Ernst and Young Freshers Recruitment Process – Associate Consultant – Himank Sawhney
Himank Sawhney, Associate Consultant, Ernst and Young shares his experience in this brief interview
Please tell us about your Interview procedure at Ernst & Young (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
First, there was a percentage based shortlisting, the cut off for which was 65%. Then there were 3 eliminative rounds, for which 53 students sat. The first eliminative round was a GD, from which 24 students were shortlisted. 12 of these students had their HR rounds first and the remaining 12 had their Technical rounds first.
I had my HR round first, where I was grilled on my resume and then was selected for the Technical round. The technical round was sort of a stress interview that again involved questions based on my resume. After that I was asked questions on basics of OS & RDBMS and then I was told to write a C code on a sheet of paper.
TIP: You must be very confident about all that has been mentioned in your resume and should be able to explain everything in-depth.
What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?
As such I had done no projects in college, except the ones that were a part of the curriculum. I had done 3 internships during the course of my college life. All of them I had applied for were off-campus. In my second semester I was hired as a Marketing Intern at Webinstitute.in.
Then after my second year I had done an intern at Centre For Railway Information System (C.R.I.S). Also at this time I was hired as a Technical Associate at HolidayPlans and I worked there for about a year or so.
I had done no internships after my 3rd year, as I felt that this was the best time to study for the placement season.
What makes this company different from other firms?
Large, professional services organization offering many opportunities to excel and grow, as well as work with colleagues from all over the world. There is a focus on making a difference for your own career, your clients and the communities you serve and live in. There are offices all over the world with people who deliver assurance, advisory, transaction support and tax service. So I can say that it might be one of the best place one can start their career with.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
It is always better to make a choice beforehand about one’s career preferences and then start preparing accordingly. I was more interested in going into the non-technical field, which is why I focused more upon aptitude and soft skills, and I had started preparing for it from the summer vacations itself. For aptitude I practiced questions from various MBA’s coaching institute packages.
For case studies and guess estimates one must go through Victor Cheng’s workshop videos and books like, ‘Case in Point’. A few mock GDs with a group of friends and discussing the current affairs topics with them would also help, in order to make oneself realise how comfortable you are in speaking. Plus I had also studied basics of C, RDBMS, OS, OOPs and Networking during the vacations.
My advice for my juniors would be to be very confident and strong at all times. Intelligent preparation should be done as every company has a different placement process. Do not ever get disheartened by rejections (I had to after every rejection but was very well handled by a close friend), they are a part of college life. Work on your shortcomings, believe in yourself and you’ll definitely sail through all the hurdles.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?
Academics do play an important part, but a very high percentage is not the sole factor of getting one placed. A percentage of anything above 60% is good enough to make oneself eligible for majority of the companies ( in case of E&Y eligibility criterion was 65%.), but a higher percentage does sometimes increase your chances.
A lot of times in a non-technical job, one’s luck also plays a role, but in most of the cases, when a person reaches the interview rounds, it is their knowledge that matters the most.
Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?
I am hired as an Associate Consultant position in Advisory-ITRA division of E&Y LLP. Here I’ll get to deal with some of the world’s most prestigious financial organisations on key IT issues.
I’ll get to assist clients to assess, remediate, transform and monitor their risk and control landscape, either as stand-alone services, or working alongside the advisory colleagues to deliver strategic change initiatives.
What growth opportunities does this company provide? Is there any global exposure?
Since this company’s headquarter is based out of London and deals with clients from all over the world, so definitely one gets a global exposure depending on the project you are assigned.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?
My advice to my juniors would be that they should not blindly follow what every other person is doing. They must know what the best suitable option for them is, and prepare accordingly. Work ‘hard’, study ‘smartly’ and keep ‘calm’ and definitely you’ll get through!