Student Spotlight-Job at Ernst & Young LLP’s Business Advisory Program in NYC

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April 3, 2013 by texasbbacareerservices

Nitash Hirani
Majors: Business Honors Program, Finance, and Asian Cultures and Languages – Hindi/Urdu
Flagship Program
Grad date: December 2012

Nitash Hirani

Where will you be working?
I will be working with Ernst & Young LLP’s Business Advisory Program in New York, NY.

How did you go about getting your full-time offer? What steps did you take?
I received my full-time offer with Ernst & Young after completing my internship with the company in Houston during Summer 2011. I got my internship with Ernst & Young after applying on OCR and completing two rounds of interviews.

What skills do you think were the most important for you to get your job?   
I believe the most important skill to have during the interview process is confidence. There are times when you will not know the answer to every interview or case question. Nevertheless, if you remain calm and confident you will be able to talk it through with the interviewer and show that you can handle a difficult situation while maintaining a level of professionalism. This skill becomes particularly important if the job deals with many clients.

What was the interview process like?
The interview process for Ernst & Young was quite difficult. There was a first round interview which was held in the McCombs School of Business. The second and final round interview was held at the Ernst & Young office. This round consisted of 6 different interviews with managers, senior managers and partners of the firm. There was also a case question and a writing segment.

What classes do you think will be the most valuable to doing your job?                                                                                                                      Core finance classes play an important role in establishing a strong foundation. However, one particular class that was the most valuable to me was Money & Capital Markets (FIN 371M). This class gave an overview of the current financial market while incorporating everything we have learned in previous finance classes applied on a macro level. This class allowed me to sustain meaningful conversations with executives during the interview process.

What advice do you have for people who are on their career search?
My advice for those on their career search is to find something you are passionate about and apply for those jobs that align with your passions. When applying to Ernst & Young, I was extremely excited about pursuing a career in the Business Advisory Program and that was easily noticeable with my body language.

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