Ernst and Young Job Process – Associate Consultant – Shubhani Dalal
Please tell us about your placement procedure at Ernst and Young (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
The 1st round consisted of a Group Discussion wherein groups of 6-7 students were made. The shortlisted students had to appear for the first interview which consisted of general HR based questions. It was followed by another round of interview with a different panel where they asked the candidate about the internships and projects done over the course of our 3 years in college and some academic based questions. A few puzzles and brainteasers were also a part of this round.
TIP: You must be very confident of all that has been mentioned in your resume and should be able to explain it in-depth.
What helped you sail through the hurdles and crack one of the finest jobs?
Confidence, a positive approach and a good attitude are the key essentials for any successful interview. The placement season can be very strenuous at times but one should be optimistic at all times.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
The preparation for the placements started in the summer break after the 6th semester. I had been practicing quant and data interpretation based questions by solving the worksheets provided by ‘Tathagat’ on a regular basis along with my summer internship. Keeping yourself updated on the current affairs is a must. For case studies, referring to ‘Case in point’ would be beneficial. Puzzles can be looked up on the internet and also on ‘How to ace the brainteaser interview’ by John Kador. Practice guess estimates with your friends.
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, they are a part and parcel of life. Work on your shortcomings, believe in yourself and you’ll sail through amazingly well !
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?
Academics do play an important role in placements. Most of the companies have an eligibility bar of 60% for non-technical placements. One should be thorough with at least 2 subjects and be ready to take-on any questions based on those during an interview. Having an analytical bent of mind with strong aptitude skills would be the ideal combination.
What all internships and projects you did while in NSIT? How did you get them?
To explore my interest in the domain I would like to build a career in, I did both technical and non-technical internships in the course of 3 years. I did a technical internship with Reliance Communications and Jindal South West (JSW) in my first and second year of engineering respectively. I interned with Mc Cain Foods in my third year (non-technical internship). All the internships were bagged off-campus.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors in NSIT?
Try and explore your interests and work towards achieving those. Stand-out of the crowd if need be. Know your strengths well. Believe in yourself.