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Elevate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in January 2014.
Interview Details – Both interviews were very relaxed. A bunch of behavioral questions, then you go out to eat in the second round. I had bad luck and got a bad interviewer for the second round who asked a bunch of hard questions, but other people said that it was supposed to be a conversational type of interview so don't sweat too much.
Interview Question – Asked me consulting questions (even though I'm not going to consulting), so logic questions. Answer Question
Art Director Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.
Interview Details – How is it possible that a person with over 15 years of Art Direction experience receive a letter stating, "after reviewing your qualifications and experience against the requirements of the Art Director position, we can not progress your candidacy to the next stage."
Interview Question – I question this because there must be others receiving interesting responses. Answer Question
Senior Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in March 2014.
Interview Details – Phone interview followed by in-person interview.
Interview Question – How will you adjust from ind to team consulting? View Answer
Corporate Tax & Legal Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at PwC.
Interview Details – online assessment, than interview with second online assessment
Interview Question – Why corporate tax and not physical person tax Answer Question
Tax Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at PwC.
Interview Details – mostly casual conversations, just about 3 behavioral questions. Very normal~
Risk Assurance Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at PwC
Interview Details – The interview is generally about behavioral questions. The interviewer is a partner of Risk Assurance practice. He is really nice, and will tell you other potential opportunities available. No technical questions need to be expected in the first round interview.
Interview Question – Project Management Experience. Answer Question
Risk Assurance Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through campus access, and there were two round interviews. One was campus interview with one manager and second round interview was an office visit, interviewed with one manager and one partner.
Interview Question – No difficult questions, really fair and casual. Answer Question
Experienced Associate (Assurance) - Advanced Risk and Compliance Analytics Team Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at PwC.
Interview Details – Initially contacted by HR to know about my background, VISA status, expected pay and other HR details. Call lasted for 30 minutes.
Moved on to the hiring manager, where he asked me in depth questions on one of my term projects - he specifically asked what was my contribution.
After that, I had 3 back to back interviews with 2 managers and a director. Some technical questions on DBMS like "LIKE" and ROW_NUM.
Finally the partner round - I lost here.
Interview Question – 1. Tough boss scenario.
2. Explain each of your projects especially where you did data manipulation and analysis.
3. What did you like and dislike in your previous job?
No out of blue questions. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
QA Manager Assurance Division - Cattle Call Interview Style Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in March 2014.
Interview Details – Recruited off of LinkedIN - so wasn't really looking for a lifestyle change but I was a fly-around consultant in my younger years and was willing to listen. Passed the technical phone interview, not much happened there, mostly Agile methodology questions.
Flew me into Columbus OH, nice city with some great food. Was scheduled for 3 back to back interviews. This was a cattle call as some dozen or so candidates were all standing around figuring out where to be, I was interview #4 on the day and that was at 11am local time.
First interview was with a Principal of the Company, he'd worked at Diamond Consulting for a long time before PwC aquired the firm and was a fly-boy lifer. He had a rather off-putting style and not much of a personality - not a good fit for my animated existance. No script at all, he completely winged it - he didn't have a copy of my resume only an Excel spreadsheet with my name on it (as well as the names of the next few interviewees) and where to go next. Never asked me a technical, behavioral, case study questions or challenged anything I said/claimed. It was like talking to a wall, at one point I stopped talking and waited for him to ask a question ANY question and we just sat there in silence - awkward!!!
Second interview went great, the gentleman was engaging and personable (like me) and we joked about technology and being a manager and so on. Same as the last interview, no script although this guy had a copy of my resume and had even read it - no pen marks/notes on the resume though. Again none of the typical questions one would expect. This was the only guy to "sell me" on the job, told me the company was great and I would love and so on. I wanted to work for PwC after talking to that guy, the place sounded great!
Third interviewer was 30 minutes late (he apologized) and asked only one question - "I have no time for questions, elevator speeches only - GO!" And off I went for some 10 minutes uninterupted. I can't really grade this interview since it was all me for 10 straight. I was fired up after the 2nd interview so I was really trying to sell myself to PwC. He got up and left without saying much and that was it. I was told to let myself out - which I did - ouch!
The recruiter called a little while after (he had other candidates in the pool) and asked how it went, I told him that if I had to work for the bookend interviewers I wasn't interested. However I would happily work for the 2nd guy. So since I went 1 for 3 it was no surprise when they didn't make an offer.
Interview Question – None - they had no scripted questions - completely free form Answer Question
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