The A - Z of our Application Process
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We want to get to know the real you and tease out your true potential. Here’s how we find out if you have what it takes to make it at Deloitte: your step-by-step guide to our simple, unbiased selection process. It’s all that stands between you and an amazing career.
What we look for
At Deloitte, we look for individuals who are creative and passionate about making an impact every day through meaningful value added work.
All degree disciplines - All degree disciplines are encouraged to apply, particularly those from business, accounting, engineering, science, technology, computer science and law degree disciplines, amongst others.
Academics - You will have achieved or have the expectation of achieving a 2.1 honours degree and have a strong academic performance to date.
Transferable skills - We are interested in applicants who display a range of transferable skills that have the potential to quickly make a contribution, some of these include leadership, creative problem solving, ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Key achievements / experiences - What have you done outside of your studies? What kind of work experience have you gained and what have you learnt from this?
Career motivation - What do you know about Deloitte, the opportunity, the service line and career path? Why Deloitte?
Meet Niamh Cusack from the Graduate Recruitment Team on her key tips to a successful application.
Meet Conor Walsh, Assistant Manager in Tax and former graduate. Read his key tips from filling out the online application to nailing the interview.
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Keeping it simple
Whether you’re an undergraduate applying for work experience during the summer, looking for a year’s placement, or you want to join our graduate programme, the selection process is very similar.
Select “Apply now” online and click on the position you wish to apply for.
To access the application form you will first need to register as a user, which will involve creating a username and password:
Username: your username should be unique to you – we recommend that you use your email address as your username.
3. Gather documentation
Please ensure that before commencing your application you have a copy of your CV, Leaving Cert (or equivalent) results and college results, as these will be required.
4. Complete your application
As part of the application form you will be requested to indicate which service line you would like to join, including the professional qualification you would like to pursue.
You can complete your application form when it's convenient for you! You can “Save as Draft” your application; to do this; you will first have to complete the page of the section you are on. If you wish to edit or review your application, you can log in and out of the system as many times as you like before the closing date. You can do this by hitting the ‘Apply online’ button again and logging in as a returning user, using your username and password.
Please note: to fully complete your application you will be required to select "Submit" at the end of the application.
5. Next steps
Once we receive your completed application, you will receive an email acknowledgement letting you know that your application has been recieved. You will not be able to respond to this automated email. Once the closing dates have passed, we will review all applications and contact you to let you know the status of your application.
6. Interview process
Should you be successful after completing our application process you will be invited to attend a competency based interview.
In the interview you’ll be asked to think of examples from your personal history that demonstrate required competencies, including team working ability, problem solving skills, communication skills, commercial awareness, amongst others. When providing answers to competency based questions remember the star framework:
Situation: Summarise the situation in one line.
Task: Explain what the actual task was that you had to complete.
Action: Give lots of information on what action YOU took (not the team, not “we”) in order to achieve the task.
Result: What was the outcome or lessons did you learn?
We will do our best to come back to you as soon as possible after the interview as to whether you have been successful.
Graduate recruitment hotline: +353 1 417 8578
Graduate recruitment mailbox: email@example.com
Review the application form as soon as possible. Sections to be completed include:
- Personal details
- Educational background: (Leaving Certificate and University results)
- Additional information on your career motivations, biggest achievement to date and business story of interest
- A section to upload a copy of your CV and cover letter
- At the end of the application you will have the opportunity to review a summary before submitting. Make sure to click ‘submit’ once you have finished
- Our online application allows you to save as you go and finish it at a later stage
- There is a limit on how much you can write when answering a question, so focus on key points
- Copy all questions into a word document before copying and pasting into your application to check your spelling and grammar
- Make sure to answer all questions asked
- Have someone review your application at least once before you submit it
- Your CV is an ideal opportunity to sell yourself!
- Show your variety of experience, skills and achievements
- Have a clear and simple layout, showing all the important facts about your skills, employment history and education
- Target your CV for every specific position you apply
- Try to avoid long detailed paragraphs
- Layout guidelines are 2 x A4 pages (on average) on plain paper
- Take time to really think about what Deloitte want, and how you will be an addition to our company
- We love to hear if you have been involved in extra-cirricular activities and what really makes you, you. Whether it is a sport, a volountary organisation you have been a part of or previous jobs and internships you may have had throughout college.
The four Ps of interviewing:
If you wanted to pick someone's brain about interviewing, Kent Kirch, the global director of recruitment for Deloitte, would be a good one to choose. Kent divides interviewing into the four P's:
Preparation, practice, personal presentation, pertinent questions
You will be expected to know about the position, the nature of the tasks you have to complete, an awareness of the industry and specific points about the organisation.
Kirch says that Candidates should have "looked at the Web site, read the [company's] brochure, talked to people who've worked there - that's kind of baseline homework," he says.
"If you haven't done that, it can really make it uncomfortable in the interview, because you're not going to understand what the interviewer's talking about." Applicants should "sit down and think 'What are they going to ask me when I'm in that interview?' Kirch also says it's perfectly acceptable to ask some questions when setting the interview up, including:
- Who will I be talking to?
- Any suggestions on how to prepare?
- Should I expect a particular type of interview format?
"You have nothing to lose by asking," says Kirch. "It shows that a candidate is interested in what's going to happen."
Practice running through potential interview questions and answers with someone else in advance.
Candidates can often anticipate the kinds of questions - if not the exact ones - they'll be asked during interviews, particularly if they've done their due diligence. Once you've determined the probable questions, Kirch advises practicing in front of someone.
"They always talk about preparing yourself - looking in the mirror and answering the question," Kirch says. "It's much more difficult to give your answer to a live person and ask them what they thought of your answer than to look yourself in the mirror and do it."
3. Personal presentation
Remember to dress appropriately, be mindful of interview etiquette and body language.
Dressing appropriately is key, says Kirch, adding that many times young people will show up wearing a coat when a suit would be more fitting. "Or even if they do come with the right tie or suit, sometimes it's that they're not well-presented," he says. "It could be a lot of different things that are easy to fix, but it just doesn't help them when they're up against a lot of competition for a position." Again, doing your homework should reveal the appropriate attire.
Be sure to cover all the standard interviewing etiquette points as well. "Even the basics -- like a good handshake, not being nervous, smiling - because they don't see the real you if you're uptight," Kirch explains. "And basic eye contact; a lot of people put a lot of weight into eye contact. Maintaining that is really important."
4. Pertinent questions
Always have at least 1-2 questions to ask the interviewer at the end, it shows your interest in the organization and the position.
Kirch says it's disappointing in interviews to get to the end and say 'Do you have any questions I can answer for you?' and they say 'No, I think you answered them all,' and that's the end of it. It reflects negatively on the candidate."
Include developing a tough question in your preparation to finish things off. "For me, I just love it when someone asks a really difficult question - something that takes some guts to ask, asking really well-thought-out questions that show you know the business that that interviewer is in," says Kirch. "You know their company to some extent, and you've thought about your question. It all goes back to preparation, and it tells the interviewer you thought about this interview before you walked in the door."