In Summary

  • member firm of an ambitious global organization delivering audit, tax and advisory services to clients across Canada and in more than 120 countries
  • privileged to work with some of Canada’s most successful private and public organizations
  • a brand on the move
  • the resources to compete and the culture to differentiate

Tips for Digital Interviews

As part of our Campus application, we will be sending short-listed candidates an invitation to complete an online digital interview.  In order to help those who will be completing this interview, here’s some advice and tips to be considered as you prepare to make your impression:

 

  • Dress as you would for any interview – this is the first time we get to see you, so make a great first impression
  • Set yourself up somewhere that you are not going to be disturbed.
  • Take advantage of the practice time to make sure that the lighting and sound quality is just right and, ultimately, to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible before you begin the real thing.
  • Make sure you carefully review the advice given in the email. This includes how to set up your laptop or mobile phone; how the interview is set up; and how long you get to reflect on the question before submitting your digital response and some additional resource materials.
  • Make full use of the practice time available. During this time you can try out a few questions that will be in a similar style to those you’ll be asked in the actual interview. This will also give you the chance to make sure your computer is working properly and that the sound is right.
  • During the interview, you can either have the video on, so you can see yourself or off. Some people will prefer to turn the video off, as it’s extremely tempting to look at the screen rather than in the camera. This is an interview and eye contact, albeit through the camera, is still very important. In the end, be sure to use the practice time to decide which approach is best for you.

1. What will a typical day be like at Grant Thornton?

2. Does Grant Thornton offers secondments or exchanges with other offices to be able to get a broader experience?

3. I will be ready to join a firm in January, as opposed to the spring. However, no one seems to be recruiting for January. What advice do you have for students who aren't following the "traditional" time line?

4. How much time will I spend in the office versus on-site with clients?

5. How do you approach students from unconventional backgrounds when it comes to hiring?

6. What is the Grant Thornton dress code?

7. How would you describe the culture of Grant Thornton? What type of people thrive?

8. What is the minimum GPA that Grant Thornton will accept?

9. What opportunities for continuing education and the pursuit of other designations does Grant Thornton offer?

10. What type of support does Grant Thornton give to students preparing for the Common Final Exam (CFE)?

11. Does Grant Thornton provide support for other designations?

12. How do Grant Thornton hires fare on the CFE? What are the firm-wide pass rates?

13. How will my performance be evaluated at Grant Thornton? When can I expect to become a senior accountant?

14. What qualities and attributes does Grant Thornton value most while recruiting new talent?

15. What's the first thing recruiters notice about students at networking events?

16. Does Grant Thornton consider applications from people who don't reside in the area that is hiring? For example, would an application from a student in Toronto be accepted for an opening in Nova Scotia or PEI?

17. I always look for a diverse environment whether at work or in extra-curricular activities. How diverse is Grant Thornton and in what ways?

18. How big is Grant Thornton, and do you have international connections?

19. What do you do to help newly hired team members get settled in the firm?

20. What qualities do you look for when recruiting new team members?

21. Why should I choose Grant Thornton over other career options? What is unique about the firm? How is it different from other public accounting firms?

22. Do you encourage employees to move around within the firm?

23. Does Grant Thornton offer any opportunities to enter directly into any departments other than Audit?

24.  Can I apply to more than one office or service line?

 

1. What will a typical day be like at Grant Thornton?

There is no typical day at Grant Thornton:

  • We work on a variety of projects across a broad range of practice areas.
  • We serve public and private mid-sized clients across industries.
  • We offer the opportunity to work with practitioners who have industry experience.

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2. Does Grant Thornton offers secondments or exchanges with other offices to be able to get a broader experience?

Absolutely.  We are a Global firm that is currently in over 120 countries. We would encourage you to visit the Global Opportunities section of our careers site to learn more about these opportunities and read about some of our people's global experiences.

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3. I will be ready to join a firm in January, as opposed to the spring. However, no one seems to be recruiting for January. What advice do you have for students who aren't following the "traditional" time line?

We do hire students in this position, but admittedly not many for January starts. Our training is on an annual schedule so it is difficult for us to accommodate those who wish to start at other times of the year. We recommend that you still apply in the fall. We hire many people each fall that have already graduated, as well those who are beginning their fourth year.

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4. How much time will I spend in the office versus on-site with clients?

A significant portion of your time will be spent at a client's site. This much exposure on-site with clients ensures that you gain as much experience as possible working on files, learning to interact with clients, working in a team atmosphere and enjoying the fact that each new day brings new experiences!

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5. How do you approach students from unconventional backgrounds when it comes to hiring?

Our clients are as diverse as they come and we like to have our people reflect our diverse client base. Finding unconventional common ground with a client can be a great help on engagements. Many people who work at the firm currently don't come from a strict Commerce background and that's something else that makes Grant Thornton such a great place to work.

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6. What is the Grant Thornton dress code?

Business casual, defined by clothing that is appropriate for meetings with clients, is the dress code we follow during normal business hours. We are a professional office and must remember that our image impacts our credibility with our clients and potential clients. Depending on client engagements, regular business attire may at times be more appropriate than business casual.

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7. How would you describe the culture of Grant Thornton?

What type of people thrive? In short, the culture here is very entrepreneurial. Those who thrive are those who have a genuine interest in understanding and helping others. As well, those who are intellectually curious, exceptional critical thinkers and intent on making a difference in everything they do. Using these attributes to execute on our firm strategy - to help our clients, colleagues and communities thrive- typically ensures success at all levels.

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8. What is the minimum GPA that Grant Thornton will accept?

As a general rule, we are looking for a solid B+ average.

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9. What opportunities for continuing education and the pursuit of other designations does Grant Thornton offer?

As a firm we encourage everyone, from the new hire to the most experienced partner, to invest in their own development. Our National Professional Development Program:

  • helps you handle client assignments and smoothes your transition from university student to accounting practitioner, and
  • enhances the comprehension, diagnostic and problem solving skills you need for success on the CFE.

Later in your career, dictated by your interest and career requirements, we will further support the pursuit of other designations, e.g., CBV and In-Depth tax.

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10. What type of support does Grant Thornton give to students preparing for the Common Final Exam (CFE)?

We have developed a comprehensive CFE preparation program designed to help you achieve your CPA designation. We lead you through the process and reinforce the concepts necessary to ensure success!

There are four main components to our program:

  • An orientation course to get you started on the right foot
  • An early preparation component focused on study plan preparation and exam-writing strategies
  • An intensive exam-writing workshop providing many opportunities for individual coaching
  • A follow-up meeting to help you finalize your mental preparation

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11. Does Grant Thornton provide support for other designations?

We strive to provide support to all students pursuing CPA-related designations.

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12. How do Grant Thornton hires fare on the CFE? What are the firm-wide pass rates?

Our CFE writers consistently deliver a strong performance, typically achieving a national pass rate beyond the national pass rate. In addition to numerous  writers who made the Honour Roll, we are able to boast of three national gold medallists in the past several years.

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13. How will my performance be evaluated at Grant Thornton? When can I expect to become a senior accountant?

Your performance will be continuously reviewed and evaluated by those responsible for supervising and managing your work assignments. Much of this feedback is ongoing and will be given informally on the job. Job specific performance feedback forms are also prepared periodically and will be discussed with you during feedback interviews.

You will be assigned a coach and will received feedback on your performance throughout the year. We also encourage you to seek out confidence building feedback on an ongoing basis.

In addition, you will receive an annual performance review that provides you with an opportunity to discuss your career progress over the past year and set out goals for career development.

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14. What qualities and attributes does Grant Thornton value most while recruiting new talent?

In addition to strong academic credentials, we select people based on their ability to deliver our  firm strategy – helping our clients, colleagues and communities thrive This requires a willingness to walk in others’ shoes, an insatiable curiosity that enables you to think, see and hear from a variety of perspectives, and having the courage to grow.

We look for people with demonstrated potential to be more than a technical advisor - people with broad perspectives and experiences, and an exceptional ability to build meaningful relationships. Those who thrive in our environment are highly engaged and work hard to make a difference every day for our clients, our colleagues and the communities across Canada in which we work and live.

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15. What's the first thing recruiters notice about students at networking events?

Making a good first impression is really important and there are a couple of things you can do to help set yourself apart. Campus recruiters take notice of the students who demonstrate the initiative and confidence to come up and introduce themselves. Don't worry about running through your resume when you meet a recruiter- we are just looking for students who are friendly, confident and have a genuine interest in learning more about our firm.

Before campus recruitment events, it doesn't hurt to take a look at our website and talk to any friends who work here, so you can come armed with a few questions. That really shows us you are interested and can help set you apart from other students!

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16. Does Grant Thornton consider applications from people who don't reside in the area that is hiring?

For example, would an application from a student in Toronto be accepted for an opening in Nova Scotia or PEI? Absolutely! We are really looking for the right people who have a genuine interest in that particular area. Just make sure when applying that you apply separately to each office you are interested in working for. If you have a connection to a particular area (grew up there, family lives there, spent summer there etc.) be sure to point it out in your cover letter.

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17. I always look for a diverse environment whether at work or in extra-curricular activities. How diverse is Grant Thornton and in what ways?

Here is a cross section of what diversity means at Grant Thornton:

Diversity at Grant Thornton means a work environment filled with employees from different countries and with different life experiences. Diversity means inclusiveness initiatives and a Leading Inclusively Leadership Counsel. Diversity also applies to our clients, which span many different industries. And diversity applies to all of the community initiatives that we support and are actively involved in, both as a firm and as individuals representing Grant Thornton.

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18. How big is Grant Thornton, and do you have international connections?

Together with Quebec firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Grant Thornton in Canada has more than 4,000 people working in over 130 locations. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms have over 585 offices worldwide and are represented in over 130 countries.

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19. What do you do to help newly hired team members get settled in the firm?

We believe that the first few months in a new job are very important. We provide our new hires with an orientation program designed to get them off to a good start by introducing them to their colleagues, work responsibilities and the policies and practices of the firm.

The orientation period lasts several months. It begins with an entry interview or briefing session on the first day, followed closely by a series of training experiences and job assignments during which you receive special attention and supervision. The orientation period concludes with a formal performance review after approximately 4-6 months.

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20. What qualities do you look for when recruiting new team members?

When recruiting new team members, we look for a wide variety of qualities that we believe to be critical to success in our profession - top marks are just the starting point. We look for people with passion and enthusiasm and a burning desire to make a difference. As well, we look for people with insatiable curiosity who are willing to walk in others’ shoes and create opportunities, and those who can easily make connections and build relationships. For more information visit our Who We're Looking For page.

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21. Why should I choose Grant Thornton over other career options? What is unique about the firm? How is it different from other public accounting firms?

There are many reasons why people choose to start their career with us. These are the most common:

  • Our personal approach - the way we work and have fun together, while providing the personalized service our clients have come to expect
  • The satisfying work - opportunities to work on a variety of assignments for our diverse client base
  • Growth - our extensive national training program, first-rate on-the-job learning opportunities and firm-wide focus on continuous learning

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22. Do you encourage employees to move around within the firm?

One of the advantages of working at Grant Thornton is that we provide you with choices in where to build your career. You have great flexibility to move throughout the organization as a part of Grant Thornton’s network of 65+ Canadian offices as well as offices internationally in over 130+ countries.

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23. Does Grant Thornton offer any opportunities to enter directly into any departments other than Audit?

Grant Thornton hires recruits directly into our Tax and Advisory practices in select offices. To learn about available opportunities, speak to one of our Recruiting Team members.

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24. Can I apply to more than one office or service line?

As a student, you are advised to submit an application to the location and service line where you most see yourself beginning your career. We are looking for top talent and we want to support you in the role that is the best fit for you.

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