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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
Risk Assurance Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC.
Interview Details – I got the interview from on campus recruiting career fair. The interview was scheduled a week after the career fair. Two weeks later, I got a rejection letter.
Interview Question – Why do you want to join PwC?
Why are you interested in this position?
What's your biggest achievement? Answer Question
Risk Assurance Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at PwC in March 2014.
Interview Details – I attended a university job fair and subsequently applied using PwC's website. About a week after talking to the recruiter, I got an email asking me to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview was straight forward and consisted only of typical behavioral questions. About a week after the phone interview, I got a call about scheduling an office visit for the final round of interviews. 2 weeks later, I attended the office visit. The office visit included two one-on-one interviews - one with a partner and one with a manager. These interviews were similar to the phone interview with a couple of behavioral questions. There weren't any major curve balls or unexpected questions.
Interview Question – Where else are you looking for employment? Answer Question
Advisory Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in March 2014.
Interview Details – Applied online and was contacted by a recruiter for a prescreening interview. During the prescreening interview, I was asked general background questions about my experience in the field. The recruiting also asked questions regarding my current salary and whether I was interviewing with other companies and whether I was further along in their interviewing process. She laughed when I told her my current salary and told me that I wouldn't get that at PwC. Found the laughter a bit odd, but I digress. At the end of the interview, she told me that they were going to decline moving forward.
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