Interview Tips

Do your research on the firm to find out as much as possible in advance. The first question often asked at an interview is ‘what do you know about the company?’ The more you know the more interested in the role you will appear. The best source of information is our website – so you’re in the right place!

Information you should be aware of:

  • The people
  • Key office locations
  • The structure of the firm (service lines, managing partner etc)
  • Any recent and significant news relating to the firm
  • Culture and values
  • Refresh your memory about your work experience. You are likely to be asked questions in this area including general information about the company and your role within the organisation. You will be expected to be able to answer these questions confidently and proficiently.
  • Allow plenty of time for the interview; it is possible that the interview may run over the scheduled time.
  • Ensure that you know the interviewers full name, his/her position in the firm, and how to pronounce his/her name.


What to wear?
You will be expected to dress professionally, and be well groomed.  It is also better to be over dressed for a job interview. 


Questions you are likely to be asked
Interviews at BDO are typically behavioural based as past behaviour is often the best predictor of future behaviour. Typical questions that are likely to be asked will often begin with ‘tell me about a time when’, and ‘can you give an example of when’.

Rehearse examples of previous situations and events. You will need to clearly explain what you did in the particular situation, the reason for your approach, and the outcome of your actions.

In addition to behavioural-based questions, be prepared to answer questions such as:

  • What do you know about the company?
  • What are your career intentions for the next five years?
  • What are your personal strengths?


Asking your own questions
The interview is not only about us interviewing you; this is also your chance to ask any questions you may have. We suggest that you prepare some questions in advance. Questions you may consider asking include:

  • Expectations for a Graduate at BDO
  • The culture of the firm
  • The management style
  • Your growth potential
  • Learning and development opportunities


During the interview
This is your chance to sell yourself. Below is a list of Do’s and Don’ts for the interview:

Do:

  • Show up 10-15 minutes early
  • Greet the interviewer by name
  • Shake the interviewers hand firmly
  • Maintain eye contact throughout the interview
  • Ensure that your answers are clear and concise
  • Maintain a professional approach
  • Express yourself confidently
  • Display enthusiasm and a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Demonstrate maturity
  • Answer all questions truthfully
  • Be authentic!

Don’t:

  • Answer questions with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’; always elaborate.
  • Make derogatory comments about past or present employers.
  • Don’t enquire about salary, holidays, bonuses etc at an initial interview.
     

Closing the interview
If you are interested in the position, ensure that you communicate this to the interviewer
Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration

After the interview
Relax! The People and Performance team will contact you as soon as possible once a decision has been made.

Common mistakes

  • Being poorly prepared
  • Lack of knowledge about the company
  • Not listening to questions properly and giving inadequate or unrelated answers
  • Giving answers which lack substance