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Choosing where to start your career is an important decision. We know that you're probably considering several options, including Ernst & Young.
That's no problem: we're here to help you understand what life at Ernst & Young is like, to show you the chances you'll have to thrive and to demonstrate how you can develop your career once you're part of our team.
You're in the right place to learn more about our application process and what we look for.
An interview is your chance to tell us about yourself and what you'd bring to Ernst & Young.
A great way to learn about the opportunities at Ernst & Young is to come and meet us on campus. Find out where and when.
Application, interview and selection process
There are eight steps to success. Click on a topic below to prepare effectively.
Identify your interests
Take a moment to visit the 'Your role here' section 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. We welcome applicants from all degree disciplines for most of our graduate and undergraduate programmes. You’ll find more information about specific requirements in the job descriptions.
Applying online should take approximately one to two hours. We ask all applicants to complete the application form to ensure everyone is assessed fairly and objectively. A member of our recruitment team screens each form. We ask you about your academic results, positions of responsibility and work experience. We also ask you to complete three free-text questions, which will help us start to find out more about your strengths and skills.
Complete an online psychometric assessment
You will need to complete verbal, numerical and logical reasoning tests. Each test takes 6 minutes to complete.
Prepare for the interview
Wherever possible your first-round interview will take place in the office you’re applying to with a manager or senior manager from the service line and will take approximately one hour. We are particularly keen to find out about you as a person, your strengths and attributes, as well as what you’re interested in. We recommend you think about your hobbies and extra-curricular activities, as well as any work or other experience you’ve had that you think may be relevant to Ernst & Young. It’s also always useful to think about what questions you’d like to ask your interviewer.
Complete the assessment process
A day at the assessment centre is the next stage of the process and includes exercises such as a team meeting, a case study and an interview with a Partner or Director from the service line & location you have applied to. It’s quite intensive and gives you the chance to know us better, while we gain a greater understanding of you and your strengths. We’ll give you more information when we invite you to the assessment centre.
Review our offer
We always aim to let you know the outcome of your assessment centre and final interview within 48 hours. In addition, to help you get the most from your experience with us, we’ll offer feedback on your performance at our assessment centre and final interview. If you’re successful at this stage, we’ll make you a formal offer and allocate you a buddy, who will answer any other questions you may have and invite you into the office to meet your future colleagues.
Prepare to join
You’ll find a large community of people at Ernst & Young ready to welcome you. In the months before you take up your position, you'll have a chance to participate 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 day one at Ernst & Young.
Read our frequently asked questions for more detailed information about this process.
Varied backgrounds, similar values
The kind of person you are and the things you're naturally good at can bring a lot to our business. So don't think you're not the right type, or you haven't studied the right subjects – because we want people from a wide range of backgrounds.
However, we do look for some common attributes from our people. If this list describes you, get ready to put in your application.
You excel at what you do
High academic achievements are one thing. But demonstrating leadership and achievement away from your core studies – and simply getting involved – is just as important to us.
You show integrity
Our people know the difference between right and wrong and behave with a clear sense of accountability. To get on at Ernst & Young, you need to be as committed to doing the right thing as we are.
You behave with respect
It's important you recognise and understand the value of different backgrounds and points of view, because those differences are key to our success.
You're good in teams
You'll be part of a team from the very first day you start work at Ernst & Young. So it's vital you can listen, learn, share, develop and work effectively with other people – even if they're different from you.
You have energy, enthusiasm and courage
We get excited about our work, our clients, and the amazing things we help them to do. We look for people who are naturally enthusiastic about new ideas and who can't wait to see what the next day brings.
Find out how our application process works, or come and meet us at an event near you.
Be at your best
What can you expect in the interview? How can you best prepare to make a good impression?
We conduct strengths based interviews which have been designed in such a way that it encourages applicants to be open & honest in their responses. We are looking for you to demonstrate your natural strengths.
- Learn as much as you can about Ernst & Young, who we are, our services and strategic direction. 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 Ernst & Young 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 Ernst & Young.
- Visit your careers service for advice on completing your application form and practising interviews.
Find out how our application process works, or read our FAQs for detailed information.
Frequently asked questions
If you've got a question find out more in the sections below:
Applying to Ernst & Young
How can I find out which graduate vacancies are available?
For a complete list of open positions, go to 'Job search'. We recruit on a first come, first served basis. Once we have filled a vacancy and / or location, you will not longer be able to apply for that particular role. Therefore we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
How do I start the application process?
Search our website to identify your area of interest, then go to 'Job search' and apply online. You'll find specific requirements in the job description. Find out more about our recruiting process.
How has the current economy affected your graduate recruiting efforts?
People are our most valuable resource so we plan to maintain our current intake of graduates this year. We’re focused on identifying and hiring the most qualified and suitable talent from outstanding universities around the world to support our business now and in the future.
Can I speak to someone about your recruiting process and available programmes?
There are several ways to find out more about our process and programmes. Attend one of our events on campus to meet some of our current graduates and ask them questions, or talk to one of our Student Ambassadors who've been on one of our internship programmes. All these people can help you make an informed decision about pursuing a career with Ernst & Young.
What happens once we receive your application?
As soon as we receive your application, we'll acknowledge it by email. A member of our recruitment team screens each form. If your application meet our requirements, we'll invite you to the next stage of the recruitment process, which will be completion of our online tests At each stage we'll let you know the decision within 72 hours at most.
Can I apply for graduate positions in Ireland if I need a work permit?
Yes, if you need permission to work in Ireland, you will be referred to our immigration team. But you will need to have received and accepted an offer from us by the published deadlines, because of the time it takes to complete this process. We can't begin the process until we have certified proof of your degree.
To join one of our graduate programmes, you must have the necessary permission to work in Ireland. If you're unsure about your eligibility to work in Ireland, please see www.dfa.ie for more information. The work permit deadline for graduate programmes is TBC.
Do I need a business, finance or accountancy degree to apply for a graduate position at Ernst & Young?
No, we welcome applicants from all degree backgrounds: it's your intellectual ability and natural strengths that matter to us. Some of our most successful people have studied subjects totally unrelated to the work they do.
Can I apply for deferred entry?
We understand that not everyone is ready to start their career the day after graduation. If we offer you a job, we'll be happy to talk to you about deferred entry.
What are you minimum academic requirements? If I don't meet them, can I still apply?
• Leaving Certificate - Grade A in Lower Level Maths or a Grade C in Higher Level Maths
• Leaving Certificate - Grade C in Higher Level English
• Leaving Certificate - Minimum of 425 points
• 2.1 honours degree in any discipline (or predicted)
• Business awareness, individuality, team working skills, commitment & integrity, energy & drive to succeed
In very exceptional circumstances, we’ll accept applications from people who don’t meet our academic requirements. If this is your case, you’ll need to provide strong justification for why we should consider your application.
If I'm not successful this time, can I apply again?
Yes, but we accept only one application per person within a 12-month period. If you are not offered a graduate position following a summer internship or industrial placement, you can re-apply for a graduate position 12 months after the completion of your placement.
If you have applied for an undergraduate programme and are unsuccessful at interview or assessment stage, you can re-apply for a graduate position after a 12-month period.
I wasn't invited to the next stage of the recruitment process – can I get feedback on my application?
We receive around 17,000 applications a year for around 1,000 positions. Unfortunately, the sheer number of applications we receive means we can't give individual feedback at the early stages of our recruitment process. If you’re unsuccessful after your assessment centre or final interview, one of our graduate recruiters would be happy to give you personal feedback over the phone.
I graduated a few years ago. Can I still apply for a graduate position?
Absolutely. We are very happy to accept applications from students who have already graduated.
Do you accept CVs?
No – to ensure we treat all applicants equally and fairly, you must use our online application form. If you’re unable to complete your form online and have any special requirements, please contact our recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if my personal details change?
You can change your personal details online at any time; just log on to your account and make your amendments.
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Working at Ernst & Young
How is Ernst & Young structured?
Ernst & Young is a global organisation made up of member firms in 140 countries. Each member firm is owned by its partners, who have operational control of their business, but we have a global governance structure in order to maintain the same high standards of service quality and delivery in all our locations. This consists of five geographic Areas, each with an Area Executive which collaborates with our Global Executive, headed by our CEO, Jim Turley. To support our efforts as a global organisation, we also have an entity, Ernst & Young Global, which works strategically with all our Areas to support consistency and excellence in all our activities around the world.
Where does Ernst & Young have offices around the world?
Ernst & Young has 167,000 people working in 140 countries around the world. 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 look around our website to get a feel for who we are and what services we offer, and speak to us on campus to gather all the information you need to understand where you may fit best. Ernst & Young is expanding into new and exciting business areas, so there are lots of options to consider. Take the time now to research the possibilities so you can make an informed choice later on.
Can I apply for a job outside my home country?
You may apply for any open positions you see in any one of the 140 countries in which we hire graduates. Your eligibility though depends on the hiring country’s qualification requirements, employment laws, work permit and/or visa requirements. Please visit the country website you wish to work in and view the current vacancies available.
What is the organisation’s policy on flexible working?
We're committed to helping our people succeed professionally and personally. We have a pragmatic approach to enabling individuals to meet commitments in and out of the office. We work together to agree on a framework which meets the needs of our business, our teams, our clients and our people. This approach allows you to manage family commitments or pursue personal passions outside work. We’re proud that some of our people have participated in the Olympics, written novels or recorded albums while pursuing a career at Ernst & Young.
Where can I find information about internships?
If you're looking to jump-start your career, participating in one of our internship programmes will give you valuable experience. If you're a strong performer, you'll be offered a position with us upon completing your studies. Take a look at the different programmes available and apply now.
What responsibilities do interns have?
Interns work in teams as do all 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 as well as extensive coaching from advisors in your team along the way. We aim to give you work similar to that of a graduate so you can find out exactly what it is like to work at Ernst & Young.
Developing your career at Ernst & Young
How will I continue to grow as a professional?
We're committed to your ongoing learning and development. We take your individual strengths and learning requirements into account in order to provide you with the right blend of experience, training and coaching. This approach, which we call EYU (Ernst & Young and You), reflects a mutual commitment to your development and will speed up your progress towards your career goals. 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?
For most of our graduate programmes you will be required to take a professional qualification in addition to relevant technical training. Please visit each programme page for information on the professional qualification provided for that vacancy.
Training is a core element of EYU. On our award-winning learning and development programmes 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< /a> for more information.
What influence will I have over my career progression?
You're in charge of your career at Ernst & Young but developing it is a mutual commitment. You're responsible for articulating your development needs and aspirations. We provide a supportive, high-performing, team learning environment to help you become a highly competent and successful professional. We offer many career options and we allow flexibility wherever possible, so you can balance the demands of work and your personal life. In return, you take responsibility for your professional and personal growth and for performing at your best every day.
Life at Ernst & Young
What hours will I work a week?
There's no typical week at Ernst & Young. Your hours will vary according to the work or engagement in which you're involved. Occasionally you may need to work at weekends, particularly during busy periods. We encourage teams at all levels to work flexibly and discuss how to meet the demands of each engagement. By talking to your team and supervisor, you'll know what's expected of you and be able plan your time effectively.
What is the social life like in the office?
Here you'll find individuals with a variety of backgrounds and opinions united by a shared set of values. There are many groups and networks built around shared issues and interests, ranging from hobbies, sports and creative or intellectual pursuits to volunteer and support groups, for example for working mothers. Regardless of your background or areas of focus, you'll find colleagues who share them.
What is Ernst & Young's approach to diversity and inclusiveness?
We're committed to creating an environment where all people feel valued, are part of the community and are able to perform at their best. Diversity and inclusiveness are about everyone. 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 potential 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. 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 Ernst & Young's approach to sustainability?
We recognise our corporate responsibility to the environment and believe in making it possible for our people to contribute to it individually. 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 promoting responsible practices in our offices, or you can contribute your time to a charity or body that benefits the environment.
How can I get involved with my local community?
We have a philosophy of volunteering and strongly encourage you to support your community in any way you can. Each Ernst & Young employee is given two days' paid leave each year to dedicate to corporate responsibility.
I have personal commitments which matter to me. How will that work at Ernst & Young?
We understand that success means more than just what you achieve at the office. That's why we support one another in attaining life balance, reaching our personal goals and carrying out our personal commitments. The key to balancing your professional and personal commitments is talking to your team and supervisor and remaining flexible.