Interview Prep Tips

EY Ernst & Young HireVue interview questions and strategy


A few years ago Ernst & Young (EY) changed their hiring procedures to include something called a video interview or “HireVue interview”.

The purpose of these video interviews is to save everyone time.  You don’t have to drive or fly in for an in-person interview when the EY hiring manager has already made up their mind on another applicant.  And the hiring manager doesn’t have to sit through an interview with someone that clearly isn’t interested or appropriate for the job.

So it’s a win-win right?  

Sort of.  

HireVue interviews can be very stressful for applicants since there is no live interviewer asking questions. Many applicants have told us this gives them anxiety since there is no way to know if your answers were solid or could be improved, which snowballs into a bad interview.

You can gain some confidence before your interview by practicing for EY’s HireVue interview on a platform like Voomer, where you can practice on EY sample questions and get instant, AI-powered feedback on your answers.

Let’s walk you through the EY HireVue interview and later you’ll be able to download some sample EY HireVue interview questions.

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What happens on EY’s HireVue interview?

In a HireVue interview, you’ll record yourself answering questions.

Those questions might be shown to you as a couple of lines of text or they might be displayed as a pre-recorded video by someone at EY asking you that question.

Then, you’ll get around 1 minute to prepare your answer and around 3 minutes to answer.

The number of questions varies, so be ready to answer anything from 2 to 5 questions.  

You can answer on your cell phone, laptop, or desktop computer – as long as it has a camera.  However, I strongly recommend using a laptop or desktop.

EY’s HireVue interview specifics

After receiving the link to your EY HireVue interview, you’ll typically have to complete the interview within 72 hours.

EY is a professional services firm, so the vast majority of questions are going to be related to that business and your attitude answering those questions should be one of a person who understands and wants to grow in that business.

We can also take a look at EY’s values, and it’s pretty clear what they are interested in:

  • People who demonstrate integrity, respect and teaming
  • People with energy, enthusiasm, and the courage to lead
  • People who build relationships based on doing the right thing

So make sure you frame your answers in the sense that you are an energetic leader, that you value teamwork, and – last but not least – have strong work ethics and integrity.

Below are a few sample questions that will get you familiarized with the types of questions asked on the EY HireVue interview.

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How to prepare for EY’s HireVue

Start with what you can control.

Start your interview in a place that is quiet – away from kids, pets, lawnmowers, etc. Not only will the person viewing your video have a hard time understanding you, loud noises right when you are about to answer a question might sap your confidence.

Even though you might be at home, dress as if you were at an in-person interview. People viewing your answers appreciate the professionalism of someone that took the time to think about this issue and record using appropriate clothing.

Lighting is absolutely key. If you record in an environment with low light, you’ll come across as a blurry, barely recognizable mess on video – which does not help your chances of getting hired.  Open your curtains to let in lots of natural light or turn on lights to brighten up the environment.  When it comes to lighting, more is always better – as long as the lights aren’t pointed at your camera!

Use the STAR method to organize your answer into easy to understand sections that makes the hiring manager’s life simple!

Last but not least – PRACTICE! HireVue interviews can be extremely stressful. The only way to gain confidence in these interviews is by getting used to them and understanding how to best answer the questions.

Voomer is a great way to do all that since you can practice on sample EY HireVue interview questions and get instant AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can land that job!  

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