well, at the end of the program you may be offered a full-time position with us when you’ve completed your studies. Take a look at the different programs available to you – but be aware that not every country offers every program. Please note that the duration for an internship in Switzerland is minimum 4 to 6 months.
What responsibilities do interns have?
As an intern you’ll work in a team just like every other new graduate staff. This means you'll collect data, complete analyses, prepare presentations, and participate in meetings. Rest assured you'll also receive intensive training to help get you started, and extensive coaching from the advisors on your team along the way.
What is the International Intern Leadership Conference(IILC) and how can I apply to go?
The IILC is an annual event held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It's the largest event of its kind and attended by over 2,000 participants from all over the world. IILC gives interns 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 for the best performing interns. 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 responsibilities 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 accelerate your progress and support your career goals and aspirations.
We call this approach EYU and it reflects a commitment to your development. We’ll work with you to articulate your needs and aspirations and will provide the tools and opportunities you need to fulfill them.
What kind of training can I expect from EY?
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.
Once I join, can I work in another country?
We're committed to offering our people international experiences. Once you've been with us for a year, you can apply for a short or long-term secondment or to our international mobility program. You'll need a strong performance record to qualify. Speak to your manager and they’ll 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 telling us your aspirations, and your performance reviews will help us identifiy your developmental needs. 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.
Do I have to travel to develop my career?
The amount you travel depends on the service line you join, your area of focus and the clients you serve. While travel is not a requirement for career development, we strongly encourage diversity of experience. You can discuss likely travel requirements in more detail during your interview.
How can I find out where I might use my previous skills and experience?
You'll find specific information about our service lines, sectors and areas of focus within our careers pages, as well as on the main ey.com pages. Once you've identified where you're most likely to fit within our organization, go to Job Search to look for available opportunities. The job descriptions contain a wealth of information, including qualifications and experience required.
Life at EY
What are the typical hours in a working week?
There's no typical week at EY. 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 supervisor, you'll be able to understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.
What do people wear at EY?
Our office dress policy is business casual. 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 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. Wherever possible, we break down barriers.
We were one of the first employers in the US, for instance, to offer health benefits to same-sex partners. Women currently make up 34% of our senior management and we’ve been prolific in publishing papers which deal with the issues women face in business and the workplace.
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 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 behaviors. You can benefit from soft-skills training which helps develop a global mindset.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness makes business sense: it helps us to engage with clients and teams in a global economy. And in a world of shifting demographics, it enables us to navigate efficiently across boundaries.
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 there are plenty of groups and networks built around shared issues and interests. These range from hobbies, sports and creative or intellectual pursuits to support and volunteering opportunities. They also include groups such as working mothers, professional women’s networks, ethnic and cultural groups and a well-supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group.
Regardless of your background, gender or areas of focus, you'll find colleagues who share your interests.
What is EY's approach towards environmental sustainability?
We recognize that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment, but we also see sustainability as an important business issue for EY and for our clients. On a global basis, we measure our carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it such as:
- Locating our offices in buildings that meet the highest standards for sustainability
- Reducing the need for overseas travel through the use of video and teleconferencing
- 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 organization 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; for many, family will always come first. 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. More still have raised children. The key to balancing your professional and personal commitments is communicating often with your team and supervisor and remaining flexible.
Do you provide information about or for your alumni?
At EY, we are committed to building life-long relationships with our people. Many of our practices throughout the world run successful alumni programs to bring previous and existing EY people together.