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Recruitment Process

A Career in Accountancy

Each year we have around 25-35 vacancies. Please take the time to read our recruitment process and make sure you fully understand it before applying.

        Apply Online

Top Tip: Do not take anything for granted. Every step of the recruitment process is an opportunity to sell yourself: make sure you take every one! 

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        Application Decision

You will be contacted by a member of the recruitment team via email. You will hear within 7 working days, regardless of the outcome.

        Assessment Day Booking

If you are invited to an Assessment day you will be asked to telephone us to book your place. The team member will then take you through what the day itself entails and how you need to prepare. Once you have verbally confirmed your booking you will be sent a confirmation email.

        Assessment Day

The day starts with a meet and greet as you arrive. You will then be asked for your documentation (original Degree and A2 Level certificates and Photo ID. Please note that photocopies will not be accepted). 

The morning is comprised of three assessments; an English comprehension task, a Maths test and a writing exercise. You will need to pass all three assessments in order to be considered for an interview, which will be held later that same day. 

Whilst SWAT UK staff are marking your assessments, you are welcome to help yourself to refreshments and take a break. 

After the break you will receive an individual debrief on your results. If you pass all of the assessments we will then conduct an interview that afternoon, at a time to be confirmed on the day.

SWAT UK’s interviews have a combination of competency and behavioural based questions, which will revolve around information given on your application form. We would also recommend that you research in detail the ACA qualification.

        Interview Referral

If you are unsuccessful at the interview stage then we will inform you within a week. If you are successful we will then refer your application to the selected firm. If they like your application they will contact you directly, inviting you for a second interview.

Top Tip: Know your audience. Research the companies you have been invited to and understand what they do. Have something interesting to say about them and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Be yourself! Whilst it is important to be professional, you must also let your personality shine through. It could be the deciding factor. 

        Second Interview

The (hopefully!) final stage is the second interview with the firm itself. The style and length of the interview process will vary from firm to firm but you will receive further guidance to help you.


If you are unsuccessful in that interview we at SWAT UK will review your application again to see if another firm would be suitable. However if you are successful the firm will offer you a contract to start at the next available student intake (August/September or January). 

We look forward to reviewing your application!