Originally Posted by jkswiss
Anyways, for the interns at the Big 4, what was the interview process like. What sort of questions did they ask you? What was your GPA and how competitive was it. It is REALLY hard to get an internship nowadays, no one seems to really be hiring. I know that the Big 4 are even laying off people and that some offers have been rescinded. Freaking doom and gloom in the financial world.
The interview process is very straightforward. I applied online through my school's (Emory) job posting site last September. I was then selected by PWC and Deloitte to schedule an interview. KPMG and E&Y did not select me, not sure why. Anyway, the night before the interview, the company invites all the interviewees out to dinner where they meet employees and their interviewers. It's a really nice dinner and gives you the ability to interact with employees. Next day, you have your interview and it's strictly behavioral questions. They talk about your resume, and ask you some leadership related questions and ask about your courses. Nothing technical, like some of the Finance interviews where they ask all sorts of things (Annuity formulas, derivative strategies, etc). A lot of kids in my accounting courses interviewed, and I would say maybe 30-50% got internship offers from Big 4's. The rest ended up getting internships at other places. These are all undergraduate business school students I might add.
GPA I applied with was like a 3.3 overall, but I had a really strong GPA in the business courses (Accounting, Math, Statistics) with like a 3.8, which I mentioned on my resume.
Be optimistic, people ARE hiring. Just make sure you have a strong GPA, utilize all networking opportunities that come your way, and just stay positive. Talk with teachers, friends, family, anything to get your foot in the door. It's true that the Big 4 are laying off, but they wouldn't dare jeopardize their reputation in the minds of undergrads, so they continue to formally recruit on campus Nationwide.
If you or anyone else have questions, career related or whatever, send me a PM.