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PwC Interview Questions

Updated 22 Apr 2015
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    Actuarial Placement Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    Online Tests- numerical and logical reasoning.
    Online Personality Test- gives various situations and you choose which best suits you.
    Phone Interview- various questions mainly behavioral, about the job and about the company.

    Interview Questions

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    SummerCorporate Finance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at PwC (London, England) in April 2015.

    Interview

    First Round Telephone Interview.
    Interviewed for 20 minutes.
    Interviewed by a contractor on behalf of PwC.
    Very polite though sounded very monotoned.
    Went through a series of questions that measures applicant's demonstration of PwC's core values such as Global acumen.
    Responded within the next five days for my result

    Interview Questions

    • What I read on the news recently?
      How does that relate to the role I am applying for?
       
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  3.  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    The Telephone interview consisted the questions you can find on their website on the Core Values section.
    They do not provide feedback on it if you fail.
    You can find the questions if you google them.
    Make sure you know your motivation as well.

    Interview Questions

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    Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC (London, England) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for Assurance London, Autumn 2015 intake. And I got reject next day I finished the interview.. QAQ When I was answering why assurance, I could feel that she was not listening. I suppose that I lost my point here..

    Interview Questions

    • Why Assurance? What do you know about ACA.
      Time I've actively sought feedback.
      Time I had to raise a concern with a peer/colleague.
      Recent business news, what can PwC benefit.
      Time you had a complex problem.
      Time you have sought different perspectives.
       
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at PwC (London, England) in March 2015.

    Interview

    In my opinion the assessment centre is one of the most poorly structured I've come across. Other than that the process is standard, but slow.

    The process starts off with the online application, pretty standard stuff, why PwC? why Consulting? All your qualifications. Then you have the psychometric tests, again pretty standard. There's also a long, unnecessary personality test to fill out. Around a week later, they get in contact to let you know you can schedule a telephone interview.

    The telephone interview questions can all be found in a pdf on their website in amongst their core competencies.

    Then, after a long wait, 2-3 weeks, I was finally told I had passed the telephone interview and then came the assessment day. If PwC wants to be seen in as favourable a light as its competitors, such as EY and Accenture, who both had far superior assessment day, it needs to update they way it carries out this day.

    It starts with a written exercise (yes you read that right, written, by hand, like most of the reports you'll be writing at PwC...?), and you can't check your phone for the time, it's less of an interview, more like an exam for school kids. Helpfully, my interviewer read out the time on her laptop, which wasn't the same as the time on the clock on the wall that we could actually see. It's very time sensitive so make sure you keep an eye on the clock, and bring your own watch. This is 2015, I was surprised.

    The whole day, you don't interact with the people assessing you, they just sit there quietly and judge, it's quite off-putting actually.

    The group is then split into 2, a group exercise and the psychometric tests. The psychometric tests are again pretty standard, though a little more time pressured than the ones online. For the group exercise, there was a problem and each individual was given a separate solution to the problem, you have to discuss the pros and cons of these solutions and come up with a consensus. 10 minutes from the end, an email comes in and you have to adapt to this new information.

    Interview Questions

    • Both written and group exercises we were given environmental problems and different solutions and had to discuss the pros and cons of each of these solutions and come up with a consensus.   Answer Question
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    Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cardiff, Wales
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at PwC (Cardiff, Wales) in March 2015.

    Interview

    1st stage online test
    2nd stage telephone interview
    final stage: assessment centre

    The interview was very friendly and will not tell you the outcome. I received my result a couple of hours after my telephone interview ends. Remember to focus your answer on the 5 core capabilities PwC asks for instead of just answering the question without addressing the main topic.

    Interview Questions

    • Leadership
      Describe a time you provided a feedback?
      Global Acumen
      Describe a time you work without little guidance from your supervisor?
      Business Acumen
      What recent business news have you read?
      Technical Capabilities
      Forgotten
       
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at PwC (London, England) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Four stage process of which I experienced three:

    1. Online tests: Fairly low mark required to pass but time pressured.
    2. Telephone interview: Lasted about 40 / 45 minutes, interviewer was friendly and helped put me at ease, very understanding and guided through questions nicely. Again I don't think the threshold is all that high as I thought I performed pretty poorly and still went through to the AC. Lots of advice elsewhere on the internet but few things i'd focus on; know exactly what PWC and your line do, know how the program works, if its rotational how long will you spend in each dep. and what happens when you complete a rotation, several good pieces of recent news and how the apply to PWC and specifically your chosen line.
    3. AC: Half Day 13:00 - 17:00 ( I think). Probably about 20 or so grads there, everyone was nice and most are from Oxford, Cambridge, LSE etc. Several exercises including a retest of the online tests (felt slightly harder but probably just environment and scored highly), group exercise in a group of four. Cant remember the exact scenario but it was to do with utilising waste product from a manufacturing process, everyone had the same back story plus an additional piece of info unique to each candidate. Then had to discuss as a group to decide who had the best option based on cost, payback etc. Half way through the situation changes and funding is reduced so you have to reconsider. Another exercise was a hand written report about water. Again very time pressured, a number of people didn't finish.

    After the tests we also had time to talk with some current graduates.

    4. Partner interview.

    I didn't succeed at the assessment center, they phone you about a week after and give thorough feedback. You are ranked out of 5 for each exercise and then are given a cumulative score. You need to perform well in all tasks otherwise you may not progress. I performed well in the retests and report but scored 3 on a couple of the markers for the group exercise and this was enough to prevent me progressing. This means you can pass everything and still not continue in the process. I should also note I was very late to apply and the HR member who delivered my feedback said places were limited by that point and had I applied earlier I would have probably progressed so make sure to apply early!

    All in all was a very good experience, I have had interviews with the other big four and PWC were by far best in my opinion. The London offices were great and I imagine it would be a really good place to work, the projects we talked about with the grads seemed really interesting and the caliber of people in the AC are generally very good.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know about the scheme, what happens at the end of a rotation?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Interviewer was really friendly over the phone. Questions are very much competency based and they don't deviate from their script very much. Good feedback after the interview to help for the next stage as well.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone who had a different working style to you..   Answer Question
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    Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    Only did one. I think I did not prepare enough. You guys should research for the interview questions, which I did not know before. Wikijob and other sources are very good. Practice, practice, pratice!!!!

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    PwC Women In Business Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC (Leeds, England) in February 2015.

    Interview

    -Applied online
    -Completed the numerical, logical and psychometric test
    -Passed
    -Scheduled phone interview
    -There was a problem with PwC so I had to reschedule
    -Phone interview was alright, very straight-forward. Competency-based
    -Was told I got through to the next stage a day later
    -Assessment centre: Group discussion, numerical and logical tests and a timed report. Did well in the group discussion and tests but failed the timed report.

    Interview Questions

    • Whole leadership:
      A time when you actively sought feedback?
      Time I had to raise a concern with a peer / colleague?

      Business Acumen:
      How you keep track of business issues? Talk about a recent news that interests you.

      A time when you use your analytical skills to solve a complex problem?

      Technical Qualities:
      A time when you have to complete different projects to meet a deadline?

      Global Mindset:
      Time I sought different perspectives?

      Time I had to complete a task with little or no supervision?

      Relationship:
      Time I've created a relationship with someone outside of my usual network?
       
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