October 1, 2015: As the on-campus recruiting (OCR) season is occuring, students are finding ways to practice interview skills. To meet their needs, the Zicklin Graduate Accounting Society (ZGAS) invited six professionals from EY to share their insights on how to ace the interview process. We were especially grateful to have Molly John, an Assurance Partner at EY, visit campus and give a wonderful presentation: The Winning Interview.
As Molly mentioned, there are three points students should always remember, also referred to as the 3Ps: Preparation, Performance, and Punctuation.
1. Preparation - Molly explained the importance of having a well written resume, doing detailed research about the company, and giving a great first impression by dressing professionally.
2. Performance – There are three critical items related to performance: Strategy – be prepared for unexpected questions and strengthen your position during the conversation; experience – identify the universal competencies firms seek and tell stories to present them well; and communication – be aware of your non-verbal communication and use your body language as well as your words to make your ideas last in the interviewer’s mind.
3. Punctuation entails correspondence, connections, and creativity. Send follow-up emails in a timely manner, reach out to alumni who have recently graduated and now work with your desired employer, and make a lasting impression by referring back to important points discussed during the interview.
After the presentation, there was a group discussion session. During this session, six professionals were each assigned to a table and given a list of interview questions to discuss with students. EY professionals randomly assigned questions amongst the students and provided advice on how to better answer the questions. As a result, students gained valuable insights on top accounting firms’ expectations and became mindful about the best strategies to win the battle.
There was a lot of positive feedback from both EY professionals and students. ZGAS is always around to help connect students and professionals. We hope everyone found this event helpful and we look forward to hosting this type of event during the next OCR season!