My first Big 4 office visit was the coolest experience I had as a Big 4 recruit. The firms really roll out the red carpet for recruits and my visit was no exception. Let me walk you through the great time I had.
I was going to school in Nashville, but my visit was actually in Dallas where I was hoping to work after school. So a week prior to my interview, a recruiter for the accounting firm called to arrange my flight home to Dallas. I could take whatever flight I wanted and I could even stay an extra night in town in order to see my family. Feeling pretty good about this office visit experience so far.
A week later, I boarded my plane and was on my way back to Texas. Upon arrival, there was a hired driver waiting for me. ME! I couldn’t believe it. I hopped in the car and he drove me to my swanky hotel in downtown Dallas. The hotel was awesome and the room was even better. I could definitely get used to this life I thought. In my room, the firm had prepared a welcome basket that included my itinerary for the trip, snacks, and a new portable cooler with the firm’s logo for me to take home.
I relaxed in the room until it was time for my dinner with a manager and an audit staffer that night. The manager picked me up from the hotel and took me to eat at a nice Mexican food restaurant in town. Dinner was excellent and it was fun chatting with the two about life at the Big 4. The dinner was very casual and things appeared to go smoothly from my point of view.
The next day a private car picked me up AGAIN to go to the firm’s office for my office visit. When I arrived, I met my buddy who was going to show me around for the day and take me out to lunch. He showed me around the office and we talked about the Cowboys. After 15 minutes or so, he showed me to my first interview.
The first interview was with a senior manager at the firm. I had made sure to go over my interview notes the night before so I was prepared for anything. I assumed the interview was going to be similar to the Big 4 on-campus interviews. Overall, the interview went well. Most of the questions he asked I had answered plenty of times before. I really ended up asking him a lot of questions.
My next interview was with a manager and it was much the same. We talked about his clients and how his accounting career had been. He asked me some interview questions but again most of the same thing. We even talked fantasy football.
When that interview was over, I was feeling pretty good. I was thinking keep bringing ‘em. I got this. But luckily, it was time to go to lunch. I was starving. My buddy and another audit staff had arranged for us to have dinner at an awesome seafood and steakhouse. We are talking $35 steaks and $50 lobster type of place. Not something I can usually afford. I ordered a kick-ass salmon with mashed potatoes. It was delicious to say the least. The lunch was very low-key and the guys were super nice to me.
After lunch, we returned to the office and my buddy gave me the grand tour of the firm’s office. We went to every floor the firm had and even went up to the top floor of the building where there was a sweet atrium overlooking the city.
My final interview was with a Big 4 partner. I was nervous about this one. PARTNER. The word alone can make you sweat as a Big 4 recruit. I composed myself and entered his office. We talked about my day and he gave his spiel on the firm. He asked me about what industries I was considering and he even provided me with a list of all the clients the office had. Looking back on it, I don’t think one real interview question came up.
Things were starting to wrap. I thought we were going to shake hands and I would walk out the door. But instead, the partner pulls out a big file, tells me that I had a great day, and that they would like to make me an OFFER FOR AN INTERNSHIP! Holy cow! My mouth must have dropped to the floor. I couldn’t believe it. I had actually done it. It was a great feeling I have to say. I was on cloud nine for days.
If you are reading are reading this, it probably means you either have an upcoming office visit, are hoping to earn one soon, or are an aspiring accounting major like I was. I hope your path to the Big 4 ends as well as mine did. It’s a great feeling. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to shoot me a message by filling out the contact form here. I would love to hear from you.