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Hey, don't worry about it - they are just trying to group us all into one AC date!
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How did everyone find the Mazar's online tests?

I found the numerical section quite easy (easier than PWC!!) - but I don't know if I underestimated it because my report says "below average" ? and I'm so stressed right now , because I am certain that I got majority of the numerical questions right?!!

And i took around 50 -70 seconds for each question???

Can someone help?!
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ah perfect! I hope to see you too I just got an email saying i've gotten through to the assessment centre (yay!). But that they are still waiting to sort the dates out for that.
what kind of questions did they ask for the telephone interview?
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Has anyone done the telephone interview? what kind of questions do they ask?
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what kind of questions did they ask for the telephone interview?
I dont think its fair to reveal the questions to you. Everyone has had to go through it, so I think if you prepare the general interview questions you should be fine.
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I dont think its fair to reveal the questions to you. Everyone has had to go through it, so I think if you prepare the general interview questions you should be fine.
I also imagine everyone's interview is different, depending on who interviews you!
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Anyone else applied for Forensics and still waiting their AC date?(London). I m freaking out here, its been a mongh since i got my confirmation but still no date.
Hi, just wondering have you confirmed an AC date? I still haven't got confirmed, even though my mentor sent us an email two weeks ago saying no need to be worried as Mazars are trying to group more into one assessment center date
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Hi, just wondering have you confirmed an AC date? I still haven't got confirmed, even though my mentor sent us an email two weeks ago saying no need to be worried as Mazars are trying to group more into one assessment center date
Hey I spoke to my mentor and he said his AC was in January and he advised me to not worry so I think they just take time!
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Hi guys, I passed all the online tests and phone interview for Mazars and was waiting around 3 weeks for an AC date. They emailed me the other day and stated they'd filled all the roles in the office so I could transfer my application to a different office (which I didn't want to do) or they would have to withdraw my application. Not to dishearten any of you but be aware this is a possibility that could happen if you're waiting ages for an AC, as I wasn't aware that this could happen and was a bit gutted when I got the email!
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Hi guys, I passed all the online tests and phone interview for Mazars and was waiting around 3 weeks for an AC date. They emailed me the other day and stated they'd filled all the roles in the office so I could transfer my application to a different office (which I didn't want to do) or they would have to withdraw my application. Not to dishearten any of you but be aware this is a possibility that could happen if you're waiting ages for an AC, as I wasn't aware that this could happen and was a bit gutted when I got the email!
Which office was this for, and for which role? I'm sorry about your bad luck; there are plenty of other good roles out there!
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Which office was this for, and for which role? I'm sorry about your bad luck; there are plenty of other good roles out there!
Have you heard from them? I was waiting thinking nothing of it since the mentor I spoke to said his AC was in January!
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Which office was this for, and for which role? I'm sorry about your bad luck; there are plenty of other good roles out there!
It was for the Durham office and the external audit role. This is very true, I forgot to add on the end of my post before that I went to an AC at RSM last week and received a job offer today so it definitely wasn't the end of the world! Just thought I would prepare everyone that this could be a possibility as I never even thought that would happen
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Hi all,
so i had my AC yesterday and thought i'd share with people.
Frstly I have to say they were really really nice, there was a mini intro from the office partner where we could ask a few questions, and then an icebreaker (just like a game, not marked or anything) then we rotated round in groups doing, interviews, the group task, and the mini test, and a little tour of the office.

It was all comfortable stuff, the mini test was multi choice maths (nothing drastic at all!) with one email to handwrite at the end. The group task was picking between projects and discuss in a group, and the interview was questions you could find online with the presentation at the begining.

Overall i have to say it was really not stresfull, it was a really small group of people, max 10 applicants, so you split into groups of 3 or 4 as you went round.

They seemed really keen for people to ask questions, (have at least 1 to ask) and they were a really nice bunch of people.

Plus they got in touch this morning fto give an offer so the feedback time is really quick.

Hope this helps!
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Hi all,
so i had my AC yesterday and thought i'd share with people.
Frstly I have to say they were really really nice, there was a mini intro from the office partner where we could ask a few questions, and then an icebreaker (just like a game, not marked or anything) then we rotated round in groups doing, interviews, the group task, and the mini test, and a little tour of the office.

It was all comfortable stuff, the mini test was multi choice maths (nothing drastic at all!) with one email to handwrite at the end. The group task was picking between projects and discuss in a group, and the interview was questions you could find online with the presentation at the begining.

Overall i have to say it was really not stresfull, it was a really small group of people, max 10 applicants, so you split into groups of 3 or 4 as you went round.

They seemed really keen for people to ask questions, (have at least 1 to ask) and they were a really nice bunch of people.

Plus they got in touch this morning fto give an offer so the feedback time is really quick.

Hope this helps!
When did you get the confirmed date of your AC?! I am still waiting for a date!!
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When did you get the confirmed date of your AC?! I am still waiting for a date!!
A month ago?

I did the telephone interview in the last week of Oct, then a couple of days later they invited me to the assesment centre for 26th Nov.
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A month ago?

I did the telephone interview in the last week of Oct, then a couple of days later they invited me to the assesment centre for 26th Nov.
Is this autumn or spring intake? Sorry just getting a bit worried that they haven't confirmed my date yet so I will probably call them tomorrow
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Is this autumn or spring intake? Sorry just getting a bit worried that they haven't confirmed my date yet so I will probably call them tomorrow
Yeah, I've not had my confirmation of AC date either, bit confused as I had my telephone interview like 4 weeks ago and got the email to say I had passed the next day...
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(Original post by gcsesimsoscared)
Is this autumn or spring intake? Sorry just getting a bit worried that they haven't confirmed my date yet so I will probably call them tomorrow
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Yeah, I've not had my confirmation of AC date either, bit confused as I had my telephone interview like 4 weeks ago and got the email to say I had passed the next day...
Its for the sep 19 intake, but they mentioned there was a possibility i could start earlier.

It was for the Manchester Office tho, everyone at the assessment day was Manchester only, so they might not be prepared for the other offices yet.

There was a person there who applied last year, and passed the telephone interview, but they didnt have any spaces for the assessment days and all the positions were filled before he could take the assessment day. So he reapplied this year. I cant remember if he was for audit or risk though?
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Its for the sep 19 intake, but they mentioned there was a possibility i could start earlier.

It was for the Manchester Office tho, everyone at the assessment day was Manchester only, so they might not be prepared for the other offices yet.

There was a person there who applied last year, and passed the telephone interview, but they didnt have any spaces for the assessment days and all the positions were filled before he could take the assessment day. So he reapplied this year. I cant remember if he was for audit or risk though?
I've also applied for the Manchester office this year, and been invited to an AC but no date as of yet!
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Hello everyone, I have recently received an offer to start the graduate training scheme with Mazars and wanted to share my experience. I found websites such as wikijobsand the student room invaluable resources when applying for graduate schemes and hope others can profit from my experience.

The first stage was the application form. This is pretty standard with a combination of motivational and competency questions. Once you have completed and submitted the application form you will hear back from the firm within a week. You will then be invited to take online numerical and verbal reasoning tests provided by Kenexa. You can complete some practice questions before taking the actual test. The best advice I can give is to practice as many tests as you can beforehand but there is nothing too difficult. If you are successful at both tests the next stage you will be invited to is the interview. The time it takes for the interview confirmation can vary as some have said they have been invited to an interview straight away but it was about 10 days before I got invited to my interview.

My interview was held at their London office in Tower Hill. Someone from the HR department and a manager from the department you are applying for will generally complete your interview. The interviewers are very friendly and immediately put you at ease. The interview is split into two sections an analytical exercise and a competency based interview. You are required to complete the analytical exercise first. The exercise is not tricky at all. You have a single side of A4, which you will be required to read and make notes on in 10 minutes. The interviewer will then ask you a number of questions on the article such as what are the main aims of the article, who are the main stakeholders, what are the main problems and what solutions can you think of to solvethese problems. This exercise is measuring your abilityto quickly assimilate information and communicate that information effectively. The next part of the interview is competency based. This will include questions on motivation, teamwork and the qualification you will be studying for. As others have said the interview is not daunting at all and you do not feel like the interviewer is trying to trip you up. Just keep calm and remember to use the STAR approach to answer the questions.

If you pass the interview then the next and final stage will be the assessment centre. The assessment centre is an intense day. You will be split into groups with a set timetable of tasks to complete. The tasks are an intrayexercise, a partner interview, a group exercise and a short presentation.

The first exercise my group was require to complete was the intray exercise. This is quite easily the hardest part of the day. The task itself is not too difficult but the time restraint is quite steep. This exercise is split into three sections: the first section requires you to look through a number of emails and prioritise them by importance and whether they are important/ urgent or not. You will also be required to address any links between the documents. The second exercise is split into two parts: the first involves planning a conference from the documents in the first section of the exercise and explaining any assumptions. The second part involves creating a budget for the dinner using the information provided. The final part is relatively straightforward. You are required to write a memo to encourage managers to send their staff to the conference. The important thing to do in this exercise is to start writing as soon as possible as you cannot be marked on what you do not write down. Time management is a key part of this task and it is likely that you will not be able to finish all tasks. I spent too much time on the first part of section two of the intray, which meant I did not get enough time to adequately complete the budget for the conference dinner. A number of individuals have reported that they did not feel they had done well on this task but have gone on to receive offers. Therefore, if you feel you have not done your best do not dwell on this too much and focuses on doing your best in the other three exercises.

The next part of my day was the partner interview. The experience of the partner interview differs depending on the partner who you interview with. My partner interview was extremely informal and more of a general conversation to get to know whether I would be a good fit for the firm. However, others I spoke to on the day said that their interview was wholly competency based.Therefore, I would advise ensuring adequate knowledge on the firm, any commercial awareness issues and brushing up on your competency question examples.

The group exercise was the next task of the day. This exercise involved selecting one of three scenarios and discussing in your group why you chose that option, three problems with the option you have chosen and then five solutions to the problems you have discovered. The key here is to ensure you make key points, do not interrupt others, time manage if you can, try keep the group on task and use people’s names to give a more personal touch.

The final assessed part of the day is the presentation. You pick a topic at random and then have 10 minutes to prepare a presentation on the topic you have chosen and then 5 minutes to present your topic. You can then be asked questions by the rest of your group on your presentation. There is nothing you can do to prepare for in advance for this task.

The rest of the day involves a lunch, presentations and an opportunity to go for a drink with the graduate “couriers” that will be ushering you around on the day.

My message to those of you that have been trying to secure a training contact but have been unsuccessful so far is to not give up. I started applying for graduate contracts from last year and have attended a number of assessment centres since then including PWC, BDO, UHY, Baker Tilly, the government fast stream (FSAC)and a few smaller firms. Each assessment centre you complete will give you valuable experience that you will be able to utilise during the next opportunity you are given.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below and I will try my best to answer them.
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How did it go? What did they ask? Any tips?
Hey there

I've recently researched on YouTube and found Alex Gorasov's video on applying for Shell pretty useful. Apparently he's a recent graduate and the 2 videos he posted are quite helpful to be honest. At least you get a good understanding of what's it like, the application process, and the life at Shell. I assume it is fairly similar for the other major companies too..

Hope this is useful
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