PwC Senior Associate - Advisory Interview Questions

Updated Sep 2, 2014
Updated Sep 2, 2014
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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took 8 weeks - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details

MBA hire. Apply through school career center. First round on campus, Final round on site. Offer extended the day after the final interview.

First round interview includes two back-to-back interviews taking 45 mins each. All behavioral and conversational. Watch out for some situational questions that require thoughtful answers.

Second round interview includes one case interview and two behavioral interviews, all back-to-back.

Interview Questions
  • Some situational questions such as what would you do if you are required to deliver a negative message to client?   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
Standard base and signing for MBAs
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at PwC in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through a referral. I was contacted by HR-initial phone screen, phone interview with a Director level, then in-person interview with 3 personnel (Principal, Managing Director, Manager). Questions were mostly behavioral and technical, I thought I answered them well and showed great enthusiasm and knowledge of the firm and its operations. I asked a lot of thought-provoking questions. During second phone interview, they wanted something more specific and targeted within my background and skill-set as the 2nd interviewer was iffy on proceeding with me or not to the next round. Had great dialogue with the in-person interviewers as well & I was a seasoned consulting former employee at one of their prime competitors. Pretty shocked they decided not to pursue my candidacy.

    Interview Questions
    • Dig deeper into a specific work situation or issue- how would you go about doing that differently? What was the most challenging part of a specific assignment or role?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Two rounds; one case one behavioural

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    The PwC hiring and interview process was the most positive of all companies in the MBA campus recruiting program for me. The recruiting managers, junior and senior staff (including directors and partners) were all very friendly and helpful throughout the networking and interview events. The written case interview in the final round was also much more realistic than those at other firms.

    Interview Questions
    • PwC Advisory has many groups/teams that specialize in various industries and functions. One important question to be able to answer is, "Why this group over other groups?". As I could have fit into more than one group based on my background, it was difficult to explain why I wanted to join one over the other.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 months - interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Was introduced to Capital Projects by a partner. From there, the process was pretty rigorous. Be prepared for no less than 4 interviews. I had 6 in total, from HR Manager through Principal. Interviews were great and team seems strong. Biggest concern was HR switched managers during final hiring so salary negotiations became a bit more difficult. In the end got a solid offer though.

    Interview Questions
    • How much do you currently make? Don't believe what you read on the internet! It was a relief stating my salary. Why would I want to go through a 4 month hiring process only to find out that the expectations were way off?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The compensation is good to start: 3 weeks off, shut down during Christmas. Tough to change. I did ask for a sign-on bonus though and got it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Advisory Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days - interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Went through the On Campus Recruiting process and was selected for the 1st round. This round consists of two one on one fit interviews on campus. The interviews were very straight forward. Be prepared to talk about your experiences in detail. One of the interviewers was part of a recent acquisition. He did not seem to be happy about the new culture. So he had a couple of questions on dealing with new culture, acquisitions etc. Mostly usual questions - Why consulting, Why PwC etc.

    Interview Questions
    • One question that I struggled with was - "Tell me three good reasons why I should not hire you. And don't try to give me weaknesses that can be turned into strengths".   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Numerous on-campus events (about 4) to learn about the firm and network. These are important to attend and indicate your interest.

    First round consisted of two 45 minute "behavioral" interviews, back-to-back. These were more conversational than behavioral, with questions designed to understand your decision-making process. The first round interviews are with the vertical you apply for (Financial Services, Healthcare, and Products & Services Industries), and not necessarily for the competencies and practice group you showed interest in.

    Second and final round is on-site "Super Day", in Chicago/NYC/Boston depending on the practice group you are chosen to interview for. There is a pre-interview reception the evening before where you'll get to meet people in the practice group and possibly the people who will be interviewing you.

    This round consists of a case interview and two behavioral interviews, including one with a partner. The case is sent 48 hours in advance but the problem that you will review is revealed when you arrive at PwC for the last round of interviews. They give you 45 minutes to prepare slides that you will present to a director or manager as they were the client.

    The two behaviorals are more conversational, similar to the first round. I believe PwC is really looking for fit (and if they can stand being stuck somewhere with you), at least with MBA interviewees.

    Interview Questions
    • Random questions like why I chose my school, what my favorite classes were and why. I wasn't expecting questions like that for an mba-level hire.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation for campus hires. They were clear with our campus advisors that they would not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied on PwC website, recruiter contacted a month later. One phone interview with Manager in August first week. Waited for over a month for in-person interview at Chicago ofice. Met 5 people on same day in Chicago office . 2 Partners, 1 Project Manager, 1 Director and 1 Manager. Confirmed selection after 1 week, extended offer 2 weeks there after and accepted during the same week.It was a good experience overall, wait was tough though. Start Date is in second week of November

    Interview Questions
    • I was interviewed as Experienced Hire, lot of questions were on my experience with different technologies, where I want to be in 5 years, Ideal job description, few behavioral questions   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. It is what its is.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    3 Month process. Interview was a bit difficult. 1)Phone call verification 2)Phone Interview with PwC manager 3) Again another Phone Interview with another manager 4) Direct office inperson interview with 2 managers, 1 Director and with 1 Partner 5) Final phone interview with another Partner. After the final phone interview they extended the offer with market rate salary.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected. All questions related to the previous work stream   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No place for negotiation. they offer the market rate and accepted it.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    - Applied through the referaal process
    - Contacted by HR in regards to a phone screen.
    - 1st Interview was a Technical via phone
    - Flew to Dallas, Texas for an interview with the Director, Manager and Partner

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Still in negotiations but seems like all will go well.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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