How to apply for a job at Ernst & Young
Initial steps of your professional journey reflect the future of your career. The first step is to decide from where to launch a career. Through this website information, we’ll guide you through the application process at Ernst & Young.
Throughout the interview and selection process, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discuss your aims and ambitions, and learn about the role you can play in our organisation. We’ll be clear about what we’re looking for and will answer your questions as clear as possible.
We conduct a fair and an objective selection process that reflects our values. Review the following to understand the steps you need to complete, so we can welcome you on board.
Application, interview and selection process
There are seven steps to success – read the guide below to help you prepare effectively.
Identify your interests
Take a moment to visit the Working at Ernst & Young section to learn about our service lines and identify your areas of interest. You can then apply for an entry-level opportunity in Assurance, Advisory, Transactions or Tax & Regulatory Services.
Search for opportunities
Click on “Job search” and look for opportunities in your chosen area of interest. Most of our entry-level opportunities require a degree in accounting, business, finance, tax, law, engineering or a related field. You’ll find more information about specific qualification requirements in the job descriptions.
Allow about 30 minutes to complete the candidate profile and application form. You’ll be able to save the application along the way and return to it if necessary. To apply for more than one position, or more than one location, you must complete an application form for each. We’ll let you know when we receive your information. If your application meets our requirements, we’ll invite you for an interview.
Prepare for the interview
Prepare to talk about yourself and discuss specific experiences that help demonstrate relevant skills. We want to get to know you as an individual and discover your interests, strengths and attributes. We recommend you think about any extra-curricular activities, significant academic projects, work or life experience that will help us get to know you and assess if you’re likely to succeed at Ernst & Young.
Complete the assessment process
Your first interview could take place over the telephone or at your institute or university. If successful, we’ll interview you again at one of our offices. We may also ask you to complete a written assessment or participate in a group discussion. The exact structure and content will depend on the programme to which you apply, as different roles need different skills. We’ll keep in touch and let you know how things progress.
Review our offer
If you are successful throughout the interview and selection process, we’ll make you a formal offer in writing. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions and, if you’re happy with the offer, we’ll look forward to receiving confirmation and to welcoming you on board.
Prepare to join
You’ll find a large community of people at Ernst & Young ready to welcome you and facilitate your transition to a new environment. You'll be assigned a 'buddy' who will introduce you to the Ernst & Young way of life and resolve queries on work practices and policies You will get ample opportunities to meet your peers and new colleagues in the first few weeks So, look forward to your day one at Ernst & Young.
Discover the qualities that make a difference.
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 want high academic achievers rom premier institutes, who demonstrate leadership through their extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
People with integrity
We want people with a clear sense of personal and professional accountability, who build relationships based on doing the right thing.
People who demonstrate respect
We look for people who recognize the value of different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. By respecting these differences, we enrich our perspectives and enhance the services we provide to our clients.
People who are good at working in teams
We look for evidence that individuals are good at listening, learning, sharing, developing and working together to achieve more for our clients.
People with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead
We want people who are passionate and excited about the opportunities at Ernst & Young, their futures and achieving their potential.
People with the right knowledge, skills and abilities
We look for people from varied backgrounds and qualification accounting, finance, tax, law, engineering, technology, management, economics, medical, statistics, mathematics or a related field.
Prepare for success
- Be prepared
Learn as much as you can about Ernst & Young, who we are, our services and our strategic direction. Make sure you can articulate how your strengths and career goals align with ours, and why you think you’ll succeed in our organisation.
- Be proactive
Prepare a list of questions to ask 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.
- Be yourself
Try to relax and remember that we’re interested in the real you. When preparing, it’s helpful to think about how you’d like to communicate certain points but avoid over-rehearsing, as it may come across as impersonal.
- Be professional
Take pride in your presentation. We will be looking for professionalism in how you dress, how you speak and what you tell us about yourself.
- Be punctual
Arrive at least five minutes early and if – for reasons out of your control – you’re running late, call your interviewer and explain why.
Frequently asked questions
If you have a question that needs an answer find out more in the sections below:
Applying to Ernst & Young
How can I learn about open graduate/entry level positions?
For a complete list of open positions in your country of choice, go to Job search. Alternatively, contact your campus career services office for information.
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 description. For more detailed information on our recruiting process, click here.
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 is your plan to hire graduates?
People are our most valuable resource and we plan to maintain our current intake of graduates. 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 programs?
There are several ways to find out more about our process and programs. Start by scheduling an appointment with your campus career services office. They'll tell you if your qualifications and interests are a match and whether you should sign up to meet an Ernst & Young recruiter on campus. You may also wish to talk to your professors, or peers who've been on one of our internship programs.
What happens once we receive your CV/resume?
Our interview process varies slightly according to the country and position(s) for which you apply. 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 an interview. For helpful tips on how to prepare for an interview, click here.
Working at Ernst & Young
How is Ernst & Young structured?
Ernst & Young 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 five geographic Areas, each with an Area Executive that works in close partnership with our Global Executive, headed up by our CEO, Jim Turley. To support our efforts as a global organization, we also have a global entity, Ernst & Young Global, which works strategically with each of our Areas to support consistency and excellence in all of our activities around the world.
Where does Ernst & Young have offices around the world?
Ernst & Young has 141,000 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 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 best fit. Ernst & Young is growing and expanding in new and exciting business areas, so there are lots of opportunities available in different service areas for you to consider. Invest time now to research the possibilities, so you can make an informed choice later on.
Do I need a Chartered Accountancy qualification to join Ernst & Young?
The requirement for Chartered Accountancy 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 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 organization’s policy on flexible working?
We're committed to 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 Ernst & Young.
Do you offer work experience? What program would suit me best?
We strongly believe in providing work experience opportunities to help students make the transition from education to business. We offer work experience in many of our countries. Please go to Student Programs for opportunities of your choice. We also recommend checking with your university career services for more information.
Where can I find information about internships?
If you're looking to jump-start your career, participating in one of our internship programs 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 country of your choice and apply now.
What responsibilities do interns have?
Interns work with a team just like every other new employee or staff. This means that 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 IILC and how can I apply to go?
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 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 to the best performing interns. 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 Ernst & Young might be.
Developing your career
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 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 (Ernst & Young 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 fulfill 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.
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 been with us for a year, 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 manager 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 Ernst & Young but developing it is a mutual commitment. You're responsible for articulating your development needs and aspirations. We provide a supportive learning, teaming, 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 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, 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 understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.
What do people wear at Ernst & Young?
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 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 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 towards sustainability?
We recognize 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 organization 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 organization 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.
I have personal commitments that are important to me. Can I still join Ernst & Young?
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.