How to apply for a job at EY
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 EY.
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 EY 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 EY.
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 EY ready to welcome you and facilitate your transition to a new environment. You'll be assigned a 'buddy' who will introduce you to the EY 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 EY.
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 from 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 EY, 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 EY, who we are, our values, leadership and our services. You can visit EY.com website, EY India Facebook page or LinkedIn page to update yourself.
- Be professional
Take pride and be confident while interacting. We will be looking for professionalism in how you dress, how you speak and your body language. Always remember to carry a copy of your updated resume for the interview.
- Be punctual
Arrive at least ten minutes early and if – for reasons out of your control – you’re running late inform your interviewer.
- Be yourself
Be honest in your interaction with the interviewer(s), as we’re interested in the real you. Tell the interviewer about your work related interests, relevant experience and things you enjoy most about your career.
- Be interactive
Prepare a list of questions to ask your interviewer(s) about EY, our clients, the role and the opportunities we can offer you. Feel free to clarify doubts (if any) during the interview.
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 in your country of choice, go to Job search. Alternatively, contact your campus Placement Cell 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 placement cell. They'll tell you if your qualifications and interests are a match and whether you should sign up to meet an EY recruiter on campus. You may also wish to talk to your professors, or peers who've been on one of our internship programs.
For off campus applications please connect with the EY recruitment team located nearby your location.
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.
What happens when my CV/ resume is shortlisted?
Our team will connect with you once your resume shortlisted for the first round of selection 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.
Working at EY
How is EY structured?
EY is a global organization made up of member firms in 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 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 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 best fit. EY 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 EY?
The requirement for Chartered Accountancy qualifications depends on the opportunities you're most interested in and where you apply. We also hire MBAs, engineers, graduates, etc. 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 150 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 EY.
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 (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 fulfill them.
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 EY 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 EY
What hours will I work a 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 understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.
What do people wear at EY?
Our office dress policy is business formals. We're providing a professional service to our clients and they expect us to present business like image. It is therefore, important to dress appropriately at all times in and outside the office, whilst with clients, government agencies and in the professional community.
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?
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 EY'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 taken a voluntary pledge to become carbon neutral by 2020. In the same pursuit, 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 contribute your time to a charity or organization that benefits the environment.
How can I get involved with my local community?
We support volunteering and strongly encourage you to support your community in any way you can. The EY CSR club at each location gives our people a platform to come together and participate beyond donating in CSR initiatives in their location. About 2000 people have volunteered to be a part of this club.
What are the types of skills/expertise of our volunteers?
Our people provide their professional skills and capabilities by serving on not-for-profit boards, supporting schools, mentoring students, assisting high-impact entrepreneurs and striving to reduce our environmental footprint. We call it skills based volunteering and it gives our people extra experience in project management, teamwork and leadership.
What are the different CSR initiatives that involve our employee-volunteers?
Some of the employee volunteer initiatives are : Sponsor a child’s education, My NGO, Charities Aid Foundation India (CAF) – Give as you earn program, Running for a cause at Marathon, Voluntary blood donation drives, Clothes donation drive, Adopting schools / NGOs, Books donation drive and NGO melas. Click here for more details.
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.