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Application and CV tips from Conor Walsh

Assistant Manager in Tax

Deloitte is widely renowned as having the best people culture amongst the professional services' firms in Ireland and having worked here for over three years, I am delighted to confirm that it is a truly fantastic place to work. At the interview, be personal and demonstrate why you would be a great fit with our unrivaled people culture.

1. Research. As a starting point, I would advise candidates to research the wide range of career opportunities available with us. Use the information available on our website to decide what area (Audit, Tax. Corporate Finance and Consulting) you would most like to work in. Figure out exactly what we do and what you would like to do!

2. Review. With the application deadline just around the corner (19 October 2016 at 5PM), make sure to give it sufficient time and attention. It will be reviewed by a member of our graduate recruitment team and they will use the information you have provided to decide whether to take your application further. I would recommend asking a friend or family member to review your application before you submit it.

3. Prepare. Prepare your responses to the application in Microsoft Word to allow you to monitor your word count, spelling and grammar. Once you are happy with the content, it can be copied and pasted into the online application. Our online application allows you to save as you go and finish it at a later stage so there is no requirement to complete the application in one sitting.

4. Keep up to date. There are sections on the application which will give you the opportunity to draw on your commercial awareness. This is important at the application stage as you will be asked to discuss a business story which interests but it becomes more important at the interview stage. Candidates should be aware of key economic developments such as Brexit. Candidates should also be aware of key business stories specific to the areas which they are hoping to pursue a career in. From a tax perspective, the Apple case is an obvious example and I would expect students to have a broad understanding of it. I would not expect them to possess a detailed, technical knowledge of the case.

5.Sell yourself. Make sure to mention any commercial experience you may have including work experience and volunteering positions.

6. Keep it short. As part of the application process, you will be required to upload a copy of your CV. In terms of advice for your CV, I have always favoured a two page maximum approach and it should include your academic background along with your extra-curricular activities. Similar to my advice noted above in respect of the application, I would advise ensuring it is free of spelling mistakes and I would recommend asking someone to review it for you.

7. Research your transport route. If you are invited to interview with us, make sure to arrive on time and allow for traffic congestion, bus strikes etc.! If you are not familiar with where our offices are located (Earlsfort Terrace), I would recommend finding them in the days leading up to your interview to avoid any last minute panic.

8. Remember what's in your application. We know that this is a busy time for students and that you will have submitted applications to other employers but be familiar with the application that you submitted to us and be prepared to talk about it.

9. Think why Deloitte and why you? Deloitte is widely renowned as having the best people culture amongst the professional services' firms in Ireland and having worked here for over three years, I am delighted to confirm that it is a truly fantastic place to work. At the interview, be personal and demonstrate why you would be a great fit with our unrivaled people culture.

10. Ask Questions. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to ask your interviewers questions and I would advise that you prepare some in advance. Some examples include: What have you enjoyed most about working here? Can people develop quickly here? What’s the working environment and culture of the firm like?

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