PwC Associate Advisory Interview Questions

Updated Jul 28, 2015
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    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?   Answer Question
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    First a campus interview which was partly behavioral and partly technical. Second round interview was in the office, three part with two behavioral/resume and one case study. Seemed to really be looking for a quality fit on top of just competency.

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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 weeksinterviewed at PwC (New York, NY) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview with a director in the group. Quick feedback. 2 weeks later had an 2 back to back interviews in person with managing directors, found out results 3 days laters. Very efficient process.

    Interview Questions

    • How would your past experience help you in an advisory role. How would your previous clients benefit from doing things a different way. If they were an advisory client what aspects would you help them with.   Answer Question
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  5.  

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    First 30m Phone-in and then 30m Face to face interview in their NY office with 3 managers. The interviews was not hard. Just go over through resume. Basic derivative and fixed income curve building question.

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    Reasons for Declining

    I accepted offer from other place.

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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

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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 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    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

    I wasn't able to negotiate. It's a national position, so negotiating would be a little more difficult.

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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    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.

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    • 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.   1 Answer
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PwC (San Francisco, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process started with a 30minute phone call interview. The interview asks questions about your basic resume asking you to explain experiences. Then it went onto the formal in person interviews which is a process of three one on one interviews with managers and partners.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some apps that you use and why do you use them.   Answer Question
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at PwC (Dallas, TX) in January 2015.

    Interview

    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.

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    Negotiation

    It is a standard offer for Management Consulting interns across US. No negotiation necessary.

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    Experienced Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in January 2015.

    Interview

    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

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