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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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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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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.

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  • 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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Anonymous Employee
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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Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in February 2013.

Interview Details 2 rounds: 1st round is mostly behavioral, with 1-2 interviewers and focuses on "what you bring on the table". They pay attention to the behavioral part and your stories, rather than technical skills and cases. People who are personable and demonstrate they are good fit will advance to 2nd round

2nd round is 3 interviewers (1 behavioral - 1 case - 1 "fit"). Case is sent in advance to candidates to prepare, and case questions are given on interview day. If 1st round was on-campus, then 2nd round is mostly held at a main PwC office. Case is hard and industry-agnostic. Interviewers are Directors, MDs, and Partners.

Interview Question – Cannot determine most difficult question - the case was challenging and demanded end-to-end approach, had to deliver solution in no more than 20 mins   Answer Question

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Senior Associate - Advisory
San Francisco, CA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details Was introduced to Capital Projects by a partner. From there, the process was pretty rigorous. Be prepared for no less than 4 interviews. I had 6 in total, from HR Manager through Principal. Interviews were great and team seems strong. Biggest concern was HR switched managers during final hiring so salary negotiations became a bit more difficult. In the end got a solid offer though.

Interview Question – How much do you currently make? Don't believe what you read on the internet! It was a relief stating my salary. Why would I want to go through a 4 month hiring process only to find out that the expectations were way off?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The compensation is good to start: 3 weeks off, shut down during Christmas. Tough to change. I did ask for a sign-on bonus though and got it.

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Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.

Interview Details 3 Month process. Interview was a bit difficult. 1)Phone call verification 2)Phone Interview with PwC manager 3) Again another Phone Interview with another manager 4) Direct office inperson interview with 2 managers, 1 Director and with 1 Partner 5) Final phone interview with another Partner. After the final phone interview they extended the offer with market rate salary.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. All questions related to the previous work stream   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No place for negotiation. they offer the market rate and accepted it.

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Advisory Senior Associate
Dallas, TX (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details Went through the On Campus Recruiting process and was selected for the 1st round. This round consists of two one on one fit interviews on campus. The interviews were very straight forward. Be prepared to talk about your experiences in detail. One of the interviewers was part of a recent acquisition. He did not seem to be happy about the new culture. So he had a couple of questions on dealing with new culture, acquisitions etc. Mostly usual questions - Why consulting, Why PwC etc.

Interview Question – One question that I struggled with was - "Tell me three good reasons why I should not hire you. And don't try to give me weaknesses that can be turned into strengths".   Answer Question

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