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Updated Feb 25, 2015
Updated Feb 25, 2015
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    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
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    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at PwC in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online on a Friday, got an email the following Monday asking for a phone interview, which would be scheduled for the coming Wednesday. Wednesday came, no call from the recruiter. I called and left a message, the recruiter called back saying their "systems" were down or something like that. Call rescheduled for the coming Friday. Friday comes, no call. I email this time, and get an email back asking for another reschedule that would take place at a inopportune time for me, but I accept not wanting to miss out on this opportunity. So after working twelve hours overnight, 6pm to 6am, and staying up until 9am to do this phone interview, I wasn't exactly 100%. (I am currently transitioning military and my current position involves revolving shifts). Not surprisingly, no follow up, call back..nothing. Thanks PwC.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Experienced Associate Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was comfortable from beginning to end and consisted of two phone interviews (screening with HR Recruiter and technical with a Director), and an in person interview. The in person interview was mostly behavioral and was extremely comfortable/conversational.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. The salary was fair and competitive within the industry.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview with a senior associate for one hour discussing the role, my background and the reason I am interested in this role. The call went well so the next day I was brought in for a live interview. I had an interview with an associate, a manager and a director. It was pretty strait forward.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    On campus interview (1) followed by in office final rounds (3 back to back)

    One of your three final interviews will be case based. Not traditional consulting cases, since they email you a case 24 hours before your final interview. It's definitely important to read it beforehand and come prepared with "what if" scenarios. You will get 20-30 minutes to create slides on 8.5x11 sheets of paper, and then you present whatever you have. There will be major gaps in the case data, so it's crucial that you come prepared.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the aspects that set me apart from other candidates was that I had a bunch of excel printouts of different scenarios I created manipulating factors (such as sales,costs,customers) and showing how the end results were effected by the changes.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at PwC in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through a referral. I was contacted by HR-initial phone screen, phone interview with a Director level, then in-person interview with 3 personnel (Principal, Managing Director, Manager). Questions were mostly behavioral and technical, I thought I answered them well and showed great enthusiasm and knowledge of the firm and its operations. I asked a lot of thought-provoking questions. During second phone interview, they wanted something more specific and targeted within my background and skill-set as the 2nd interviewer was iffy on proceeding with me or not to the next round. Had great dialogue with the in-person interviewers as well & I was a seasoned consulting former employee at one of their prime competitors. Pretty shocked they decided not to pursue my candidacy.

    Interview Questions
    • Dig deeper into a specific work situation or issue- how would you go about doing that differently? What was the most challenging part of a specific assignment or role?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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