By this stage, you probably have a range of feelings from excitement, apprehension, perhaps even a bit fatigued by the process. We really do appreciate the time and effort that has gone into your application – it’s a big decision for you and us.
Again, depending on the location you are applying for, the one-on-one interview might have taken place during the day you spend in our offices, or it might happen after this. Either way, its one more opportunity to ask any lingering questions for both you and us.
Tips on one on one interviews
Before your interview, make sure you do your own research. You can find a load of information about BDO on our website, as well as our social media pages.
Be prepared in terms of knowing who you are meeting with, getting here on time, and refreshing your memory on your experience to date as we are likely to ask you about work and university experience.
Dress professionally and be well groomed. Remember, it is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed for any job interview.
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 you have been in. You will need to clearly explain the situation, what you did in the particular situation, the reason for your approach, and the outcome of your actions.
The interview is not only about us interviewing you. This is also your chance to ask any questions you may still 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
A few more tips – arrive on time and allow extra time in case the interview runs over. Never answer questions with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’; always elaborate. Be yourself!