How to land a job in the big 4

For any graduate in today’s world, landing a job at one of the big 4 accounting companies is nothing less than a dream come true. Whether it be Deloitte, EY, PwC or KPMG, it is viewed as both an honour and an accomplishment to work or land a job with such financial giants. Not only that, the big 4 have been recognized as some of the best employers to work for. Investment banker hopefuls usually look for jobs in the big 4 accounting firms to gain experience, have a taste of what the industry feels like, and acquire valuable practical skills. It goes without saying that getting hired by the big 4 is by no means an easy task. A rigorous placement process is what all hopefuls must go through in order to have the honour of working for these financial giants. However, we are going to focus on campus placements and provide some really key insights how getting placed into these glamorous companies works.

All the four companies offer services in financial advisory, consulting, audits, tax management, risk management and other financial tasks. These companies record revenues of billions of dollars every year, with operations in hundreds of cities. Hundreds of thousands of people work for them, and if you are aspiring to be one of them, we have curated the perfect recipe for you.

 

DISCLAIMER: This is the first part of our series on “Landing a Big 4 job”. For a more in-depth guide about the interviews and aptitude tests of Deloitte, KPMG, EY and PwC, WAIT for 5th August when we release it! You may follow us on facebook, for regular updates.

 

How do they hire?

The big 4 firms usually hire through one or more of the following methods-

  1. Campus placements
  2. Career fairs
  3. Job openings posted online
  4. Referrals
  5. Current interns

For students about to graduate, the campus placements present the best opportunity to get hired by these firms as associates, which is the entry level job profile at these accounting firms.

What must be done to land a job at the big 4?

It goes without saying that getting a job at EY, Deloitte, PwC or KPMG is no child’s play. A rigorous placement session must be successfully navigated by candidates hopeful of securing the job. However, with the steps discussed below, you can increase your chances at landing your dream job. Read on to find out more.

  1. Create a target.

The first step towards accomplishing any life goal is to create a target and plan the process. Research all the big 4 firms and find out which one suits you the best. Every individual is different on so many levels. Just because your friend preferred KPMG over EY doesn’t mean you should do the same. Planning, research, and acquiring insightful knowledge about each of these firms is the first step towards landing a job. This ensures that you do not regret your decision of joining a specific company later. Also, this is bound to give you an edge in the interviews, since recruiters would prefer candidates who already have knowledge about what goes on at the company, over those who do not.

 

 

  1. Create a resume that reflects all your skills.

After you create your goal, start acquiring all skills required at the job. Getting good at the core competencies required to do your job is one of the main tasks you must accomplish before applying. For instance, if the job profile requires you to be proficient in advanced financial accounting, it is better to take up an online course to learn it rather than wait for getting the job and then doing it. Being unprepared is the worst thing you can do to your chances of landing a job at one of the big 4 accounting firms.

Once you feel that you have all required skills, create an engaging CV that reflects all of those skills. Presenting a solid CV that truly shows who you are is winning half the battle. Focusing on your skillset and strengths is what you should be doing on your resume. Typically, a single page CV is considered to be good professional practice. Keep it short, and to the point.

  1. Prepare for the process.

After figuring out the outlet for getting a chance to get hired, be it your campus placements or direct company contact, start preparing for the end game. There are many interview rounds for candidates to manoeuvre through in order to get a job successfully. These include the initial HR interview, the technical rounds, partner/director and the final HR rounds. Each of these rounds are designed to test every single skill required to be a successful employee at their company. Be it Deloitte, KPMG, EY or PwC, the interviews for all of these firms are going to be tough nuts to crack. Start preparing well in advance, reading up on interview experiences and other resources available online.

 

DISCLAIMER: This is the first part of our series on “Landing a Big 4 job”. For a more in-depth guide about the interviews and aptitude tests of Deloitte, KPMG, EY and PwC, WAIT for 5th August when we release it! You may follow us on facebook, for regular updates.

 

Getting employed in a big 4 firm can amount to some great career opportunities and financial stability in the future. Continuous hard work, blood, sweat and tears is what is bound to get candidates through the gruelling selection process. Remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, so don’t give up, keep working hard, and you will land your dream job at one of the big 4!

2018-09-03T05:55:29+00:00