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EY Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an EY job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 30

What software programs do you use in your current work and how adaptable would you say that you are in learning and using new programs?

How to Answer

As a software engineer or data analyst for EY, you will likely have deep experience using various tools that make you more proficient in your work. Dig into your past experiences and speak openly about the different industry-relevant analysis and design tools you've used. Above all, make sure that your interviewer understands that you are proficient in using these tools and are open to learning new tools.

EY is looking for enthusiastic leaders who are open to learning alongside the industry. Even if you don't consider yourself a software expert, emphasize your willingness to learn and master new skills. If you're already connected with any data scientists at EY, it would be helpful to speak with them about the tools they use most frequently on the job before the interview. Bring up those specific tools to your interviewer to highlight your preparation and motivation to succeed at EY.

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30 EY Interview Questions & Answers

  • Adaptability

    1. What software programs do you use in your current work and how adaptable would you say that you are in learning and using new programs?

      How to Answer

      As a software engineer or data analyst for EY, you will likely have deep experience using various tools that make you more proficient in your work. Dig into your past experiences and speak openly about the different industry-relevant analysis and design tools you've used. Above all, make sure that your interviewer understands that you are proficient in using these tools and are open to learning new tools.

      EY is looking for enthusiastic leaders who are open to learning alongside the industry. Even if you don't consider yourself a software expert, emphasize your willingness to learn and master new skills. If you're already connected with any data scientists at EY, it would be helpful to speak with them about the tools they use most frequently on the job before the interview. Bring up those specific tools to your interviewer to highlight your preparation and motivation to succeed at EY.

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      1st Answer Example

      "In my current role as a senior analyst at (XYZ) firm, I use Microsoft Excel, Capital IQ, SAP, and various BI tools daily. In addition, I'm currently learning Python. I consider myself proficient in all of these tools and am especially quick in Microsoft Excel, which, from my understanding, is used frequently in this role at EY. I'm a quick learner, too, and am open to learning any new tools that are unique to EY to be successful in this role."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "As a computer junkie in my spare time, I have a wide array of experience with many of the different types of financial and risk analysis software. I'm a big fan of the MATLAB program because of its ability to build my own algorithms and customize the data analysis within the program. With my firm recently moving to an Oracle platform, I've become very familiar with Oracle Crystal Ball over the last two years and really like its ability to visualize forecasts."

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  • Adaptability

    2. If hired to this role here at EY, what do you see as one initial hurdle you will have to overcome in your first weeks on the job?

      How to Answer

      Your interviewer wants to know that you will proactively respond to challenges right off the bat. As EY's values describe a work culture of 'people with energy, enthusiasm, and the courage to lead,' demonstrate to your interviewer that you will be a good cultural fit by emphasizing that you approach challenges head-on. Further, your interviewer wants to ensure you have the formal training needed to be successful on the job or if you'll need support to fill in training gaps. Similar to the 'greatest weakness' question, the key to answering this question is to point out a potential challenge and then share your plan for how you will overcome that challenge.

      If you can think of one off the top of your head, share with your interviewer an example of when you were confronted with a challenge at a new job and how you responded to this adversity.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Understanding that my role here at EY would have me working with the entire advisory staff, the first hurdle would be getting to know everyone on that team and showcasing the skills that I could bring to their work. From my understanding, I would be working with team members from all over the country, and I foresee it being a possible challenge to build relationships with colleagues and stakeholders without meeting them face-to-face. If hired for the job, I would hope to get involved from day one by setting up virtual meetings with various members of the advisory staff and listening to what the most pressing challenges are for the team at the moment."

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  • Behavioral

    3. Describe your approach to learning new skills.

      How to Answer

      As a global leader in the accounting and consulting field, EY is looking to hire lifelong learners who are open to expanding their skillset. Demonstrate to your interviewer that you are a curious and eager professional who will fit into EY's team culture. Some hiring managers will be willing to hire you even if you don't match all of the requisites in the position description, so long as you demonstrate an eagerness to learn and deep motivation to succeed.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I like to stay at the top of my game with continuous learning opportunities, conferences, mentoring and networking opportunities, and training to stay on top of the latest emerging technology. Learning new skills keeps me engaged and motivated on the job. One of the reasons why I am drawn to EY, in particular, is the emphasis that you have placed on providing great training and growth opportunities for your leaders. I approach learning something new by diving into it completely and asking questions so that I can learn as much as I can."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I believe that the most critical component of learning new skills is entering with the mindset that mistakes and failure are OK, as they mean that I'm pushing myself to grow outside of my comfort zone. For example, I'm teaching myself to code right now, which has been fun and exciting but also a huge challenge. I carve out time each week to focus on developing this new skill and don't give up when I don't understand something. This new skill has been a huge asset to me in my current position, and I'm looking to expand on it in this role. Can you tell me more about the opportunities that will be available to me for continuous learning here at EY?"

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      Community Answer

      "One of the important reasons that I am very much inclined to the company, in particular, is the emphasis they give on providing great training and learning opportunities for the latest and emerging technologies. Learning new skills keeps me engaged and motivated in the job. I will love to participate in conferences, and training sessions conducted within the organization. I would be more than happy to leverage the knowledge base platform of the company for video tutorials so that I can understand the subject from scratch. I will also love to leverage my newly learned skill in solving real-time business problems and prefer to get it reviewed by my senior colleagues and subject matter experts."

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      It sounds like you enjoy learning and embracing new opportunities to develop and grow, which is awesome. I suggest personalizing this response a little more to show the specific skills and new content that you're hoping to acquire.

  • Behavioral

    4. The day-to-day life at EY can be hectic and stressful at times. If hired for this role, how would you keep yourself motivated when working with stressed colleagues and pushy clients?

      How to Answer

      Many roles at EY require you to think and act quickly in a fast-paced environment. As a result, you will likely deal with colleagues and clients who are stressed out, overwhelmed, or working under tight deadlines. Your interviewer wants to know that you will be able to work effectively in that kind of environment. Discuss a time when you've thrived in a high-pressure and fast-paced environment like this in the past, highlighting the personality traits that have contributed to your success in these types of situations.

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  • Behavioral

    5. Describe a time you made a meaningful contribution to a team.

      How to Answer

      Your answer to this question should give the interviewer a sense of how you operate in a team and what they can expect your contributions to be. Not only do you want to demonstrate that you're a solid team player who is easy to work with, but you also want to make clear that you get stuff done. No one wants to work with a passive team member who lets their responsibilities fall onto others. Give your interviewer a specific example of a team scenario in which your work made a tangible difference.

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  • Career Goals

    6. How have you worked to develop yourself professionally throughout your career?

      How to Answer

      As a Big Four accounting firm, EY knows that its employees' professional growth is vital to remaining at the forefront of their industry. For this question, your interviewer is looking to ensure that your professional values match the values of EY. Use this question as an opportunity to highlight the many ways that you have taken the initiative to continuously improve professionally. Highlight any continuing education you have completed, any societies or groups you belong to, and publications you read regularly. All of these serve as great examples of your drive to grow professionally.

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  • Communication

    7. Discuss how you approach explaining complex ideas in simple terms.

      How to Answer

      A crucial part of customer service is ensuring that you can make complex information digestible for your clients. After all, that's why clients hire professionals as the expert! Your interviewer wants to hear that you have developed solid strategies to translate financial or business jargon into easy-to-understand terms for clients whose knowledge is likely less specialized in these areas. In your answer, describe your communication style and, if you can, provide an example of a time you explained a complex idea in simple terms with good results.

      Remember, this skill also translates to interpersonal work on a team. Your ability to communicate your ideas clearly and simply impacts how well you work with others.

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  • Communication

    8. In this role here at EY, we will rely on you to conduct thorough presentations with clients. How would your rate your overall presentation skills and why would you give yourself that rating?

      How to Answer

      Solid communication and presentation skills are essential skills for most EY positions and are particularly important for the consulting division. To show your interviewer that you will have what it takes to get hired for this role, discuss your experience delivering meaningful presentations to a group. Emphasize the public speaking skills you've picked up through these experiences.

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  • Competency

    9. What are the top 3 skills you have acquired in your last role?

      How to Answer

      You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career, and your interviewer wants to hear about the skills that will be most relevant to a role at EY. Before the interview, make a list of the best skills you have developed in your most recent role. Make sure to include both hard and soft skills, then reflect on which are most relevant to this role and which provide the best examples to share with your interviewer.

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  • Discovery

    10. Tell me about a time you faced uncertainty. How did you handle it?

      How to Answer

      Ambiguity is an inevitable part of most jobs. Your interviewer wants to know that you are comfortable with uncertainty and can use solid logical reasoning skills to find the best path forward. While some employers are OK with answering every little question you might have, know that most places don't want to have to hold your hand through every project. Using a past experience as an example, demonstrate your ability to run with a situation even if you don't have each piece of the puzzle.

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  • Experience

    11. Among the common issues that are faced by data analysts in their work, which one or two problems do you feel really challenge analysts in the financial industry?

      How to Answer

      While the challenges faced by data analysts make for a long, generalized list, this question allows your interviewer to see your critical thinking skills within the financial services field. While there isn't necessarily a right or wrong answer to this question, make sure you can speak intelligently about your answer and provide ways to meet the challenges in your work with EY.

      Staying up to date on the industry will be most helpful in being ready to tackle this question. That might mean reading a trusted news source that focuses on data, tech, and/or financial services for at least 15-20 minutes a day.

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  • Experience

    12. In your experience as a Financial Analyst, what do you feel is the best metric to gauge a company's future stock performance?

      How to Answer

      As a financial analyst with EY, clients will rely on you to provide the best risk and reward opportunities to have the most successful investments. While there are many great metrics to use and no right answer for this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are confident speaking technically about the industry and gauging future stock performance. The confidence that you project to your interviewer will carry over to your work with clients, and your interviewer will be keying in on this aspect of your answer.

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  • Experience

    13. Here at EY, we strive for continuous delivery and continuous deployment with our software. Are you familiar with these processes in your current work?

      How to Answer

      In the industries in which EY operates, updates to the software are vital to end-users to stay at the forefront of their business. To ensure that updates happen as quickly and smoothly as possible, EY utilizes continuous delivery and continuous deployment for their customers. For this question, discuss what you know about these processes as a software architect, why they are important, and what experience you have with them.

      Note that this question is most relevant to those applying to tech or engineering positions within EY.

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  • Experience

    14. Are you familiar with KYC and how it impacts our business at EY?

      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, it is important to know and understand KYC principles if your role involves working with banking and capital markets clients. To start, KYC stands for Know Your Customer and refers to the steps taken by financial institutions to establish customer identity and understand the nature of the customer's activity to further assess money laundering risks with that customer. In your answer, highlight the important elements of a KYC program, like customer identification and ongoing monitoring. Overall, make sure your interviewer knows that you've done your homework on EY's KYC Program. While not all roles with EY will deal with KYC directly, the overall premise is an important concept to know within the financial services industry.

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  • Leadership

    15. Tell me about a time you stepped up as a leader.

      How to Answer

      In this question, your interviewer is looking to hear that you can point to a specific example that demonstrates your solid leadership skills. Before the interviewer, brainstorm times in the past where you did more than what was expected of you to contribute to the overall success of a project. You'll get bonus points from the interviewer if you can tie this example back to the leadership qualities you'll bring to the role you're interviewing for.

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  • Leadership

    16. Here at EY, we are expecting someone with strong leadership skills to take this role. How would you describe your management style?

      How to Answer

      You can expect to get at least one question about your leadership abilities during your interview. Prior to your interview, reflect on your leadership style and skills you have developed over the years. Regardless of which role you're applying to, your interviewer wants to hear that you have taken on leadership responsibilities in previous roles and have the capacity to grow with EY. Your answer can touch on how these traits would fit into EY's mission, emphasizing growth and embracing change.

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  • Motivation

    17. Why do you want to work for EY?

      How to Answer

      You can expect to get some form of this question during the interview. The key to giving a smooth, meaningful response is to prepare what you want to focus on in your answer beforehand. Jot down the top three reasons why you want a career at EY, focusing on your personal and professional goals and why your skillset makes you a perfect fit. Make sure your answer isn't just about what EY can do for you; rather, ensure you also emphasize why your experiences and skills make you a valuable asset to EY.

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  • Problem Solving

    18. If you noticed that a company's balance sheet was showing increased amounts of accounts receivables, what future impacts to that company would you consider to be feasible?

      How to Answer

      At the root of this question, your interview will be looking to hear that you understand how the different lines on a company's balance sheet are related to each other. In your answer, be sure to point out your understanding of this as your job as an accountant with Ernst and Young will rely on your ability to do so.

      Note that this question is most relevant for those applying to work in the EY accounting division.

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  • Problem Solving

    19. Describe a time you had to deal with adversity while in a leadership position.

      How to Answer

      It's not easy serving in a leadership position, and EY wants to know that you can handle the stress that comes with it. As you brainstorm leadership experiences that you can point to during your interview, include challenges that you faced along the way. These challenges might have to do with pushback you received from colleagues, having to deliver unpopular news, or something completely different. Above all, demonstrate tolerance for adversity and emphasize the strategies you've developed to push through challenging situations while serving as a leader.

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  • Scenario Based

    20. In working with financial data here at EY, what are the steps you would take in the data validation process?

      How to Answer

      Carefully interpreting financial data and ensuring its validity will be at the heart of what you do as an analyst or auditor at EY. Bad data in the financial industry can have a costly impact, and your job will be to ensure that doesn't happen. To answer this question, discuss the importance of data validation and your method for data screening and verification as part of the validation process. Include any programs that you have experience working with during the validation process.

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  • Scenario Based

    21. What factors would you consider part as part of an organization's long-term liability?

      How to Answer

      First and foremost, make sure that you can define a long-term liability as obligations that are due beyond one year and will be paid off well into the future. Then, consider major factors like bonds, mortgages, leases, and other items that factor into an organization's long-term liability. Last, explain why the measurement of long-term liabilities is an important factor in considering the overall financial health of an organization.

      Note that this question won't be relevant for all EY roles and is geared at those applying to roles within consulting or strategy. Regardless, questions like this will allow you to demonstrate your business acumen and education to your interviewer.

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  • Scenario Based

    22. Tell me about a time where you had to analyze information in order to make a recommendation.

      How to Answer

      Your interviewer is looking to get a sense of the analytical and problem-solving skills you've developed in past roles and how you would apply these skills to a new role at EY. In your answer, focus on describing your attention to detail and sharp focus on data and statistics. Include an example that demonstrates your thought process when drawing conclusions from information. Give as much insight into your process to show you are capable of taking an analytical approach to problem-solving.

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  • Scenario Based

    23. How would you define what working capital is for a company and what does its measurement mean?

      How to Answer

      In certain consulting and strategy roles with EY, you may be asked to help measure the working capital of organizations. In the definition you provide to your interviewer, ensure that you give them at least the basic definition of the calculation: current assets minus current liabilities. Then, talk about real situations in which you've used the measurement to make critical decisions in your past work. This will confirm with your interviewer that you have the ability to use the measurement in this job.

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  • Scenario Based

    24. As we work with clients on assessing potentials mergers and/or acquisitions, valuation is an important skill to possess. How would you go about placing a value on an organization for a client?

      How to Answer

      As you look to join the ranks at EY, this question allows your interviewer to see the depth of your technical skills and previous experience. For your answer, focus on your experience measuring cash flows, revenues, price/earnings ratios, and other factors to value a company. Another aspect to keep in mind when answering this question is the most common methods for valuing a particular industry. Be sure to tell your interviewer that the method you would use will depend on the industry.

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  • Stress

    25. Think back over your career up to today and tell me about the most difficult day on the job you encountered. What made the day difficult and how did you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      We've all had our share of difficult days on the job, and how we handle those days, in particular, can really make or break our success at a company. Think of a particular day that demonstrates your ability to handle adversity professionally without shutting down. An important piece of your answer should be discussing what lessons you learned from that particular day moving forward that you still carry with you to this day.

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  • Teamwork

    26. We pride ourselves on our interdepartmental teamwork here at EY. If hired for this role, what kind of team player could we expect you to be?

      How to Answer

      At a Big Four firm like EY, teamwork is one of the main keys to success. You can expect to work closely with an EY team, and many roles will also require you to liaise with other departments. In your answer, highlight themes of building trust, gaining respect, and being professionally prepared as part of a larger team. Don't hesitate to show flexibility in your ability to both lead others and be led by others, and use examples of times that you've done both.

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  • Teamwork

    27. If you joined the team here at EY, how would you build relationships with those that you would be working closely with?

      How to Answer

      For this question, your interviewer wants to hear that you'll be proactive about getting to know your colleagues and fitting into EY's culture. Use a personal approach to talk about how you have done this in the past and how you would do so if hired for this position. Discuss the importance of relationship-building and how your collaborative approach has helped you as a professional.

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  • Trust

    28. How do you believe your coworkers would describe you?

      How to Answer

      It's a straightforward question. The interviewer wants to get a better sense of your self-awareness about how others perceive you. Give an honest answer that relates to the work that this role requires.

      Here are a few keywords to get you started brainstorming:

      - Encouraging
      - Caring
      - Knowledgeable
      - Reliable
      - Focused
      - Honest
      - Assertive
      - Tenacious
      - Motivated
      - Ambitious
      - Conscientious

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  • Trust

    29. What is your greatest weakness?

      How to Answer

      This common interview question is an opportunity to demonstrate self-insight. Give an honest answer with a real weakness you have been focusing on and what plan you've put into place to work on it. Just make sure the weakness isn't a core competency of the EY job description. If it's an analyst role, revealing 'logical reasoning skills' as a weakness likely won't get you far. Reflect on traits you want to work on, but that won't affect overall job success.

      Honesty and self-awareness are key for this question. Interviewers have heard it all and will see through phony attempts to present a trait as a weakness when it's not really a weakness.

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  • Trust

    30. What is your greatest strength?

      How to Answer

      Demonstrate your self-awareness by pointing out a strength that you've honed over the years. Ideally, you'll discuss a skill that is directly relevant to the role at EY. Having a tangible example will strengthen your answer.

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