It seems every season is now the recruiting season for accounting graduates. It’s amazing how similar the process is for all Big 4 firms around the world, and yet how different it is, too. I see Google alerts talking about “Freshers” in India. Not sure what that term refers to, but I can guess. I’ve posted about some of the more informal attitudes that are prevalent in places like Southeast Asia. And I had some very detailed posts about the recruiting process, role of universities and professors, and entry level salary issues, too.
If you have good and bad questions, please comment. I will also add some more during the day.
Dear Ms. McKenna,
I’m a masters of accounting student at XXX University in Canada and soon I’ll be going to many recruiting events. I need some really good questions to ask recruiters. I would really appreciate if you could suggest any. But I don’t want them to be overboard, because it might backfire on me.
Here are some that i have so far;
 What has been the hiring trend for auditors during the past couple of years? I’ve heard some bigger firms did a lot of layoffs recently. I was wondering if you think that is because of over hiring in previous years or because of new legislation requiring less work on audit than when Sarbanes Oxley first came out? (it’s officially called something else in Canada, but people still call it Sarbanes Oxley.)
No, No No. Don’t talk about the negative. Instead turn this around into a question about career path. How does it work? What kinds of timeframes can you expect at each level? What are most important qualities for good ratings and promotions?
 How is your firm preparing your staff to transitioning towards IFRS? (Canada is switching to international standards in 2010)
This is good. Focus on the training aspect and your intellectual curiosity to learn new things, adaptability.
 Do you see the credit crisis in the US effecting Canada (or any other region of the world) significantly enough so that we will see similar levels of corporate fraud activity that we’re currently seeing in the US?