Accounting vs Finance: Part 4 – The work

To wrap up this 4 part series, I want to go into a little about the actual work itself and what you will be doing. Per usual, I will compare some typical roles in accounting with the typical roles in finance or banking. Accounting Audit In audit, your goal is ultimately to issue an opinion […]

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Deloitte Interview Questions and Answers

The interview questions that Deloitte, and all other Big 4 firms (KPMG, Ernst & Young, PwC) tend to ask of prospective employees can be similar, even across the world.  Part of doing your homework before the interview is discovering those questions and putting together some answers in the event you get asked them. There are […]

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Winter vs Summer Big 4 Internships (Deloitte, KPMG, EY, & PwC)

How to decide between Winter and Summer Internships with the Big 4   If you are trying to decide between a summer or winter internship with a big 4 (KPMG, Deloitte, Pwc, or E&Y) or public accounting firm, there are a few things you need to consider. Honestly it doesn’t make a big difference between […]

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How to be a Public Accounting Audit Intern Pro

Congratulations on getting an internship. Public accounting is a great start to your career. If you’re still on the hunt for an internship, check out the Big 4 Blueprint, where I outline networking, the Big 4 interview questions and how to answer them. You will typically see the same KPMG, EY, Deloitte, and PWC Interview questions at […]

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Keys to being a Top-Rated 1st Year accountant

This is a summary of things that I wish I had known going into my first year, or maybe I was told and should have payed more attention. For many of these you have heard them before but I wanted to actually add some value so I gave you actual ways you can put them into practice. […]

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Audit vs Investment Banking: Part 3 – Lifestyle

Accounting Busy periods The longest hours for accountants will usually be during their time in public accounting. There is a good amount of travel, frequently periods of long hours including “busy season” which can be more than once a year. If you’re still in the process of trying to get an job a Big 4 job, […]

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31 Commonly Used Big 4 Interview Questions (Deloitte, PwC, EY, KPMG)

One of the best things you can do to prepare for an interview is to research the interview questions Big 4 firms (Deloitte, PwC, E&Y, & KPMG) most commonly use, and practice them ahead of time. Getting together a list and practicing the Interview questions is essential because it makes you more calm, look professional, […]

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Audit vs Investment Banking: Part 2 – Compensation

Accounting The accounting compensation is going to be greatly overshadowed by the finance pay.  It just isn’t that sexy. Accountants don’t get rich through employment (with the exception of CFO/Director level executives) but it is definitely enough to put them in the upper middle class. If you’re interviewing soon with the big 4 or a public accounting […]

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Accounting vs Investment Banking: Part 1 – Career Path

In this 4 part series I’ll be covering in depth the differences between a typical career in accounting starting in (Big 4) public accounting, and a typical career in finance starting in investment banking. First up in the series is a long term look at the career paths of each Accounting – Career Path The […]

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Day in the Life – Big 4 Audit (Busy Season)

  1st Year Audit Staff (Busy Season) I want to give you a day in the life of a busy season audit staff so that you can see what it could be like at the worse end of the spectrum. Don’t let this scare you away from the profession entirely because these busy periods are […]

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