Applicants share their experience of applying for a training contract with a HAT member firm.


Anyone who wants to enter the world of accounting should without question have the HAT Group at the top of that list. Truly one of the best application experiences I’ve had from start to finish with everyone being helpful, friendly and genuinely invested in my success. A special mention must go to Anna who gave me some fantastic advice and was instrumental in allowing me to begin my accounting journey for which I am hugely grateful.


I just wanted to reiterate my thanks for all your enthusiasm, support and advice throughout my application process. You have greatly improved my confidence levels both professionally and personally, and I would not have gotten here without your help, so thank you. This is a real testament to the commitment and enthusiasm you bring to your role.


I thought the recruitment process was great, and I thought you did a fantastic job. You were really helpful, prompt in replying and I felt like you genuinely cared about my application which was so refreshing.


I would just like to say it has been a pleasure applying through HAT group and how streamlined the process was and thank you again for your support.


Just keeping you updated – I have decided to accept the offer. The whole application process has been a pleasure and played a big factor in my decision. Thank you for all of your help through the process.


Great news I was successful and was offered the position.

I just wanted to say thank you for your feedback from my first interview with you. I think it was instrumental in helping me across the other two interviews with the firm and get offered this position.


Compared to other firms I applied to HAT were very quick to follow up on how my application was progressing after each step of the process. I found this very encouraging and it kept me more invested in the application. I found the phone interview with Anna exceptionally helpful and it was so nice to get verbal feedback before the final round of interviews. During my interviews with the firm, I really felt like they were trying to get to know me as a person as well as a potential employee which made the firm’s friendly atmosphere apparent from the start.


I am delighted to let you know that I have now accepted a role at the firm. I just wanted to thank you for all your help, support and feedback throughout the process, it was invaluable.

Best wishes,

W Lucas

I wanted to thank you for overseeing the recruitment process, it’s definitely been the most efficient and enjoyable graduate job I have applied for and it was so nice to know my application was properly looked at and given personal feedback.

Thank you again, kind regards,

P. Pratt

Thank you for your feedback following our interview. I took the feedback on board, to show my enthusiasm and confidence and I believe it really helped me in subsequent interviews. The positive feedback in my successful application was that they liked my determination and enthusiasm.



I have to say this application process was the best I have experienced anywhere. I found it really simple to apply to the HAT Group website, and ever since I have received nothing but the most helpful advice and support. I really appreciate the lengths which you went to in your efforts to help me find a job. And since meeting the firm that I interviewed with I would have to say that culture of friendly employees runs through into the firms represented by HAT Group. My experience with the group has been amazing, and I will definitely be in touch in the future once I have finished studying with AAT.

You’ve been such a great help, I can’t thank you enough.


Anna is a delight of a recruiter. When applying for jobs, its common to come across a lot of recruiters who simply ignore applicants, have poor communication and never let applicants know where they stand with positions they are applying for. All of the above do not apply from Anna. She is very responsive to emails (even outside of typical business hours), very professional upon her approach and does not leave applicants in the dark.


Thank you again for your help and support over the last few months, I am also delighted to be joining the group.

Kind Regards


I would firstly like to say I am so grateful for the advice you gave me during our initial interview, it has definitely been beneficial in the interviews I have done since. I would also like to comment on how much less intimidating I have found this particular recruitment process than others. It has truly felt like you were there to help if I needed it and that any queries I had were not a big hassle for you, which has made it much less stressful. The fact the process has carried on so consistently throughout these unprecedented times has also been so impressive, and has made it all much more enjoyable, as there were never long periods where I was waiting for an answer. I would definitely recommend HAT Group to anyone trying to get in to accounting as this is definitely one of the best experiences I have had whilst job hunting, so thank you again!

Kind Regards


Thanks for all your help in getting me the offer. It was obviously a worry with the Coronavirus that it may have taken longer to find something but it’s been a really quick and enjoyable process.



…out of all the application processes I have been through, HATs application was by far the most pleasant.

Yours sincerely

C. Smith

Thank you for the kind words regarding my ACA offer, meeting you and the entire recruitment process was a pleasure.

Kind Regards


I would like to start this email by simply saying thank you. You have helped me massively to achieve a dream and I cannot begin to express how grateful I am, it is something I will never forget and I you have been instrumental in shaping my life!

Kind Regards


I have received feedback from both firms that I interviewed with. I am thrilled to confirm that I have received an offer.

Thank you again for your amazing support.


I was just about to send you an email saying how the interview went really well yesterday and that they offered me the job. I’m very excited to start. Thank you again for all the help and advice.
Kind Regards,


I’m just emailing to say thank you for all of the effort you have put in for securing me a job, it really means a lot to me. I hope we can stay in contact as it has been an amazing experience.
Best wishes,

N Ryan

I just wanted to inform you that I have received an offer, which I have accepted. I want to thank you again for your advice and amazing support. I really appreciate the care and effort you have put into helping me get this far. Thank you for everything.
Kind Regards,


I would like to put on record how impressed I have been with the HAT Group over this entire process. You have by far the fastest response times of any prospective employer that I have been communicating with, and the calibre of the positions that you offer ran beyond my expectations.
Kind Regards,


The recruitment service I experienced was top-notch and I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity.
Best Wishes,


I have recently used HAT Group to help pursue my interests in accountancy and was helped to do so by one of your employees, Anna Boast.
I just wanted to leave a message saying thank you and that Anna has been brilliant.
She has been amazing at helping me attain a job offer with valuable advice, and her sense of care definitely made it that much better!
Thank you,

S. Muneeb

Dear Anna
Thank you for all your help and for keeping me updated throughout the process. It has been a recruitment service that I will definitely be recommending other graduates to use.
Kind regards


Hi Anna
Thanks again and thank you personally for helping me to secure a training contract which I have wanted so much for quite a while now. I have really been impressed with the recruitment process as I felt like you really wanted to help me get a position.
Kind regards


Hi Anna
Thank you very much for all your help with finding a good job offer with a great company. I’m really looking forward to starting in late January.
Best wishes

T. Leftley

Hi Anna
I have been very happy with the process and would like to thank you for providing me with the opportunity. I have had several friends who are looking to start a career in accountancy and I have recommended the HAT Group to them all.
Kind regards


Hi Anna
Thanks a lot for all your help in getting this position, I’m really looking forward to getting started next week!
Kind regards


Dear Anna
I wish to thank you for your advice, time and effort you took to help me further my application. I found the HAT Groups recruitment process in general to be very efficient and helpful in comparison to some of your rivals, some of which are still only just getting back to me after my application in October/November time!
Thanks again and kind regards,


Dear Anna
I am pleased to say I have accepted a job offer with the firm you recommended me to and I would like to thank you for your consideration and recommendation to the firm.
Thank you for all your help.


Dear Anna
I would just like to thank you for your time and consideration throughout the process and also to let you know that I will be recommending you to people looking for accountant graduate schemes, as you were extremely helpful throughout the process.
Kind Regards,


Dear Anna
Thanks for all your help. You are certainly the nicest and most helpful recruiter that I have met.
Best wishes


Dear Anna
Thank you for all the help you have provided.
I look forward to seeing you closer to my start date.
Kind regards


Dear Anna
Thank you for your phone call yesterday. I had been out all day and so did not realise that my contract had in fact arrived. I was so happy to receive the news, and I have accepted the offer.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your help and support throughout the application process.
Many thanks,


Dear Anna
I would like to thank you personally for the constructive advice which you gave me in our interview and felt that this had a beneficial impact upon my performance in my interview with the firm. I look forward to seeing you again when I commence my training contract.


Hi All, I just wanted to write something about my experience with the HAT Group because I had a really good experience with HAT. I found the process was really fast and efficient and I know there isn’t too much about them on here so hopefully this will help some people. I applied for Trainee ACA positions using the online form and heard back from their HR about 1 day later with an invite to do a maths test. This maths test was like I think it is described on here, not like the standard maths tests I have done for other firms and perfectly do-able. I received my score almost immediately which I’m sure you will agree is a massive relief and it’s nice to know! Following the maths test I did a vocabulary test and again, was told my score very quickly after completing it. This test was also atypical but the instructions were clear and again, it was do-able. I was then invited to go to the HAT office for an interview. Here I met the person from HR I had been in correspondence with. She was really nice and made me feel at ease. The interview went well, a few competencies, questions about my work history, my degree and about accountancy (all the things you should expect I suppose). One nice thing is that after saying she would recommend me, I was offered feedback on my interview as I obviously had some areas which could be improved upon! I thought that this was really useful and extremely valuable to me as normally when someone is recruiting you, you don’t get feedback until it is too late! The feedback she gave me I have definitely taken on board and I believe it helped me in my subsequent interviews.

I think that as HAT is not directly recruiting, they are in the unique position to offer feedback and I am really glad that they did. I don’t know if this is always offered (maybe some of you already have perfect interview skills!) but I really appreciated it. Following the interview, about a week or so later I had an email saying I had been recommended to a firm. Turns out this firm wasn’t looking for anyone else (or at least that’s what I was told) and I was a bit disappointed and I thought I had missed my chance. I was then emailed again to say I had been recommended to two more firms – I thought that this was really good as they had still tried to find me a firm, despite the first one not being interested. I was recommended to two firms who both set up interviews with me. When I went to the firms I really thought I could fit in well to both, and I really felt that the things I had said in my interview (about the type of firm I thought I would fit with the best etc) had been taken on board. The interviews went really well (I applied the tips given in the first one!) and in the end I was offered both jobs. This was a brilliant success and I think that HAT helped me to find 2 firms I otherwise wouldn’t probably have found.

Communication all the way through was great with the HR lady leaving me various voicemails and emails to check how I was getting on and unlike with some other companies, I felt like I was ‘in the loop’ all the time. They made me feel like they really wanted to find me a job that would suit me and the whole process was quite simple to navigate. All in all, if you’re looking for a smaller firm and you aren’t sure where to find some and you want a really high level of training, I recommend you apply to the HAT Group.

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