PwC Senior Associate Interview Questions

Updated Aug 27, 2015
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at PwC (Washington, DC) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I interviewed with two people a Sr. Associate and a Partner. The interview was conducted in a professional and friendly manner. It was difficult to read either interviewer, especially the partner who spent the majority of time talking about his personal career journey. I was nervous and that worked against me. You should try being as confident as possible during the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you were proud of your work and why   1 Answer
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at PwC (Minneapolis, MN).

    Interview

    I was brought in by one of the partners, so my interview process was different, since I never independently applied for the position. I initially talked with HR regarding what I do now, my salary goals, what I am looking for, etc. I then met with a director/manager from the east coast via the phone. The interview was about half an hour and was more so talking about what they do. It took a while to get the next interview set up, so there was about a one month gap between my first interview and my second. The second interviews were in person, I met first with a director and then a partner. In that process they basically talked to me about the company and the department, they asked me the normal questions, why do you want to come here, what are you looking for, etc. nothing too difficult or challenging. Luckily they were faster on the turn around after the second interview and I was offered a position the next afternoon. The actual onboarding process is a bit of a process, be prepared for a very thorough background check, they will verify employment, education, do a credit check, etc. The downside to the onboarding is that they only have specific dates that you can come into the company, so I had to choose between a handful of dates across two months. Unfortunately because of how the dates landed I have to wait two months until my actual start date. I have not started yet, but am working through the onboarding process currently.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no really out of left field questions for me, very generic and I thought they were all easy to answer   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The recruiter called me with an offer of employment and asked what I currently make and what I am looking to make. We talked it through and she gave me the current salary range for people in similar positions. I submitted what I was looking for to the recruiter based on this information, they brought my bid back to the partners and the partners approved my request the next day.

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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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

    Standard base and signing for MBAs

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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    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
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Houston, TX) in September 2014.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter for a Senior Associate role within PwC. I was told that the process would move fairly quickly (approx 2 weeks) from initial conversation to offer. After my screening with the recruiter, my first face to face interview was with a Director and Manager. We had the typical "tell me about a time when" questions, mostly going over my experience. I love to talk and interact with people, so this all was cake for me, very fun. I was sure this is where I wanted to be though I was in process with some other big 4 firms. Amazing people, great experience. After the face to face I had a phone interview with another manager that couldn't make the face to face, and that went amazingly poor (interviewer was extremely rude, judgemental, dimissive - the worst interview I have ever had in my life). I was certain I did not get the job after this exchange - yes it was that bad. I sent a follow up email thanking the manager for his time. After this interview, I was set up with another phone interview (a re-do of sorts?) which went very well. Following that, I presented with a verbal offer which I accepted. A few days later, I was told I was still moving along in the process however with a role a level below what was originally offered and a salary significantly lower... which struck me as odd especially since they they I had another offer on the table. Nonetheless, I accepted that offer as I was still interested in the "bigger picture" and did not want to seem reactionary, however, that next week I followed up and confirmed I no longer wished to be considered for the opportunity and told the recruiter why (the reduced role, odd timing of that choice, and the terrible interview with somoene who would be an active supervisor). I believed they understood, though they were seemingly very dissapointed. A few hours after this, I reached out to each of my interviewers to thank them for their time via email and wished them all the best.

    Reasons for Declining

    (1) it wasn't the salary or level that was originally presented to me (2) I knew for a fact that there was someone in the organization that likely at best wasn't for me, if not just outright against me which you know... means I'm working at a deficit from day 1 (3) I had another offer on the table made much more sense for what I wanted to do

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    Audit Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Started with a phone screen then a visit to the local office. In the office, I was introduced to the human resource employee who was assigned to walk me through the whole hiring process.

    Interview Questions

    • Mainly describing your experience   1 Answer
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    IFS Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at PwC in August 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through employee referral and filled out my profile online. Was contacted by HR Manager to set up a phone interview discussing background, the role itself, salary, etc. If that is up to par or in line with what they are looking for, the HR Manager will send your resume forward to the team members who are in charge of the interviewing and hiring (typically managers and senior managers). I was checking my status through the online portal throughout the process and about a week after my phone interview my status had changed to "interview requested". The HR contact I've been dealing with called to schedule a time to come into the office and interview with the team. I knew they were trying to fill the position quickly and it helped to have multiple contacts within the company, so they let me know that it should be quick turnaround in the decision making and I heard their decision 2 days after my in-office interview. The longest part of the process is usually between initial application - phone interview - in-office interview. After that, they are quick in letting you know their decision.

    Interview Questions

    • Know your resume inside and out. They come in with prepared questions based on their notes on your resume. If they brought you in for an interview, they like your skills; just be personable and present yourself as a team player and someone they can see themselves working with on a daily basis.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    The initial offer is extremely fair. PwC is known for paying employees a fair range, whether they appreciate it or not is their personal matter. There is always a range that they have for each position, so the initial offer can often be negotiated.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at PwC.

    Interview

    They asked about my past experience and how it related to the position I was pursuing. I spoke with the Screener, then the hiring Manager, then a prospective co-worker who was a Manager within the group and then HR, who informed me of the offer.

    Negotiation

    N/A

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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at PwC (New York, NY) in July 2014.

    Interview

    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
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at PwC (New York, NY) in July 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at PwC in July 2014. Their HR will send an email for you to finish. Those questions are easy. It is about your aptitude, work ethnic and common sense. If they like your application, they will have a phone interview. The phone interview is straightforward. Pass it, and then you get to meet interview with the branch manager. Also before hand check how do you stand with aptitude, logical and verbal reasoning tests, there are a lot of products in the market for this. I did use 'the ultimate career interview' app from the app store its worthy.

    Interview Questions

    • First round and second round are with aptitude interview, and technical questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I had a signing bonus.

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