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PwC Associate Advisory Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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.

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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through a staffing agency and 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 Question – 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.

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Advisory Senior Associate Interview

Advisory Senior Associate
Dallas, TX

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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

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Technology Consulting Advisory Associate Interview

Technology Consulting Advisory Associate

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

Interview Details – Networked at events that PwC held on campus
Submited my resume and got accepted for a first round on campus interview
The on campus interview was 30mins, and relatively easy. I just went over my resume and what choices I made while in school.

Got an email two days later inviting me to an onsite interview in their NYC office. They put me up in the grand hyatt the night before and I was given a case to research 48 hours in advance. When I arived we were given breakfast and then put in a room with all the other interviewers to prepare slides to present about the case you were given. After that for the day you have a mix of two behavior interviewers and one case presentation.

I got a call later that day with a verbal confermation that I was getting an offer.

Interview Question – None particularly, Why PwC and why consulting?   Answer Question

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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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.

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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in February 2011.

Interview Details – I was referred by a colleague from business school to PwC. Here is the communication breakdown:

1) Initial email from HR
2) Phone call with HR (about a week after initial email)
3) Phone call with a Manager (about 2 weeks after phone call with HR)
4) Follow up email with HR scheduling all day interviews (about 2 -3 weeks after Manager call)
5) 4 in person interviews in NY office with 1) Partner 2)MD 3)Director 4)Senior Associate
6) Post interview email from HR (same say as in person interviews)
7) Call from HR with offer! (the next day after in person interviews)

This occurred over a 2 month period from start to finish so be patient and professional with your correspondence.

Interview Question – Explain to me a time where you had a team member who did not pull their weight on a project. How did you address this issue?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate my base salary up a couple thousand dollars. I just spoke with HR and explained I had other offers on the table, however, I really wanted to work for PwC.

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Advisory Tech Consulting Associate Summer/Fall 2014 Interview

Advisory Tech Consulting Associate Summer/Fall 2014
Seattle, WA

I applied through college or university - interviewed at PwC in October 2013.

Interview Details – I applied through campus recruiting, and got accepted to the first round interview. It was an 30 min interview. Interviewer wasn't at the pre interview mixer, so it was my first time saw him. He was very nice and friendly. The first half of the interview was just behavioral interview. And the second half was scenario. He asked if your manager is very busy and you have to give your client a deliverable tomorrow but you are not clear about the case what would you do?

Interview Question – if your manager is very busy and you have to give your client a deliverable tomorrow but you are not clear about the case what would you do?   Answer Question

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Advisory Associate Interview

Advisory Associate
Houston, TX

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

Interview Details – Applied via college online recruiting system. Dropped my resume online, received a first round interview in about a week, three days later was contacted with a second round interview, had the second round four days later, received an offer the next day.

Interview Question – "So, what do you want to do?"   View Answer

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Advisory Associate Interview

Advisory Associate

Interviewed at PwC

Interview Details – Attended info session, submitted resume, got phone interview, a week later had an office visit, received an offer shortly there after. People seemed to genuinely enjoy the team spirit.

Interview Question – Phone interview was quite extensive   View Answer

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Experienced Associate Advisory Interview

Experienced Associate Advisory
Chicago, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.

Interview Details – Applied to a specific service group within Advisory. Pretty straightforward and quick interview process. Got referred from a current employer, applied to position through referral link, got contacted from recruiter within a few days of applying and was asked some basic questions about career goals and my experience. 2nd round took place one week later and was a 'technical' screening phone interview from a Director - was not very technical, but mostly behavioral questions. 3rd round was in-person interviews with two other Directors and a Partner - each interviewer seemed to focus on something different - questions about resume (in detail), behavioral questions targeting consulting acumen (teamwork, leadership, dealing with clients, etc), and technical questions regarding understanding of industry and group's function.

Interview Question – Why are you interested specifically in this group over other Advisory groups?   Answer Question

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