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Updated Apr 17, 2014
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Audit Associate Interview

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London, England

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details PwC's hiring is one of the best programmes, in relation to other companies.
1st Stage Online Test; they give you a second attempt if your first attempt didn't meet their requirements.
Assessment Day was smooth and although i thought i didn't do well in relation to other people i proceeded through. Here i would say you have to be greatly prepared for the skills test they give you; especially in terms of the numerical reasoning test as questions will be related to each other but do not come one after another in the test, so i would advise writing down key answers or formulas so you don't have to repeat steps again but be quick.
With the final interview it's more about testing your knowledge of the company and seeing generally whether you can communicate with people and understand things well.
I would say networking and communication is key so don't be shy. And be prepared in terms of commercial awareness and the company itself.
Other then that everyone is really friendly throughout the entire process.

Interview Question – Most difficult question was in terms of commercial awareness. You have to know details as they will ask you follow up questions in regards to what your talking about.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Salary is set no negotiations

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Senior Manager Interview

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Interview Details I had two interviews, both in a relaxed and informal style, with rapid communication of the outcome which was pleasing. However that was the easy part because then HR stepped in to do screening that lasted weeks leaving me to wonder what could possibly take so long other than inefficiency of the process.

Negotiation Details – Do not under value the contribution that you will make.

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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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London, England

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in July 2010.

Interview Details Back in 2010 it include an assessment centre (30min maths test and writing a report based on provided information) and 2 interviews with Directors, all on the same day. I got my offer the next morning

Interview Question – As far as I remember, it was a general chat about my experience, nothing really difficult or unexpected   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non-existent, probably due to my lack of experience in this area

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Assurance Intern Interview

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I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in March 2013.

Interview Details Online Form: Normal Basic Question
Telephone Interview: Sell Yourself, analyse one business!!!!!!!!
Assessment Centre Online- MATHS VERBAL/NON Verbal Reasoning
Group Assessment Centre: Analyse a situation in a group. Englsih and Maths Test
Telephone Interview: Speaking about where you would like to work
Face to Face Final Interview: Grilling CV and undestanding of PWC

Interview Question – What do you think youll be doing. Why would you be doing this. What dont you think youll be doing. Ask people in that industry   Answer Question

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Tax Summer Internship Interview

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London, England

I applied online and the process took 12 months - interviewed at PwC in November 2013.

Interview Details Attended the Talent Academy in my first year which led to being fast-tracked to an assessment centre. After a successful assessment centre I had to attend a senior interview on a different occasion, which led to an offer.

Interview Question – 3 worst attributes you have.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I had a different offer, which I preferred.

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Associate Consultant Interview

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I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details I started my application online by completing a standard application form with all my education and work experience details. This was followed by a long personality questionnaire, I think there were over 100 options to go through and chose which option sounded most like you or least like you. At this stage I was also asked to complete a numerical test and logical reasoning test. Having done A-Level Maths I found the numerical test fine, and the logical reasoning was mainly sequences of patterns. I received immediate feedback on my performance which was really useful.

The next stage was a phone interview which lasted about 40 mins and covered general HR questions, nothing surprised me or tricked me but you do need to be up to scratch with your business and UK news.

I really enjoyed the half day assessment centre which repeated the logical and numerical tests, included a group discussion exercise involving a little bit of maths, good time keeping and general communication. The final part was a written exercise which involved reading quite a large pack, and then summarising the content and giving recommendations to a client on their potential choices.

Finally my face to face interview was about 45 minutes and was quite relaxed and informal. Generally I think it was just to test out that if they put me in front of a client I would give out the right impression.

Interview Question – I have to say the question I found most difficult to answer was "how would you describe consulting?" It's really difficult to put into a succinct sentence as it involves so much!   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was very happy with my offer so I did not attempt to negotiate.

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Manager Interview

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details 3 interviews - 1 HR, 1 line manager , 1 Partners

Interview Question – whats brand are you most like?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – short

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Assurance Summer Internship Interview

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Interview Details Telephone interview questions:
 What does PwC do?
What are the different business streams and why did you apply to Assurance and not elsewhere?
Tell me something interesting that has happened recently in the finance world?
Tell me about a time when you had to do something unethical?
Tell me about a time when you had to work with someone with a different working style?

Interview Question – Fairly straightforward - you can find lots of stuff on their website that will help you significantly!   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Better offer elsewhere

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PwC Talent Academy Intern Interview

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London, England

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2012.

Interview Details There was a 3-step selection process. First you need to fill out the application form with your contact details and information about your education and employment history. No need to attach a CV or Cover letter, no competency questions on the form. Then you are invited to take online tests: numerical and logical reasoning, psychometric questionnaire. Upon completion every candidate can download a feedback sheet, which indicates how you fare against the competition and grades your performance as either below average, average or above average. The final stage is a telephone competency interview. I was asked questions based on PwC core competencies, which can be found on their website.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you faced an ethical dilemma   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation

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Associate Interview

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I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in December 2011.

Interview Details Interview was the final stage in the process and conducted by one of the directors in the company. It was the most relaxing and unstructured part of the application process and has covered basic competencies of PwC and how they apply to me and then went on and talked about my motivation for joining the company and the expectations I might have. A very pleasant conversation.

Interview Question – Why London out of all the possible places?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no option to negotiate as it was a part of graduate scheme.

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