EARLY CAREERS ASSESSMENT PROCESS

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We value diversity at Deloitte, and we’re always looking for people with different perspectives. Using a range of tools and processes suited to an individual’s needs, our assessments help us to find candidates who are likely to thrive.

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Our assessment process is your chance to show us your true self. Our step-by-step process helps us understand who you are, how you’ll fit into our team and how far your potential could take you. Let’s take a look at how it works.

If you require support or adjustments to the recruitment process, there will be an opportunity for you to let us know what you need once you begin the application process.

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Closing deadlines

Please be aware, for some programmes we screen applications on a rolling basis and will close as soon as we fill vacancies. We recommend you get your application in as soon as possible.

Programmes - Closing dates

Graduate Programme, Summer Vacation Scheme and Industrial Placements open for applications in September 2022 and will remain open on a rolling basis until all vacancies are filled.​
BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship Programme open for applications in September 2022 and will remain open on a rolling basis until all vacancies are filled.
Entry Level Apprenticeship Programme opens for applications in September 2022 and will remain open on a rolling basis until all vacancies are filled.
Spring Into Deloitte: 1st November – 18th December 2022
Career Shapers and ASPIRE: 1st November 2022 - 28th February 2023
SAICA Graduate Training Programme: 3rd January 2023– 6th March 2023

Keeping the process simple for all schemes


Whether you’re applying for an apprenticeship, summer work experience, a placement year or our full graduate programme, our assessment process is essentially the same:

  • STEP 1 – Apply online
  • STEP 2 – Immersive online assessment
  • STEP 3 – Job simulation
  • STEP 4 – Final stage assessment
  • STEP 5 – Outcome and next steps

If you’re applying for a graduate or apprentice programme in the Channel Islands, it’s slightly different. Find out more here.

Application Process

Top Tip: “Have your qualification details to hand before you begin, such as GCSEs and A Levels.”
Jason Early Careers team

The first step is telling us a little about you and should only take around 20 minutes. It’s a set of questions that’ll ask you about who you are, your education and your experience. Depending on which programme you’re applying for, you may also be asked which business area you’d like to choose. This isn’t an assessment, you’ll just be given information about what you’d do day to day and the professional qualification(s) you’d take.

Minimum qualifications

We care about people and understand that everyone has something unique to offer. We do have entry requirements, but we’re happy to adjust them to reflect certain situations. If you feel you fall into this category, please submit your full application form and we’ll take everything into consideration. Usually, you should have, or be on track for:

  • GCSE Maths Level 5 and GCSE English Level 4 (for all programmes)
  • Plus 104 UCAS points (for BrightStart; Year 12, NI Year 13 and Scotland S5 Careers Shapers; and Graduate Programmes)
  • Plus a 2:1 degree for Graduate Programmes, Industrial Placement, Summer Vacation Scheme and Spring into Deloitte.
  • Pre-2017: Grades B and C, plus 260 UCAS points.

This can vary though, so please see our Academic Requirements page or job descriptions for full details.

Keep your candidate ID safe

You’ll get a unique candidate ID number when you submit your form. You’ll need to quote this every time you get in touch with us about your application. This can be found in the top left corner of your account area.

You’ll go straight through to Step 2.

Top Tip: “When rank ordering your preferred responses to a situation, go with your gut instinct, don’t try to second guess what it is we might be looking for.”
Karen Student Recruitment team

This stage is all about getting to know us, while we get to know you. It’ll give you a real idea of what life is like at Deloitte. We’ll ask you to look at possible work scenarios and answer honestly how you’d respond, ranking options from your most to least likely actions. There’ll also be questions around your preferred working style and some multiple-choice questions based on further information given to you.

We want to see the real you. So, please answer as honestly as possible. It’ll help us assess how your strengths could help you succeed here. There’s no time limit, but it does need to be completed in one go, so make sure you’ve got around 40 minutes free before you begin.

We know how important feedback is

Following the assessment, you’ll receive a bespoke feedback report about your strengths and abilities. This isn’t the outcome of your assessment, but it will provide you with valuable advice on how to develop your skills and make the most of your potential.

If your assessment met our benchmarks, we’ll consider your full application and get back to you within two weeks. If it didn’t, you’ll know within a few days.

There are websites promising to assist with our assessment process. They aren’t associated with Deloitte and hold incorrect information. If you’d like support or information, please use our official channels, including this website, our social media channels, events and newsletters. You can also get in touch directly through our online helpdesk. We conduct regular reviews of applications to pinpoint any fraudulent activity.

Top Tip: “Find a comfortable and quiet place to complete the assessment, make sure any housemates or family members also know you are taking an assessment – the last thing you want on your video response is a cameo appearance!”
Leah Student Recruitment team

Our job simulation stage is the closest you can get to a face-to-face interview without actually meeting us in person – and it’s as challenging as it is enjoyable. You’ll answer questions across formats that include writing, video, multiple choice and ranking. Each one relates to the work you’d be doing at Deloitte, so it’s a great opportunity to test yourself and get a real idea of how well you’d do here.

Treat it like a face-to-face interview, so choose clothes you’d wear to work and take time to prepare. There are practice questions at the start for you to get used to the technology, too. They’re well worth doing.

After you’ve completed the simulation, you'll get an email letting you know how you did within four weeks.

Spring Into Deloitte applicants

If you’re a ‘Spring Into Deloitte’ applicant, this is where your application process ends. We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful as soon as possible.

Top Tip: “Our assessors are here to get the best out of you, they are not trying to trip you up or trick you, remember they want you to do well and you will shine.”
Amelia Student Recruitment team

The final stage involves a live video interview with a senior person from the business area you’ve applied to join. For selected roles, you’ll also be asked to do a short presentation. Don’t worry, if this applies to you, you’ll get all the details beforehand to allow plenty of time to prepare. For some roles, you’ll also be invited to complete a group exercise over a live video conference call.

Our Final Stage Assessment Preparation Guide will give you more information about what’s involved as well as lots of hints and tips on how to prepare.

Summer Vacation Scheme

For the SVS, you’ll also have a live video interview with someone from the business area and office you’ve applied to. However, it’ll be slightly different as we’ll focus on your motivations for choosing the scheme and business area. We’ll also ask some questions that should help to highlight your strengths. These interviews usually last 30-40 minutes.

We don’t like to keep anyone waiting, so we aim to let you know as soon as possible. You should hear from us within a week of your final stage assessment.

Getting a job offer

If your final stage assessment is successful, we’ll offer you a job and your exciting journey with us really begins.

If you’re not successful this time

You may have been unsuccessful for all sorts of reasons. So, be sure to ask for feedback from your Early Careers Recruitment contact, who can provide useful advice and pointers to help you at future interviews. You’re always welcome to reapply as well – although we only accept one application per intake or academic year (September-August).

Your feedback or offer

Whether we’re letting you know that you’ve been successful or advising on how to improve for next time, we’ll be in touch as soon as we can. We always do our best to communicate with you throughout the process too.

Additional support with your application


It’s important to us that our workforce reflects the world we work in. Which means that we want to remove any possible barriers for people applying to join us. If you have a disability, health condition, and/or are neurodiverse, or there are other reasons why you’d benefit from any adjustments, please just ask or look out for the ‘support need’ question as part of your application. We want you to feel at your best and will do everything we can to support you.

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