What to put in your application form for graduate jobs at Deloitte

Don’t just regurgitate basic information about the division. You need to show you understand how it works in practice.

This section covers approaches and strategies that can be used to answer three key questions you're likely to find on Deloitte’s online graduate scheme and internship application form (use the 'Apply online' button to access these forms). Bear in mind the questions may be phrased differently than they are below, but practising how you'd answer these will help to prepare you.

Why are you interested in joining Deloitte?

Approach to take: Try to be interesting. Many candidates will say ‘Deloitte is a global firm with a great reputation for excellence’, but that doesn’t tell Deloitte anything new or useful. The question asks why YOU personally are interested in Deloitte. Take current news stories and work from that basis. If you are keen to reference Deloitte’s innovation, then don’t just leave it at that – what has Deloitte done specifically that evidences its innovative nature? For example, if Deloitte’s launch of CloudMix interests you, explain why.

Stay away from generic answers. Referencing that you’re interested in training for professional qualifications is all well and good, but every one of Deloitte’s competitors can offer you the same thing. You need to explain why Deloitte’s training in particular appeals to you. How can Deloitte’s training benefit your personal career progression more than the training at another firm?

Don’t say: anything that’s been lifted straight from Deloitte’s own webpages.

Tip: The more research you’ve done, the stronger your views and perception of the company will be – this will help you with answering questions at both application and interview stage, and tends to give a better overall impression to employers.

What do you expect to be doing in your first year in your chosen service line?

Approach to take: The emphasis is on what you will be doing in particular, rather than your service line as a whole. You need to be able to understand how your role fits into the wider scheme of things.

You will already have laid out the blueprint for answering this in your response to the previous question; you just need to break things down even further. If you were working as a junior member of a Deloitte team conducting the re-audit of a company such as TransMontaigne Partners LLP, what would you need to investigate to address the complications arising from the initial audit?

Tip: Responses must reflect your research and understanding of the role and should show awareness of the training activities you will be involved in during your first year of work. Try to demonstrate an overall understanding of Deloitte’s culture in your response.

Please describe your role and key responsibilities and/or achievements in a previous job.

Approach to take: Expand on the positions of responsibility listed on your CV. ‘Responsibility’ is a subjective term – suitable experiences could range from project managing a large team to running an event for a university society. Bear in mind that Deloitte wants to see details that are relevant to it and your service line: if for example you’re going for a position involving more research than client contact, such as in the valuation group in Deloitte’s corporate finance department, you need to place your emphasis on any positions that involved using your research skills in particular.

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