In this PrepPack™ you will find preparation materials for your Deloitte interview. As well as this, there are specific materials for the Deloitte case study, presentation, group exercise and more.
Below we will outline the types of interviews you may encounter in your application process, and give you tips on how to prepare for them.
Deloitte First Interview and Case Study
This interview is usually part of the recruitment process for BrightStart, the summer vacation schemes and the graduate programme applicants. This interview is designed as to learn more about you and your suitability for the role you have applied for.
The interview also contains the Deloitte case study for you to discuss with your interviewers. Ahead of your interview you will be given a short period of time to read a case study and think about some answers to a set of guide questions. The information contained in the case study may include numerical information as well as articles. Once in the interview room, the interviewer will ask you questions on the case study for you to discuss with them. You may find it useful to write down your thoughts to take into the interview.
Ahead of this interview you are advised to prepare examples of activities or pieces of work you have been involved with, where you have built up into a project over a large period of time. The interviewers are looking for evidence of your role, and how you worked with others to achieve your goals. Use the the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to organise your answers and ensure that you don’t leave anything out. You should also read up on Deloitte, as well as any news concerning the company. Be prepared to answer questions about why you have chosen this specialty.
Applicants for consulting positions will have a group exercise at this interview.
Deloitte Competency Based Interviews
Applicants for the Deloitte professional hire positions can expect to be invited to at least one competency based interview. In a competency based interview you are asked questions designed to allow you to demonstrate that you have the skills to do the jobs. These skills are in the job description and person specification for the role you are applying to, as well as Deloitte’s core competencies and values.
Prepare in advance for a competency based interviews by thinking up examples against each competency. Develop examples around the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to ensure that you have covered all the necessary information about your role in this example and how you contributed to the outcome.
Final Interview with Presentation
The final or Deloitte partner interview is usually the last part of the recruitment process for Deloitte BrightStart and Deloitte graduate programme applicants. This is a one hour interview in which you will give a pre-prepared presentation. This interview will focus on your values and how you can contribute to Deloitte. You should prepare examples demonstrating what matters to you, how you can contribute and so on. As always, prepare these examples using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result). Other questions in the interview may test your commercial awareness, so prepare by reading the news, thinking about the implications for Deloitte; read up on the trade press; read the Deloitte website, and make sure that you know about the company’s departments, work and competitors. You should also prepare questions to ask in the interview. Make sure they are not too obvious or could be found easily by looking at the website.
Ahead of this interview you are sent a topic and asked to prepare a five minute presentation to give over to your Partner interviewer. Make sure you understand what is in your presentation as you will be asked questions at the end. You are allowed to take a handout for the interviewer, but you will not have access to any IT equipment.
Topics will depend on the area you are applying to, but include:
- Your take on European audit reforms
- Have corporations learnt from the recession
- Regulatory impact on businesses
- How will audit have to adapt going forward
Read more tips about how to give a presentation on our presentations pages.
Prepare for Your Deloitte Case Study and Interview
If you want to really prepare for the Deloitte case study and interview you have to get the best preparation possible. Here we have highlighted the different sections of the Deloitte assessment centre to help you prepare. Start preparing today so you won’t be left behind.
Deloitte Interview Questions
The variety of interviews and range of interviewers at Deloitte mean that there are many questions you may experience. Questions at interviews may be situational, behavioural, about you or your choices.
Below is a selection of questions that may span any number of interviews:
- Why Deloitte, and why this job/ department?
This pack contains two full-length case study analysis practice exercises. You will also receive a complete set of preparation materials, including case study answers and presentation tips. As well as this, you will gain access to a general guide teaching you how to construct a case study assignment. This guide also provides you with explanations regarding solving methods and tips. The accompanying scoring forms can be used to evaluate your own performance according to what real assessors look for.
What Types of Case Studies Are There?
- The first type of assessment centre case study exercise are those for various positions in finance, banking, audit, marketing, IT, sales, and more. These case studies are based on a file of documents you must quickly read and analyse. They may be completed as part of an assessment day, or given at the employer's office as part of the interview. You can find more information about these exercises here or by scrolling below.
- Another type of case study exercise are those for consultancy and business management companies. These tests are usually administered without the use of endless documents. The entire scenario is described by the interviewer or is limited to a few pages. Generally, the task revolves around mathematical problems, estimation questions, and strategic thinking. The candidate is expected to question the assessor for more details in order to understand the problems at hand. Learn more about these tests here.
Assessment Centre Case Study Exercises
Typically, a case study or analysis exercise introduces a series of fictional documents, such as reports and results from recent market research. These documents may relate to hypothetical or real-life situations. You are asked to analyse the case at hand, make business decisions, and/or give a brief verbal or written report of your recommendations. You may also be given additional information to assess and respond to throughout the allocated time. In some instances, these exercises include content that is relevant to the company's affairs, giving candidates a taste of a real day-to-day task.
You may be asked to complete the case study as an individual exercise or as part of a group, which allows assessors to evaluate your ability to work as part of a team. Some employers designate case study exercises as a discrete element of the selection process, while others may combine them with an interview.
What Are the Main Types of Case Studies?
In general, case studies belong to one of two main groups:
Subject-Related Case Studies
Specific and professional knowledge of subject topics is required. In cases of candidates applying to a position in which industry knowledge is essential, the content of the case study is directly relevant to that role. In these cases, candidates are required to use their existing knowledge and experience to identify key information from the brief. For instance, project managers may be asked to plan for the release of a new product, which incorporates scheduling, budgeting, and resourcing.
General Case Studies
These case studies are designed for a broad audience of candidates who are tested for different positions. Answering the case study questions does not require any specific knowledge, and most questions can be answered with common sense. Any information that is required for answering the case study questions is provided by the assessor, whether by word or through additional documentation. These case studies are much more popular as they are completed by a vast number of candidates who are applying for a wide array of positions.
Popular Case Study Topics
- Strategic decisions in global or local contexts
- Expansion of departments, acquisition of new companies or products
- Entrance into new fields of development and product lines
- Exploring new markets
- Reconstructing organisational trees
- Creating advertising campaigns
What Skills Are Measured?
A case study exercise is one of several tools used to evaluate a wide array of skills and abilities:
|Aptitude Skills||Employment Skills|
|Problem solving||Working under pressure|
Prepare for Case Studies
JobTestPrep offers a unique preparation package designed specifically to help you prepare for your upcoming case study or analysis exercise. This pack contains two complete written case study exercises that can be solved under test-like conditions. Using the detailed solution guide, scoring form, and presentation example, you are able to assess your own performance and draw valuable conclusions.
The guides included in this pack present you with all the information you need to know about the case study assessment. They cover a variety of topics, including different types of case study tests, numerous solving methods, and case study presentation tips and examples.
- Two full-length case study exercises
- Comprehensive solution guides with detailed explanations
- Self-evaluation forms
- Presentation tips
- A complete online guide to case studies
- Similar to the process seen during real assessment centres
- Immediate online access, practice 24/7
- Target audience: graduate and managerial applicants