Joining EY

Joining EY
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Becoming part of EY

Your next career move should be a step towards meeting your goals and realising your potential: you need to be certain it’s in the right direction. This site gives you insight into life at EY – how we’ll help you to develop your career and why working here provides opportunities and experiences you won’t find elsewhere.

Use the tabs on this page to find out more about the application process and how you can make sure that you have the best chance of success.

Application process

Our selection process gives us both an opportunity to decide whether we fit together.

What we look for

Our selection criteria ensure that you'll be working with like-minded people.

Interview tips

We want to help you be fully prepared for your interview so that you can make the best impression.


Find the answers to all the common questions we're asked about our application, interview and selection process.


Joining EY – the practicalities

As an experienced professional, you know how important culture and team fit are to success. Our selection process will help us both assess if we fit together and whether you’re likely to succeed at EY.

There are three steps to complete before we can welcome you on board:

1. Search and apply online

Visit Job search to look for opportunities in our service lines Jobs are listed by service-line as well as location, and you’ll find more detailed information about specific requirements in the job descriptions. You can save your application at any point and return to it if necessary. To apply for more than one position, or to work in more than one location, you will need to complete an application form for each position. We’ll let you know when we receive your information and if your application meets our requirements, we’ll invite you to an interview.

2. Interview and assessment

Once your application is screened and meets our criteria we will contact you to arrange an initial conversation either by telephone or at one of our offices. Following our first conversation we will decide whether to progress your application further. Each service-line varies a little, but in most cases success at the initial conversation will progress the applicant to a further face-to-face interview and this may also include a short written assessment.

3. Decision-making and job offer

Decisions will be made shortly after each stage of the selection process. After final interview and assessment a formal offer will be made in writing to successful applicants. If you successfully complete the interview and selection process, we’ll make you a formal offer in writing. There will be every opportunity to ask questions or clarify any particular terms. After that it’s time to agree a date to join the firm.

Different backgrounds – shared values

There are a number of criteria that we ask you to meet. If you do, you can relax in the knowledge that you'll feel comfortable within our working environment – and that you'll be working with people who share your values.

People who excel

We look for high performers, who consistently deliver quality work while continually looking for ways to improve.

People with integrity

We want you to have a clear sense of personal and professional accountability and know how to build relationships by doing the right thing.

People who are good at working with those of different backgrounds from their own

We seek individuals who are good at listening, learning, sharing, developing and collaborating – welcoming and helping people from different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to perform at their best.

People with the courage to lead

We want people who inspire and motivate others and provide clear direction and encouragement in times of both prosperity and challenge.

People with energy and enthusiasm

We look for people who demonstrate drive, vision and determination, who are passionate about helping our clients to achieve their potential.

People with the right experience

We want people who understand the challenges of working in a professional services environment, and are focused on achieving and delivering the best for our clients.

EY interview tips: be at your best

What can you expect in the interview? How can you best prepare to make a good impression? You may find the following tips helpful:

Be prepared

At this stage in your career, you need to prepare for a challenging interview. Be able to articulate how your strengths, work experience and career goals will enable you to succeed in our organisation.

Be proactive

Prepare a list of questions to ask your interviewer(s) so you can assess whether EY is the right place for you. Research our organisation, who we are, what we do, what we stand for and our strategic direction.

Be yourself

At EY, you’ll find an open and approachable culture. We want and expect to see the real you.

Frequently asked questions

Application, interview, selection and beyond

Make sure you find out everything you can about our application, interview and selection process. You can also learn more about what it’s like working here, your career development and life at EY.


Applying for jobs at EY

Where can I learn about open opportunities with EY?

Visit 'Job search' for opportunities in Advisory, Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Support Services. We list jobs by service line as well as by location. You'll also find more detailed information about specific requirements within each job description. You can either apply online or 'Add to my job cart' to apply after reviewing various job opportunities.

You can do basic or advanced searches, fill in a simple general profile application or, if you activate the 'Jobs matching my profile' functionality, we will inform you about new job opportunities according to your preferences. Please note that by using 'Save this search' you can save your searches so that when you come back you can reuse those criteria.

How do I start the application process?

Go to 'Job search' and browse the list of job opportunities available in your country of choice. Once you've identified a suitable position(s), apply online and submit your CV/resume. We'll send you an acknowledging e-mail when we have received your information. If your application meets our requirements, we'll invite you for an interview. Visit Joining EY or Interview tips for more information on the process.

How do I submit my CV/resume online?

To increase your opportunities to succeed, we encourage you to submit your profile directly to an open position. Identify your area(s) of interest, search for jobs, select 'Apply now', fill in a personal profile and submit your CV/resume.

You can submit personal and professional information by uploading a CV/resume. The system will automatically extract the relevant information in the CV/resume and fill in part of the online submission. You can review the extracted information and make the appropriate changes in the next steps. There is a character limit of 2,500 for the 'Work experience' section of the CV/resume. If the number of characters exceeds 2,500 the CV/resume will not be uploaded. The following file formats can be uploaded: .doc, .wpd, .xls, .txt, .rtf, .htm/.html, .pdf or .zip.

What should I do if I can't find an opportunity that matches my skills?

You can set up a job alert so that you are notified as soon as there is an opening. Make a note to come back and check the site regularly for suitable opportunities too. This will help increase your chances of success.

Should I submit my CV/resume for every position in which I am interested?

Yes. Every position is filled separately, so you should submit a CV/resume for every opening and location for which you'd like to be considered.

How can I search for jobs in different languages?

We have 12 languages available: English, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Dutch. You can scroll to the bottom of the page to see which languages are available depending on the job opportunities in each country.

I have a visual impairment. Can you adapt your site to assist me in searching for jobs?

Yes, EY can make adaptions. Please get in touch with our recruitment team by calling 01 221 2174.

Can I apply for a job outside the Ireland?

You can apply for any open position(s) you see in any of the 140 countries in which we have offices. Your eligibility will depend on the hiring country's qualification requirements, employment laws, work permit and/or visa requirements.

If I submit my CV/resume for a specific position, how long will it be before I find out if I'm being considered?

When you submit your application online, we'll immediately send you an e-mail acknowledging that your information has been successfully received. If your qualifications and experience match our requirements, a recruiter will contact you to discuss your CV/resume in more detail. Because we receive so many applications, we can’t make personal contact with everyone who applies for a position.

Where can I get online help if I have questions about filling in my application?

Go to the top right side of your screen and click 'Contact us'. Select your country in the 'Select a location specific to your query' field. Fill in all required fields, adding in your question(s) in the comments box. An e-mail will be sent to the relevant country and a Recruitment team member will contact you to answer your query.

What is the difference between a General Profile and a Job Application?

A Job Application is when you identify a specific job opportunity which is suitable for you and you decide to apply for that position. That way the recruiter will see you as a new candidate for this specific position. By going to the 'Candidate profile' section at the right of the screen, you can fill in a General Application, which won‘t be attached to any specific role. That means you will be an active candidate in our database that recruiters can find whenever they perform a search on your preferences and qualifications.

Can I update my profile and job submissions?

Yes, you can delete your profile and job submissions whenever you want. To delete your account, log into your profile and then click on 'My account options', where you will find a 'Delete' link. Click on this link and follow the online instructions to delete your account.

Can I delete my profile and job submissions?

Yes, you can delete your profile and job submissions whenever you want. To delete your account, log into your profile and then click on 'My account options', where you will find a 'Delete' link. Click on this link and follow the online instructions to delete your account.

How can I receive job-posting notifications?

To receive job-posting notifications, go into your profile, click on 'My account options', scroll down to the correspondence section, click on the 'Edit' link and select 'Send me an e-mail notification whenever a new position matching my profile is posted (job-posting notification)'.

How can I retrieve my username or password?

Click on the link to go into your profile and, on the log in page, click on 'Forgot password' or 'Forgot username'. Follow the online instructions and you will then receive an e-mail with your request.



Working at EY

How is EY structured?

EY is a global organisation made up of member firms in more than 150 countries. Each member firm is owned by its partners, who have operational control of their business.

In order to maintain the same high standards of service in each location, we have a global governance structure. This consists of four geographic Areas, each with an Area Executive that works closely with our Global Executive, which is headed by our CEO, Mark Weinberger.

To support our efforts as a global organisation, we also have a global entity, EY Global, which works strategically with all our areas to ensure consistency and excellence in all our activities around the world.

Where does EY have offices around the world?

EY has 190,000 people working in more than 150 countries around the world. See our map.

What do EY professionals in the different service lines really do?

Use the links below for in-depth information about each of our main service lines, their various sub-service lines and areas of focus.

Advisory helps organisations to manage their risks and achieve sustained improvements in performance.

Assurance gives stakeholders peace of mind about the validity of financial statements or other vital business information.

Tax helps clients to comply with and navigate through the complexities of international tax strategies and regimes.

Transa ctions helps clients to buy, sell and merge with other organisations.

Support Services manages and operates our internal functions to support all aspects of our business.

What is the organisation’s policy on flexible working?

We are committed to supporting our people professionally and personally. Our formal flexible working policies are open to everyone regardless of caring commitments or seniority.

People may choose to work flexibly for many different reasons for example one of our senior managers is a professional musician who wants to combine this with his career at EY.

Just as important as our formal policies however is our commitment to informal flexibility. We know that people work hard here and we trust them to deliver on their commitments. In return, we want to offer some degree of choice over how, when and where the work gets done. In practice, this might mean that someone comes to work after doing the school drop-off, goes to the gym during the working day, or occasionally works from a different location (home, a different office or client site, for example). So we work together to meet the needs of our business, our teams and our people.


Developing your career at EY

How will I continue to grow as a professional?

You want to realise your ambitions and advance your career and we want to help you. We have a learning and development framework called EYU (EY and you) that will help you to see what training you need to achieve your potential and how to make the most of the teaching, coaching and experience we provide. Your development is a mutual commitment: we provide an infrastructure which supports your growth, while you take responsibility for articulating your needs and making the most of your opportunities. Together, we'll help you reach your aspirations.

What kind of training can I expect from EY?

Training is a core part of our learning and development framework, EYU (EY and you). We'll help you to address your specific needs through award-winning formal learning, both classroom-based and virtual. No matter where you are, you'll have access to global tools and resources to build your technical competencies, as well as the business and relationship skills that you need to succeed. And you'll also benefit from informal training through on-the-job coaching, skills-based volunteering and mentoring. You can learn more by reading the section on Your development of this site.

What influence will I have over my career progression?

You are in charge of 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, high-performing, learning, team environment, which will help you to become a leader in your chosen service line. We offer plenty of career options and, wherever possible, we allow flexibility, so you can balance the demands of your professional and personal life. In return, you take responsibility for your professional and personal growth and for performing at your best every day.

Do I have to travel to develop my career?

The amount you travel depends on the service line you join, your area of focus and the clients you serve. While travel is not a requirement for career development, we strongly encourage diversity of experience. You can discuss likely travel requirements in more detail during your interview.

What if I join and then want to explore international opportunities?

At EY we have a culture which encourages mobility. If you are with us for over a year, have a record of performance and the right skills and qualifications, we’ll urge you to explore the global opportunities available through various short- and long-term secondments. Go to 'Job search' to learn more about all available opportunities, and to our website for more details on mobility programmes we offer once you've joined.

How can I find out where I might use my previous skills and experience?

You'll find specific information about our service lines, sectors and areas of focus on our careers pages, as well as on the main pages. Once you've identified where you're most likely to fit in our organisation, go to 'Job search' to look for available opportunities. The job descriptions contain information such as which qualifications and experience are required.


Life at EY

What are the typical hours in a working week?

There's no typical week at EY. Your hours will vary according to your engagement. 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 to understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.

What is EY's approach to diversity and inclusiveness?

We're committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, is part of the community and is able to perform at their best. We have a diverse mix of people and we approach them inclusively to ensure that everyone feels at home. It's about welcoming and embracing differing viewpoints, which leads to making better decisions, for us and our clients.

It's also about operating so that people 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 behaviour.

To us, diversity and inclusiveness make business sense: they help us engage with clients and teams in a global economy. And in a world of shifting demography, they allow us to navigate efficiently through boundaries.

What is the social life like in the office?

Here you'll find individuals from a variety of backgrounds, opinions and perspectives united by a shared set of values. This means 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 supporting volunteer opportunities.

They also include groups such as parents’ networks, professional women’s networks, ethnic and cultural groups and a well-supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group. Regardless of your background or areas of focus, you'll find colleagues who share your interests.

What is EY's approach towards environmental sustainability?

We recognise that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment but we also see sustainability as an important business issue for EY and our clients. Globally we’re measuring our carbon footprint and finding ways to reduce it, such as:

  • Locating our offices in buildings that meet the highest standards of sustainability
  • Reducing the need for overseas travel through the use of video and teleconferencing
  • Sourcing green energy suppliers wherever possible

As an individual, you can participate in one of the eco-teams in our offices which promote responsible practices or you can contribute your time to a charity or organisation which benefits the environment.

How can I get involved with my local community?

We have a philosophy of encouraging our people to use their skills to help their communities achieve their potential by doing volunteer work in the three Es: entrepreneurship, education and environmental sustainability. For example, EY people serve as tutors for promising secondary school students, mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and organise tree planting. You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in the community in which you live or work.

How easy is it to be a working parent at EY?

We value the contribution that working parents make to our organisation. This is shown in many different ways: for example we provide support through groups such as our parents’ network and our recently introduced maternity-coaching programme, for everyone in the firm who is taking maternity or adoption leave. In addition, our benefits for working parents exceed our legal obligations – for example, through providing childcare vouchers to new mothers and fathers returning to work.

I have important personal commitments. Can I still join EY?

We offer a supportive environment which encourages our people to succeed professionally and personally. Whether it's to pursue a hobby or look after your family, our approach to flexible working supports commitments outside the office, which is why we offer excellent maternity and paternity benefits as a matter of course.

Do you provide information about or for your alumni?

At EY, we are committed to building life-long relationships with our people. Many of our practices throughout the world run successful alumni programmes to bring previous and existing EY people together.