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Updated Aug 14, 2014

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Audit and Assurance Interview

Audit and Assurance
Kiev (Ukraine)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in August 2014.

Interview Details – Applied to Kiev Office, Ukraine. The entire hiring process took up more than 1 month. Applied via PwC web-site to a different internship position (IT risk assurance), took online logical test and numerical reasoning test. On receiving no reply within 2 weeks, I called them and was told to wait as it usually takes the company up to 3 weeks to review your resume. In 2 more weeks, called them again to find out the status of my resume. They said that this posiion required programming experience which I didn't have, so they offered me to forward my resume to Audit Intern position. In less than 1 week I received an email asking to book an interview with HR.
At the interview, I was given an English test, which was OK (kinda like TOEFL but with Grammar sections) with 60 questions and 50 minutes for it. It surprised me though, as I hadn't been told that I woud take a test.
After that I had an hour-long interview with HR. I did an exchange program in the US in HIGH SCHOOL, so she kept questioning me about it for about half an hour. It was 5 years ago! The questions were rather general, I guess she was just curious or was trying to figure out what kind of person I am. She asked me about my host family, how many friends did I make (do you normally count the number of your friends?), how many subjects I had and what they were, whether I liked going to church etc. I wouldn't expect this information to be necessary for Audit Department, it was rather strange.
And then she kept attacking me with questions like: why I chose my major to be economics, how do I assess my knowledge in accounting, why I want to pursue a career in auditing, why PwC etc. Each and every question was an attack, she would take my words and turn them around to make me uncomfortable. I guess it was her technique to see me in a stressful situation. Like I said that in spite of auditing being a very time-consuming career during the business season, I want to work there bc I enjoy both working with numbers and communicating with people, I find travelling interesting even if it is a small town, and I just generally see it as a challenge, and I like challenges, easy work gets boring etc. And she said that I can name you a thousand jobs that would reqire you to work with numbers and still be a challenge, but would be less time-consuming, why auditing?
She also asked me where else I applied and what my results were; give example of bad teamwork etc.
I felt uncomfortable during the interview. I haven't heard from them yet as it was only yesterday. The good thing is that I don't really case much about working there anymore as I got another job offer :)

Interview Question – Why didn't you like going to church as an exchange student in the US?   View Answer


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Average Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in February 2014.

Interview Details – Started with an aptitude test followed by personal interview rounds- Technical and Partner round.
Interviewers make you feel totally relaxed by asking you basic questions, before they start the actual interview. The partner round was a great experience, just a regular conversation on a range of topics, there are no 'right' answers, just your overall personality and if you fit in their scheme of things.
Interview invite at very short notice, less than 24 hours.

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Tax Interview

Tax
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Interview Details – Initial interview on campus. Half hour interview with a manager Was invited for 2nd interview/office visit several weeks later. This consisted of 5-7 one on one interviews. Interviews were with people from all different levels of the firm...1st year staff all the way to a partner. Firm did a great job of letting you meet wide variety of staff.

Interview Question – What makes you want to work at PwC?   Answer Question


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Very Easy Interview

Tax Interview

Tax
Florham Park, NJ

I applied through college or university and interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details – I applied to intern position via campus hiring online then received a phone call inviting the super day event. I was with candidates at superday and interviewed with 3 different managers.

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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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


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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Proposal Writer Interview

Proposal Writer

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in August 2014.

Interview Details – I applied on line and got a phone interview followed by video interview. Two people interviewed me virtually via a webcam -- a first for me. One asked technical questions about writing process and the other more general questions about working as part of a virtual team and doing marketing writing

Interview Question – What is your writing style? and How do you keep your sanity when you have a lot of deadlines?   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
Zwolle, Overijssel (Netherlands)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in December 2012.

Interview Details – Telephone interview, tests, more tests, face to face interview, rejection, difficult question and trust issues. People claim that you are wrong when you are right. It is a horrible company and all they do is to flame you and make you feel bad. Do not go there.

Interview Question – Do I have to trust someone on his blue eyes?   View Answer


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Positive Experience

Average Interview

Risk Assurance Associate Interview

Risk Assurance Associate

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in July 2014.

Interview Details – I applied for this positing early in June and had one of the best recruitment experiences. I submitted the online application and successfully passed the online tests. Soon after I received an email inviting me to a telephone interview. Additionally I received a call from the HR department asking me how I was preparing for the interview and offered to answer all my questions regarding the upcoming phone interview. I thought this was a very nice gesture and one that you rarely meet at a such an early stage in a recruitment process. Anyhow, the HR person suggested I read everything that is on the website and make sure I understood the new recruitment guidelines that had been updated this summer. The crucial thing for the telephone interview is to have answers prepared for all the competency based questions you can think of. There is a pdf on the PwC website that more or less has all the questions I was asked, such as: tell me about a time when you received feedback and what did you learn from this; tell me about a company that is currently doing well; what do you do to keep yourself updated with the financial news etc. This interview was one hour long and the lady was very nice. She was happy to repeat the questions if needed.

One week later I received the confirmation that I passed this stage of the interview and that I now had to book a slot for the Assessment Centre. Baring in mind that I had never been to an AC I was very nervous. I only had a week to prepare though. The HR department called me again to make sure I was happy with the AC and offered to explain what happens on the day. It was pretty straight forward. You have to resit the psychometric tests, you have to write a report and take part in a group exercise. There is nothing too complicated. Make sure you are being nice from the first moment you enter the room. They analyze absolutely every aspect of your behavior.

I was told that the report is the most time pressured test of the day, however I found it pretty easy and even finished 5 min earlier. You are given a booklet with information and asked to hand write a report in no more than two pages. Make sure you go through all the information, structure it very well and do not forget to write your recommendation.

The psychometric tests were harder than I thought. I had previously bought a package to practice as many as possible and this is what I suggest you do as well if you think you need a little bit more practice.

For the group exercise you are presented with a situation and each of the group members is given a separate brief to put forward in the discussion. During this conversation you are given 45 minutes to come to a conclusion. Make sure you speak, interact with the other group members, be polite and listen to what they have to say. I thought I didn't speak enough, however the feedback I received on this task was very good. Think outside the box and try to come up with one thing that nobody else thought about until that point in the discussion.

Good luck!

Interview Question – If you were to work in this position, who would be your ideal client?   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Finance Analyst Interview

Finance Analyst

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in June 2014.

Interview Details – I submitted my resume through PWC's online platform for a job listing and was contacted 3 months later (there was a lull in the hiring for this position). The first phone screening with the recruiter was the typical 30 minute interview about what you're seeking, your background, etc. After that, the next round was an in person interview with multiple team members. Since this position was for the core services group, there is no mathematical assessment or skills test or group interview which was definitely a plus. The 1 on 1 interviews with the team members went well, and they asked standard questions relating to previous experience. Not many behavioral based questions, all straight forward. We kept the conversation flowing and I received positive feedback during that time. The only thing that I disliked was that they rejected me based on 2 reasons, 1 of which was invalid, saying that I seemed adamant about doing something which is normally beneath what I was performing at my previous job. I assured them during the interview that that was the direction I wanted to take and was in fact what I was seeking so I disliked that they blamed it on that.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Forensics Interview

Forensics
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in March 2014.

Interview Details – They scheduled a phone interview with one of their current employees who was currently out on the field. it was not a very long interview, about thirty minutes tops. The whole process was a screening before they decided to take the interview process into their office. Therefore, it was much more casual than I had expected.

Interview Question – What do you do for fun?   Answer Question

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