FAQs

General Questions

Can I apply if I need a work permit?

Yes, however Mazars fully complies with all UK Border Agency regulations. Therefore there are some restrictions on employing individuals who need a work permit. Mazars hold a very limited number of Certificates of Sponsorship for Tier 2 visas so whilst we accept all applications, any offer of employment for a graduate role will be conditional upon the candidate being able to work legally in the UK. If Mazars is potentially able to sponsor you under the terms of the Tier 2 General immigration category, where a Resident Labour Market Test is required, the offer of employment is conditional upon there not being a suitable resident / EEA worker to fill that role.

If you already have valid permission to live and work in the UK, such as leave to remain as a spouse of someone settled in the UK, UK ancestry, or Tier 1 (General) visas, you will not require Tier 2 Sponsorship from Mazars and would therefore be eligible to commence work for Mazars on any of our programmes including the ones mentioned above.

If you hold a Tier 4 General Student visa

If you hold a valid Tier 4 General student visa and will continue to do so after your anticipated start date, we may be able to transfer your visa to Tier 2. If you are able to satisfy one of the following, you are eligible to apply to any of our graduate and undergraduate positions and your application will be progressed through our selection process as normal:

  • You have successfully completed and passed a UK recognised bachelor’s or master’s degree; or UK Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Professional Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE); or you have completed a minimum of 12 months study in the UK towards a UK PhD during your last grant of leave or period of continuous leave which includes your last grant of leave; and
  • Your period of study and/or research towards your award was undertaken whilst you had entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK and you were not subject to a restriction preventing you from undertaking a course of study and/or research; and
  • You studied for the eligible award at a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or holds a sponsor licence under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System; and
  • You are applying from inside the UK.

Restrictions on graduate training programmes

Please note that we are unable to offer Tier 2 sponsorship for certain roles as the salary does not meet the current UKBA Code of Practice salary benchmark. For roles where the salary does not meet the UKBA Code of Practice and if you do not have valid permanent permission to live and work in the UK we will not be able to progress your application for that particular position.

Mazars cannot sponsor certain training programmes under Tier 2 as the UK Border Agency’s Code of Practice salaries will not be met. Salaries will be met in:

  • London (apart from roles within Internal Audit)
  • Milton Keynes, and
  • Sutton.

Mazars therefore cannot sponsor for programmes in other offices.

Can I get international experience?

Yes! We send staff on secondment to our offices all around the world, including Europe, US and Australia. Secondments are popular, so you’ll need to perform well when you’re here and get your language skills up to scratch, if required. Secondments are also rare before qualification, but you might have to travel abroad on business to international clients before you qualify.

Will my personal details remain secure?

We ensure any information supplied during the application process with utmost confidentiality.  We may retain your details to let you know about recruitment opportunities.  No information will be passed to any third parties.

How will you contact me?

We will mainly contact you via email, and occasionally by telephone.

Student Questions

What are your minimum entry requirements?

Graduates*

  • Obtained or expect a 2:1 or 1st class degree
  • 280 UCAS points from your best 3 A Level subjects (not including General Studies) or equivalent achieved in one sitting
  • Grade B or above in GCSE Maths and English Language

School Leavers*

  • 280 UCAS points from your best 3 A Level subjects (not including General Studies) or equivalent achieved in one sitting
  • Grade B or above in GCSE Maths and English Language

*These requirements can vary depending on the vacancy. Please refer to the entry requirements on individual job descriptions. Our Accounting & Outsourcing and Internal Audit roles require a 2:2 degree / lower UCAS points.

I don’t meet your minimum entry requirements. Can I still apply?

It is essential that you have strong academic ability in order to succeed in your professional exams. However, we do understand that sometimes your results may not allow you to demonstrate this, due to exceptional or extenuating circumstances.

Our application process ensures that we review every candidate’s merits based on their academic and personal strengths. If you have closely missed out on meeting our minimum entry requirements, we still want to hear from you. You will need to detail your exceptional or extenuating circumstances on your application form, under the section ‘Other information’. We will then take this information into account when reviewing your application.

Exceptional circumstances: have you excelled in an extracurricular activity, or is there an outstanding achievement you’d like to highlight?

Extenuating circumstances: have you suffered from any setbacks or challenges which were beyond your control?

You may be asked to provide evidence of these circumstances.

What do you look for in candidates other than good grades?

We want driven, professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars.

We assess the following strengths throughout our application process: Learning Agility, Drive, Adaptability, Initiative, Relationship Management, Collaboration, Business Affinity, Analysis, Clarity and Professionalism.

Can I reapply if I am unsuccessful at any stage of the application/recruitment process?

If you are unsuccessful you can reapply for the following year’s intake.

I have already graduated/finished school a number of years ago, can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you meet our minimum entry requirements.

Will my travel expenses be reimbursed?

Yes, we are happy to refund your travel expenses to a maximum of £70 for all visits. All claims must be submitted within 3 months of the interview/assessment date.

Please note this only applicable to Student Recruitment.

Can I obtain feedback if I am unsuccessful at any stage of the process?

Yes, you can request feedback form the Recruitment Team at [email protected] if you have attended an interview or assessment day. However, please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive it will not be possible to provide feedback on application forms. We are unable to provide feedback on online test results as we do not receive a detailed report from our external testing provider.

Can I apply for multiple locations/training schemes at the same time?

You will only be able to submit one application. If your first choice is filled then we will contact you and ask you whether you wish to transfer to another role/office.

Will I be able to transfer between different offices and service lines?

Unfortunately, it is not our policy to allow students to transfer to another office/service line once they have been offered a training contract with the office of their choice, or for students to transfer offices during their training contracts. However, we will look into this on a case by case basis.

If you would like to transfer to another office/service line during the application process, please get in touch with the Recruitment Team on [email protected].

Will you be coming to my university?

We will be attending various careers fairs and workshops throughout the year. Please keep an eye out at your university for such events. We also have Brand Ambassadors at 20+ universities throughout the UK.

Can I defer my application for a year?

If you want to take a year out between graduating and beginning your career, we may be able to offer you a deferred starting date. This would be determined on a case by case basis, as we cannot guarantee the same role will be available the following year. Otherwise, you can wait and apply the following year.

I don’t have much experience in Finance, how do I know which area is best suited to me, for example; Tax, Audit, Internal Audit or Financial Planning?

First, we would recommend that you do thorough research into the different career paths available. Make use of employee case studies on our careers site, corporate website and other relevant websites.  You’ll learn more about the type of challenges you could face on a daily basis. It’s also a great way to get you thinking about kind of things you’ll need to prepare for your interview, and how you can demonstrate the kind of skills and behaviours we look for. Your choice over which programme you’d like to apply to should therefore be based on what you’re interested in.

You can research online using web search engines, online careers services and even Professional Institute websites (for example, ICAEW, ICAS, CII, AAT, ATT) to find out more information. Additionally, your university Careers Service will be an invaluable source of information on a career in Audit, Tax or Financial Planning. If you need to talk to a member of the Recruitment Team you contact them on [email protected].

What is the application deadline?

Our vacancies open on 1st September each year for the following year’s intake. We advise candidates to apply before Christmas when the majority of our vacancies will be filled. Please refer to the specific job description for the deadline date. We continue accepting applications until each role is filled.

What happens when I’ve submitted my application form?

You will receive an email notification advising you that your application has been submitted successfully. We will then invite you to take our Situational Strengths Test and Numerical Reasoning Test. If you are successful in the testing stages, your application will then be screened to ensure it meets the high standards we have set.

Can I update or amend a submitted application form?

You will be unable to make changes to your application form once it has been submitted. However, if you do wish to amend any important details then please contact the Recruitment Team on [email protected].

When is your student intake and do you have more than one per year?

Our training schemes commence in September each year. Occasionally a training position may become available at a different time in the year, which would be advertised on our website.

If I am asked to take the online tests will I get the chance to practise first?

Yes. We will send you a link to take practise tests with our external testing provider.

What happens if my computer crashes half way through my online application process?

Please ensure you save your answers as you complete the various pages of the online application. If you have persisting problems please contact the Recruitment Team on [email protected].

What is the format of the first interview and do I need to prepare anything?

You’ll have a 1 hour interview with a member of the Mazars team. The first part of this interview will involve an analytical exercise, followed by competency based questions.  Our aim is to find out more about you and see if you are right for us.  You should also make sure you ask questions so you can assess if we are the right firm for you.  We’ll endeavour to let you know the outcome within one week.

Hints & Tips for interview preparation

  • Using the STAR model may help you when preparing for your interview. It is also useful to keep in mind when responding to questions, as it provides a logical structure to your answer.

Situation: the context of your example.

Task:  what you had to do.

Action: what you did, how you did it and why.

Result: the outcome

When responding to a question using the STAR model, the action step is particularly important. This is where you will need to demonstrate your skills and capabilities.  It is therefore important to focus the majority of your response on this part.

  • Do not feel that you have to immediately jump in to responding to a question. For example, you can say to the interviewer ‘Please can I take a moment to gather my thoughts’.  Take a moment to think of a specific example that would best demonstrate your capabilities.
  • The interviewer is interested in you and your suitability for the role. When providing an example it is therefore important to demonstrate what you personally did in that situation. For example, if describing an example of working as part of a team, the interviewer is less interested in what the team as a whole did, and more interested in the actions you personally took as part of that team.
  • Be yourself – Interviewers are looking for certain skills for a particular job. But personality is important. We are looking for people who we can enjoy working with, five days a week.
  • Wear a suit – Unless specifically told otherwise. It’s much better to be overdressed than underdressed and it shows you’re serious about the job.
What is the format of the assessment centre and do I need to prepare anything?

The assessment day will usually start in the morning and finish just after lunch. The assessment day will take place in the office or region of your choice. We will usually let you know the outcome within 2-5 days.

You’ll have a strengths-based interview, normally with a Partner or Director, and will also undertake some strengths-based team and written exercises.  You will also have the chance to find out much more about Mazars and meet members of the team.

Hints & Tips

Interview – the interview will be a strengths based interview with a Partner. Different strengths will be assessed at the interview and throughout the day; Learning Agility, Drive, Adaptability, Initiative, Relationship Management, Collaboration, Business Affinity, Analysis, Clarity and Professionalism.

Group Exercise – one of the key skills we assess is being able to work as part of a team. It is essential that you listen to the instructions at the beginning of the exercise as this will provide you with information on what is required of you.

Presentation – you will be required to prepare and present a short group presentation. The presentation topic will be given to you on the day, so there is nothing to prepare for in advance.

Numerical and Written Exercise – this is a time pressured written exercise where we assess your numerical and written communication skills.

What should I do if I require extra time for the online tests or other assessments?

Please email the Recruitment Team at [email protected] if you require extra time for the online tests. Please ensure you state the reason you require the extra time. In some cases, we may request proof of these circumstances (e.g. a note from your GP).