Life at Deloitte
Our selection process
Our organisation isn’t for everyone. On top of exceptional academic achievement, we look for individuals who will work hard to make the most of every opportunity they’ll get. As a result, we’ve designed our selection process to ensure that you’re right for us. And we’ve also designed it to give you a chance to show us your intellectual capability and express your values and motivations. Once you have registered with us you will be asked a number of pre submission questions. The questions cover our academic criteria, work experience requirements and career motivation. Giving you an opportunity up front to assess whether or not we can offer the right programme for you.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us between 7.30am to 5pm on 0207 3038990, otherwise we will be in touch.
All candidates must complete and submit an online application form on our recruitment system. Our application form includes a number of sections, including education, career motivation and work experience.
Please note: You need to have a minimum of four weeks employment experience to be eligible for our graduate programme. This does not have to be relevant to the position you are applying to and does not have to be four weeks of continuous work experience, but can be made up from various employment and volunteering experiences.
Once submitted, your application will be screened within three working days and if successful you will be invited to the next stage, our online numerical test.
Online numerical testing
As part of our commitment to continuous improvement of our recruitment process we have undertaken research into what makes a successful graduate at Deloitte across service lines in terms of intellectual capability. We have identified that the demands of the role requires graduates who can comfortably work with numerical data and who can successfully deal with non-numerical information, such as understanding and critically evaluating oral or written communications and to accurately draw conclusions, which is considered to be relevant to decision-making and problem solving in the workplace. Based on these finding we are asking you to complete a Numerical and Critical Thinking ability test as part of the recruitment process.
You’ll be given plenty of opportunity to practise for this 30-minute test. Whether it’s presented in words or tables, it’ll check your ability to quickly analyse numerical or financial data and come to conclusions.
Practice the online numerical tests here
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Online critical thinking test
Please note that this is the last stage of the Spring into Deloitte selection process
Once you've completed the online numerical test you will be invited to complete our critical thinking test. The Critical Thinking Test is designed to measure the following:
- Important abilities and skills involved in critical thinking
- Critical thinking is the ability to look at a situation and clearly understand it from multiple perspectives whilst separating facts from opinions and assumptions.
- The assessment measures skills related to problem solving and decision making in a variety question types. The questions are of varying difficulty and format in order to measure all areas of critical thinking ability.
It measures these three areas through five sub-tests:
- Inference – Rating the probability of truth of inferences based on given information
- Recognition of Assumptions – Identifying unstated assumptions underlying given statements
- Deduction – Determining whether conclusions follow logically from given information
- Interpretation – Weighing evidence and deciding if generalisations or conclusions based on data are warranted
- Evaluation of Arguments – Evaluating the strength and relevance of arguments with respect to a particular question or issue
There are 40 items in the assessment and you will have a time limit of 30 minutes. There are example questions before each sub-test, please note these are within the timed part of the assessment.
Practice the online critical thinking tests here
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Please note that while these tests measures important abilities relevant to being successful in Deloitte, it only forms part of our overall selection process. Our re testing policy means that you maybe asked to re sit your tests when you attend your first interview with us. If you are distracted during the test and feel you have not been able to complete the test to the best of your ability please contact us immediately so that we are able to take this into account when reviewing your score. If we are not informed immediately and are only told after you have been unsuccessful we will not able to take this into account or allow a re-sit.
Service Line Questionnaire
Our Service line questionnaire is designed to provide you with an opportunity to tell us which area of your chosen service line you are most interested in and which / if any professional qualification you wish to study. This stage of the process is purely for information gathering and allows us to ensure you go forward to our interview stage for the area you are most suited. Please note it is not always used so please don’t be alarmed if you are invited straight from our online stages to interview
If you are successful with our online stages, we'll then invite you to a first interview – with a trained interviewer – from the service line you have shown a preference for via the service line questionnaire.
Please note for London Consulting and Actuarial graduate roles, your application will be placed on hold after you have completed the service line questionnaire. As you may know, these areas will close for applications on 4th November. There is an additional sift stage which will take place when all applications have been received. You will be notified after this date if you have been selected for the assessment centres that will be running in November and December.
First round interview
Generally, this interview will take place in the office you have applied to and will last for around an hour. This interview will assess your motivations and behaviours and we've designed it to help you learn more about our firm and culture as well as giving us the opportunity to assess your suitability via the questions we ask you and a case study. Please note you do not need to prepare in advance for this case study, the case study is on the spot and all materials will be provided on the day of your interview.
Please note that if you are applying for a role within Consulting (excluding Actuarial), you will also have to take part in a group exercise at this stage.
In terms of preparing yourself for our first interview think of any activities, pieces of work or projects you have been involved in which stretch out over as lengthy a period of time as possible and where you had a significant role to play. They could be pieces of work you are particularly proud of, or ones that you found quite challenging, but certainly ones where you have invested time, effort and energy into. You need to be able to talk this through sequentially and in a good level of detail, and at all times being able to elaborate on what your role was in this. We are looking to assess you on a range of behaviours including planning and delivery, but also how you interacted with other people and the thought process you went through when deciding on the right course of action.
When thinking about your project example please note this can be from any past example, it doesn’t matter how recent but ensure you are choosing an example with depth.
Please note that this is the last stage of the Summer Vacation Scheme selection process
Final round interview
Please note that this is the last stage of the Industrial Placement, Graduate and BrightStart scheme selection process
The final interview is comprised of a presentation and an interview with a senior member of staff from your preferred service line. As part of the presentation you will receive the topic before your final interview date in order to prepare. The presentation will last roughly five minutes with ten minutes of questioning. You will need to perform to our required standard in both the presentation and the interview in order to be successful.
While the first interview will focus more on your motivations and behaviours, the final Partner interview will concentrate on your values, what matters to you and how that aligns to us as a business. Come prepared by thinking about what you can bring to Deloitte in terms of your core drivers and values, for example by being able to demonstrate how you strive to be the best you can be, or how you embrace working and collaborating with others. Be prepared to talk about yourself and what matters to you, and be ready to back that up with examples.
Information for Tax Consulting candidates
Please note the final partner interview for Tax Consulting is to determine if you have the inherent attributes and career motivation that we believe are critical to being a successful tax consulting professional – today and in the future. Come prepared to present on your presentation topic (as detailed above) and by thinking about where you have be able to demonstrate your:
- Strong organisational and analytical skills
- Ability to be innovative and turn an idea into an actionable plan
- Capacity to engage and work with others effectively
- Effectiveness in articulating ideas
Also be prepared to consider your motivations for the role you have applied for and be ready to demonstrate these to the interviewer.
Depending on your chosen office and service line you may be invited to attend both your first and final interview in one day, allowing you to complete the remainder of our selection process in one day. If you are invited to attend one of our Interview days your first interview will take place in the morning and if successful you will stay for a final interview in the afternoon.
We will then be in touch, no later than three working days after your assessment, with the outcome.