My name is Ed and I joined a HAT firm in January 2012. Having graduated from the University of York with a business degree, I was well placed to apply to a wide range of accountancy firms. I applied with HAT due to the size of the firms and breadth of clients with whom I would be able to work. Having passed the initial interview with HAT and the numerical tests, I was put forward to to further interviews with two HAT firms. These interviews provider me with the opportunity to ask some questions of my own and establish what I really wanted out of my training contract. This let me to the conclusion that the audit department was the place for me. Working with such a wide range of clients and covering all areas of the financial statements exposes you to many situations and scenarios that you otherwise may never see as an accountant.