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    Hello everyone,

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on the typical hiring process at Big 4 firms? Specifically, for someone who looking to start a career in public accounting after graduating from school with a Master's in Accounting and obtaining a 3.9 GPA.

    I currently have a position at a smaller company for a typical entry-level accounting job. However, I don't have any public accounting experience and just applied for the CPA exam.

    Recently, I have a had two interviews with larger national firms but neither have led to an offer. Both have said that there were candidates that had better/more qualified work experience that they went with for the position. I don't have an audit internship or accounting internship under my belt and I wonder if that will stop me until I pass the CPA exam. So basically I am left with this, do I need to have my CPA exam done and completed before being taken more seriously for an audit staff role? Do I need to get experience in public accounting at a smaller local firm? Or should I consider an internship even though I graduated with my master's already?

    Appreciate you reading to this point and providing any insight you have don't his topic.


    Does your school conduct Meet The Firms events? My ideas are these: Apply for entry level. Consider relocating. Take a job at a smaller firm until and reapply. Network, network, network. Any classmates going Big4? Reach out to them.
    What region are you? Look for the large regional firms in your area.

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