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    I've heard from quite a few people that the firms are eager to know whether you have applied to any other firms, in particular, any of the other Big4.

    Other than the firm I am interviewing at, I haven't applied to anyone else, just because I want to see how this goes...but I fear that if I say this, I'm just going to come across as a liar/naive.

    What exactly are they wanting to hear when they ask this question?! What have you guys said?
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    I was just truthful, no idea what they were looking for though. They did quiz me further though when I said I hadn't applied to E & Y (they obviously thought that was a bit weird). But I went on to explain that I didn't like them etc. their recruitment fair person was rather quite rude. Personal choice. I'd say just be open and truthful!
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    My opinion if I were interviewing:

    1 point for admitting you had
    1 point for saying concisely why and honestly
    3 points if you can then continue to explain what sets this firm apart, why it is different, and what appeals to you in particular
    bonus point if I believe you

    I think you'd be an idiot to not apply to all of them if you were serious about this as your career. I've been working at my firm for 3 years and I still couldn't really spend more than a couple of minutes talking about the differences between each of the big 4 in my specialism.

    How could anyone realistically believe that as a graduate candidate you had access to enough relevant information to make an informed judgement? On that basis you'd be an idiot to think that any pre-conceived notions you might have about the culture / background of each firm is sufficiently reliable for you to make a reasoned decision and rule out one over another.

    Just my thoughts anyway.
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    Incidentally being rubbed up the wrong way by a rude HR person / practical bad experience is a totally legitimate reason in my view for not applying somewhere. I was sufficiently pissed off at PwC's graduate site to never have bothered completing the application before I received an offer elsewhere.
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    (Original post by Gohalath)
    My opinion if I were interviewing:

    1 point for admitting you had
    1 point for saying concisely why and honestly
    3 points if you can then continue to explain what sets this firm apart, why it is different, and what appeals to you in particular
    bonus point if I believe you

    I think you'd be an idiot to not apply to all of them if you were serious about this as your career. I've been working at my firm for 3 years and I still couldn't really spend more than a couple of minutes talking about the differences between each of the big 4 in my specialism.

    How could anyone realistically believe that as a graduate candidate you had access to enough relevant information to make an informed judgement? On that basis you'd be an idiot to think that any pre-conceived notions you might have about the culture / background of each firm is sufficiently reliable for you to make a reasoned decision and rule out one over another.

    Just my thoughts anyway.
    Thanks for that!
 
 
 
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