PwC Interview Questions

Updated Apr 22, 2015
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    Tax Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at PwC (Houston, TX) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied through the Campus. There is a initial screening process. The hardest part is getting past that screening because PwC, like the other Big 4, all look for a few things - networking, Beta Alpha Si, or PPA program. If you don't have those 3, you have to be lucky even if you have a 3.9 GPA (which I did). I didn't have any of the three so I fell into the "lucky" category.

    After you get past the initial screening, you have a Pre-Interview Dinner and 1st round interview. The Pre-Interview dinner is a must because you get to meet your interviewer beforehand (mines was a partner) and have some level of mutual understanding before the actual interview.

    The actual 1st round is roughly 30-45 minutes. For my interview, the icebreaker the previous night allowed us to quickly get into the interview. The partner briefly introduced his background and work. After that, we started from the top of the resume, which was my undergrad (I majored in Pre-Law at my undergrad). I basically pointed out that there are two things required to be successful in my undergrad major - research and writing. After that, we moved onto my current job at a local firm. I described the work I did and the partner asked me an example of when I researched the code. I explained how I did it and what I found. He also asked me in detail of what I did at my current firm. After he was satisfied with my resume, we moved onto the behavioral questions.

    The three are A) how would you teach someone (i.e. train) B) how do you learn C) how do you persuade.

    While we're here, I want to make something very clear. From this interview, it's clear that the point of my interview was to specifically seek out certain behaviors or skills. PwC is looking for research skills, writing skills, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. The answers in the interview have to convey those.

    After the 3 questions, I was asked if there were any questions I had, which you of course must ask.

    With that, the interview was done and the partner said that the recruiting team will shortly contact me for the next step (a hint that the interview went very well). All in all, it was a very successful interview because I had a homerun on A) and a solid, satisfactory answer for B) and C). After the interview, I wrote a post-interview thank you letter because it's basic manners and the partner reaffirmed his prior statement that the recruiting team will be in contact shortly.

    So, ok. If the interview went so well why did I not get an offer? Initially, I was allowed into the 2nd round, which is the office visit and presumably the final step. The problem was that none of the office visit dates fit in my schedule (personal reasons and not because those dates conflicted with other office interviews) so I contacted HR, which is responsible for the scheduling. I won't divulge the details, but things went south really fast. From my conversation, I believe that HR is either A) lying in my face or B) actually truthful in which case they have a recruiting issue (since none of the other firms had a problem).

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how you would teach someone   1 Answer
    • Describe how you would learn from someone   1 Answer
    • Describe a time when you had to persuade someone   1 Answer
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    Talk with three persons and one is case interview, the other two are behaviors. People are really nice in PwC and treat you very well. I'm a little bit nervous in my case interview. They give you case 48 hours before your interview and you can prepare for two days. Before the interview, you have about an hour to answer questions and write slides.

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    Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
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    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    information session on campus, apply online, 3 essays required, one of the essays is about "describe a challenge time", campus interview, 1 to 1 interview, senior manager, questions are about your resume, your experience,

    Interview Questions

    • Interview questions are based on your resume, time management skill, communication skill   Answer Question
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    Received a phone call from a recruiter asking me to set up a phone interview. Extremely easy going and nice. Phone interview was mainly behavior questions, not really resume based. Was invited for an in office interview immediately after the phone interview concluded.

    Interview Questions

    • If a coworker spilled confidential information how would you handle it?   Answer Question
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    Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    Interview process consisted of a phone screening then invitation to an on site "super day". This day had 3 different interviews as well as a corporate presentation. Overall, you will interview with typically a manager, managing director, and partner, but it could differ depending on staffing. Really pleasant people-- both the interviewers and your fellow interviewees. Had a great experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a data driven solution you have implemented?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you had a challenge working with someone in a team and how you responded.   Answer Question
    • Why consulting?   Answer Question
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    Had a very unprofessional exchange with the recruiter who contacted me out of the blue, set up and blew off TWO phone screenings with me in a row coming up with a last minute weird excuse at the last moment, and then ultimately, after I reached out to him to follow up, he told me that I was not qualified for the job. It's like OK... Well then why did you reach out to me in the first place??? They seem pretty disorganized and also rude.

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    Tax Summer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    No Offer
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    Interview

    Applied through school website. It was a great interview experience. I went to the super day, able to get a closer look of the company and get a better understanding of company culture. unfortunately did not get an offer, plan to apply for full time again

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    Tax Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Difficult Interview
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    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    The first round of interviews was with one partner and this part was your standard Q&A session. The second round of interviews is difficult because it was a full day at one of their office locations, interviewed with 5-7 different partners and managers. The hard part is staying energetic and engaged. The second round of interviews is where I received behavioral and technical type questions by a few interviewers.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Describe a time when you failed professionally, what did you learn from this?   Answer Question
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    Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Average Interview
    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    I applied online and then was contacted by a recruiter (in a different location, my school did not have a recruiting program). For some reasons, I could not contact the recruiter after the process (invalid email address and non-working phone number) and I just never heard back from her/the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you provide me an example of a time when you receive a developmental feedback and your reaction/response?   1 Answer
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    Risk Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at PwC (Boston, MA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through employee referral. Went into the Boston office for an interview with a partner, manager, and senior associate. The interview experience was about a half day from 9:00 to 2:00. Breakfast and a presentation in the morning, short tour, and then 3 half hour interviews. After that all of the candidates went to lunch with the hosts. Over all not a bad experience. I still haven't received an offer though and my interview was yesterday. So my hope is fading.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your favorite book that you read recentl?
      How do you keep up on current affairs?
      How do you work in teams?
      What was a time when working in a team went poorly?
       
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