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Summer Leadership Program Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in January 2014.
Interview Details Interview was extremely laid-back and was an extension of the conversation I had previously had with the partner. Some of the usual questions about my resume, but most of the time I spent asking him questions. The entire process seems to be a feeling out and finding the proper "fit" between myself and McGladrey. No technical questions were asked.
Interview Question – What can McGladrey to improve as a Company? Answer Question
Tax Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in December 2010.
Interview Details The process went smoothly. They wanted to get a better idea of you as a person vs what your resume said.
Interview Question – I don't remember any technical questions. They were more interested in getting to know your personality Answer Question
Tax Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in October 2011.
Interview Details On Campus Interviews- 1 manager interview
In House interviews- 3 interviews with managers/supervisors
Lunch with associates, senior associates, and supervisors (informal interview to see how you get along with the team)
Interview Question – What is a time you had a challenge and how did you overcome it?
Do you work well with others? How Answer Question
Audit Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McGladrey LLP.
Interview Details On campus interview by a senior manager, who was accompanied by a few first years. The next day I was invited to head down to the office for more interviews. For the in-office interview, I interviewed with four people - a senior, a supervisor, a manager, and a partner.
Interview Question – Be prepared to ask a lot of questions during the interview. In my case, more than one of the interviewers essentially asked me to interview them. Answer Question
Assurance Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in November 2013.
Interview Details Applied via Online and was contacted within a week. I spoke with HR and at first everything uneasy - but I assumed HR had an off day. HR set up an in-person office interview w/ two partners and a director. Note that HR provides the interviewer's names - so prepare interview questions to ask them. Ie, I saw that you worked here for X years, (insert question).
Office Interview: Interviewers asked some questions regarding my work experience - however were more concerned about your personality (which is true for most Public accounting firms). My tip is be yourself and be able to recite your resume details (with real-life examples) without looking at it.
Overall prepare by (1) reviewing your resume (2) research recent/major news about McGladrey (3) practice STAR questions (4) prepare questions to ask interviewer
Interview Question – As noted above, interviewers will ask you to walk through resume and give examples of your listed duties. View Answer
Reason for Declining – They took over two weeks to extend an offer (obliviously I was on their waitlist since I knew the person they offered first). However, I received an offer from a Big 4 firm during the wait period. So some other poor soul waited even longer to receive their offer. One thing that annoyed me was that the HR was irritated and felt 'betrayed' that I had accepted an other firm's offer.
Tax Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in October 2013.
Interview Details applied online on university career resource website, was invited for first round interview on campus. attended a meet and greet (drinks and hors d'oeuvres) at a local restaurant the evening before the interview, interviewed with a partner the following day, very conversational, heard back from the recruiter 1-2 weeks later and was invited for a second round interview in the office, again very conversational met with a partner and a specialist in the office and attended a dinner while in town
Interview Question – Why do you want to work for McGladrey? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – did not negotiate
Consulting Supervisor Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 8 months - interviewed at McGladrey LLP.
Interview Details Started with a phone interview. I acutally received an offer directly after the single, phone-based interview. I turned it down as I wanted to meet/speak with other people in the organization who I would be working with and so that I had time to conduct my own due dilligence activities. Over the course of another 6-weeks during which I spoke with a number of other people both directly and by phone, I was told that I had the position but that a starting point would be contingent upon available work closing. The process became a back and forth conversation for the subsequent 6 months until another formal offer was made and we negotiated an agreement.
Interview Question – There were no questions that I found to be particularly difficult nor unexpected. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Fairly short with me turning down the 2nd offer and then negotiating to a mutually agreeable solution.
Assurance Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at McGladrey LLP
Interview Details First interaction was at a career fair, applied for the job and was called for an interview. One on one interview got an email for an office interview within 5 days. Office interview consisted of 2 interviews and a lunch. Received offer 9 days later.
Interview Question – There were no questions a reasonably prepared person would find difficult, interviews were simple and more conversational. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I negotiated nothing I liked the offer and the company. It was a phone call then an acceptance via email.
Audit Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McGladrey LLP in October 2013.
Interview Details I was not hired for what I applied for, but I record excellent detail that I'm willing to share. A McGladrey interview will almost be 80% based on your personality, a few behavioral questions, and lots of "tell me about yourself" stuff. They're definitely just getting to know you as a person. Your qualifications to do the job is the main reason the interview is provided--they know that you can do the job, because they'll most likely put you to a formal training program anyway.
It's as described by many: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, by some employees of the firm, to help ease your nerves. Whether or not they have any power in your hiring, that's unknown. Better be nice to everyone. We had a nice relaxing lunch with all the other candidates. Learn a little bit about the firm, the benefits, all that jazz. After lunch, the candidates went their separate ways to meet their respective interviewers. They'll each tell you a little bit about themselves before they get to the real deal.
For me, I had an Audit Partner interview me. Nope. I can feel I sucked. Why? He did not seem very pleased to even be doing interviews, which was an immediate sign that I was not going do well, or have a fair chance. He was interviewing my INTEREST in the position by asking if I have any questions about the job; I had a few, but not enough to last 10-15 minutes conversation. But being that I've always dreamed about being a part of McGladrey and for my dream career choice, what didn't I already know? This was my fault; should've prepared better. It's not an interview about how much you want the position & company, it's about showing the ambition you want for yourself in YOUR career. He had NOTHING scripted, and it was all spur of the moment questions...well, in my case, expecting me to have questions for him.
Interview #2 was with a junior HR person. It was more formal, with the questions I've prepared for in personality questions and a few behavioral. Definitely felt I aced it. But again, I think most of the hiring powers come from Partners. If not, you probably need the approval of both. I already knew I was a lost cause, and accepted defeat after all this.
Below, I share with you some questions in exact form:
Interview Question – 1) Tell me about yourself
2) Why do you want to work with McGladrey?
3) Why did you not apply for the Big 4?
4) Why public and not private?
5) Why do you like Audit? (or whatever your position is)
6) Tell me about a time you made a mistake, and how you dealt with this?
7) Run me down with your resume
8) Do you have any teamwork/leadership skills?
Have some questions ABOUT the position you're applying for, even if you know most of it already, to show interest. Be ready to wing random moments of conversation View Answer
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