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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 accelerate the development of your career and why you’ll enjoy working at a fast-paced global company.

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.

Your Strengths


At EY we break the mould when it comes to our Student recruitment by assessing strengths in our applicants rather than looking at competencies. Learn more about the strengths process.

Application process

EY Careers

There are eight steps to complete before your first day at EY. Find out exactly how the process works.

What we look for

EY Careers

We recruit people from all kinds of backgrounds and with all sorts of skills. However, we do look for some common values.

Interview tips


An interview is your chance to tell us about yourself and what you’d bring to EY.



The details about our application and selection process. Includes information about creating and accessing your online profile.

Student events


A great way to learn about the opportunities at EY is to come and meet us on campus. Find out where and when.

Apply Now

EY Careers

Understand how and where to apply for one of our Student vacancies now.


What are strengths?

A recruitment process is meant to be challenging.

It is important to us that you get the opportunity to show us who you really are, what your strengths are and if you have the attributes and ambition we need in our people. This is why we took the bold step to implement strengths-based recruitment for all our graduate and schools opportunities.

So what is a strength? Professor Alex Linley, who helped design our selection methodology, describes a Strength as “a pre-existing capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is authentic and energising to the user, and enables optimal functioning, development and performance”.

Understanding and utilising your strengths will help us define you as a person, and enable you to perform at your best in a role and have a fulfilling professional life.

We create all the assessment tools for our world-class training programmes by looking at the successful people in our business, and then design challenging and unbiased tests to assess your strengths. Every year we re-validate our all of our methods to ensure they work.

Recognise what you enjoy: these are your strengths and help you identify a role that's right for you. Watch our video to find out more.

What are we looking for?

In general, we're much more interested in the kind of person you are and the things you're naturally good at than what degree you studied at university. So we want you to be yourself and show us what you've got and how far you want to take your career. As you'd expect, we also ask you to have some minimum qualifications, so be sure to check the requirements when you apply.

The exact qualifications you'll need will depend on the programme you apply for. But here's what we usually look for:

  • Grade B or above for GCSE Mathematics and English Language
  • 300 UCAS points or equivalent (excluding General Studies and re-sits)
  • 2.1 degree in any discipline.

Assessing strengths, not just qualifications

Understanding and using your strengths will help us define you as a person, and enable you to perform to the best of your ability and have a fulfilling professional life.


Whether you are a school leaver looking to do something different, currently studying towards your undergraduate degree or you’re a post graduate looking to challenge yourself further, you’ll find a programme for you.

Log on to our Students Careers page, where you can search our Graduate, Undergraduate and Schools opportunities that we are accepting applications for.


Our application is made up of two parts:

  • Complete our online application form. This is your chance to tell us about yourself and achievements to date.
  • Complete an online strengths assessment. Once you've registered and submitted your application form, you will receive an email link to complete this assessment.

The strengths assessment will ask you to read a series of scenarios and then choose how you would respond in each scenario. The questions will require you to select one response, or rank your responses in order.

Try our sample strengths test to get an idea of what to expect before you complete the strengths test.

You will receive a decision on your application once only both parts have been submitted.

Psychometric Tests

Providing you are successful at application you will be required to complete an online psychometric test which tests your verbal, numeric and diagrammatic reasoning ability.


You will be invited to attend an interview that will ask you to demonstrate your strengths and your motivation for joining EY. We want to get to know you, so relax and be yourself.

Assessment Centre

You will take part in various activities such as a team meeting, a written report and an interview. This will give you a better feel for EY and helps us learn more about you.

Reasonable Adjustments & Disability

At EY we are committed to bringing together the right candidates to create the high performing teams that provide our clients with the exceptional service they expect. Our people advise some of the world’s most important organisations on the most complex business matters, which is why our people are vital to businesses, industries and economies everywhere. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experiences, creating a rich and diverse culture here at EY – one that can help you learn, develop and shape your career.

We encourage applicants to tell us about their disability and any reasonable adjustments they may require throughout the recruitment process and / or in the workplace. This will enable us to provide sufficient and appropriate support to candidates throughout the process.

If you have a disability or if there is any other reason which means you require a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process and / or in the workplace, we would encourage you to share this with us. This will enable us to provide sufficient and appropriate support to you throughout the recruitment process and if you join our organisation.

Please contact us on 0800 289 208 and we will work with you to ensure that your adjustments are implemented correctly.

In the application and selection process you need to stand out from the crowd. Watch our video to find out more.

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’ll feel comfortable within our working environment.

  • People who excel
    We aren't only looking for high academic achievers. We also want you to demonstrate leadership through extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
  • 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 who are different from you.
  • 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 to build strong relationships and enhance the services we provide to our clients.
  • 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.
  • 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 offer you a number of hints and tips to give you confidence on the big day, and take control of your own destiny.

  • Learn as much as you can about EY: who we are, our services, and 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 about our organization, our clients, the opportunities we can offer you and what you can expect from us. Remember that for EY the recruitment process is two-way so this is your time to decide if we are the right employer for you.
  • Try to relax and remember that we're interested in the real you: Our interviewers are trained to get the best from you. We know interviews can be stressful, but we want you to enjoy it. Listen carefully to each question and take time to think about your best answer.
  • Talk to us: we're friendly and always happy to answer your questions. Come along to one of our events on campus and ask our current graduates what it's really like to work at EY.
  • Get expert advice: your careers service can provide advice and guidance to help you complete your application form and even run you through practice interviews.

Come and say hello

If you really want to find out what EY is like and meet some of the people who’ve been through the graduate recruitment process, come along to one of our events on campus.

You can chat to high-flyers who were graduate recruits, and question fellow students who’ve been on one of our programmes. Get a feel for who we are and what makes us tick. In fact, ask us anything you like.

Find out about upcoming events.

Welcome to the EY online recruitment system

Here you can search and apply for our graduate and undergraduate vacancies across the UK and Ireland.


2014 applications

We are now recruiting for our 2014 graduate, undergraduate and schools vacancies. Any programmes or service lines not listed are currently not open for applications. However please check back regularly for updates.

Apply online for graduate, undergraduate or schools vacancies.

How to apply

Our application process is straight forward and should take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to complete. The step-by-step guide below outlines the process and will help you navigate our global recruitment system.

  • To view a list of business areas and locations for our student opportunities, use the links above and choose the vacancy and location you would like to apply to.
  • Register your details – these will be your secure log-on details and you will need them every time you access your application.
  • Complete the application process:
    • The online application form is split into sections – personal details, education and experience. It is important these are completed in full to allow our team to make a decision on your application.
    • You will have the opportunity to upload any relevant documents at the end of the application – however, you do not need to attach your CV or a cover letter.
    • When adding your university of study please specify the name of the University only (not the specific college) i.e. University of Cambridge. This helps with tracking your application.
    • You can save and log out of your application as many times as you like.
    • The system will time-out after 45mins of inactivity. To ensure you do not lose any part of your application click 'save and continue' regularly.
    • Please note that this is EY’s global recruitment system and some of the terminology may not be UK specific.
    • We will only accept one active application per person.
    • The system is accessible for disabled candidates. If you have any problems or need assistance completing your application online please contact the graduate recruitment team.
    • Once you press the submit button you will receive an automatic email acknowledging the receipt of the first part of your application.
  • You will then receive an email asking you to complete our strengths assessment – the second part of your application.
  • The strengths assessment will ask you to read a series of scenarios and then choose how you would respond in each scenario. The questions will require you to select one response, or rank your responses in order.
  • The strengths assessment should take around 30 minutes for you to complete. Please complete this within 3 days of submitting your online application.
  • Your application will then be reviewed by our graduate recruitment team.
  • Check your emails regularly – you will be informed of the outcome of your application within 3 working days.
  • Update your contact details regularly to ensure you can be contacted by our graduate recruitment team.

Where you can work

EY UK offices

Our offices

Our proximity to our clients can be critical to the service we provide for them. That’s why we operate from over 20 offices across the UK. Use our map to see our UK locations, and watch videos to get a snapshot of what life is like at a selection of our UK offices.

Apply now

Apply online for graduate, undergraduate or schools vacancies.

If you have any queries regarding your application or any aspects of our recruitment process, contact us on 0800 289 208 or e-mail:

Good luck!