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Updated Nov 23, 2014
Updated Nov 23, 2014
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    Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First interview was an on-campus interview. There was a pre-night event at Buffalo Wild Wings where all of the interview candidates were able to mingle with various PwC professionals. The campus interview was with an assurance manager and they called me the next day to tell me I made it to the office interviews. There was another pre-night event that included all the interview candidates from the local colleges and many more PwC professionals. This was great because I had an opportunity to get to know many of the professionals and determine if I was a fit within their firm culture. The office visit consisted of three 30 minute interviews with one partner and two managers. There was also a discussion panel with about four other candidates where you could ask recent interns and new associates any questions you would like. After that, we all went out to lunch to finish the visit.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you used your network to achieve a goal.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    As an undergrad, I applied for Risk Advisory with the Atlanta Office through my university's job posting website. I did not network beforehand, but was able to secure a first round interview. The night before the first round of interviews, everyone extended an interview was invited to dinner at a nice restaurant. There were 3 large tables, one for risk advisory, one for management advisory, and I believe one for the accountants. There were about 2 current PwC employees at each table from each respective practice who were not necessarily interviewers the next day. We had a very enjoyable evening with light conversation. Nothing stressful but it certainly helps to be relaxed and laugh while carrying easy conversation and eating your food without spilling it everywhere. This is where you just be your fun self and not worry about what they think of you.

    The first round interview was with a Manager from the Atlanta office. There was no case. Now they have cases. It was pretty easy and relaxed. The interviewer just wanted to see if he would want to work with me. Lots of fit and resume questions. Very conversational.

    Got an email a couple days later saying I would have a second (and final) round of interviews in the New York Office (I think they just centralized a lot of interviews that year). They flew me up there, had me stay in a very nice hotel with a tasty breakfast. In the morning I walked about 8 blocks to the PwC office and from there they took about 20 of us (all applying for various positions) up to the PwC floors. It was all planned out - Breakfast in a conference room with 4 other candidates and 3 PwC Associates and Senior Associates. They were not judging us just telling us how the day would unfold and making us feel at home. They would also shuttle us from one interview to the other (very nice people). After that I had 2 casual interviews, 1 with one of the associates from the breakfast room and 1 with a Manager. They were a combination of walking, showing me around, meeting people, and then chatting in the cafeteria. These 2 were not specifically from Risk. Then I had 3 formal interviews with higher-ups. The only case type question I got was 'how would you estimate the number of tennis balls that would fill this room?'. Everything else was fit based. The first interviewer was a young, very suave new yorker who didn't smile or show any emotion no matter how much I tried to engage him; he just asked me questions which I answered. My approach was to gently try to engage him without going to extremes and without taking offense or giving up. The other 2 interviewers were more senior and very personable. I felt like they wanted me to succeed. Questions ranged from resume, other experience, and fit.

    I flew out the next day and hear back about 2 weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Tax 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 interview process was very smooth. Be "on" and "prepared" at all time. Be yourself in the interview- they want to know the real you, not the fake you. If I didn't know an answer, I didn't know it. I actually said no to a question during the interview and told them I really wanted the job but wouldn't be doing 16 hour days.

    Interview Questions
    • PwC uses their new "framework" to ask questions. Some questions to expect, "How do you keep up with current events?" "How do you use those current events in relation to your work?" "If one manager gives you work due at the end of the week, then another manager gives you work due at the end of the week, what do you do?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation but still waiting on other offers from other Big 4
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Audit Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Mostly behavior questions. The interview started with "Tell me something about you." Make sure to do some research before the interview. Prepare answers like what is your strength, what is your weakness. What is your career plan within 5 years, do you have any plan to take the CPA exams.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Tax Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a phone interview from a manager. It was a great conversation. Expect to be asked a lot of questions about leadership skills. There are 3 interviews on the second round interview. They will focus on communicating with clients, technical abilities, and business skills. It lasts for roughly 2 hours.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    PwC Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got to experience the new "Pwc Professional" interview. Basically its supposed to standardize the interview process. The major difference is that all the interviewers take a lot of notes. During first rounds got a "what if" question: What would you do if your saw an associate disclose confidential client information to another employee.

    The second round was unique because a LOT of behavioral questions were asked anywhere from 4 to 6 per interviewer. Don't expect a conversational interview, be prepared and know the PwC professional attributes and a story about yourself that will fit each one. 3 interviews 45 min each, with 5 to 10 minutes for questions (the rest is you talking about yourself so be ready!)

    Interview Questions
    • (Technical PwC Professional aspect) Tell me about group project or work experience where you had to use your knowledge of accounting to correct someone else.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Risk Assurance Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    It started with two associates coming to speak in our Accounting Information Systems course about PwC as a whole mainly. They mentioned Risk Assurance so I stayed behind afterward to introduce myself and ask about any opportunities open. They said they would have the campus recruiter contact me and get the process started. A few days later I had a phone interview which counted as the campus interview and lasted around 30 min.
    While on the phone, they offered me an office visit the following week. The office visit was very laid back and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. I had three interviews (partner, director, and manager) all lasting around 30 min each. Mostly behavioral questions about how I deal with conflict in groups and leadership experience. On my drive home I was called and offered the internship. I think they mainly want interns that are open to learning and will represent them in a professional and positive manner towards clients. All in all, great experience and great company.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you name a time when you helped resolve an issue within a group project? (Differing opinions, work ethic, etc.)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was an internship so no negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Forensic Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, NM
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, NM
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was selected for an on-campus interview for Forensic Consultant but later changed to IT Security Privacy and Risk consultant. These two profiles are similar.

    1. Applied on campus. Invited to a dinner party. I went for half an hour but it was not helpful because I did not talk to anyone. I had one drink and left.
    2. Interviewed on campus for first round. Mainly behavioral. Asked what I had done before and why forensic consulting. I said I did not know much about this profile so the manager explained. Doesn't hurt to admit that you don't know and you want to learn about it.
    3. Within one week I got a call to be interviewed on-site in San Francisco office.
    4. Three round of interviews on-site. One case and two Behavioral.

    Case was given 2 days prior to the on-site interview. I just glanced through case-in point but it did not help. What helped was understanding the situation, providing solution and backing it up with reasoning.

     I had 3 years of work experience so I had some stories to tell. Nothing technical was asked. Basically they want to see if you will fit in their culture.

    Got offer within a week. Smooth interview process and great people to work with.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Audit Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    This was an on campus recruitment procedure. There was a informal meet and greet the night before the initial interview. Where you introduced yourself and a fun fact. The Next day you interviewed with a manager or partner and he/she asked you behavioral questions. Such as tell me a time when you received a developmental review. When you believe in something what do you do about that belief? etc. Once you pass the first interview you are invited to the Superday in which you are invited to dinner and then an all day interview process the next day. During superday you have 3 interviews one being with a partner.

    Interview Questions
    • Be up to date with current events for instance whats going on with the business world in the past few days. How do you research data?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Audit Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at PwC in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I join the campus recruiting and have two rounds of interview. During the recruiting process, they will have various events to let us get to know their people. I join most of them and have good relationship with the main recruiter. The office visit is a pleasant experience. I get to know lots of associates near my age. They are often most helpful to understand the real work environment.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about an experience you use your professional skepticism.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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