Glassdoor, a popular jobs and recruiting site, recently released results of its annual Candidates’ Choice Awards for the Best Places to Interview. Every year, the award recognizes 50 employers with the best interview experience, based on job candidates’ reviews and ratings. This year, 3 of the top 10 best places to interview for in 2016 were CPA firms! Check out which ones got recognized, where they ranked, and what made them stand out among the rest. 


Grant Thornton – Ranked 2nd Best Place to Interview 

Part of one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax, and advisory firms, Grant Thornton was founded in Chicago, 1924. It operates 58 offices across the United States with more than 565 partners and 8,000 employees. 

With an interview score of 87%, candidates agree that Grant Thornton focuses on helping them find the right fit within the firm. An Audit Associate candidate from Jacksonville, FL reiterates: 

“Audit managers and partner were super down to earth and approachable. GPA and academics are important to them but they seemed to be mostly interested in getting to know me and seeing how well my personality fits in the company.”

An Audit Associate candidate from Boston, MA states that the candidate reception prior to the interview was

“Very helpful because I was able to meet the people interviewing me, establish a connection before the interview, and got to know more about them on a personal level.” 


EY – Ranked 8th Best Place to Interview

Ernst and Young, founded in 1989, is no stranger in the accounting world. This firm, dedicated to building a better working world by engaging with like-minded organizations, has more than 700 offices globally and more than 200,000 employees. 

According to candidates, EY is a firm that actually wants to get to know who you are. Their interview score is 84%. 

An Emerging Leaders Program candidate states that

“The atmosphere was very relaxed and the interview was more conversational based rather than just firing off behavioral based questions. At the end of both interviews, they left a lot of time for me to ask questions.”

Similarly, a candidate for a managerial position from Seattle, WA says,

“They worked hard to get to know me, and I met with a number of people who gave me great info into the culture and corporate environment at EY. I’m excited to be beginning a new phase of my career with this team.” 


PwC – Ranked 10th Best Place to Interview 

Another Big 4 accounting firm, PwC also boasts a global network of more than 208,000 people in 157 countries looking to help businesses grow and thrive. Although formed from a merger in 1998 between Price Waterhouse and Coopers and Lybrand, both accounting firms originated in London during the mid 1800s. 

With an interview score of 83%, candidates state that the interview experience is laid-back and low-stress. 

A Tax Associate candidate says that the interview experience was,

“Very laid back” and that they, “Mostly just want to determine if you were a good fit…overall very low stress event.”

An Audit Interview admin candidate says,

"Overall the interview process was incredibly enjoyable. Great people that seemed very interested in what I had to say. A lot of time given for you to ask them questions.”


It’s also worth mentioning that Deloitte, another Big 4 accounting firm, came in at the 23rd Best Place to Interview out of 50 with an interview score of 81%. 

So there you have it! We’re curious to know what your thoughts are. Have you interviewed at any of these firms? What was your overall experience like? How would you rank them? Leave your comment below!