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PwC Senior Associate Interview Questions

Updated Dec 4, 2014
Updated Dec 4, 2014
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  2.  

    Senior Associate/TS-Valuation Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Referred from friend and interviewed with manager via phone

    Interview Questions
    • Just normal questions, like why advisory, go through resume   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Senior 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 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Was referred into the Company. Individuals I met with were very intelligent and asked both technical and non technical questions. Should know your resume inside out before the interview

    Can tell from the interview process that on the job I will also be challenged to thnk outside the box. All interviewers were very sharp and knew their business focus well.

    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to the company through a friend, initial contact was via e-mail by a HR Manager. Interview process consists of:
    -Initial phone screen by HR Manager
    -Phone interview with a senior associate
    -2 face-to-face interview (1 at an external location due to interviewer's client engagement)
    -Phone interview with a manager
    -Phone interview with partner

    Process took about 2.5-3 months total from first contact, the last few steps happened in a hurry, offer came a day after last interview. The interview themselves were all behavioral and about my experiences
    HR Manager was in contact all through the interview process and was very helpful in coaching me every step of the way. Though initial communication was sparse, rest of the process was well guided.

    Interview Questions
    • Why or how do you think your experiences apply to consulting?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Salary is a bit on the low side (but not excessively low), especially for the region I am based out of, relatively speaking based on my experience and level of hiring.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Advisory Senior Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate - Advisory 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 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    First round 2 45 minute case interviews. Second round 4 interviews, 3 fit, 1 case. They took all the candidates and put them in a big room and they had us prepare a presentation on an aspect of a case that was provided beforehand.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied on PwC website, recruiter contacted a month later. One phone interview with Manager in August first week. Waited for over a month for in-person interview at Chicago ofice. Met 5 people on same day in Chicago office . 2 Partners, 1 Project Manager, 1 Director and 1 Manager. Confirmed selection after 1 week, extended offer 2 weeks there after and accepted during the same week.It was a good experience overall, wait was tough though. Start Date is in second week of November

    Interview Questions
    • I was interviewed as Experienced Hire, lot of questions were on my experience with different technologies, where I want to be in 5 years, Ideal job description, few behavioral questions   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. It is what its is.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at PwC in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    This is for an experienced hire application. Overall the process was about three months long from initial application online to an open position. There were several two or three week periods in which I was not updated, it did not irritate me at all, I know it's a prolonged process. Initial phone interview with the recruiter followed up a few weeks later with an office visit, then about a month after the office visit an offer was made.

    The office visit turned out well, the people I met with were pleasant and kind. Only my first interviewer of the three asked any tough 'emotional response' questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to re-evaluate your approach to something and how you eventually were successful.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    received a better offer from another big 4 firm. The other firm had an office atmosphere that seemed to be a better fit for me personally.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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