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The end of the job interview as we know it? Possibly

Written by the Editorial Team

If you think applying to one of the biggest accountancy firms in the world means an intimidating interview, think again.

EY, one of the UK’s biggest graduate recruiters, has replaced the stalwart of the recruitment process with an ‘experience event’, after prospective candidates were asked what would put them off applying. Instead of the one-on-one time, candidates will participate in activities with others across the course of a day, before a panel decides who has been successful.

The company has made the move to allow potential employees to be themselves following research they conducted which found that 28% of candidates were put off applying to work for the company because the application process was too stressful – 21% were deterred because it was too time consuming.

EY also found that 42% of candidates sought higher quality feedback and to have had the opportunity to express themselves (34%). 1 in 3 (34%) wanted improved responses following their applications and interviews.

The move by EY follows another of the Big Four firms, KPMG, who scrapped its multi-stage interview process in 2016. And in June, this year, PwC banned all-male shortlists and established more diverse interviewing panels.