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The support, advice and tips you need to apply for one of our programmes

Applying to an EY programme? Here's what you need to know

If you’re applying to any of our apprentice, work experience, undergraduate or graduate programmes, you’ll need to go through our online application process. Depending on the programme you are looking to apply for, the process may vary slightly and is explained below. We’ve made it clear and helpful, so you know what to expect at every stage. And in return for the effort you put in, we’ll share personalised feedback throughout the process on your strengths and potential.

We don’t want you to miss out on the programme you're interested in so we recommend you complete the stages as soon as you can. Our assessments aren't timed though and below we outline the time it should take you to complete.

Need help? Please let us know in advance if you require any reasonable adjustments. You can call us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

Click on each stage below to reveal the relevant application process and tips.

  • Stage 1: Registration

    First, you’ll need to create your account (remember these details so you can log back in easily).

    You’ll then need to choose your programme and your preferred location to work.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 1, please make sure:

    • You know which programme you want to apply for (remember, you can only apply for one)
    • Your computer or laptop has a working webcam, a microphone (internal or external), you have access to broadband or high-speed internet and you’re able to install software (you’ll be prompted to install the latest version of Adobe Flash during Stage 3). While our application process works best on Chrome, it’s also supported by Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE10 and later)

    Once finished you’ll go on to stage 2 – Learning about you.

  • Stage 2: Learning about you

    After registering, we'll be looking to learn all about you. It’s where you enter your personal details and experience.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 2, please make sure:

    • When filling out your details, please read the instructions carefully and provide all the details of your qualifications. Finally – it sounds obvious – but don’t forget to proofread your answers before submitting them.

    Ready? Great, let’s get started.

    We’ll let you know immediately if you’re through to the next stage.

  • Stage 3: Learning for the changing world

    Technology is changing our world – but how is it affecting the way people work? You’ll explore this with case studies, multiple-choice questions and an online test. This will allow us to identify your key strengths and the things that you’re naturally good at for this technology-focused world.

    To make the most of Stage 3, we recommend that you:

    • Use a computer or laptop, rather than a mobile or smartphone
    • Set aside some quiet time to complete the task
    • You may benefit from having a calculator, pen and paper to hand

    During this stage you will also be asked to take a numerical reasoning test (NRT) – this needs to be completed in one sitting (we recommend doing this in a quiet space and using Internet Explorer or Chrome. Avoid using a Mac as this can cause issues). We encourage you to practice as many numerical tests as you can prior to this stage. There are lots of them available online.

    Once you’ve completed the assessment, you’ll receive personalised feedback on the strengths you displayed in the test – and the ones you can improve on. We’ll also let you know if you’re progressing to Stage 4: Learning on the job.

  • Stage 4: Learning on the job

    Want to know if you’re right for the programme you’ve applied to? That’s what Stage 4 is all about. Using real work-based scenarios, we explore different aspects of your potential role and how your individual strengths will fit at EY.      

    There are 14 questions in total for this stage. They’re a mix of multiple-choice, written and video answers – there’s no time limit, but it must be completed in one sitting. On average, this stage will take around 45 minutes.

    Stage 4 involves videoing two of your answers, so we recommend that you:

    • Have the latest version of Chrome on your computer or laptop, or the latest version of Adobe Flash
    • Check that your computer’s webcam and microphone (internal or external) are working – you’ll also have the opportunity to do this in the assessment itself
    • Use broadband or high-speed internet to ensure the video quality is good
    • Check the lighting in the room to make sure your face isn’t hidden in the shadows and try to keep the background in your video as plain as possible
    • While videoing your answers, think about the person who’ll be viewing it. Look into the camera and don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm for the topic. We also recommend thinking of this as a quick first interview, dress accordingly, so it's probably best you don't wear your pyjamas!
    • Finally, don’t worry if the idea of videoing yourself makes you nervous – we’ll give you a practice round first, so if your first try doesn’t go well, you can re-record it. But please do remember, for your actual answers, you won’t get the opportunity to redo them.

    Once you’ve completed this stage, we’ll share personalised feedback that identifies your key strengths for the world of work, how you can develop them further, and tips and ideas for the strengths you can improve on. We believe this will be helpful for you, no matter where you choose to work.

    If you pass this, we’ll let you know if you’ve progressed to Stage 5: Learning in Person where we get to meet each other.

  • Stage 5: Learning in person

    If you’ve made it to this stage – congratulations! The next step is to join an EY Experience Day.

    In light of recent developments regarding Covid-19, and to protect the health and well-being of our people and candidates, we’re adapting your upcoming EY Experience Day to take place virtually.

    There are a few things to note before the day:

    • When we contact you to confirm that you’re through to this final stage, you’ll have 48 hours to respond to the invitation and confirm your attendance. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll assume that you won’t be joining us for the EY Experience Day
    • And we won’t be able to move the date of the EY Experience Day – this is fixed based on the programme and location you applied to

    On the day of your virtual EY Experience you'll take part in a number of activities. During the exercises, you'll be required to use a webcam facility in order to interact with your assessor.

    The day is designed to see if you have the strengths needed for your role at EY but it’s also a chance to see if EY is right for you.

    You’ll receive all the details of the day closer to the time, but here are some top tips and a checklist for you in the meantime to be sure you have everything you need before the day.

    Top tips!

    • To avoid major technical issues on the day, ensure you have downloaded Google Chrome for Windows and MacOS software
    • Ensure you're at home
    • Ensure you're using a computer with a strong internet connection
    • Do NOT use a mobile phone for the call
    • Make sure you have found somewhere quiet and private to complete your EY Experience Day, with no distractions
    • During the exercises, you'll be required to use a webcam to allow you to interact accordingly with your assessor – so remember to dress appropriately
    • Ensure you have access to a calculator and a notepad/pen

    After the event, we'll let you know if you've been successful. You’ll then receive information about stage 6 – final interview.

  • Stage 6: Final interview

    The final stage of the process is a final interview with a senior representative from the business. In light of recent developments regarding Covid-19, all final interviews will now take place virtually using video call technology.

    You’ll take part in a short discussion and talk about your motivations for the role you’ve applied for.

    We’ll be in contact with you soon after to let you know if you’ve secured a role with us.

  • Stage 1: Registration

    First, you’ll need to create your account (remember these details so you can log back in easily).

    You’ll then need to choose your programme and your preferred location to work.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 1, please make sure:

    • You know which programme you want to apply for (remember, you can only apply for one)
    • Your computer or laptop has a working webcam, a microphone (internal or external), you have access to broadband or high-speed internet and you’re able to install software (you’ll be prompted to install the latest version of Adobe Flash during Stage 3). While our application process works best on Chrome, it’s also supported by Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE10 and later)

    Once finished you’ll go on to stage 2 – Learning about you.

  • Stage 2: Learning about you

    After registering, we'll be looking to learn all about you. It’s where you enter your personal details and experience.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 2, please make sure:

    • When filling out your details, please read the instructions carefully and provide all the details of your qualifications. Finally – it sounds obvious – but don’t forget to proofread your answers before submitting them.

    Ready? Great, let’s get started.

    We’ll let you know immediately if you’re through to the next stage.

  • Stage 3: Learning for the changing world

    Technology is changing our world – but how is it affecting the way people work? You’ll explore this with case studies, multiple-choice questions and an online test. This will allow us to identify your key strengths and the things that you’re naturally good at for this technology-focused world.

    To make the most of Stage 3, we recommend that you:

    • Use a computer or laptop, rather than a mobile or smartphone
    • Set aside some quiet time to complete the task
    • You may benefit from having a calculator, pen and paper to hand

    During this stage you will also be asked to take a numerical reasoning test (NRT) – this needs to be completed in one sitting (we recommend doing this in a quiet space and using Internet Explorer or Chrome. Avoid using a Mac as this can cause issues). We encourage you to practice as many numerical tests as you can prior to this stage. There are lots of them available online.

    Once you’ve completed the assessment, you’ll receive personalised feedback on the strengths you displayed in the test – and the ones you can improve on. We’ll also let you know if you’re progressing to Stage 4: Learning on the job.

  • Stage 4: Learning on the job

    Want to know if you’re right for the programme you’ve applied to? That’s what Stage 4 is all about. Using real work-based scenarios, we explore different aspects of your potential role and how your individual strengths will fit at EY.      

    There are 14 questions in total for this stage. They’re a mix of multiple-choice, written and video answers – there’s no time limit, but it must be completed in one sitting. On average, this stage will take around 45 minutes.

    Stage 4 involves videoing two of your answers, so we recommend that you:

    • Have the latest version of Chrome on your computer or laptop, or the latest version of Adobe Flash
    • Check that your computer’s webcam and microphone (internal or external) are working – you’ll also have the opportunity to do this in the assessment itself
    • Use broadband or high-speed internet to ensure the video quality is good
    • Check the lighting in the room to make sure your face isn’t hidden in the shadows and try to keep the background in your video as plain as possible
    • While videoing your answers, think about the person who’ll be viewing it. Look into the camera and don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm for the topic. We also recommend thinking of this as a quick first interview, dress accordingly, so it's probably best you don't wear your pyjamas!
    • Finally, don’t worry if the idea of videoing yourself makes you nervous – we’ll give you a practice round first, so if your first try doesn’t go well, you can re-record it. But please do remember, for your actual answers, you won’t get the opportunity to redo them.

    Once you’ve completed this stage, we’ll share personalised feedback that identifies your key strengths for the world of work, how you can develop them further, and tips and ideas for the strengths you can improve on. We believe this will be helpful for you, no matter where you choose to work.

    If you pass this, we’ll let you know if you’ve progressed to Stage 5: Learning in Person where we get to meet each other.

  • Stage 5: Learning in person

    If you’ve made it to this stage – congratulations! The next step is to join an EY Experience Day.

    In light of recent developments regarding Covid-19, and to protect the health and well-being of our people and candidates, we’re adapting your upcoming EY Experience Day to take place virtually.

    There are a few things to note before the day:

    • When we contact you to confirm that you’re through to this final stage, you’ll have 48 hours to respond to the invitation and confirm your attendance. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll assume that you won’t be joining us for the EY Experience Day
    • And we won’t be able to move the date of the EY Experience Day – this is fixed based on the programme and location you applied to

    On the day of your virtual EY Experience you'll take part in a number of activities. During the exercises, you'll be required to use a webcam facility in order to interact with your assessor.

    The day is designed to see if you have the strengths needed for your role at EY but it’s also a chance to see if EY is right for you.

    You’ll receive all the details of the day closer to the time, but here are some top tips and a checklist for you in the meantime to be sure you have everything you need before the day.

    Top tips!

    • To avoid major technical issues on the day, ensure you have downloaded Google Chrome for Windows and MacOS software
    • Ensure you're at home
    • Ensure you're using a computer with a strong internet connection
    • Do NOT use a mobile phone for the call
    • Make sure you have found somewhere quiet and private to complete your EY Experience Day, with no distractions
    • During the exercises, you'll be required to use a webcam to allow you to interact accordingly with your assessor – so remember to dress appropriately
    • Ensure you have access to a calculator and a notepad/pen

    After the event, we'll let you know if you've been successful and have secured a place!

  • Stage 1: Registration

    First, you’ll need to create your account (remember these details so you can log back in easily).

    You’ll then need to choose your programme and your preferred location to work.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 1, please make sure:

    • You know which programme you want to apply for (remember, you can only apply for one)
    • Your computer or laptop has a working webcam, a microphone (internal or external), you have access to broadband or high-speed internet and you’re able to install software (you’ll be prompted to install the latest version of Adobe Flash during Stage 3). While our application process works best on Chrome, it’s also supported by Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE10 and later)

    Once finished you’ll go on to stage 2 – Learning about you.

  • Stage 2: Learning about you

    After registering, we'll be looking to learn all about you. It’s where you enter your personal details and experience.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 2, please make sure:

    • When filling out your details, please read the instructions carefully and provide all the details of your qualifications. Finally – it sounds obvious – but don’t forget to proofread your answers before submitting them.

    Ready? Great, let’s get started.

    We’ll let you know immediately if you’re through to the next stage.

  • Stage 3: Learning for the changing world

    Technology is changing our world – but how is it affecting the way people work? You’ll explore this with case studies, multiple-choice questions and an online test. This will allow us to identify your key strengths and the things that you’re naturally good at for this technology-focused world.

    To make the most of Stage 3, we recommend that you:

    • Use a computer or laptop, rather than a mobile or smartphone
    • Set aside some quiet time to complete the task
    • You may benefit from having a calculator, pen and paper to hand

    During this stage you will also be asked to take a numerical reasoning test (NRT) – this needs to be completed in one sitting (we recommend doing this in a quiet space and using Internet Explorer or Chrome. Avoid using a Mac as this can cause issues). We encourage you to practice as many numerical tests as you can prior to this stage. There are lots of them available online.

    Once you’ve completed the assessment, you’ll receive personalised feedback on the strengths you displayed in the test – and the ones you can improve on. We’ll also let you know if you’re progressing to Stage 4: Learning on the job.

  • Stage 4: Learning on the job

    Want to know if you’re right for the programme you’ve applied to? That’s what Stage 4 is all about. Using real work-based scenarios, we explore different aspects of your potential role and how your individual strengths will fit at EY.        

    There are 14 questions in total for this stage. They’re a mix of multiple-choice, written and video answers – there’s no time limit, but it must be completed in one sitting. On average, this stage will take around 45 minutes.

    Stage 4 involves videoing two of your answers, so we recommend that you:

    • Have the latest version of Chrome on your computer or laptop, or the latest version of Adobe Flash
    • Check that your computer’s webcam and microphone (internal or external) are working – you’ll also have the opportunity to do this in the assessment itself
    • Use broadband or high-speed internet to ensure the video quality is good
    • Check the lighting in the room to make sure your face isn’t hidden in the shadows and try to keep the background in your video as plain as possible
    • While videoing your answers, think about the person who’ll be viewing it. Look into the camera and don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm for the topic. We also recommend thinking of this as a quick first interview, dress accordingly, so it's probably best you don't wear your pyjamas!
    • Finally, don’t worry if the idea of videoing yourself makes you nervous – we’ll give you a practice round first, so if your first try doesn’t go well, you can re-record it. But please do remember, for your actual answers, you won’t get the opportunity to redo them.

    Once you’ve completed this stage, we’ll share personalised feedback that identifies your key strengths for the world of work, how you can develop them further, and tips and ideas for the strengths you can improve on. We believe this will be helpful for you, no matter where you choose to work.

    We’ll also be in touch to let you know if you’ve secured a place!

  • Stage 1: Registration

    First, you’ll need to create your account (remember these details so you can log back in easily).

    You’ll then need to choose your programme and your preferred location to work.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 1, please make sure:

    • You know which programme you want to apply for (remember, you can only apply for one)
    • Your computer or laptop has a working webcam, a microphone (internal or external), you have access to broadband or high-speed internet and you’re able to install software (you’ll be prompted to install the latest version of Adobe Flash during Stage 3). While our application process works best on Chrome, it’s also supported by Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE10 and later)

    Once finished you’ll go on to stage 2 – Learning about you.

  • Stage 2: Learning about you

    After registering, we'll be looking to learn all about you. It’s where you enter your personal details and experience.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 2, please make sure:

    • When filling out your details, please read the instructions carefully and provide all the details of your qualifications. Finally – it sounds obvious – but don’t forget to proofread your answers before submitting them.

    Ready? Great, let’s get started.

    We’ll let you know immediately if you’re through to the next stage.

  • Stage 3: Learning on the job

    During this stage you will also be asked to take a numerical reasoning test (NRT) – this needs to be completed in one sitting (we recommend doing this in a quiet space and using Internet Explorer or Chrome. Avoid using a Mac as this can cause issues). 

    On average, this stage will take 60-90 minutes to complete although this stage is not timed so you can spend longer if needed.

    We encourage you to practice as many numerical tests as you can prior to this stage. There are lots of them available online.

    Once you’ve completed this stage, we’ll share personalised feedback that identifies your key strengths for the world of work, how you can develop them further, and tips and ideas for the strengths you can improve on. We believe this will be helpful for you, no matter where you choose to work.

    If you pass this, we’ll let you know if you’ve progressed to stage 4 - career coaching call

  • Stage 4: Career coaching call

    In this stage you’ll speak with a member of our team, over the phone in a coaching interview.

    • This call will last approximately 20 minutes and we’ll ask you a couple of questions around your motivations to join EY, which will be assessed.
    • We recommend you receive the call somewhere quiet and comfortable, with enough signal and battery. We will call you using the telephone number provided on your application so log back into your candidate portal to update if required.

    Once you’ve completed this stage, we’ll share personalised feedback that identifies your key strengths for the world of work, how you can develop them further, and tips and ideas for the strengths you can improve on. We believe this will be helpful for you, no matter where you choose to work.

    If you're successful, we’ll let you know if you’ve progressed to stage 5 - learning in person.

  • Stage 5: Learning in person

    If you’ve made it to this stage – congratulations! The next step is to join an EY Experience Day.

    In light of recent developments regarding Covid-19, and to protect the health and well-being of our people and candidates, we’re adapting your upcoming EY Experience Day to take place virtually.

    There are a few things to note before the day:

    • When we contact you to confirm that you’re through to this final stage, you’ll have 48 hours to respond to the invitation and confirm your attendance. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll assume that you won’t be joining us for the EY Experience Day
    • And we won’t be able to move the date of the EY Experience Day – this is fixed based on the programme and location you applied to

    On the day of your virtual EY Experience you'll take part in a number of activities. During the exercises, you'll be required to use a webcam facility in order to interact with your assessor.

    The day is designed to see if you have the strengths needed for your role at EY but it’s also a chance to see if EY is right for you.

    You’ll receive all the details of the day closer to the time, but here are some top tips and a checklist for you in the meantime to be sure you have everything you need before the day.

    Top tips!

    • To avoid major technical issues on the day, ensure you have downloaded Google Chrome for Windows and MacOS software
    • Ensure you're at home
    • Ensure you're using a computer with a strong internet connection
    • Do NOT use a mobile phone for the call
    • Make sure you have found somewhere quiet and private to complete your EY Experience Day, with no distractions
    • During the exercises, you'll be required to use a webcam to allow you to interact accordingly with your assessor – so remember to dress appropriately
    • Ensure you have access to a calculator and a notepad/pen

    After the event, we'll let you know if you've been successful. You’ll then receive information about stage 6 – final interview.

  • Stage 6: Final interview

    The final stage of the process is a final interview with a senior representative from the business. In light of recent developments regarding Covid-19, all final interviews will now take place virtually using video call technology.

    You’ll take part in a short discussion and talk about your motivations for the role you’ve applied for.

    We’ll be in contact with you soon after to let you know if you’ve secured a role with us.

  • Stage 1: Registration

    First, you’ll need to create your account (remember these details so you can log back in easily).

    You’ll then need to choose your programme and your preferred location to work.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 1, please make sure:

    • You know which programme you want to apply for (remember, you can only apply for one)
    • Your computer or laptop has a working webcam, a microphone (internal or external), you have access to broadband or high-speed internet and you’re able to install software (you’ll be prompted to install the latest version of Adobe Flash during Stage 3). While our application process works best on Chrome, it’s also supported by Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE10 and later)

    Once finished you’ll go on to stage 2 – Learning about you.

  • Stage 2: Learning about you

    After registering, we'll be looking to learn all about you. It’s where you enter your personal details and experience.

    We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible. So, before you get started with Stage 2, please make sure:

    • When filling out your details, please read the instructions carefully and provide all the details of your qualifications. Finally – it sounds obvious – but don’t forget to proofread your answers before submitting them.

    Ready? Great, let’s get started.

    We’ll let you know immediately if you’re through to the next stage.

  • Stage 3: Learning for the changing world

    Technology is changing our world – but how is it affecting the way people work? You’ll explore this with case studies, multiple-choice questions and an online test. This will allow us to identify your key strengths and the things that you’re naturally good at for this technology-focused world.

    To make the most of Stage 3, we recommend that you:

    • Use a computer or laptop, rather than a mobile or smartphone
    • Set aside some quiet time to complete the task
    • You may benefit from having a calculator, pen and paper to hand

    During this stage you will also be asked to take a numerical reasoning test (NRT) – this needs to be completed in one sitting (we recommend doing this in a quiet space and using Internet Explorer or Chrome. Avoid using a Mac as this can cause issues). 

    On average, this stage will take 60-90 minutes to complete although this stage is not timed so you can spend longer if needed.

    We encourage you to practice as many numerical tests as you can prior to this stage. There are lots of them available online.

    Once you’ve completed the assessment, you’ll receive personalised feedback on the strengths you displayed in the test – and the ones you can improve on. We’ll also let you know if you’ve secured a place! 

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