PwC Advisory Associate Interview Questions

Updated Mar 27, 2015
Updated Mar 27, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    The interview process was very straight forward. It took a few weeks for the whole process to complete but I applied on campus and had a final round. The people are really nice and that's the main thing they emphasize, the fit to the organization. However, be very explicit in what group you are interested in and articulate that clearly.

    Interview Questions
    • Actually, nothing here at all. The most difficult one was tell me about how you solve problems. There are more concerned with getting to know you.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The PwC interview process is very efficient and fun. The process begins with on campus recruiting. They have several on campus presentations that are recommended to attend. I applied through my university's job site, and heard back two weeks later that I had been selected for first round interviews on campus. The interview was on Monday, and is very laid back and conversation like - mostly "tell me about a time where..." questions. I heard the next day that I was invited for final round interviews on-site the coming Friday. I received an email containing a case study on Wednesday and was allowed two days to prepare for Friday. On Thursday, I was put into a nice hotel for the night. On Friday morning, they allowed 1 hour of case prep time with the actual questions that we would be presenting on. They provide you with ~15 pre-printed slides that you are to use to create a hand drawn presentation. The first interview is the case interview, and you immediately jump into the role of PwC consultant while the manager jumps into the role of the client. You have 30 minutes to sell your case solutions and ask any questions you may have. Next is two 30 minute back to back behavioral interviews with a director and a partner. These are also laid back and comforting as it typically ends up being a conversation. I left the office Friday afternoon and received my offer the following Tuesday as well as a phone call from the partner I interviewed with.

    Interview Questions
    • None were difficult, most unexpected was "How do you keep up with the current global news?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, salary is set for entry level associate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Nice people, all very happy to work at PwC. They expect excellence and their interview process isn't that easy but at the same time very quick. You learn if you get the offer in early November and the process starts in mid-september.

    Interview Questions
    • Name an instance when you implemented a system which benefited your community as a whole.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory M&A Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    First round interview was at campus, two 45-minute behavioral interviews, the first one focusing on a new leadership framework they were rolling out and the other was a more traditional fit interview. The second round was a 4-hour process at the Los Angeles office, consisting of an office tour, two 45-minute behavioral interviews and a 45-minute case interview based on a case they had already given us. We also had 45 minutes to prepare the slides for the case. Decision was given within a week.

    Interview Questions
    • You have no international experience on your resume, how will you make up for that?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at PwC in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my university's on campus job fair/recruiting system and a week later, received a first round interview. Prior to the interview, there was a pre-interview dinner. The first round interview was behavioral. A week after that, I was invited to a final round interview in their nearest major office. The final round interview was about four hours. It consisted of preparing a presentation for a case that they sent 48 hours prior to the final round interview, two back-to-back behavioral interviews, the case presentation and a general PwC presentation. I received an offer within one week of the final round interview.

    Interview Questions
    • All behavioral questions. No technical questions or questions about my work experience.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Advisory Associate Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    First round - HR phone call screening

    Final round - 3 on-site interviews. First, we were given 45 minutes to prepare a presentation for a case we were sent two days ago. After that, there were two behavioral interviews. I was asked a bunch of generic behavioral questions. The interviewer was literally going through a list of "tell me about a time" questions while taking notes on his laptop. Last interview was the case interview where I got to present the slides I prepared at the beginning of the day.

    Interview Questions
    • A ton of "tell me about a time" questions... It gets too repetitive after one point.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at PwC in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, technical screening, three round in person interview with manager, director and partner. Company flew me to firm offices to conduct interview.

    Offer came about two weeks after interview, due to an apparent deliberation on my salary grade.

    Overall great process to go through, everyone very receptive.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you used an industry best practice to solve a problem at work   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was eager to leave my old job, so I accepted the terms as they were about 30% more lucrative than my then current salary. I believe there was room for negotiation, but not much.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It was very easy. It was a group interview. Talked with a manager and a partner. Then we went to lunch as a group. I Got an offer on the way home.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked what would keep me from working there.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I Didn't negotiate. It was a pretty standard offer. They gave me a month to decide.
    Accepted Offer
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    MBA hire. Apply through school career center. First round on campus, Final round on site. Offer extended the day after the final interview.

    First round interview includes two back-to-back interviews taking 45 mins each. All behavioral and conversational. Watch out for some situational questions that require thoughtful answers.

    Second round interview includes one case interview and two behavioral interviews, all back-to-back.

    Interview Questions
    • Some situational questions such as what would you do if you are required to deliver a negative message to client?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Standard base and signing for MBAs
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PwC in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a call from an experience recruiter as I have relevant experience. I had a couple of telephonic interview rounds with a Manager and Director. The telephonic interviews were very conversation based and had very few technical questions but mainly was based on the experience and real world consulting related questions. I was very happy with the way both my telephonic interview went and I was expecting an on site visit invite. Within a couple of days I was contacted by the recruiter to setup the on site visit. I was invited to their Atlanta office on an interview day, where I had three 45 minutes meetings with a manager, director and a partner. The in person interview with the director was subject matter related and I was asked a few functional questions as well as a few behavioral questions. I was also introduced to the organizational structure and my responsibilities in the respective practice. The conversation with the partner was very informative and was on a lighter note. Most of my job and career growth related question were answered in this round. The third interview with the manager was very easy going and I was asked to give a detailed explanation with examples on a few aspects of the business and the challenges we face on a day - day basis. I found all the three interviews highly professional and in touch with the actual situations we face as a consultant while working at the client end. Overall it was a very exciting and positive experience and I was very impressed by the way the entire interview process went. They are very professional in their outlook and know well what they want from the potential employee.

    Interview Questions
    • None. I did my study well and was expecting all the questions as they were well connected with the challenges we face in the professional workplace as a consultant. If you know what you do and you understand the responsibilities of the role you are interviewing for the process will be quite straightforward and easy going.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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