Employer Guide


International Accounting Firm


Company Information

RSM UK is a provider of audit, tax, and consulting services to middle-market businesses. It is the seventh-largest business advisory firm in the United Kingdom and the sixth-largest globally. The firm offers audit and assurance, risk advisory, outsourcing, tax, consulting, restructuring, transactions, and legal services. RSM works with a wide range of public, private, and not for profit companies.

The firm traces its origins back to 1865, to the firm of Walter Howard. Historical name changes and mergers with many different firms have brought the partnership to where it is today. Following the purchase of RSM Tenon in April 2014, Baker Tilly became a member firm of RSM Global having served notice on Baker Tilly International, the international network to which it previously belonged.

RSM International is a multinational network of accounting firms forming the sixth-largest accountancy professional services network in the world by revenue. RSM's member firms are independent accounting and advisory businesses, each of which practices in its own right and is unified as part of the network. The largest member firms are RSM US formerly known as McGladrey, and RSM UK formerly Baker Tilly LLP.

Application Guidance

First Step - Online Application

The first step is to choose which of our programmes you'd like to apply for. You can find a full list of our available positions and further information on what our trainee programmes involve on the careers section of our website. Once you have decided which role you'd like to apply for you will need to complete the relevant job application on our website. This will ask you about your educational achievements and work experience. It should only take around 30 minutes to complete and, whatever the outcome, you'll hear back from us within five working days. Please note that RSM UK will only take one application into consideration per intake. We do not accept multiple applications to different vacancies.


Second Step - Online Assessment

The assessment is divided into Situational Tests and Analytical Tests and in this article, I will break down all the details to best prepare you to pass onto the next stage.

The RSM Situational Judgment Test is an online assessment designed to evaluate a candidate's ability to assess a given situation and take appropriate action.The test presents candidates with a series of hypothetical scenarios that closely reflect situations they might encounter as an employee of RSM. The scenarios are designed to test a range of skills, including communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and teamwork. Candidates are asked to rate the effectiveness of different responses to the situation and to select the most appropriate course of action.

The RSM Numerical Reasoning Test is an online assessment that measures your ability to work with numerical data, interpret and analyse data, and draw logical conclusions from it. The test usually consists of a set of questions with tables, graphs, charts, or financial data, and you will be required to answer questions related to the data provided, sample question with the answer is provided below.

Third Step - Service Line Job Simulation

The RSM Job Simulation Assessment is an online assessment that simulates the challenges and scenarios that you may encounter in a real-world work environment at RSM. The assessment typically consists of a series of scenarios that are designed to test your problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking skills.

During the assessment, you will be presented with various scenarios and asked to respond to them by selecting from a set of multiple-choice options. The scenarios may be related to different aspects of working at RSM, such as client interactions, team collaboration, project management, and professional ethics.

Fourth Step - Assessment Center

This stage of the RSM application process is an online assessment center conducted through Microsoft Teams. The format of the assessment day involves watching a presentation about working at RSM, followed by several exercises, including a group exercise, manager interview, partner interview, and a partner presentation.

It's essential to prepare for the interview by researching the company, practicing your responses to common interview questions, and identifying specific examples from your experience that demonstrate your skills and qualifications for the position.

Fifth Step - Final Interview

Successful candidates from the assessment center will be invited to a final interview with an RSM partner or manager.This is your opportunity to share your strengths and motivations for the role you’ve applied for with a senior member of the team. It is also your chance to ask any questions you have about the programme and business area you've applied to.

RSM Assessment Centre Process

There are 3 sections for RSM Assessment Centre, which are 

Role Play – (approx. 40 minutes)

Micro Exercises (approx. 60 minutes)

Strength-based Interview (approx. 30 minutes)

1. Role Play

This exercise will last for 25 minutes in total.

Here at RSM, society and the environment mean a lot to us. We strive to do our part to improve both the environment and livelihoods within society. We have a designated Corporate Social Responsibility Committee that manages the delivery of some fantastic initiatives that have a lasting impact.

Resource Sample

2. Micro Exercise

In this exercise, imagine that you have joined RSM and are preparing for a meeting with a senior manager.

The purpose of the meeting is for you to share your thoughts on a special research project you've been assigned to relating to companies' commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance(ESG).

You will have 8 minutes to prepare your thoughts, and you will then share these with the assessor in an informal presentation, followed by a Q&A period. 

3. Strength-based Interview

Assessors will ask the candidates about the motivation, some randomly cases such as how to arrange your time.

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RSM Custom Assessment Sample Question 

There are 3 sections for RSM Custom Assessment, The RSM Client Experience, Inclusion & Community and Taking the Middle Market to the Global Market, which contains Situational Judgment Test, Personal Preference and Numerical Analysis.

1. Situational Judgement Test

Situational Judgement Test is a test used to assess someone's decision making and judgement. The candidate will be presented with a work-like situation and a number of possible actions/responses they could take.

2. Personal Preference

What kind of factors do you think are most important to you? Candidates need to classify some elements according to importance level.


3. Numerical Analysis

Candidates need get information from the reading materials and tables to calculate the answer.
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Creating a Summary Report on Data Analytics Findings for Auditing

Your manager, Paul, has provided you with a detailed output report from one of RSM's data analytics programs. They explain that this data could have important implications for the audit you are working on. They ask you to create a summary report commenting on the unusual findings and their implications for the audit, with the aim that this will be circulated around the wider internal team.
What do you do?

By dragging and dropping, please rank order the options below, with 1 being what you are most likely to do and 5 being what you are least likely to do:


You work through the information in order to identify the key themes. You then summarize your findings and provide some additional evidence in an Appendix to ensure the team has the information they need.


You systematically review all the information and provide a concise summary outlining the key findings. You want to be clear about the most important points and issues.


You prepare an in-depth report, including every finding. It is important to convey all the information and implications in depth, to ensure Paul and the wider team do not miss any critical information.


You create a comprehensive overview of all the information, grouped by the key themes. It is important to include as much information about the implications as possible.


You create a report that covers all the detail, but highlights the key points to take away. This makes it easier to digest, whilst still covering everything.