About Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton is a forward-thinking employer that offers independent audit, tax and advisory services. They pride themselves on supporting their 58,000 employees across 135 countries to make a meaningful impact with their work. If you want to live life to the fullest, both at work and outside of it, Grant Thornton should definitely be an accounting and advisory firm you consider applying for.
There are a range of entry programme routes in auditing, tax and advisory including:
- Graduate schemes
- School leavers
- 12-month placements
- Work experience
- Routes for experienced hires
Grant Thornton Recruitment Process
Grant Thornton are looking for well-rounded individuals to join their firm and are always on the lookout for talent that brings fresh ideas and demonstrates their core values.
The skills that can make you stand out are:
- Team player
- Success orientated
- Great communication
- Growth mindset
Strengths, motivations and connections are just as important as your CV and experience. With a holistic approach to the recruitment process, you are assessed across all three.
Online Application Form
The online application form requires you to answer a number of questions about yourself, your background and any visa requirements (if relevant). It takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes to complete. The questions focus mainly on the essentials to be considered for the role.
Try to ensure your application has been proofread and that your values align with the firms to really stand out.
Grant Thornton uses the Cappfinity online assessment (recruitment based on your key strengths) which tests your cognitive and situational judgement. The tests are designed to give you a realistic insight into what you might expect in a typical role.
The Cappfinity tests include:
- Situational Judgement Test
- Critical Reasoning Test
- Numerical Reasoning Test
- Verbal Reasoning Test
You will also be given technical questions based on a case study.
The tests take approximately 35 minutes to complete and you'll hear back within five working days.
The situational judgement test (SJT) assesses your ability to respond well to realistic scenarios. You will need to rank choices in whichever order you think is most appropriate and effective.
It is used to test how you might cope with the role when faced with challenging scenarios.
Grant Thorton's critical reasoning test is focused on your reasoning skills and the ability to make objective decisions.
It is used to test how well you can solve problems and make good decisions.
The numerical reasoning test assesses your ability to understand and comprehend numerical information. You should sharpen up on some basic maths topics such as addition, multiplication, percentages, fractions, and ratios. However, the difficulty with the test does not typically come with the difficulty of the math questions but in the time pressure involved as each question gives you only a minute to read, calculate and figure out the correct answer.
Grant Thorton's verbal reasoning test provides you with a passage of text you will read and analyse to figure out if the statements are true, false or cannot tell.
It is used to understand how well you could cope in a business type scenario similar to the role you will be working in. For example, if you were sent an email or given a business report - how well and efficiently could you understand and pull the key information from it?
This is why it is essential you practice tests beforehand.
Digital Video Interview
If you successfully pass the Cappfinity strength-based tests, you'll be asked to participate in a digital interview by HireView. This involves answering a series of pre-recorded questions using any digital equipment with a front-facing camera which takes approximately 45 minutes to complete - you should hear back within 7 days.
A digital video interview displays questions on screen, then asks you to record yourself responding to them. It might sound daunting, but it isn't. The test is not a judgement on how you speak or your appearance, just a way for a hiring manager to get to know you better.
Grant Thornton recommend the STARE technique:
- S - scenario
- T - task
- A - action taken
- R - result
- E - evaluation
Use the digital interview as an opportunity to be yourself.
The Grant Thornton experience day can be virtual or office-based - it gives you an opportunity to spend time with some of the team and is the final part of the hiring process. The experience day will involve a group exercise and a final interview.
The key skill being tested during the group exercise is your teamwork and how well you collaborate with others. Not only do you want to show your ability to create and share ideas but more importantly you want to show how well you can listen. You should also be conscious of time management so ensuring your team is on track is one way to stand out.
A final interview will take place during the assessment day and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the role further.