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    hi guys,
    I spent sooooo much time on two applications because I really wanted the position, but within 24 hours, I got an automated email saying I do not have the strenghs they are looking for! I spent like 1 hour and a half, 2 hours on Ernst and Young, thinking carefully about the 3 questions about skills, editing my cv before uploading it, ..... But I did not even make past this stage! I feel so stupid and inadequate for this field and a quick negative reply makes it worse.

    Anyone been in the same situation? I am feeling so awful right now! No one I know has been rejected so quickly!
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    (Original post by itzme)
    hi guys,
    I spent sooooo much time on two applications because I really wanted the position, but within 24 hours, I got an automated email saying I do not have the strenghs they are looking for! I spent like 1 hour and a half, 2 hours on Ernst and Young, thinking carefully about the 3 questions about skills, editing my cv before uploading it, ..... But I did not even make past this stage! I feel so stupid and inadequate for this field and a quick negative reply makes it worse.

    Anyone been in the same situation? I am feeling so awful right now! No one I know has been rejected so quickly!
    Hi. I think you have probably just applied too late. A lot of places have filled up. In fact, Ernst and young emailed me in feb to say the places for audit had filled up. I applied for that in december. So don't worry. Try pwc, they still have places. I got an offer for eelpouts so if you want some help, feel free to message me

    I meant an offer for deloitte not eelpouts - stupid iPhone guessing the word!
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    (Original post by Insomnia)
    LOL ... You're possibly quite stupid to foget the economic climate and job positions available ... All due to a sick, selfish coalition government ...

    P.s |Ernst and Young is one of the big 4 .. So try lower your pride and apply for something more achievable ... Why don't people get this .. Ernst and Young are looking for oxbridge standard candidates and nothing less!
    well because on the website it said they were still looking for people for two offices outside of London. Also, I I went to an insight day at PwC and they told me it does not matter where you're studying and what you're studying. I did quite a lot of volunteering, travelling ... so I thought it would help.
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    (Original post by dinotopiaisawful)
    Hi. I think you have probably just applied too late. A lot of places have filled up. In fact, Ernst and young emailed me in feb to say the places for audit had filled up. I applied for that in december. So don't worry. Try pwc, they still have places. I got an offer for eelpouts so if you want some help, feel free to message me
    hi. Thanks for your message but it said on the website that there are still places available for the hull office (I don't live there, but I have friends there, so I could move there temporarily).
    I have to do an online test for PwC and this completely shattered my confidence.

    thanks for the info, I will message you
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    (Original post by itzme)
    well because on the website it said they were still looking for people for two offices outside of London. Also, I I went to an insight day at PwC and they told me it does not matter where you're studying and what you're studying. I did quite a lot of volunteering, travelling ... so I thought it would help.
    Big WOW!! Face it woman ... Its harsh but the reality is that the big 4 are just far too competitive ... Everyone has what you've put in the application ... You need to find ways of being outstanding ... And if ur not a UCL, Oxbridge or major uni student .. it doesn't help .. Sometimes in life you gotta face reality ... And not let it knock ur confidence .. U need to be more realistic! Don't loose hope as if its in ur fate to be in the big 4 .. you'll get there .. x
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    (Original post by Insomnia)
    LOL ... You're possibly quite stupid to foget the economic climate and job positions available ... All due to a sick, selfish coalition government ...

    P.s |Ernst and Young is one of the big 4 .. So try lower your pride and apply for something more achievable ... Why don't people get this .. Ernst and Young are looking for oxbridge standard candidates and nothing less!
    University doesn't matter for big four that much! I have an offer at deloitte and went to a northern red brick uni. Don't give false information. They take on 1000 grads a year so obis aren't all Oxford! Also what would be the point in them going to careers fairs at other unis if they only allow Oxbridge in?
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    (Original post by itzme)
    hi. Thanks for your message but it said on the website that there are still places available for the hull office (I don't live there, but I have friends there, so I could move there temporarily).
    I have to do an online test for PwC and this completely shattered my confidence.

    thanks for the info, I will message you
    Do message me, there is a lot of false info given on this thread
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    (Original post by Insomnia)
    LOL ... You're possibly quite stupid to foget the economic climate and job positions available ... All due to a sick, selfish coalition government ...

    P.s |Ernst and Young is one of the big 4 .. So try lower your pride and apply for something more achievable ... Why don't people get this .. Ernst and Young are looking for oxbridge standard candidates and nothing less!
    Actually...

    First: EY boosted graduate unemployment by 20% this year so with regard to graduate employment among the Big 4 the situation is improving rapidly to pre 2007 levels, if it isn't already there now.

    Second: This has nothing to do with politics at all.

    Third: EY don't just hire from Oxbridge or Oxbridge standard, provided you have a 2:1 and above ABB A levels you stand a reasonable chance
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    (Original post by Shyney)
    Actually...

    First: EY boosted graduate unemployment by 20% this year so with regard to graduate employment among the Big 4 the situation is improving rapidly to pre 2007 levels, if it isn't already there now.

    Second: This has nothing to do with politics at all.

    Third: EY don't just hire from Oxbridge or Oxbridge standard, provided you have a 2:1 and above ABB A levels you stand a reasonable chance
    You are correct. I was also very surprised to read his post!
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    (Original post by Insomnia)
    LOL ... You're possibly quite stupid to foget the economic climate and job positions available ... All due to a sick, selfish coalition government ...

    P.s |Ernst and Young is one of the big 4 .. So try lower your pride and apply for something more achievable ... Why don't people get this .. Ernst and Young are looking for oxbridge standard candidates and nothing less!
    The University you attend makes no difference to the application process.
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    I'm had the exact opposite experience with KPMG, and trust me it is a lot more irritating than failing at application form stage (which I did for PwC).

    A hour or two on an application form is nothing compared to working solidly for a week towards an assessment centre. I felt everything went well apart from one section of the interview; two or three questions on career motivation that just caught me slightly off guard as he asked me why the service line I had applied to over two other specific service lines.

    Got an email the next day to say they needed a few more days to review my application and then one a few days after that to say I was unsuccessful. When I rang up for feedback they let me know I met the required level in 7 out of 8 competencies but that my 'Career Motivation' could be developed. Incredibly irritating as if I hadn't wanted to do that job I wouldn't have spent hours of time on preparation.
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    (Original post by Kemik)
    The University you attend makes no difference to the application process.
    lol.
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    (Original post by Narcissist)
    I'm had the exact opposite experience with KPMG, and trust me it is a lot more irritating than failing at application form stage (which I did for PwC).

    A hour or two on an application form is nothing compared to working solidly for a week towards an assessment centre. I felt everything went well apart from one section of the interview; two or three questions on career motivation that just caught me slightly off guard as he asked me why the service line I had applied to over two other specific service lines.

    Got an email the next day to say they needed a few more days to review my application and then one a few days after that to say I was unsuccessful. When I rang up for feedback they let me know I met the required level in 7 out of 8 competencies but that my 'Career Motivation' could be developed. Incredibly irritating as if I hadn't wanted to do that job I wouldn't have spent hours of time on preparation.
    I am sorry to hear that, which line did you apply for?
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    (Original post by Chewwy)
    lol.
    does it make a difference then? I thought it didn't realy matter so long as you get a 2:1
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    (Original post by Chewwy)
    lol.
    I'd love for you to explain to me why I'm wrong in regards to an application for the Big Four, remembering I have been through the process, know where and what degrees people did on my intake and actively work in the graduate recruitment process (not the HR element though).
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    (Original post by Kemik)
    I'd love for you to explain to me why I'm wrong in regards to an application for the Big Four, remembering I have been through the process, know where and what degrees people did on my intake and actively work in the graduate recruitment process (not the HR element though).
    Well ok then (though I am loath to diverge into arguments on TSR)...

    1) I work for a big four firm, and my team aims to recruit exclusively from oxbridge
    2) I AM involved in the HR process.
    3) Regardless of any evidence I may have, if you think not a single partner making a recruitment decision sees a difference between a UEL graduate (say) and Cambridge one, then you must have a rather strange view of partners
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    (Original post by Chewwy)
    Well ok then (though I am loath to diverge into arguments on TSR)...

    1) I work for a big four firm, and my team aims to recruit exclusively from oxbridge
    2) I AM involved in the HR process.
    3) Regardless of any evidence I may have, if you think not a single partner making a recruitment decision sees a difference between a UEL graduate (say) and Cambridge one, then you must have a rather strange view of partners
    I assume you recruit for a very specialist department such as Economists. This thread was mainly discussing general audit/tax entry, not specialisms that are actively advertised as part of the regular graduate recruitment programmes. While I'm sure the partners would enjoy to have everyone from oxbridge, they'd pick someone who's a good teamworker over someone who won't fit in the team and are up themselves.
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    (Original post by dinotopiaisawful)
    does it make a difference then? I thought it didn't realy matter so long as you get a 2:1
    The important thing for getting the job is convincing those recruiting you're going to do the job better than any of the other candidates. So it's a package.

    Satisfying some minimum requirements probably gets you an interview if you're early enough in the recruitment cycle. I wouldn't recommend going through life trying to satisfy minimum requirements though.
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    The uni you went to university is persuasive, not conclusive.
 
 
 
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