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    Hi guys, I got to the final assessment day at Deloitte but didn't get an internship. They said some of my competencies weren't strong enough. I used a lot of examples from extra curriculurs (societies, travelling etc) I have done at university and a few I did at school. I am coming to the end of my second year and will be applying to the graduate schemes this autumn. Is there any way of improving my competencies in such a short period of time? Do a lot of people lie? I must admit I only told them the truth. If I don't even get the basic competencies I am not going to get a job at any accounting firm. Do small firms ask the same competency questions?

    Small firms can vary - some will ask competency based questions some won't but it is usually difficult to find out what type of interview they do until you are actually doing it

    Some people just make some of it up - some people can just naturally think things up on the spot and make people believe them!!

    Most people tell the truth but exaggerate

    You probably have the right competencies but need to work on how you convey them to the assessors. Does your university careers service offer mock interviews? you could try that

    There are plenty of things you can do to work on competencies, some quicker than others, hard to say when I don't know what your weaker ones were but I'm guessing they're likely to be leadership, teamworking or responsibility. If you look hard enough there are usually things like competitions you can get involved with at uni, for example I did an IBM challenge thing at very short notice which helped with giving me example for teamworking. Just take whatever opportunities you can and push for things wherever possible. You still have a good 6 months until applying for next year's things.
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