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How i got selected at big 4

Smiley (Employee) (140 Points)

01 June 2014  

Hey friends, I got selected at a big 4 firm recently. Wanted to share a few a few tips to share when going for an interview at big 4:

  1. Make sure you know the Accounting Standards & Auditing standars if you are going for an interview for an assurance department. There will be scope for mistakes, they allow that, but you cant keep saying that you don't know any standard at all.
  2. Make sure you know your resume inside out. When you state that you are good at something, eg. Excel or tally, they will ask you more questions on that to check your confidence.
  3. Do not lie.
  4. Do not show off. Be humble and very polite.
  5. They may try to be a little tough or strict with you, but be calm. It is only to check your confidence. The same people will be excellent to you once you are selected.
  6. Finally, keep in mind, they are also humans like you, they also went through the same rigorous process.

Wishing you all the very best!!


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CMA. CS. Sanjay Gupta ("PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN")   (114102 Points)
Replied 01 June 2014

Congratulations..!!!!

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CA ASPIRANT (STUDENT) (380 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Hey congrats ...which firm?can u tell me which depts/fields/areas are their for articleship in big4 & which one must select to make optimum use of big 4 articleship interms of getting knowledge & what all was asked apart from AS & SA? Were there GD also. PLs do reply...

vinita punjabi (student) (229 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Hey congrats. I also want to apply. But my only 1st group is cleared, nd dat 2 with 210 marks.. do they only consider those candidates who are 1attempt cleared? Or with gud marks? Is there any scope for students like us in such big firms?

Azim Khan ACA,CS,CMA*,LLB* (Proprietor) (1312 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Congrats...... Selection in Audit Dept of Big4 is easier but the way they put assignment burden on you, is horrible.. Initially they remain soft, later they show their true colours... Those who can work round the clock is fit for big4... believe me, this is my personal experience in one of the big4....

Smiley (Employee) (140 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Originally posted by : CA ASPIRANT
Hey congrats ...which firm?can u tell me which depts/fields/areas are their for articleship in big4 & which one must select to make optimum use of big 4 articleship interms of getting knowledge & what all was asked apart from AS & SA? Were there GD also. PLs do reply...

It was EY. There are many areas such as Assurance, Taxation, Advisory and so on. U could refer their website. I have interacted with the articleship students of big 4.  Trust me if u want a brand name for ur articleship , join big 4. But if u want to gain knowledge in all areas join a mid sized CA firm. coz big 4 will give u an entry only in one dept, say tax..or audit. and u may not get to do things like preparing form 3ca 3cb etc..coz the work gets divided among thousands.

I did not have GD round. 1st round was communication ronud. had to talk for a minute on a general topic they provided. simple round

2nd was written test, mosty accoounts and audit objective type question. a few questions on drafting emails to seniors based on given circumstances. Easy round..this also.

3rd war HR round..simplest of all..genral questions..nothin to mention..

Technical round is where they try to be hard on u..all syllabus related questions and questions to test ur personality and leadership.

Be calm..be yourself..you will do well..all the very best.

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Smiley (Employee) (140 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Originally posted by : vinita punjabi
Hey congrats. I also want to apply. But my only 1st group is cleared, nd dat 2 with 210 marks.. do they only consider those candidates who are 1attempt cleared? Or with gud marks? Is there any scope for students like us in such big firms?

 

If u want to do ur articleship there its better to comlete ur 2nd group too coz getting leav is not an easy affair. 

I dont know about attempts for articleship, but for jobs in EY India they take B.com and Ca final pass in 3 attempts. In EY GSS they select within 7 attempts. 

They  take even average students..in fact avrage students have better communication skills which is why they get selected. So do not worry about it.

And as u mentioned it is a big firm. But personally i would prefer to work in a mid sized firm with scope for learning. Each one's choice differs.

Teerth (CA Final) (245 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Hello Smiley, Many many congratulations to you. I wanna ask that while applying for the employment in big 4; is there any impact of those who have cleared CA with no. of attempts. Kindly let me know how do they take into consideration regarding attempts in clearing CA examinations at all level (i.e. CPT, IPCC and CA Final)

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Smiley (Employee) (140 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Originally posted by : Teerth
Hello Smiley, Many many congratulations to you. I wanna ask that while applying for the employment in big 4; is there any impact of those who have cleared CA with no. of attempts. Kindly let me know how do they take into consideration regarding attempts in clearing CA examinations at all level (i.e. CPT, IPCC and CA Final)

 

Hi Teerth, thanks for the wishes. Attempts usually play a role at big 4's. Im not sure about intermediate since they never told me anything about the no. of attempts.

But for those who cleared finals, the indian office of the big 4's select those who have cleared within 3 attempts, and the global offices select those passed within 6 or 7 attempts.

 

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Teerth (CA Final) (245 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Hi Smiley, How come this is possible? I actually didn't got that concept - indian office of the big 4's select those who have cleared within 3 attempts, and the global offices select those passed within 6 or 7 attempts? Why so?

Smiley (Employee) (140 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Originally posted by : Teerth
Hi Smiley, How come this is possible? I actually didn't got that concept - indian office of the big 4's select those who have cleared within 3 attempts, and the global offices select those passed within 6 or 7 attempts? Why so?

Indian office is where the real audit happens, the clients are indian branches of global MNC's..located in India itself. 

But global office as u know it..the name itslef says its like data processing. Of course they do hire CAs, but it it second to the India offices. Its more like a KPO. CA pass outs usually try for india offices first and if they dont get through, opt for global offices, where ther get to do back office services. Never the less..even they get paid well.

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mahendra (article) (22 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

I wanna ask one stupid question...I kno its stupid...but pls reply.... People tell without reference/influence its very difficult 2 get into big 4...is it true?

Kamal Singhania (student) (44 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Is it true that you just get trained in just one field, say, either audit or tax for that matter. Does it make d big 4 article traineee less effective or competitive when compared to medium firm article who get multi field exposure.

kajal sarvaiya (student) (23 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Hey congrats.. do they allow industrial training for ca final students? ?

Smiley (Employee) (140 Points)
Replied 02 June 2014

Originally posted by : mahendra
I wanna ask one stupid question...I kno its stupid...but pls reply.... People tell without reference/influence its very difficult 2 get into big 4...is it true?

Many pple including me were shortlisted through job recruitment portals..reference also helps..but its not that if u dont have reference u wont get into any big 4..u will surely get if u apply online n ur resume fits their criteria..


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