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Updated Feb 8, 2014
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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details – Office where there were alumni from my university where much more receptive to me, and vice versa. If you're not from one of their "core" schools then you can forget it.

Interview Question – The interviewer asked many questions about my resume, but the most unexpected was just about me. He asked, "what do you like to do?" which is a very simple question but it caught me off guard. I would just try to be personal and not so serious and rigid.   Answer Question

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

Interview Details – First went through on campus recruiting. Met with a manager from PWC and was very conversational interview. Asked about teamwork examples (bad team players, how you handled situation, etc). Received a call for a second round interview about 4-5 days afterwards. The super day kept being pushed back because they wanted all the candidates to be in the office at the same time. Was pushed back about 3 weeks to late November.
Superday started with breakfast, a HR manager presentation and then a panel with 2 young associates. Make sure to ask a question ( I asked about opportunities for international travel). Next I had 3 consecutive interviews starting with the manager, then director and lastly managing director. The manager asked the most technical questions ( Why Pwc, why tax, how do you manage time, work late + manage course load, team work, etc). The director was very laid-back and talked about the social aspect, sports teams that PWC can offer. Maybe asked 1 question off my resume regarding previous internship. Lastly was the managing director. Asked several questions about why accounting, why my school and why tax. Make sure to speak about at least one relevant accounting issue related to your position with the partner. This will set you apart from other candidates and the partners will love it that you did some outside research. Overall process was simple. Interviewed wendesday and heard back Monday for an offer in NYC office.

Interview Question – Why accounting? Why Tax? Why Pwc? Give examples of how you managed extensive course load/job/ school at once.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2012.

Interview Details – I got in contact with a recruiter. We did a preliminary interview before I interviewed with a partner. Then on the Super Day I interviewed with several partners. The whole interview process was long but very easy going in the beginning. Towards the end the interviews got to be a little more nerve racking.

Interview Question – "Tell me a situation in which you had to..." Scenario questions are the most difficult.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None for the start internship.

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in November 2012.

Interview Details – I was contacted by PwC after I submitted my resume to them at a career fair. At the career fair, I was asked simple questions like "What office will you like to intern in? Will you be able to travel? What are some of your plans after you graduate?" They wrote my answers on the back of my resume, and seemed pleased with the answers as well. Two weeks passed and I was contacted via email for a pre night social dinner and a interview. I attended the social and conversed with interns who are from my school. I also got to see my interviewer. I would suggest connecting with the people at the social. No matter if they are fellow interviewees, past interns, associates, or interviewers. Even making eye contact and passing a smile can go a long way. Just be polite and aware of your manners. Also try to be enjoyable and relatable. No one wants to work with a crab. :) The interview was strictly behavioral and was 40-45 mins. The interviewer really worked with me, and was patient and kind. I asked a lot of questions and was intrigued by his answers and advice. I did not perform perfectly in the interview, but I think he sensed my genuine interest to learn and excel. I was honestly surprised to learn that he passed me on to the my office, which is the NY office! The initial contact after this for the final interview was about 3-4 weeks. They paid for all of the expenses including a really nice hotel, taxi fare, food etc. At the time of my final interview I had finals and projects due for school, so instead of studying and practicing for the interview I studied my school work. Even though I did not practice the typical "when have you ever done this? or what are your future goals?" questions I found that I did not need to. When you go in for your final interview you already meet all of the needed critieria. Now all they want to see if if your personality fits the office and its members. So relax and be your genuine true self. Anyone, especially the interviewers, will be able to see through a fake person. The final interview consisted of three interviews with a manager, director, and partner. All of the interviews was basically conversational and relaxed. No really hard questions. They just asked me about my experience and what was on my resume. So my advice is to know your resume and have stories and examples of the experience you have listed on your resume. Also if you have any other offers or interviews with other companies you can throw that in the interview too ;) this kind of makes you a hot commodity because PwC wants to out compete all other firms with the best of the best people working for them. I would also suggest practicing the basic interview questions and knowing what your future goals are and where you see yourself in the company in the future. But the most important thing is to be yourself and know yourself. If you do this you will ace the interview, and land the job or internship! Good Luck.

Interview Question – How are you improving your writing? (interviewer asked this question because he witnesses a lot of grammatical errors in emails and reports)   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No, this was for an internship so there was no offer extended.

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I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at PwC in December 2012.

Interview Details – It was quite smooth. First round interview was harder than the second.

Interview Question – Tell me three things about yourself that you want me to take away from this interview.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university - interviewed at PwC in June 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process was very smooth had 2 face-to-face interviews that lasted 45 mins then a week later I was called for the office visit in Houston. I interviewed with a senior partner and a senior manager and then went for lunch with associates who explained their experience at the firm.The 1st round of interview was Behavioral questions in STAR format and the office visit was just getting to know me as a person and giving me the opportunity to ask questions about the firm

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I applied online - interviewed at PwC in November 2011.

Interview Details – After the application progress, I receive a call from human resources who ask me to come for an interview at pwc. The interviewer was really nice and friendly. She asks me what do I know about pwc and the reason why I want to join them. It only took about 10 mins

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC in March 2008.

Interview Details – I had a phone interview and was then brought into the office for 3 1:1 interviews. Recruiters and interviewers were friendly.

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Negotiation Details – I was given an offer and accepted. No negotiation was necessary.

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Irvine, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at PwC in October 2011.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview then 3 1 on1 interviews. Staff was pretty friendly and made you feel welcome. Do not get discouraged if you don't get it because internship is generally harder to obtain than a full time position.

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Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation

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I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.

Interview Details – interviewed with 5 people, including 1 partner. Everyone was super nice and really helped me to calm down and feel comfortable. Even though I talked to 5 interviewers and it was pretty intense talking...it was a really casual setting and we had pleasant conversations. Overall a very positive experience.

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