PwC Interview Questions

Updated Jul 23, 2015
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at PwC (New York, NY).

    Interview

    It was really helpful, straighforward and too the point. They ask you questions that they would like to see in individuals they would have to work with. A good thing to think about is the airport test, which is commonly used in these kinds of interviews.

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    Tax Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    Interviewed with two managers and a partner. One behavioral question (standard have to ask all applicants) and just general conversation. One lady legit asked me one question and made me ask her questions the entire time. Like come on lady who's interview is this mine or yours?

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    Senior Analyst (AML) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC (Columbia, SC).

    Interview

    I got a screening call from a PwC about two and a half months ago. The guy asked me about my experience and basically matched up what I told him with my resume and the job posting. A month and a half later I got a call from a PwC recruiter, who introduced himself as "____ from PwC" which isn't exactly true: he's a contract recruiter FOR PwC (more on that down below). Anyway, he called to explain the job and gave me a salary range (after I asked). He said someone from the PwC office would contact me for an interview time and date, and I got an email that afternoon to set up a time and date to come in. The first round consisted of an "intro" presentation by a PwC partner to myself and four other candidates. Then an assistant took each of us to a small office, where PwC staff rotated interviewing us (~30 minutes/interview). I got a call back the next day to come in for the final interview and told me to take two online tests that they emailed me. The final round consisted of me and a few other candidates sitting for a group interview with five PwC staffers and it lasted about an hour. Then they brought in a breakfast to eat and a few of the interviewers left, while a few more came in. The second half of this interview lasted ~45 minutes and was a PwC partner presenting us with a case study and we basically had to treat it like he was the client and we were the consultants, while the rest of the PwC staff in the room observed us. I got a call two days later from the recruiter that initially set up the first interview and he said that they "really wanted" me....and then offered me almost the minimum for the hiring range the recruiter initially told me about. The salary offered is pretty pathetic (considering they are only interviewing experienced people for this job) and though you are free to negotiate, do not expect them to come up more than $1k. The recruiter kept telling me how much they wanted me, though their offer and counter-offer say otherwise. From my own experience with contract recruiters, they get paid based on how many of their leads actually get hired at these firms, so I think he was looking more for a commission rather than what was best for me. They're free to try and get something for nothing, but I'm also free to say "no."

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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    One behavioral interview on campus and three off campus. Make sure to be authentic and vocal. Describe yourself, prepare SWOT analysis on yourself and understand PwC's whole leadership model. This will give you a nice added advantage

    Interview Questions

    • How did you deal with communication gaps and ambiguity in some past project?   Answer Question
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    AML Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, SC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC (Columbia, SC) in June 2015.

    Interview

    First was given a very brief phone interview verifying resume and application information. Was told that the recruiter then had 10 business days to get back to me but he didn't so I followed up and was told I was in a holding process due to number of applicants. I got a call back about a week later with interview offer. They flew me down to Columbia for the first interview and it was a good experience overall. The recruiter gave me lots of helpful information to prepare over the phone before I got there. First there was a 30-45 minute presentation by the Managing Director of the office. Definitely use this time to ask questions and try to stand out. Next I was taken to an office where I stayed while 3 different people came to interview me, each lasting 30-40 minutes. The people will vary for each person, but mine were the recruiter who I had previously spoken with on the phone, an HR person, and the managing director who had given the presentation earlier. Each person has different areas they are focusing their interview on, but they are all looking for critical thinking skills, willingness and aptitude to learn and grow, and ability to adapt to different work settings and projects with teams. I used a lot of real life examples and metaphors to apply my skills to the position. I just graduated with my bachelors so I didn't have much applicable experience but just try to show that you've learned from everything you've done so far and can apply that knowledge practically. A few days later I got a call for the final round interview. This interview is a group setting, but not everyone is interviewing for the same position. First we met with people in the office who would be our coworkers and peers to see if you are a good fit for the office as a person. This was very conversational, they asked fun facts, and didn't get through very many formal questions. Just try to relax and show that you are easy to get along with. Next on the schedule they had a "leadership lunch" which for us was breakfast. They brought food in and then several people came in, including the managing director, to do a role play/case study exercise. It was introduced as us being the team working and the interviewers as clients and we had to work to solve their problem. Make sure you throw some ideas out and participate, whether they are half baked ideas or not. You don't want to be the quiet one. I was told when I left that I would probably hear back by the end of the week. I had some online assessments to take that I did not complete until Friday, so I emailed the contact when I completed them and she said i should hear back early the next week. I still hadn't heard back by Thursday afternoon so I followed up with the recruiter and he then gave me my offer. Don't be afraid to follow up with them but give them a chance to be conversational. I was offered an Advisory Specialist position instead of AML due to my lack of experience, but I am more than happy with it. Salary is great for entry level along with a signing bonus. I don't remember any specific questions to add but just have some answers about your strengths and weaknesses and why you want to work there and definitely some stories of examples of how you handle things at work. There were no off the wall questions and everything was very conversational.

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    • Managing director gave scenarios for me to solve/think through rather than asking direct questions. He focused majorly on critical thinking and analysis.   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Campus interview and then on-site interview. Campus interview was more difficult (tell me about a time when..., etc.). On-site interview was more conversational (tell me about yourself, what do you like to do, etc.) The Campus interview was 1 interview, and on-site was 3 separate interviews packed into one day.

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    • When was a time that you had to be a leader?   1 Answer
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    It was hard bet hard . Interviews was not good. Very tough . It was he difficult interview ever had . Also o don't know what else I can say here

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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at PwC (New York, NY) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewed for a senior associate role on the advisory team, which consisted for 3 rounds. Round 1: Phone screen with HR. They asked 3 basic questions: why do you want to leave, why do you want to work here and walk me through your resume. Round 2: This consisted of a technical phone screen with a manager and was presented hypothetical problems and how I would go about solving them. Round 3: Took place in the NYC office and met with a manager, director and partner. During this 3 hour interview session, I was asked the same questions that I received during rounds 1 and 2. The proceeding business day I got a phone call from my recruiter informing me that an offer was on the way, but it ended up taking two weeks to receive the official offer.

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    IFS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at PwC (Jersey City, NJ).

    Interview

    Phone screening interview, then in person super day with 3 people in that line of service ranging from senior associate to senior manager. I kept in constant contact with the recruiter which made the transition more more smooth. All questions were behavioral. The only thing technical is what I brought up to make myself stand out.

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    • What skills from your past experiences can you utilize at PwC?   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, SC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PwC (Columbia, SC) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Applied for positions on company website. Recruiter emailed to set up a time for a five minute discussion. Didn't hear anything back for a month and a half until I applied for another position. Had a conversation with second recruiter, for maybe 15 minutes, and was invited to an interview for the next week. The interview consisted of a presentation by the director of the center, followed by three thirty minute interviews with an HR associate, manager and senior manager in the areas I was applying for. Very conversational, make sure you know your resume back and forth. Next morning, got a call back for a second interview the following week. The second interview was a group/panel interview -- we had six or seven other people also interviewing for various positions in various departments (i.e. we weren't fighting all for the same job). The first half was meeting with some people who currently work at PwC and asking them questions and they asked us questions. The second half was meeting with all the department heads and the director and discussing, as a group, a simulated issue that the director prepared. Finally, received two tests via email to complete -- logic and English. Not that easy due to time to constraints. Received an offer about a week after the tests were completed/ a week and a half after my last interview.

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