Vittorio Cataldo, MIM alum of 2012, currently works for EY in the Assurance area.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I applied through the company’s website.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
Career Management Center:
- Prepared my CV and Cover Letter.
- Job Bank. The first job I found after leaving IE Business School is in Aliad, a small consultancy firm for ISO9001 implementation, quality issues and process management. This offer came directly from IE.
- Preparing and developing interviews- how to cope and what concepts need to be catch the interviewer’s attention to be selected for the next step in the selection process.
- Use LinkedIn, this page was unknown to me when I started my program in September 2011.
- Great colleagues and friends, we help each other constantly. A good example of this, a colleague contacted me because he would like to work in EY. Once I was the one asking for advice to those that were working in different departments of the Big4.
- Incredible academic experience. I think that I learned more during the year of my master than during my entire four-year degree.
- Development of reports, team and individual presentations: these are necessary qualities for your future career. Education at IE help you develop competitive advantages with regards to other business schools.
- Experience abroad. I did the Beyond Borders Experience, where I developed a double- specialty in Corporate and Investment Finance in Pepperdine University, LA-California.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
Interviewing Process in EY for the auditing department:
- English Exam as well as financial accounting. The English test was simple (written exam and 20 minutes of conversation with HR). The finance exam had basic accounting concepts.
- Interview with HR. They mainly ask you about your professional and personal achievements (if you have previous professional experience). Group dynamics.
- Interview with the manager and partner. This interview is focused on your goals, what you expect of EY, why you are interested in the Company, etc.
In my particular case I did a double program: Transactions-Auditing. I had a double interview with the manager and didn’t have a group dynamic. I also had another test with one of the managers that was about detecting financial risks from a report that the company provided. For the most part it was a report very similar to those used in case method at IE.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to EY?
Suggestions to enter EY (and other companies from the sector):
- Contact people in the company so that they might recommend you. If you don’t know anyone use the virtual campus or Linkedin as a tool to contact people and ask for advice.
- Apply through the website and attend the Talent Forums.
- Have a clear idea of the different departments, company information, why you are interested in this company and the particular job offer. Having this sets you aside from the others.
Other interesting information regarding the Big4:
- Decide the number of hours you are willing to work.
- It’s like a school that helps you access other departments and/or companies, some examples are Transactions, M&A, Controller, etc. If you are interested in Marketing this wouldn’t be the case.
- Work with tight deadlines and under pressure.
- Management team is young.