Name: Karishma Mehta
Job title: Senior Internal Auditor
Location: London (Tower Bridge House)
Degree studied: Accounting and Finance at Nottingham Trent University
A bit about me – I joined Mazars in September 2017, after graduating that summer in July. I am now working as a Senior Internal Auditor in the Housing Internal Audit Team. I started this graduate role with 9 ACCA exemptions from my degree, and I have just passed my last exam, making me qualified! My next step at Mazars will either be progressing on to become Assistant Manager or seconding into different departments to get more varied experience.
What happens when you join?
We spent four days at an induction week where I met with other new graduates and placement students who were joining Mazars offices from up and down the country. We were all in the same boat so I found it easy to make connections, and join in with the various exercises and ice-breakers.
What can you expect after your induction week?
You will get introduced to your individual teams in your own offices where you will spend another week being trained on more role-specific work. This is where you might carry out “opening meetings” in different scenarios. For example, with a chatty client, a scary client, or with a client who is trying to hide certain information. You may also go on to complete a full practice audit and present your findings at a “closing meeting”.
Following on from this, you might shadow different people in your team where you can pick up how to do audits in practice, help with testing, and writing reports. After the shadowing period, you might start doing your own audits which involve holding client meetings, testing, completing reports, and answering queries. You definitely get given a lot of responsibility early on, but there is always someone you can call if you have any questions.
I believe the skills and experience you gain at Mazars will help you become more confident and responsible. For example, you can build upon your communication and presentation skills through leading client meetings, and contributing at tender presentations. In addition, you will learn a lot about time management and organisation through balancing testing for your current audits, responding to report queries for previous audits, and planning for upcoming audits.
I would definitely suggest applying to Mazars for a graduate job because the culture is friendly and diverse. The application process changes every year, but for me, it consisted of an online application, online tests, telephone interview, and then a final half-day assessment centre. For the assessment centre, my best tip would be to just be yourself, but be the best version of yourself! Throughout the application process, and after a job offer, you will also have the opportunity to ask current graduates further questions about working and study with Mazars. Best of luck with your applications, and your final year at uni.
Interested in meeting some more graduates from Mazars. They’ll be coming on to campus for a Q&A panel on October 29th 2019. Book your place here.