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School leaver careers in accountancy

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Application process
Assessment day

The BDO graduate and school leaver assessment lasts all day and is attended by up to 10 people applying to various graduate, internship and school leaver programmes. You will be told exact timings and location well in advance, so you will be able to make travel arrangements.

What the day involves

For our assessment days you will be asked to partake in a continuous assessment with some key objectives to achieve by the end of the day. The specific details of the tasks and objectives will be shared with you on the day, so there is no need to prepare anything in advance. Some of the tasks you will engage in include:

  • Group Exercise
  • Individual Presentation
  • Final Interview
  • Written Exercise

Our Assessment Day has been developed to provide you with additional insight into the graduate and school leaver roles at BDO. The most important thing you can do is be yourself, get involved in the tasks and take the time to work out if BDO is the right place for you. In addition to the assessed components of the day we will also provide you with additional information about BDO and the programmes you will have applied to.


During your assessment day you will be provided with lunch and an opportunity to talk to some of our existing Trainees. We recommend that you use this opportunity to learn more about what life is really like at BDO from those who are doing the role you may also be doing in the future.

Before attending an assessment day, we advise you to:

  • Check travel options and that you know where you’re going, so you can arrive on time.
  • Reflect upon your personal strengths and development areas i.e. what are the things you do which you find yourself most energised? How do you think these will support you in the role you have applied for at BDO?
  • As before completing the reasoning tests, we recommend visiting to learn more about strengths-based assessment and your own strengths.

Finally, remember that attending an assessment day is a valuable learning experience. If you are unsuccessful, don’t forget to request feedback so that you can improve on your performance for next time.