I receive emails every day from Big 4 Hopefuls such as yourself. One of the main questions I get, is "Big 4 Guru, how can I stand out?" For those of you who want to know what you can do, here you go!
While that sounds like a vague request, I'm serious. The Big 4 receive thousands upon thousands of applications every year and yes, a lot of them have great GPA's. You need something unique about yourself Maybe it's leading community service, winning a speech competition, or having a part time job/internship while in school. The more things you can add on while keep your GPA up, the better. That being said, if you have a low GPA, don't fear, we can still get you in!
Your career with the Big 4 can disappear because of one wrong sentence, or one simple mistake. It would be a shame for that to happen right when you meet someone. Joining the Big 4 is one of the most challenging experiences you will go through in your life, and the elevator pitch is KEY.
While your experience getting hired with the Big 4 will take a number of months, contain numerous meetings, interviews, happy hours, and social, it may all end before it begins. If you aren't prepared for the first few seconds of every interaction (typically when the elevator pitch occurs), you will most likely end your chances right away before you've even begun.
While I have written countless articles and books that show the questions that are great for interviews, they don't just work in interviews. Whenever you interact with professionals, you need to show them that you care, show them that you're interested in what they have to say. Asking tons of questions and following up with even more questions can help you build the rapport you need to create a great relationship with any recruiter/professional, and convert them into your cheerleader.
Those are my TOP 3 tips for standing out through the BIg 4 Hiring process. Get ready, it's brutal and it's only just begun! But let me tell you, you're in for a life-changing ride!