PwC Senior Associate - Advisory Interview Questions

Updated Mar 24, 2015
Updated Mar 24, 2015
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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Anonymous Employee
Anonymous Employee
Interview Details

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.

Interview Questions
No Offer
Negative Experience

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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    The interview process consists of a series of traditional case interviews, which ranged from easy to difficult. There were both behavioral and technical portions. The interviewers were a series of individuals I had not met before. They included pressure situations, brain teasers and critical thinking.

    I was able to stay focused and calm because I prepared with mock interviews, using a service at wwww.MyNetworkz.com. It was extremely helpful.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my university career center. After the deadline, I received an invitation for the first round interviews, which were on campus. These were two 45 min interviews with a current manager and a Director. In total, the first round interviews were 90 minutes. A week later I received an invitation for the final round interviews, which were at a PwC office. The second round interviews were from 8:15 until 12:30. In total, there were three interviews: first with a senior partner, than with an consultant , and finally a case based interview. They give you the case 48 hours in advance to prepare at home. However, you receive the questions once you are at the office and then you have to prepare slides on paper (4 to 10 slides). The time frame for slides preparation is 45 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about yourself? (i was asked this question from all of them)
      How do you feel traveling 80% of your time at PwC?
      Questions about teaming experiences: tell me a about a time you had a conflict in a team; when someone on your team could not deliver on time; do you work best in a team or individually.

      Be sure to know the PwC professional framework: whole leadership, business acumen, global acumen, relationships, and technological capabilities. (google it, read about it, know it inside out)

      Come up with examples for all of them that relate to your unique personal and professional experiences. All questions were related to this PwC professional framework.
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied on the company website and was contacted by a recruiter in a couple of days time. The first conversation I had was with the recruiter and it was about my goals and aspirations. After that, I was schedule for a phone interview with another Sr. Associate in the practice. That call was 30-45 minutes and was about my experiences, what the position I am interviewing for has to offer and how my experience can be of use for the practice.

    After this call I was schedule for an interview day at one of the PwC offices. There were 3 more candidates for Senior or Experienced Associate position in the same team. The on-site interview was scheduled as four 30 minute interviews with 3 partners and one senior. It was mostly getting to know kind of thing. They are judging you mostly on how personable you are, how well you communicate your ideas and views and past experiences.

    After that, I was told that I will hear about the decision in a week or so.

    I got the offer in a week. Unfortunately, I had to turn down this fantastic opportunity because I had much stronger offers on my table with similar scope in other Big 4 companies. If they were willing to improve on their offer(which they were not), I would have taken it.

    My suggestion would be to make sure you communicate your expectations(in terms of title and compensation) properly.

    Lastly, I read this somewhere and I would like to share it "you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate."

    All the best!

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself in five years?
      How did you learn the technology you are working in?
      How do you implement it(the latest technology) in these scenarios, and why not the legacy ones?
       
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    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at PwC in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    This was for the Senior Associate Intern position within the M&A Advisory group. The first round consisted of 2 1X1 interviews on campus. Both were behavioral. Within four days of the first round, I was invited for the second round of interviews on their Dallas, TX campus. 48 hours prior to the second round(super day), I received a case that I was supposed to solve and present for one of the rounds for the final day interview. On the day of the final round, we were greeted in the morning and given a total of 6 questions and 45 minutes to work on our presentation which we would make to Director within the respective groups that we were interviewing for. Brace yourselves, 45 minutes is very less time if you are not pre-prepared with your analysis. Other than the case presentation, the super day consists of 2 other interviews, mostly situational/behavioral. Overall the entire interview process was very enriching and it seemed like they were looking for the best candidates to place in front of clients. After the interviews they mostly seem to have quick deliberation and turn arounds. My final round was on a Friday and I received the phone call with an offer on Monday morning.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It is a standard offer for Management Consulting interns across US. No negotiation necessary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    5 Interview, telephonic and on site interview. Onsite interview was in detail to understand previous work experience and academic projects, business acumen and technology acumen. One of the interview was very easy without any formal question. It was just a conversation.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Salary negotiated.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and was quickly contacted by HR. After passing through the HR round (via phone) and a hiring manager round (via phone b/c she was located in a different city), I waited for a while. Finally, I heard from HR that I would be flown in for a final round of interviews. No explanation was given for why the interview would be done outside of the city I lived in and for which there were hiring.

    The position proved to not be a fit for either side. The interviewers were pleasant with the exception of the partner, who was probably the worst person with whom I've ever interacted professionally. This may have been his attempt at a "stress test" but I think it was predominantly just an arrogant personality. I asked what I considered to be thoughtful, informed questions but he was unable to answer them with any clarity or coherence.

    Interview Questions
    • Partner was deliberately rude. I was unsure if he was trying to test me or was simply exceedingly arrogant.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    -1st interview: One hour telephone interview (Behavioral)
    -2nd interview: A half day interview at one of their offices. This step entails both behavioral questions and case interviews. In fact, I was asked to build a PowerPoint slide and present it to one of the directors.
    Overall, every one was very nice and receptive.

    Interview Questions
    • Did not expect the PowerPoint presentation would be that scrutinized.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    first round HR, second round meet with partner, MD and directors (about 4 ppl in total). After 1 to 2 weeks, you will hear from them and you can choose which month you would like to join if you are experienced hire.

    Interview Questions
    • Why the bank choose to merge instead of opening another branch in that state?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    The position was for M&A advisory. First round was on Campus, mostly behavioral.

    (1) Tell me a time when you had to take decision in a quick time frame
    (2) Most satisfying project at work

    Final round was at their Chicago office. The case was sent 48 hours earlier. We were all huddled in to a room and asked to prepare presentations on hard copy paper slides based on a set of questions about the case they gave at that time.

    After that there were 3 rounds of interview. 2 behavioral and 1 for the case presentation.

    Interview Questions
    • Did not have any surprise questions. It was the usual beaten to death behavioral type of questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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