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How to apply for a job at EY

Choosing where to start your career is one of the most important decisions you will make. This site gives you a brief insight into life at EY – how we’ll help you develop your career and why you will 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.

Apply online

This is your opportunity to give us as much information as possible about yourself so that we can make sure that you will 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.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a timed online verbal and numeric reasoning test. These tests will assist us when considering which applicants to bring through to assessment centers.

Prepare for the assessment process

The next stage in our process is assessment center. In preparation for the assessment centers 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 assessment center and partner interview

The assessment center will include a number of exercises such as a case study, and an interview with executive 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.

The exact structure and content of the assessment center 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 assessment.

Students who pass the assessment centers will be invited to have an interview with a partner from the Business Unit you have applied to.

Review our offer

We always aim to let you know the outcome of your final assessment as soon as possible. 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!

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 will feel comfortable within our working environment.

People who excel

We aren't 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 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 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 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 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.

Frequently asked questions

If you have a question that needs an answer, find out more in the sections below: 

 

Applying to EY

How can I learn about open graduate/entry level positions?

For a complete list of open positions, go to Job search.

How do I start the application process?

Research our website to identify your area of interest, then go to Job search and apply online. You'll find information about specific qualification requirements in the job descriptions. For more detailed information on our recruiting process, see our application process section.

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.

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.  If you have a bachelor degree in a discipline other than accounting and you're keen to pursue a career in our profession , we'll support you to apply for our position.

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, please select ”My Job Page” within your profile where you can make changes.

How can I retrieve my username or password?

On the log in page, please click on "Forgot password" or "Forgot username". Follow the online instructions and you'll then receive an email containing your user name and password.

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.

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 for assessments/ interviews. Make sure you read our helpful tips on how to prepare for an interview.

 

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 190,000 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 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.

Do I need certification of any kind to join EY?

The requirement for qualifications depends on the opportunities you're most interested in and where you apply. You'll find more detailed information about specific qualification requirements in the job descriptions found in Job search.

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.

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.

 

Student programs at EY

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.

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 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 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 responsibilties with one of the most comprehensive training programs in the businesss. 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 (EY and You), 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 Your development for more information.

Once I join what opportunities do I have for working in another country?

We're committed to offering our people international experiences.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-orienated 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.

What are the typical hours in a working week?

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 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 where 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 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’re measuring our carbon footprint and finding 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 organisation that benefits the environment.

How can I get involved with my local community?

We encourage our people to use their skills to help their communities achieve their goals by volunteering. We’ve divided our activities into three Es: entrepreneurship, education and environmental sustainability.

You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in the community where you live or work. For example, EY people serve as tutors for promising secondary school students, mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and organize tree-planting efforts.

Getting involved in these activities can benefit your career too, helping you build skills in different or unexpected areas.

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.