PwC Interview Questions in Chicago, IL

Updated Apr 14, 2015
Updated Apr 14, 2015
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    FS Advisory Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in March 2012.

    Interview

    I interned in another group, was referred into Advisory, but was not part of inital interviews due to attending a non-target school.

    Was contacted by HR in late February to see if I was still interested. Had an initial screening interview with HR for 30 mins over the phone.

    Emails a few days/week later to set up a phone interview with a partner out of NYC. All behavioral questions.

    Contacted a week or two after to get an invite to come to Chicago to attend an office interview. I believe I was the only candidate coming in, ther was no group or office tour (which was fine since I interned in that office and knew most of the things already).

    2 1:1 interviews with 2 Directors. All Behavioral. Walk me through your resume/Tell me about yourself, why consulting, why PwC, give me a time..., etc.

    Interview Questions

    • None. No technical or out of the ordinary questions asked.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    None. Standard package for all Associates. Pay may change depending on city location due to CoL

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    PwC Assurance Intern Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Two 30 min. on campus interview with an HR manager and a partner. Then went to Chicago office for second (final) round for a pre-night dinner and 3 back to back 30 min. interviews the next day with manager, senior manager and a partner.

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral questions, "What's your leadership style", "From your prior internship experience, which employers did you liked and which ones did you not like"   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in January 2012.

    Interview

    There were two initial phone screening calls and one in person interview with the partners. The Phone screening tested on my technical capabilities and the in person interview was more behavioral

    Interview Questions

    • I wouldn't say there was any unexpected question, there were some case type questions and which needed to be cracked   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate and I would definitely recommend others to negotiate

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    Intern Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in December 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • How do you deal with stress?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

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

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    Semester of Discovery Internship Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in December 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in October 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Case Study question from sample case studies given on consulting company's website   1 Answer

    Negotiation

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

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    Transaction Services Valuation Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Typical process like all Big 4 firms is to attend a ton of on campus events, network with individuals at the firm, and land on interview on campus. After the first round, you're invited to the office interviews for three more interviews with managers, directors, or partners. As with most companies, you need to constantly be aware that you're interviewing, as when I've been in the room for final deliberations on who actually gets the offer, if there are 2-3 individuals that have all proven they are hard-working, intelligent individuals, they will hire whoever was most social during the lunch and between interviews: you must be easy to talk to and show interest in the firm the entire time. Also, NEVER accidentally refer to PwC as any other Big 4 firm (had a guy that kept calling us KPMG...needless to say he did not receive an offer).

    Interview Questions

    • In the valuations group, I never received any difficult technical questions, but you should be prepared to answer the following:
      -Walking through the impact on each of the three financial statements when, for example, increasing depreciation
      -Discuss the three valuation approaches: DCF (Income Approach); Guideline Public Companies or Market Multiples (Market); and Guideline Transactions or Precedent Transactions (Market); may also bring up the Cost Approach.
      -Could be asked something like "How would you value customer relationships" related to a purchase price allocation - understand that income related to an asset being discounted is a pretty safe answer for that kind of question.
       
      Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Absolutely no room for negotiation at this level at the Big 4.

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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in September 2011.

    Interview

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

    Interview Questions

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    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in August 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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    Banking Capital Markets Operations Advisory Senior Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in June 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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

    Negotiation

    The negotiation was not really a negotiation. Take it or leave it.

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