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 six 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Apply online
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.
4. Complete the assessment process
Depending on the role you apply to, you may be asked to participate in an Assessment Centre. This will include exercises such as a group assessment and an interview with a Partner/Director/Manager. Your interview gives you the chance to get to know us better, while we gain a greater understanding of you and your strengths.
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
We’ll give you more information when we invite you to the assessment centre.
5. 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.
6. 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 take part in campus networking events and possibly 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
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’re not 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 recognise 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, your future and achieving your potential.
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 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 EY 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 EY.
- Visit your careers service for advice on completing your application form and practicing interviews.
If you're an international student keen to join us as an intern, a graduate or attend the Career Compass Program, you'll need to meet the following criteria.
- You currently reside in New Zealand.
- You're currently enrolled in a degree at a New Zealand university. Prior to joining EY full time and at the time of submitting your permanent residency application, you must have completed two years of your full time accounting degree at that campus.
- You must be eligible to apply for New Zealand permanent residency and apply for residency immediately when you complete your degree.
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 been on one of our programmes. It's an ideal opportunity to discover more about our organisation and explore what's on offer.
To learn about forthcoming events, speak to your university careers advisor.
We look forward to saying hello and getting to know you in 2013/2014.
Frequently asked questions
If you have a question that needs an answer find out more in the sections below:
Applying to EY
I'm a student. What are my opportunities with EY?
Depending on the office in which you're interested in working, you may be eligible for the Career Compass, Intern or Graduate Programme. As an intern, you gain three months work experience with us in your penultimate year of university. As a graduate, you join us as a permanent employee following the completion of your university studies.
Regardless whether you start as an intern, or as a participant of the Career Compass Programme, all have the potential to become full-time positions. Go to Student Programmes to learn more about the opportunities available.
How do I start the application process?
Familiarise yourself with our eligibility requirements. If you meet these requirements you can complete the online application form. You'll need to attach an electronic copy of your academic transcript and CV. Applications for all of our programs can be submitted through our website.
I've just graduated, can I apply now or am I too late?
You can apply to our Graduate Program within 18 months from your graduation date at the time of application. Lodge your application once we've opened the process, which we do each year, normally in March. Check our website for the exact dates.
Do you offer positions to international students studying at New Zealand universities?
Yes. Our Career Compass, Intern and Graduate Programmes are open to international students. Find out more about our requirements.
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. These include human resources, information systems, information technology, computer science, engineering, law, science, economics, finance, maths, arts and psychology.
Do you accept applications from post-graduate students?
Yes, we do. We employ post-graduates with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences who have completed Honours, Masters, MBA and Graduate Diploma courses into our Intern and Graduate Programmes and also consider them for experienced hire opportunities.
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.
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
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. You may wish to talk to your lecturers, campus careers advisors or peers who've been on one of our Intern Programmes. You'll see us on campus or at our offices so you have an opportunity to ask us questions. It's worth checking out our Facebook® page - Ernst & Young Careers - Australia & New Zealand. It provides more information and insights that will help you make an informed decision about pursuing a career with Ernst & Young. Or you can contact us at 0800 EYGRAD or email@example.com
What happens once we receive your application?
As soon as we receive your application, we'll send you a confirmation email. If your application meets our requirements, we'll then invite you to attend an assessment centre. For helpful tips on how to prepare for an interview, click here.
Working at EY
How is EY structured?
EY is a global organisation 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 partnership with our Global Executive, headed up by our CEO, Jim Turley. 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 167,000 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 specialisation. Have a good look around our website to get a feel for who we are and the services we offer. Then speak with your lecturers, recruiters, 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 for you to consider. Invest 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 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 organisation'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. Review our staff benefits.
Do you offer work experience?
We don't currently offer work experience placements but if you're in the penultimate year of your degree, you can apply for our Intern Programme. Please go to student programmes for more opportunities. We also recommend checking with your school careers advisor or university career services for more information.
Where can I find information about the Intern Programme?
If you're looking to jump-start your career, participating in our Intern Programme 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 programmes available in the location of your choice and apply now.
What responsibilities do interns have?
Interns work with a team just like every other new graduate staff. Your experience will differ depending on the service line you join. However, the intern programme is designed to give you a taste for what a full-time position would involve so you'll gain exposure to different managers and businesses, be involved in collecting and analysing data, helping prepare presentation 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 IILC?
The Int ernational 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 and vacationers from all over the world. IILC gives vacationers 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 EY might be.
Developing your career
How will I continue to grow as a professional?
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.
Will EY help me get my Chartered Accountant qualification?
Yes, we provide you with assistance to pass the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountant's Chartered Accountant (CA) program. We provide:
- financial assistance (subject to terms and conditions) and study support material
- study leave
- study support workshops
- business unit support through CA partners and employees
- payment of membership fees
We also support the Law professionals, CFA and CISA and other relevant business, financial and professional courses.
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 spent some time with us, 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, 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's expected of me in the first few days, weeks and months of my career?
Regardless whether you join us as an intern 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.
When will I start work?
Graduate positions commence in the new year, usually in February, and some divisions offer a mid-year start which is generally in July. Depending on the needs of the business we may be able to offer you some flexibility in terms of your start date. Intern positions are over the summer vacation period running from December until February with a break over the Christmas and New Year period.
What hours will I work a week?
Our core hours of work are from 8.30am to 5.00pm. However, 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 counsellor, you'll be able understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.
What is the average starting salary?
In addition to the training, development and support you receive during your career, we reward you for your commitment and potential through performance based remuneration, flexibility and a range of benefits. We know your salary isn't the most important thing but we know it's important. That's why we spend a significant amount of time reviewing market salary data to ensure we offer you a salary that is attractive and commensurate with our competitors. And, this continues throughout your career as we review market data on an ongoing basis.
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. 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 behaviours. 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 recognise 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 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 in our offices that promote responsible practices or you can contribute your time to a charity or organisation 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. 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.