PwC Advisory Associate Interview Questions

Updated Mar 27, 2015
Updated Mar 27, 2015
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I got the interview from campus hiring program. There are two processes. One phone interview and then onsite interview. The phone interview is not hard, basic screening questions. Got the onsite interview invitation but declined.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The first round interview was fairly typical. They asked me about my background and internships and a couple behavioral questions ("Why consulting/PwC?", "Tell me about a time when...").

    They informed me a couple days later that I got a final round interview. 48 hours before it, they sent me a case study that I had to familiarize myself with. It was a few pages long, and decently complicated. When I arrived at the PwC office, they gave me and the other candidates an hour to create hard copy powerpoint slides based on questions they had on our cases. We then had three interviews in a row, each lasting half an hour. Two were behavioral interviews (they asked me about my traveling experiences, general resume questions, and again a lot of "tell me about a time when..." questions, but nothing too unexpected), and the third was the case. I had to present my presentation to the interviewer as if he was the client, which was the most nerve wracking of the three.

    They called me later that day with a verbal offer!

    Interview Questions
    • The case was the most difficult part. Make sure you have good presentation skills.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I wasn't able to negotiate. It's a national position, so negotiating would be a little more difficult.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Consisted of three interviews: two behavioral and one case interview. Behavioral interviews were targeting four of the five company employee characteristics including a global perspective, technical acumen, etc. The case interview was given 48 hours in advance to allow preparation. Final questions given at the start of the interview and allowed 45 minutes to prepare a slide show presentation (written out by hand on paper slides) making a recommendation and present to interviewee posing as the client.

    Interview Questions
    • Case interview was the most challenging and nerve wracking, but it is used to show your train of thought and critical thinking skills rather than a right or wrong answer.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Experienced Associate - Advisory Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    The process was very well scheduled and executed. I had 3 phone interviews including one with the HR. They were all behavioral in nature. The case study for the case interview was provided 2 days before the interview that provided sufficient time to study the case. The final interview was face to face at their office. All the interviewers were very polite and helpful. My advice for any applicant would be to stay calm and relaxed and answer all the questions honestly. If you don't know about anything they are talking about just say so.

    Interview Questions
    • Is there any industry that is facing extinction due to advances in technology?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average 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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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    There will be three interviews in a row, but none of them are exceptionally harsh. Mine took me about two hour. Case study throw people off their feet. It's might be easy for those who have previous relative experience. The interview schedule was uneasy for full credit student, especially if you have to fly over in a weekday.

    No Offer
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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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    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at PwC in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    The position was a non-visit campus hire, so it was posted on the university's job board for enrolled students. I applied through the link and received a notice about two weeks later for a phone interview with a manager in the team that I was applying to. The phone interview itself was relatively casual, focusing more on why I was interested in consulting in general and PwC in particular, than on technical/risk management aspects of security. The interviewing manager spent quite a bit of time talking about his background and prior experience, and asked a couple of questions to gauge my security knowledge and willingness to travel. About a week later, I received a notice to attend final round interviews at PwC headquarters in my city; prior to the interview, I received a business case to read. I was allowed to bring notes that I had prepared to the interview, but not any actual slides. The final round interview day saw a pretty large number of candidates show up; we were herded into a conference room and given some blank slide sheets, pencils, and a sheet with the actual questions for the business case. We were given something like 45 minutes or an hour, roughly, to prepare a client presentation for a fictitious company, focusing on addressing technical and business risk for a new application roll-out. After completing our presentations, our designated tour guides showed up to take us to our interviews. There were three interviews on the agenda: a technical and skills interview, the business case presentation, and an interview to assess personality and ability to build relationships. The technical/skills interview was with a director, and focused on security concepts, recent security news, and my general technical background. I got the impression that the interviewer wanted to know how adept I was at learning new technologies, and how passionate I was about security. The business case presentation was with a team manager, and went relatively smoothly; as it was my first formal interview in the field, I got a little nervous, but ultimately received positive feedback from the manager on my performance. After my case presentation was over, the manager stepped out of his role and we had a relatively informal chat about his background and why PwC was a great place to work. The personality and relationships interview was with a managing director, and was the most interesting out of the three. It was a relatively informal chat regarding my personal and professional life, how I would deal with client relationships, and how my background and travel experiences had impacted my life and perspective.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you aggressively pursued learning a new technology, outside of the classroom?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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