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Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Semester of Discovery Internship Interview

Semester of Discovery Internship
Chicago, IL

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

Interview Details – A recruiter emailed me to apply for the program and about five days later she called me inviting me to an office visit. The night before my interviews I had a dinner with employees where they answered all of our questions about the program and gave us insight into working for PwC. The next day I had an interview with two HR managers. They were very relaxed and the interview was very conversational. Since I am a freshmen this was my first time interviewing for an accounting firm, but I was very comfortable throughout the interview. Two days later I received a call for and offer. Overall I was extremely impressed with the whole interview process but disappointed with a requirement I was told after I accepted the offer, in which they wanted me to graduate in 4 years with 150 hours or else my offer would be deferred.

Interview Question – What do you expect out of you accounting career?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Chicago, IL

The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at PwC in December 2011.

Interview Details – I applied through my university's career center. I received a call a couple weeks later asking when I would be available to come in for 3 one-on-one interviews (Tax Director, Tax Manager, HR Director). Once I arrived at the office, I noticed how friendly everyone was (including receptionist, HR employee who contacted me, other employees).

The interviews consisted of questions about my background and experience (teamwork experiences, how do you deal with stress, a time when someone in your group disagreed with you, etc.). The questions were pretty basic interview questions; no surprises. I was contacted a week later with an offer.

Interview Question – How do you deal with stress?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate, nor would I have wanted to since the pay was very fair.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Advisory Associate Interview

Advisory Associate
Chicago, IL

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in September 2011.

Interview Details – Everyone was very friendly, and helpful along the process. One of my favorite companies I've interviewed with.

Interview Question – Why technology consulting?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Consultant Interview

Associate Consultant
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at PwC in October 2011.

Interview Details – The hiring and interview process is fair and transparent and we were interviewed on campus after the first round there was an interview with the panel and the hiring decisions were announced in few days.

Interview Question – Case Study question from sample case studies given on consulting company's website   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was satisfied with the offer of the company and didnt feel any need to negotiate.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Risk Assurance Associate Interview

Risk Assurance Associate
Chicago, IL

The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in August 2011.

Interview Details – I found this interview not as hard as I thought it would be. My phone interview was with a director and it was quite technical (maybe because of my previous internal audit experience). I was invited to come into the office and meet with the partner, director, and an HR representative. It was a pleasant experience. The partner seemed very nice and allowed me enough time to explain my experiences. The director was very courteous and we had a great chat. The meeting with the HR rep was for them to determine if Assurance and PwC is really for me or not. That meeting went very well.

Interview Question – Why Risk Assurance?   View Answer


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Banking Capital Markets Operations Advisory Senior Associate Interview

Banking Capital Markets Operations Advisory Senior Associate
Chicago, IL

The process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in June 2011.

Interview Details – I had a phone interview after three weeks waiting on getting one, phone interview was completely about description of the job and also in my opinion getting a feel for the potential employee on how you interact with strangers over the phone. Then on to the face to face, very conversational during the one on one. It was about a four and half hour one on one with four different individuals.

Interview Question – what are you looking to archive or derive from the job.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The negotiation was not really a negotiation. Take it or leave it.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
Chicago, IL

The process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in June 2011.

Interview Details – I was contacted through an organization at my college informed us that PwC was looking for new associates. I applied and was contacted through HR for a phone interview with a Senior Associate. The phone interview was you basic behavioral asked questions about my background and what I did in college. After that it took 3 weeks to hear back and informed my that I would be brought to the office for final rounds. For the final interviews all were behavioral except one dealt with small cases. had 6 total interviews, which is out of the norm. I think typically it will be 4-5, but I was only able to meet with the partner for 10 mins because he had an important meeting he had to go to. Everyone in the group was nice. One thing I must say is HR seemed a little out of the loop. Seemed they were always behind on what the practice group wanted them to do.

Interview Question – Why consulting?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Associate Advisory Interview

Associate Advisory
Chicago, IL

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

Interview Details – I applied online for the position and received a call within a few days requesting a time for a phone interview with a recruiter. The interview with the recruiter was basically general information about my resume and my experience within my role. It lasted about 20 minutes.

Within a week I was contacted again to schedule a phone interview with a manager on the team. The manager asked me several questions related to my experience, skills and tools I've used. He was very nice. Interview lasted about 30 minutes.

After a few days I was contacted to schedule another 30 minute phone interview with the Director of the team. I believe normally canadiates only have 1 phone interview with a Director but for some reason I had both manager and Director. Director asked very similar questions to managerand was also nice.

A week later I was asked to come into the office for an in person interview. I was a local canadiate so I did not need travel arrangements but they did offer to pay for air and hotel. When I arrived I was greeted by a host who took me to all 4 of my 30 minute interviews (1 partner, 1 manager, 2 directors). All of the interviews went very well with all questions around my experience and how I would handle certain situations.

Interview Question – Why consulting?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate my offer, it was lower than expected.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Tax Intern Interview

Tax Intern
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.

Interview Details – Pretty typical. Two 30 minutes interviews followed by an office visit.

Interview Question – Why PwC?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Didn't even try to negotiate. I would recommend taking your time to evaluate the offer and make the proper decision.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Team Assistant Interview

Team Assistant
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at PwC in December 2010.

Interview Details – I completed the application for PwC a few weeks before thanksgiving through Careerbuilder. About 2 weeks later I was contacted by a recruiter for a phone interview. Everything went well, the questions were basic and the recruiter was extremely pleasant. A few weeks later, I received a follow up call about a face to face interview with the hiring manager and a peer, Surprisingly, I received an on the spot interview with another PwC member (good sign). About 3 days later I received a call and an offer, which I gladly accepted.

Interview Question – why do you want to work @ PwC?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. I was offered great compensation for my experience, job role and skills.

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