This quick mail to thank you for your material. I’ve just got an offer from KPMG!! (and unfortunately got rejected with Deloitte).
On this experience I can say that I’ve found your advice 99% right: Deloitte rejected me for giving the right answer with the right structure, but being a bit messy in my communication – actually I am VERY intuitive so usually I know which answer the interviewer is looking for.
However, I was impatient and started rambling right away instead of pausing and collecting my thoughts. In the end I ran out of things to talk about.
I fixed this with my interview with KPMG and it went much better.
Although, I think that I should have created two or three more “stories”. This validates your point!
Nevertheless, I was offered an associate position within audit at KPMG and will be starting in September!
Thank you again for your work which was really valuable!
Congratulations on the KPMG offer and thanks for sharing your insights on the process. You mentioned something that I believe many first time BIG4 interviewees have trouble with.
And that is, not preparing enough “experiences” or “stories” related to broad BIG4 interview questions. As I describe in the Accounting Interview Domination book these usually deal with leadership ability, problem solving, conflict resolution etc.
Unfortunately, that led to a rejection from Deloitte but fortunately you learned from your mistake and corrected it when you had your interview with KPMG, which resulted in an offer.
Moreover, always wait a few seconds to collect your thoughts before answering the question. There are two reasons for this.
The first, it will provide you an opportunity to understand what the interviewer is trying to ask and determine what you are going to say.
The second, you will come across as someone who is knowledgeable and confident.
Moreover, pausing for a few seconds before answering demonstrates to the interviewer that you think before you speak and don’t just respond to things randomly without a coherent thought process.
Thanks for sharing and best of luck in the future!
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