Ernst and Young Hiring Process – Consultant – Ashish Dabas
Ashish Dabas, Consultant, Ernst and Young shares his experience in this brief interview.
Please tell us about your placement procedure at Ernst & Young (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
The selection process started off with multiple rounds of GDs, out of which students were selected for personal interviews. There were two rounds of interviews, one being the technical and the other being the HR round. The technical interview basically tested one’s technical expertise in their respective fields. A few questions about risk management and a situation based question were also asked. The HR interview round basically grilled a person upon the general HR related questions. The HR round was after students were filtered off the Technical round.
What helped you sail through the hurdles and crack one of the finest placements?
In my case, aptitude and communication skills did the job for me. One must have excellent aptitude skills as well as great communication skills, as these are somewhat the foundation stones of a non-technical job. Since I had been repeatedly clearing aptitude rounds and GDs of other companies as well, so that gave me a lot of confidence.
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. For aptitude I’d like to refer a book, “Aptitude by Arun Sharma’ and websites like indiabix.com . 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 would also help, in order to make oneself realise how comfortable you are.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good job from 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, 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.
What all internships and projects you did while in college? How did you get them?
I completed two technical projects, one by myself (as a part of the college curriculum) and one under a college professor (Prof. S.K. Dhurender). I did a six weeks summer training in networking at ITTM-MTNL and a non-technical internship which I was able to secure through a personal referral.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors?