What is Rees Pollock’s application process?
Having emailed my covering letter, CV and application form, I was invited to the office to sit a maths test. Immediately after passing this, I had my first interview with a manager, which was very relaxed; Rees Pollock won’t bombard you with the usual competency-based questions, they are interested in getting to know you as an individual. After this interview, I met with a current trainee, who was happy to answer further questions relating to the job and studying for the ACA qualification. The last stage in the application process was a second interview, this time with a partner but just as relaxed, and another chance to meet a trainee.
What’s the first year at Rees Pollock like?
My first two weeks were at BPP college, studying for two of the six certificate-level exams. Within the first seven months of starting, I sat all the certificate-level and three of the six professional-level exams. While this was very intense, it was useful to quickly assimilate knowledge that could be applied in the office.
As soon as I started in the office, I was involved in audits and visiting clients. Although this was slightly unnerving, it is the best way to gain experience and build confidence. The job is challenging, however everybody at Rees Pollock – from fellow trainees up to the partners – is very approachable and friendly, offering lots of help along the way.
I’m usually on a different audit every week, so I’ve experienced a variety of industries, including finance, retail and restaurants. Plus, being part of a smaller firm allows you to be involved in all areas of an audit.
Rees Pollock’s greatest asset is its people. There is a strong sense of community spirit, which is shown through the variety of events that are organised throughout the year: rounders at Hyde Park in the summer, plenty of student nights, and regular trips to the pub with all our staff! A conference is also held every September. My first one involved climbing Mount Snowdon, a great way to bond with my colleagues!