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Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC in December 2010.
Interview Details – I didn't have a typical recruiting process. A friend of the family forwarded my resume on to the HR department at PWC and I was contacted via email about an initial phone screen. The phone screen took 30-45min with a Director in the Advisory practice. Three days later I received an email asking me to do an office visit in Chicago.
The office visit consisted of two days of activities. The first day/night was a dinner with recent hires as well as seniors in the Advisory practice. The following day was an office welcome, two interviews with a director and then a partner, an office tour and then a question/answer panel. Overall the interview process was fairly easy. They asked basic questions about my resume, class work, group projects etc. It was more of a conversational interview then anything which made the time go by very quickly.
Audit Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 2+ months - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.
Interview Details – My interview process was a little outside the norm. I had established contact with a Director this past spring and I emailed her, emphasizing my interest in the firm. She got me in touch with the HR Director in the Chicago office.
Also, at my college, one of my former professors informed me that I should take part in on-campus interviews with PwC as another way of getting my foot in the door. This interview was primarily behavioral, with a chance to ask questions at the end. About a week later, I received a phone call from the lady I interviewed with on campus and she informed me that they really liked me, I had a great interview, and they wanted to invite me to continue in the process.
The in-office interview was a two-day process. The night before there was a dinner with all the candidates for positions in the firm. Numerous PwC associates were there to answer questions about the firm. The next day I had the office interview. I met with an Audit Manger and a Partner. Had really good conversations with both. Questions posed by them were related to my career aspirations, how I came about becoming interested in PwC, and a time where I was able to successfully use my network in order to achieve a goal.
Overall the interview process was relatively easy if you come in prepared. Know what you want (assurance, advisory, international opps, salary range, why you want to work for PwC), know what you can do (skill sets, previous experiences), and how you can add value (what sets you apart). If you know those things, you're golden.
Interview Question – Describe a time where you used your network to achieve a goal or solve a problem? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – PwC offers tremendous international opportunities (which is one thing I was very interested in), and it's a very prestigious firm, and looks great on the resume, but I turned it down because I was interested in a sooner start date than what they offered. Also, I had a better offer from another firm in Chicago, offering me a higher salary and much sooner start date.
HIA Associate Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.
Interview Details – I found out of this position through a professor who was contacted by a recruiter for possible students that would be interested. I did not go through a phone screening or first-round campus interviews. I was invited to the Chicago office for a two day event which consisted of a dinner with the recruiter and some partners and associates on Day 1 and on Day 2, which started at 8:30am, we had a welcome introduction, 2 back-to-back behavioral interviews lasting about 45 mins each, a panel discussion time for Q&A, and then a lunch which concluded the event at 1pm.
Interview Question – If you were ever placed in a position or task that you felt uncomfortable doing or didn't have enough experience to perform it to expected ability, would would you do? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Salary negotiations for an internship aren't really necessary.
Tax Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.
Interview Details – Started as an on campus interview and was then called in for an on site interview. The people were very friendly and provided lunch. One of the interviews was behavioral and the other was laid back.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you gave someone advice Answer Question
Internship Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC in November 2009.
Interview Details – It was very unfriendly. They did not try to make me feel comfortable and just asked questions off a sheet. They were writing my answers down which made it very awkward and the interview did not flow.
Interview Question – Tell me something you saw on the news that affects you in your chosen field? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I wanted a summer internship, but they offered me a winter internship. I did not want to push my graduation date back so I declined.
Audit Staff Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at PwC in May 2010.
Interview Details – The interview process was very casual. I am part of an Integrated Masters of Accountancy Program where an internship is built into the program. For over a year all members of the program had the opportunity to meet various public accounting firms and at the end of our junior year we interviewed for internship positions for the spring of our senior year. My interview was with a senior manager at PwC. She did not ask many technical questions, but rather it was more about getting to know me as a person and how I would fit into their company culture.
Interview Question – What is a misconception people have about you, and why is it not true? View Answer
Tax Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC in September 2010.
Interview Details – I applied in June and got a call in September for a phone interview. After the phone interview I was invited to the Chicago office and met with a HR manager, Director, and a partner. Each of these individuals had a 30 minute interview with me which were back to back. They were mostly behavioral questions and focused more on team work and leadership. 3 weeks later I got a call with an offer and I accepted.
- Why Tax? Why PwC? Answer Question
- tell me about a time you were involved in a group and had a problem and how did you overcome that problem. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate because I was happy with what I got.
Audit Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in March 2010.
Interview Details – I submitted my resume on the university career website and got an on campus interview. My interviewer was a HR person and the interview was pretty relaxing, with questions like, tell me a little bit about yourself, where do you see yourself in 10 years, why do you think you are the right fit for our firm, how do you divide your time between study and campus activities, etc...no surprises.
After about 2 weeks they contacted me through email for an office visit. The office visit consisted of a lunch with the current employees and other candidates, a manager interview, a HR interview, and a partner interview. It was kind of intense cause it was one right after another with no break. No technical questions...the most technical one I got was, tell me about the financial news you are following lately. Other than that, mostly personality and experience based questions.
Interview Question – tell me about the financial new that you are following lately Answer Question
Manager - Advisory Services Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 5 days - interviewed at PwC in January 2010.
Interview Details – The PWC interview process consisted of 2 phone screens (about an hour each) to understand and validate technology and work experience. I have a full-day interview that consisted of 1:1 interviews with 2 advisory managers and 2 partners. The interviewers asked detailed questions about work experience, and put me in situations and asked me to respond what I would do in those situations. Each session was very interactive where I was able to repond and ask questions as well. I also met with HR who gave me a great overview of the company, and details on the review process at PWC. Overall a pretty smooth interview process.
Interview Question – How would you react to this particular situation (gave me a project engagement scenario). View Answer
Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate the offer.
Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2009.
Interview Details – Met with the firm during a Career Fair at my university to meet with current employees and recruiters. Signed up for an on-campus intervew, which consisted of a 1:1 inteview with a manager, senior manager or partner. Interview was 30-45 minutes and was primarily behavorial questions with some time at the end to ask questions yourself.
After a week or so, I receieved an offer for a second round interview at the office location I had chosen, (Chicago, IL). This process included a pre-night dinner, the night before my intervew in the office, where you met with various levels of employees across all service lines to gain an understanding of the firm. The day of the interview consistes of a office tour and three seperate 1:1 interview. One being with your service line Partner, one with a manager or senior manager, and the last one was a HR representative. Most of these interviews were also Behavioral or Situational questions. With a few questions regarding the current news.
- Your GPA is well above average (3.5+), but why isn't it better? View Answer
- What is an interest new article that you have recently read? View Answer
Negotiation Details – N/a.
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