PwC Interview Questions in Chicago, IL

Updated Mar 11, 2015
Updated Mar 11, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    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
  2.  

    Semester of Discovery Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Transaction Services Valuation Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    Absolutely no room for negotiation at this level at the Big 4.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Banking Capital Markets Operations Advisory Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Tax Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with HR rep. Person to person interview with an associate as a host. Met with a senior manager, director and partner as well as HR rep. More behavioral based, talked about why I wanted to work there, past experiences

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They are competitive in the market, if you expect them to pay a premium for your services you better be bringing something to the table
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Associate Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was not able to negotiate my offer, it was lower than expected.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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