How to Prepare for BDO’s Online Assessment

About BDO:

BDO is one of the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firms. BDO’s global network provides advisory services in 167 countries, with 91,000 worldwide. With expertise across Financial Services, Healthcare, Leisure & Hospitality, Retail, Manufacturing, Technology, Media, Non-for-Profit, Public Sector and many more industries, BDO provides the advice and answers that help listed companies achieve their aspirations.

Every year, BDO hires c.600 graduates and interns in areas such as audit, tax, consulting and business services, and the recruitment often takes place whole year-round.

BDO’s Recruitment Process:

BDO has a relatively simple recruitment process compared to many other companies, and you only need to go through three steps.

Step 1: Online Application

To be considered for a role at BDO, you often need to visit BDO’s careers site and submit your application for a position you are interested in. Online application involves filling out an application form and providing the necessary information.

Step 2: Online Assessment

If your online application meets their criteria, you will be invited to an Interactive Assessment. This is a blended assessment that consists of numerical and situational tests and a behavioural assessment. The behavioural assessment is a video interview, where you will see up to 5 different questions and record your answers accordingly within a given time. During the video interview, BDO will be looking for evidence of what you do well and enjoy doing to make sure you’re a good fit for our firm.

Step 3: Virtual Assessment Centre

The Virtual Assessment Centre is a chance to find out more about the roles and whether they are right for you. You’ll take part in a continuous assessment with some key objectives to achieve by the end of the day. The main exercises you need to complete include a group discussion, a report/email writing, a presentation and a one-to-one interview.

To be successful, it is very important to understand BDO’s business, their service lines, your motivation and your career aspirations. In addition, you will need to demonstrate good teamwork, relationship management, presentation and leadership skills.

How to Pass BDO’s Online Assessment:

Apart from the video interview part, BDO’s online assessment is not timed. When completing the numerical and situational judgement tests, you can take your time and really give them a think. If you have already been practising with us, BDO’s online assessment should be easy for you.

If you have not practised similar tests before, we advise you to spend time going through our Numerical Reasoning Tests and Situational Judgement Tests. They are designed to give you the sense of real assessment and help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in actual assessments.

Other tips:

  • Check BDO’s website and find out what they are looking for
  • Read the questions carefully
  • Have a pen and paper ready. You are also allowed to use a calculator.
  • Double check your answers before submitting
  • Try to relax and take your time


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