Ernst and Young Interview Process – Associate Assurance – Garima Narang
Garima Narang, Assurance associate, Ernst and Young shares her experience in this brief interview.
Please tell us about your Interview procedure at Ernst & Young (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
EY had come to my college (JDMC) for campus placement. We had four rounds all of which were elimination rounds. First was the written test which tested our accounting knowledge. After that was the group discussion in which my group’s topic was ‘villages: a boon or bane for India.’
After clearing the GD we had two rounds of interviews, one technical and the other was HR. in the technical round we were again tested on the basis of our accounting knowledge. In the HR round we were asked about our future plans and why we will be beneficial to EY, also how do we expect to get benefited by working at EY.
What and how many internships and projects you did at college? How did you get them?
I have done an internship in the finance and control department of YUM! Enterprises India Pvt. Ltd. Also I was part of the entrepreneurship program organized by the Government of Netherlands and our college.
What makes this company different from other firms?
EY has been recently awarded the fourth best employer to work for. Also EY is the only big four which finances your higher education. It gives you an opportunity to pursue CPA, CFA or ACCA.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
I just brushed up my basic accounting knowledge. The advice I’d like to give to my juniors is just be confident and take active part in the GD. Also if you want to do and MBA later, EY is not for you because it is an entirely different business line.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at JDMC?
The student should have an aggregate of 50% or above.
Elaborate on the type of work in this kind of role?
As an assurance associate you could be a part of a team examining and providing assurance on financial statements. This involves getting to know the business and assessing processes/controls used to produce the financial statement. It also involves understanding business drivers, associated risks and their potential effect on financial statement accounts.
What growth opportunities does this company provide? Is there any global exposure?
As I said before, EY finances your higher education. After completing the probation period of six months we can register ourselves for CPA or CFA or ACCA. Since I have joined EY global all our clients are international thus giving us a lot if global exposure. Employees here are sent for short and long term rotations all around the world.
How’s the general work culture and interaction with senior level executives?
EY has a very employee friendly work culture. Every employee is assigned a buddy who is our mentor and helps us settle down in the company. Also there is a spokesperson for everything like leaves, HR, transport, etc. so that there is no confusion or hesitation as to who to talk to in case of any doubt.
Are there any activities/events apart from work to motivate employees?
There are a lot of activities to motivate employees like a pre busy season bas, a post busy season bash. They also organize picnics and trips. All the festivals are celebrated with equal fervour. Recently on the occasion of Independence Day, a best dressed competition was organised for the employees.