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How to increase the chance of getting into Deloitte Part 1

Updated on April 24, 2011


Deloitte (DTT, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited) is one of the world largest professional accounting firms among KPMG, PwC and Ernst & Young. Landing a job in Deloitte is like hitting a jackpot for the accounting students due to the intense competition for its positions. In this guide, I am going to explain how you can increase your chance of successfully getting recruited by Deloitte. I will use the following parts to guide you through the process. Just keep one thing in mind while you’re reading this, getting into the Big 4 is all about the word Commitment!

The guide is divided into the following parts:

Part 1: Know your Deloitte

Part 2: Understanding the Recruitment Process

Part 3: Experiences from other Applicants

Part 4: Tips

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Part 1: Know your Deloitte

Jack, an accounting major student, is finishing his last year in university. He applied for a job in all 4 of the Big 4(4 of the largest firms) and a number of mid-sized firms online, took the aptitude tests and now is waiting for a respond from the HR department.

One morning when he checked his emails, he received a message from Deloitte for an interview a week later. Since he was a bright student throughout his academic life, Jack decided to just wait until the day of the interview.

On the day of the interview, the first question the interviewer asked was “What do you know about Deloitte?” and this totally stun Jack because he wasn’t prepared to answer that.

Imagine you’re Jack. How embarrassed would you be if your potential employers ask you this question and you cannot give them a satisfying answer. The key idea in this part is: You must do some researches about your potential employers. This applies to EVERY job you’re applying. It shows them your respect and commitment toward this job. I not saying you need to know the company inside out but at least know who they are! Giving an answer like “Deloitte is a famous Big 4 accounting firm” is no different from saying “The apple is an apple”. Simply skim through Deloitte in wikipedia and their official site is enough to gain an overall knowledge about the company. Among all, try to put more effort into their culture, values, background and current news.

In addition to learning about Deloitte, you should also learn something about the positions or departments you’re applying. Every department have different culture too and it’s usually reflected in the job description and requirements. I assure you, the interviewer will ask why you’re applying to audit, tax, or advisory. So be prepared! As a generalization, most accounting firms look for attributes such as leadership, teamwork and communication skill.

Please click the links below for information about Deloitte.

This part should not be too difficult and should take you at most a few hours.

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