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Updated 22 Feb 2015
Updated 22 Feb 2015
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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of London, England
Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of London, England
Application Details

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
  • 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?
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my university career center. After the deadline, I received an invitation for the first round interviews, which were on campus. These were two 45 min interviews with a current manager and a Director. In total, the first round interviews were 90 minutes. A week later I received an invitation for the final round interviews, which were at a PwC office. The second round interviews were from 8:15 until 12:30. In total, there were three interviews: first with a senior partner, than with an consultant , and finally a case based interview. They give you the case 48 hours in advance to prepare at home. However, you receive the questions once you are at the office and then you have to prepare slides on paper (4 to 10 slides). The time frame for slides preparation is 45 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about yourself? (i was asked this question from all of them)
      How do you feel traveling 80% of your time at PwC?
      Questions about teaming experiences: tell me a about a time you had a conflict in a team; when someone on your team could not deliver on time; do you work best in a team or individually.

      Be sure to know the PwC professional framework: whole leadership, business acumen, global acumen, relationships, and technological capabilities. (google it, read about it, know it inside out)

      Come up with examples for all of them that relate to your unique personal and professional experiences. All questions were related to this PwC professional framework.
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    After completing the online application, a member of the talent acquisition team contacted me with preliminary questions (i.e. provide an overview of your resume, strengths/weaknesses). After one week, I was notified that I would be interviewing with two directors and had to present a case study (approx. 10 minutes in length) provided 24 hours prior to the interview which was related to the job. The interview itself included a mix of behavioural questions and a general conversation to determine fit. It was a relaxed interview style - they were interested in truly getting to know you, how you prefer to work and whether you are a good fit for the team and PwC.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    5 Interview, telephonic and on site interview. Onsite interview was in detail to understand previous work experience and academic projects, business acumen and technology acumen. One of the interview was very easy without any formal question. It was just a conversation.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Salary negotiated.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and was quickly contacted by HR. After passing through the HR round (via phone) and a hiring manager round (via phone b/c she was located in a different city), I waited for a while. Finally, I heard from HR that I would be flown in for a final round of interviews. No explanation was given for why the interview would be done outside of the city I lived in and for which there were hiring.

    The position proved to not be a fit for either side. The interviewers were pleasant with the exception of the partner, who was probably the worst person with whom I've ever interacted professionally. This may have been his attempt at a "stress test" but I think it was predominantly just an arrogant personality. I asked what I considered to be thoughtful, informed questions but he was unable to answer them with any clarity or coherence.

    Interview Questions
    • Partner was deliberately rude. I was unsure if he was trying to test me or was simply exceedingly arrogant.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    -1st interview: One hour telephone interview (Behavioral)
    -2nd interview: A half day interview at one of their offices. This step entails both behavioral questions and case interviews. In fact, I was asked to build a PowerPoint slide and present it to one of the directors.
    Overall, every one was very nice and receptive.

    Interview Questions
    • Did not expect the PowerPoint presentation would be that scrutinized.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    first round HR, second round meet with partner, MD and directors (about 4 ppl in total). After 1 to 2 weeks, you will hear from them and you can choose which month you would like to join if you are experienced hire.

    Interview Questions
    • Why the bank choose to merge instead of opening another branch in that state?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    The position was for M&A advisory. First round was on Campus, mostly behavioral.

    (1) Tell me a time when you had to take decision in a quick time frame
    (2) Most satisfying project at work

    Final round was at their Chicago office. The case was sent 48 hours earlier. We were all huddled in to a room and asked to prepare presentations on hard copy paper slides based on a set of questions about the case they gave at that time.

    After that there were 3 rounds of interview. 2 behavioral and 1 for the case presentation.

    Interview Questions
    • Did not have any surprise questions. It was the usual beaten to death behavioral type of questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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