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PwC Senior Associate - Advisory Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Senior Associate - Advisory
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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Senior Associate - Advisory
City of London, England

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in May 2012.

Interview Details I got in through employee referral and was called in for 2 interviews i.e.:

- First, with a senior manager. I strongly recommend future candidates to familiarise themselves with PWC's global core competencies!

- Second, with a partner focusing on soft skills.

Interview Question – Provide us with an example where you found a better, more efficient and novel way of doing things - rather than approaching using a conventional/ traditional method   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?


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Senior Associate - Advisory
London, England

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at PwC in January 2010.

Interview Details It is a one day assessment centre - verbal/numerical test + consulting report exercise

break for lunch

3 interviews with different levels including SM, AD and partner

whole process was extremely professional, very friendly people except for the partner who was very mean and very disparaging. I wanted to cry on the spot cos I had pretty much given up and he was throwing all kinds of weird questions and frowning at me. on hindsight it may have been just to test me to see how i deal under pressure (clearly not well but luckily it didn't show) cos he was nice in the emails thereafter.

Interviews were EXTREMELY technical and specific to the job. plenty of examples were necessary.

Interview Questions

  • tell me about a time u received bad feedback from your manager   Answer Question
  • tell me about a time you were asked to do something inappropriate   Answer Question
  • tell me what are the specific skill sets you gained from this engagement (proceeds to disect all the various engagements you listed in the resume)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate but I think I was still stupid to accept. I read elsewhere people are getting MUCH higher than me.

Advice: do ur research fully on what salary is "market rate" at least


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Senior Associate - Advisory
Atlanta, GA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at PwC in January 2012.

Interview Details Interview Process is ok. Not really tiresome. First HR will call to know you current job status, interest level and so on. Then there will be a telephonic interview. Then face to face interview with 4 or more ppl for 4 hrs. Process can be longer anything from 4 weeks - 8 weeks. Sometime they will not let you know abt ur result for 4 weeks. Depends on demand for resource.

Interview Question – Standard industry question.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


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Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in January 2013.

Interview Details on campus recruitment, so first networking with alumni, and then resume screen, first round interview was on campus and second round was at home office, including case presentation and behavioral questions

Interview Question – Why you?   Answer Question


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Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY (US)

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at PwC in March 2011.

Interview Details Two phone interviews, one full day of round-robin

Interview Question – Standard interview questions for management consulting, but no case study questions for experienced hires   Answer Question


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Senior Associate - Advisory
Bangkok (Thailand)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in March 2014.

Interview Details 1 Phone Interview, 1 face-to-face interview for the whole afternoon, and personality test

The face-to-face includes
1. PWC HR
2. English Writing, Grammar Test
3. Case Study
4. Director Interview
5. PWC Advisory HR Interview

A lot but worth it, enjoy the process

Interview Question – explain what you have learned for the whole degree in 3 minutes seems to be tough for me   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Phone calls and email, they gave the first offer and adjusted twice but with the same position but different rank


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Senior Associate - Advisory
Chicago, IL (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details Two rounds; one case one behavioural

Interview Question – How can a international beverage company cut costs?   Answer Question


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Senior Associate - Advisory
McLean, VA (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC in October 2011.

Interview Details Best way to get in is get referred for a specific position. Do not ask a friend to generally refer you. Nothing will come of it. You need to research and know what position you should apply for. There will be multiple interviews on the phone before an on-site interview. Usually openings are for specific needs so tailor your resume and answers to the job description if you want the job. There are very few generalist openings.

Interview Question – I've never seen anything too crazy asked, but PwC is in a very entrepreneurial state for a big company in advisory right now. If you can't understand that work isn't just dropped in front of you to do and that you have to do things to grow the business and client footprints than it probably isn't a good fit for you.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, but if you do negotiate it is directly with the partner you will be working for.


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Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through college or university and interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details The PwC hiring and interview process was the most positive of all companies in the MBA campus recruiting program for me. The recruiting managers, junior and senior staff (including directors and partners) were all very friendly and helpful throughout the networking and interview events. The written case interview in the final round was also much more realistic than those at other firms.

Interview Question – PwC Advisory has many groups/teams that specialize in various industries and functions. One important question to be able to answer is, "Why this group over other groups?". As I could have fit into more than one group based on my background, it was difficult to explain why I wanted to join one over the other.   Answer Question

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