Ernst and Young Campus Visit – Associate Consultant – Awadhi Saxena
Awadhi Saxena, Associate Consultant, Ernst and Young shares her experience in this brief interview
Stream: Instrumentation and Control
Please tell us about your Interview procedure at Ernst and Young (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews, Questions).
The first round of the process was a Group Discussion where we had to engage on fairly general topics. The students shortlisted in the GD had to go through an HR Interview round. My HR interview consisted of basic questions pertaining to my resume. This round was again eliminative and those given the go-ahead had to proceed for their Technical Interview.
My technical interview was pretty comprehensive and I was grilled on my various internships and extra-curricular ventures. They also quizzed me on a bunch of academics-related questions about computer networks and OS. It was a stress-interview to an extent and they were trying to gauge my confidence at every turn.
What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?
I’ve done three internships during college.
My major (3rd year) internship was with Texas Instruments where I worked as a Technical Sales Associate. I got this internship on campus after a technical test and three interview rounds.
My other two internships I had applied for off-campus. I interned at Bharat Heavy Electricals, Bhopal, in the summer after my second year where I did a project on sensor systems. My third internship was a Content Creator role wherein I wrote research articles for a start-up Chip-Monks.
What makes this company different from other firms?
E&Y is one of the few companies that hires freshers for a front-end role (client facing) and also provides them with global exposure. I think this aspect really sets it apart from most other companies that come to campus for recruitment.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
To be honest, I could not prepare much during the summer since my internship at TI took a major portion of my time. I did, however, practice Case Studies and Guesstimates as these are tested in mostly all consulting interviews, a field which I was aiming for.
I think it’s extremely important to identify which industry you see yourself working in before you start preparing for placements. By industry I mean, either core technical, coding or non-technical. This would really help in streamlining how to go about your preparation. Further, I would recommend that you should apply to companies only where you really want to work, rather than just for the sake of getting a job. Also, be patient. It’s extremely hard, but the rewards are worth it.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement?
I believe it’s advisable to keep your percentage above 65% as this forms the cut-off for most companies. However, some core companies do require higher percentages (>70%) and if you are inclined towards core, then the focus on academics becomes much greater.
Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?
As an Associate Consultant in IT Risk Advisory and Assurance, I would be required to identify, quantify and manage risks in IT systems for E&Y’s clients. This also involves providing strategic advice and solutions for dealing with issues in this particular domain.
What growth opportunities does this company provide? Is there any global exposure?
E&Y has a well-defined growth trajectory for all new hires. Further, being a renowned and prestigious brand, the experience and platform it provides for future ventures is also immense. As E&Y is present in 150 countries across the globe, you maybe sent anywhere depending on the project you are assigned.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?
I think everyone should take time out in college to discover where their interests lie. Societies and extra-curricular activities are an extremely important step in this process. Don’t be afraid of trying new things, who knows what you may find. Finally, it’s not all about academics, but about having a story to tell.