How to Land a Job at Ernst & Young

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Ernst & Young, also known as “EY,” is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The company has about 175,000 employees in over 150 countries, some 54,000 of whom are in the Americas. Currently, more than 4,000 professionals work in EY’s IT operations.

“At EY, we have many opportunities for individuals with backgrounds in technology in all of our service lines,” says Larry Nash, EY Americas director of experienced & executive recruiting. Primarily a Microsoft shop, the company is trying to fill positions for .NET and SharePoint developers, information security specialists, project managers, quality assurance testers and business analysts.

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Collectively, the IT Services group is responsible for planning, developing, managing and operating all technology used within the organization. Its employees work as a global team. Some technical skill requirements include .NET, JavaScript, ASP.NET, SQL, SharePoint, DBA, identity and access management, Active Directory, Spotfire and Tableau.

How to Read a Job Posting

EY IT Services’ job descriptions clearly describe the open positions and their requirements. Candidates should ensure that their current skills align with those listed in the job description they’re considering. It’s important that you only apply for positions you’re qualified for. Pay attention to technical certification requirements.

The Hiring Process

“It’s important for our interviewing team to understand a candidate’s technical skills given the nature of the work,” says Nash. “Candidates should be prepared to articulate their competencies and experiences so we can best gauge and understand their IT skills.”

Throughout the selection process, you’ll be asked about your successes, career objectives and ambitions. Nash strongly suggests that you prepare for interviews by researching EY, the position and the people who’ll be interviewing you.

At the same time, don’t oversell your past experiences and current IT skills. While obviously you want to tour your skills, be honest and accurate about your abilities and your track record. Nash says that EY recruiters are searching for the right skills and experience—not creative resume headlines.

What Makes a Good Fit?

EY is primarily a financial services organization. It is corporate, not casual; highly structured, not a startup. “We run a fair and objective recruitment process that reflects our values, which are demonstrating integrity, respect and teaming,” explains Nash. “Our values influence the way we work with each other, serve our clients and engage with our communities, so it’s important that potential candidates possess these values and understand the role they will play in the overall success of the organization.”

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Advice for Seasoned Professionals

Submit a complete resume or online profile that clearly describes your current duties and responsibilities and, if appropriate, take the opportunity to present recommendations online. Commentary from former supervisors, peers and clients can offer a more complete picture than a simple resume.

Advice for New Graduates

Nash can’t stress the idea of doing your homework enough. This applies to researching the company, the position you’re applying for and the person who may be doing the interviewing. Recent graduates can connect with EY via social media channels in order to stay up-to-date on job announcements and general company news.

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Comments

  1. BY JF says:

    I have applied for positions that I’m over qualified for and I don’t get an interview. The big 4 companies want recent college graduates. And you have to go to well known school (not a diploma mill). If you can get in great, but it’s impossible when your mid career or transitioning to a new career for anyone there to interview you.

    • BY Joe says:

      It may be a blessing in disguise. If EY is anything like the competitor of them that I was employed by (and in mid career no less), then they are a cloying, uber PC, one size fits all glorified contractor outfit. Consider yourself lucky that you weren’t interviewed.

    • BY Recruiter @EY says:

      JF – I disagree. We do hire from Campus but our “Experienced Hire Recruiting” hires only “Experienced” candidate. Check EY.careers, reach out to a EY recruiter in LinkedIn. There are many who can help you.

  2. BY cc says:

    So Larry Nash is another dime-a-dozen guy who talks like he know’s what he’s doing, but he’s just over-confident. Especially with his views on how to screen applicants:

    ““Candidates should be prepared to articulate their competencies and experiences so we can best gauge and understand their IT skills.”

    Yeah, Larry, we’ll try to get up to the speed of a college professor who has to articulate this stuff everyday. Just give a guy complete notice instead of pulling a superiority complex and asking totally random questions.

    Hey Larry, why don’t you be prepared to articulate how to tie a pair of shoes. And you better not mess up one little word, or that means you’re an idiot. Right Larry??

    I know your type Larry, and guys like you need a major brain adjustment, or just keep your mouth quiet when feel the urge to give another dumb opinion.

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