PwC Senior Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 25, 2014
Updated Aug 25, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months - interviewed 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 Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 5 days - interviewed 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 9 months - interviewed at PwC in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was an experienced hire from an employee referral. I had original phone interview with HR. They are basically the gatekeeper. They don't like you, you don't get in. Later had phone interviews with Manager, and two Directors. Lastly, had Interview Day at the office with two Managers, Director, and Partner. No case, all behavioral/technical stuff. Want to see if you're a good fit.

    Interview Questions
    • Why PwC? Why a career move to consulting? Do you know what we do?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Pretty much a take it or leave it. They have a pretty good idea what you're worth. A job at PwC isn't always about the money.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed 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
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by a colleague from business school to PwC. Here is the communication breakdown:

    1) Initial email from HR
    2) Phone call with HR (about a week after initial email)
    3) Phone call with a Manager (about 2 weeks after phone call with HR)
    4) Follow up email with HR scheduling all day interviews (about 2 -3 weeks after Manager call)
    5) 4 in person interviews in NY office with 1) Partner 2)MD 3)Director 4)Senior Associate
    6) Post interview email from HR (same say as in person interviews)
    7) Call from HR with offer! (the next day after in person interviews)

    This occurred over a 2 month period from start to finish so be patient and professional with your correspondence.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain to me a time where you had a team member who did not pull their weight on a project. How did you address this issue?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate my base salary up a couple thousand dollars. I just spoke with HR and explained I had other offers on the table, however, I really wanted to work for PwC.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed 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
  8.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed 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
  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 interviewed online. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed 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.  

    Management Consulting Operations Energy Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by a university contact. The interview was with three different managers out of their PwC office in Houston to be part of the Oil+Gas services. I had an on-site interview in Houston that I thought went well but I was not offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    - Applied through the referaal process
    - Contacted by HR in regards to a phone screen.
    - 1st Interview was a Technical via phone
    - Flew to Dallas, Texas for an interview with the Director, Manager and Partner

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Still in negotiations but seems like all will go well.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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