Application Process & Interviews at Grant Thornton

Please describe the interview process and assessments.

I entered as a vacationer in 2013: online assessment, phone interview, face to face interview, internship
Graduate, Sydney
The interview process and other assessments were hard work, however the end result is definitely worth it. The process is quite similar to other interviews (e.g video interview, group interview, verbal reasoning test etc.)
Graduate, Melbourne
6 stages in total including submitting applications (resume, online application form, etc.), psychometric and behavioural tests, video interview, initial interview with HR, assessment centre (group interview, manager interview, company introduction), final partner interview.
Graduate, Brisbane
Online application, online personality test, video interview, assessment centre and interview, then final interview with senior management.
Graduate, Perth
Online application with online assessment and face to face interview
Graduate, Melbourne
Video assessment, interview, assessment centre, psychometric testing
Midlevel, Sydney
I was required to complete some online assessments before being invited for an interview, attended a half day group interview which included a brief individual interview, was notified of outcome within a few weeks
Midlevel, Sydney
it was casual, not intense
Midlevel, sydney
Video Interview followed by interview and assessment centre
Graduate, ADELAIDE
Interview process and assessments were challenging, but very rewarding to make it through. Tested relevant values and working ethic as well as core skills.
Graduate, Sydney
The online application process was quite similar to many others with the online testing and filling in details about yourself. There was then an automated interview where you had to video record responses to questions. The interview process wasn't daunting at all, it was very friendly and as more about finding out about me than assessing me on my technical knowledge, as they are always looking for people who will fit in well with the team. There was a general group task to assess teamwork then an interview with two managers. The follow up is an interview with a partner, which again, is not very daunting, just a general chat to see if you'd fit well and find out more about you.
Graduate, Sydney
There was a phone interview, assessment centre and 2 face-to face interviews.
Graduate, Sydney
online assessments - fast paced, recorded video interview, face-to-face assessment centre which involved activities then a brief interview and then a final interview if successful
Graduate, Sydney
The People and Culture Team (HR) in our organisation is extremely supportive. They will help you out throughout the process and the respond promptly. I had to take the video interview and the psychometric test which is exactly the same as the Big 4. The interview was also interesting and it was not intimidating at all. And the People and culture business partner got back to me with the result in half an hour after the interview.
Graduate, Sydney
There were quite a few interview stages. 2 - 3 online components, 1 group interview and 1 individual.
Graduate, Sydney
Application online, received shortlist confirmation email, phone interview, vacationer program, job offer, acceptance
Graduate, Cairns
There were several steps during hiring process. They included; applying online for the role, online assessments, phone interview, face-to-face interview and an assessment centre.
Graduate, Cairns
The interview process i went through was slightly different to those coming through as graduates since I completed work experience and was then offered a position afterwards. The process is mainly the same apart from the fact that i didn't complete the assessment centre stage. The first step was answering a few questions about your qualities and why you want the job. Second step, doing four tests online this ranges from mathematics to english. Third step, a recorded video interview. Lastly, Interview with two managers from the firm which are from the division you are applying for. The next step is usually the assessment centre.
Graduate, Adelaide
Online Application Online testing Video Interview Group assessment centre - where you had an individual interview, group activity and office tour.
Midlevel, Adelaide
Generally straightforward and self explanatory - however quite a few rounds which can be perceived to be tedious
Graduate, Sydney
1. Online application 2. Phone interview with HR 3. Online assessments 4. Assessment centre 5. Interview with HR and manager 6. Interview with HR and Partner. Everyone was very friendly and relaxed, the right questions were asked and aren't designed to throw you off.
Experienced, Sydney
Very quick and timely for the entire process. However, elements of each step could have been improved.
Midlevel, Melbourne
Very relaxing, warm and welcoming
Graduate, Melbourne
Very quick, done within 2 weeks
Midlevel, Melbourne

What questions were you asked in your interviews?

Career aspirations If I had considered postgraduate study
Experienced, Cairns
Again, the questions asked were quite similar to other job interviews. If you do your research properly, you will be able to cover most of it. One question that threw me off was: "If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?" However, my biggest recommendation is to show the interviewer that you have a personality.
Graduate, Melbourne
1. Self introduction: tell me about yourself. 2. 1 Creative question: if you were an animal what would you be. 3. 4 behavioural questions to demonstrate how you manage to meet deadlines, how you build rapport with people, and how you show your initiatives.
Graduate, Brisbane
1. Why I chose to apply to this firm and this sector. 2. Times where i had to deal with client/customer problems. 3. What would I do in certain situations. 4. How do i work in a team and examples.
Graduate, Perth
Personal based questions rather than experience based. i.e. personal achievements etc.
Experienced, Sydney
Personal life, background, behavioural questions
Graduate, Melbourne
Problem solving questions, situational based
Midlevel, Sydney
Mostly behavioural questions
Midlevel, Sydney
expectation, career path
Midlevel, sydney
Strengths, weaknesses, what type of animal I would be, hobbies, why I want to work at GT in particular.
Graduate, Sydney
What are your strengths? What are your interests? When have you had to deal with an unhappy client? When have you had to take on a leadership role?
Graduate, Sydney
Behavioural questions, experience and an out of the ordinary question which was quite interesting.
Graduate, Sydney
The questions were mainly about getting to know you and what soft skills you had. We were asked things like "If we had a box of coloured pencils, think of 10 different ideas you could use them for"
Graduate, Sydney
What are you strengths / areas you feel you can develop. Challenges you have overcome in the past.
Graduate, Cairns
What were my strengths and weaknesses? Do I have family and friends in the area? Would I found it difficult to move cities? What are my hobbies?
Graduate, Cairns
Why do you want to work at Grant Thornton? What qualities do you possess which align with Grant Thornton? Multiple scenario questions regarding describe a situation when .... happened and what did you do to resolve the issue.
Graduate, Adelaide
The general - strengths, weaknesses and we were asked how we have creatively solved a problem in the past.
Midlevel, Adelaide
General behavioural type questions, experience and competency questions, questions directly relating to the company's signature behaviours
Graduate, Sydney
Standard questions - and a few unique ones. The one I remember most is 'how would you teach a kindergarten student accounting.
Experienced, Sydney
A mix of behavioural to situational questions
Midlevel, Melbourne

Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?

Do your background research, especially on the culture.? Have an open mind and have something unique that you can bring to the firm. Having straight A's does not determine whether you get in or not. You need to be able to fit into the firm’s culture.
Graduate, Melbourne
Be well prepared and be yourself. Put yourself in the manager's shoes.
Graduate, Brisbane
Know why you want to join the firm and that sector, and have experiences from previous workplaces/ university that you can draw on. Always answer the question even if you don’t have a proper answer (don’t say i don’t know).
Graduate, Perth
Research the company, current media news that interests you, and come up with 3-5 points or achievements you are proud of.
Experienced, Sydney
Apply for internship/vacation work early to get to know the company
Graduate, Melbourne
Have something different besides and accounting major,
Midlevel, Sydney
Research GT including our 'seven signature behaviours'
Graduate, ADELAIDE
Be yourself, be confident. Don't prepare wrote answers to interview questions, just answer honestly. Interviewers will see through the 'perfect' answer and want to know the real you.
Graduate, Sydney
It's not scary, or anything to be really nervous about. Of course, do a little bit of reading on the company, not really so then you can be a know-it-all and tell the interviewers about their own company, but so then you can get an idea if it is right for you and find your fit in it. They only want to find out about you, what drives you, what you like, what you dislike. Knowing all of your university content off by heart is definitely not a prerequisite because when you come in the train and educate you for the role you're in anyway.
Graduate, Sydney
Learn about the company and the job you're applying to. Be your confident self and don't forget to stay positive and alert.
Graduate, Sydney
Be yourself but socially aware of the environment
Graduate, Sydney
-Try to align GT's values to your experiences. -Practice Psychometric tests. -Do the practice videos before taking the video interview. -If applying for tax, read the recent budget and news and best if you revise a bit of your University lecture notes -
Graduate, Sydney
Just be friendly and open. Don't try to show yourself up too much. Teamwork is a big bonus.
Graduate, Sydney
Do a self-assessment of your strengths and weaknesses Research strange/difficult questions potential employers can ask and prepare a response Be well prepared - research the company (social media, news etc.)
Graduate, Cairns
1. Be yourself! 2. Believe in yourself, there is a reason you have got this far! 3. The best advice regarding interviews is to prepare answers to multiple questions beforehand just so you have something in mind and are not completely blindsided in the interview process. In particular how you align with the firm values and why this is the firm for you? What makes you unique? What are your best attributes?
Graduate, Adelaide
Just bring your whole self - be yourself and don't shy away from the entire process. Put yourself out there.
Graduate, Sydney
Don't be afraid to talk about your concerns and be assertive in stating what you wish to achieve.
Graduate, Melbourne
Do your research into audit and really understand what it’s like to do audit. Ensure you have the right competencies before you apply and be prepared to learn quickly! My advice for application is be yourself, show some color and be prepared!
Experienced, Sydney
Try to make sure you understand the role you are applying for
Midlevel, Melbourne