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31 Commonly Used Big 4 Accounting Firm 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 the Big 4 Accounting 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, and come off as a better candidate.

Write down your answers and practice answering them. Make sure you actually say your answers out loud as well.  Many times we think something sounds good, only to speak it out loud and completely lose confidence. Have a friend to help you practice by reading the interview questions and having you answer them. Doing this makes you less nervous for the real thing and helps you hone how fluid your responses sound.

There is a limit to how much you should practice your interview Q&A, however. It is important not to just read off what you memorized because it will show and you will sound like a robot. Instead, have the answer as a base for discussion and have an actual conversation, not a speech.

A lot of the interview questions will be behavioral and call on past experiences (ex: tell me about a time you had to overcome difficult team members). One of the best parts of answering the interview questions ahead of time is that it catalogs many of these types of experiences. If they give you a question that you hadn’t directly prepared for, you may still have other relevant experiences that are right at your disposal to talk about.

It is also good to have something “scripted” to fall back on if you freeze up. Having something canned is much better than being awkward and sitting there thinking about (a good) example you can tell them.

The truth of the matter is the purpose of these interviews are more to see how you can answer the questions, how professional you are, how fluently you can communicate, and really whether you would be enjoyable to work with. If you have an interview spot, you probably have a high GPA and they already have already screened you for your book smarts.’ These interviews are designed to separate the personable people from the socially inept.

Common Big 4 Accounting Firm Interview Questions (KPMG, Deloitte, E&Y, PwC)

1) Walk me through your resume*

2) Tell me a little about yourself or background*

3) Why KPMG/Deloitte/PwC/E&Y?*

4) Why audit/tax/advisory?*

5) Where do you see your yourself in 5 to 10 years

6) Tell me about a time when you had to be a leader

7) Tell me about a time when you were had to overcome an obstacle to get something done

8) Tell me about a goal you had and how you achieved it

9) Tell me about a time when someone asked you to do something unethical

10) How well do you work do in a team setting

11) Give me an example of a time when you were in a moral dilemma and how you handled it

12) Give me an example of a time when you were working in a team, and a team member wasn’t meeting their responsibilities (and how you handled it)

13) Tell me about a time when you disagreed with someone in your group

14) Tell me about a time when you had to work under pressure with strict deadlines

15) Tell me about a time when you failed or made a mistake and how you handled it

16) What is your biggest weakness/strength

17) What do you like to do for fun

18) What is your greatest achievement (or What are you most proud of)

19) Give me an example of a time when you disagreed with a superior

20) Do you prefer you like to travel?

21) Tell me about a time when you improved a process (or came up with a creative solution)

22) Tell me about a time when you had to prioritize your responsibilities

23) What do you like best about a career in public accounting

24) Are you interviewing with other firms

25) Tell me about a time when you had to handle a difficult or angry customer/client

26) What is the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make at in school/work? How did you arrive at your decision?

27) If your friends could pick 3 words to descibe you, what would they be

28) What city would you prefer to live in?

29) What is your take on (insert current event such the Fed’s Stimulus program, overall economic health ect.)

30) What would you change about your school’s academic program

31) What sets you apart from the rest of the candidates

*These questions are highly likely to be asked



For an extra edge on the competition, check out the Big 4 Blueprint for sample answers to each of these questions and a complete recruiting guide.


Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC Interview questions

12 Responses to “31 Commonly Used Big 4 Accounting Firm Interview Questions (Deloitte, PwC, EY, KPMG)”

  1. Russell Benavides says:

    I was asked questions 6, 7, 10, and 14 in every big 4 interview I had. You should also have a solid answer for question 15.

  2. Bontu says:

    I have an interview Lined up next week at EY. So i need assistance. I thought your research would help me do better. I have already gone through the questions listed above. they are really amazing. i am very much interested in knowing your inputs on how to be prepared for the same

  3. Preeti Goel says:

    Can we get a sample answers of these questions

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  5. Nitika Joseph says:

    I went for a walkin interested at ernst and young on 17th June 2016 and havent got any reply. Though i went till tech2 level which is the final round

    • Shweta Negi says:

      I tok hd intrvw at ey tech 2 on 15th july2016.. but yet not got any response till now. Do you have any idea approxmtly how long thy response ?

      • James says:

        When I interviewed there it was a good 3-4 weeks. Some are sooner, some are later. You can always send a follow up note to the recruiter you worked with, just be polite and not too pushy.

    • nazeel says:

      same here. I completed 3 rounds and got a reply that I was successfull. This happened 2months ago

  6. ct9 says:

    Do you have any idea if what was exam given by PWC during application process?

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