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PwC Risk Assurance Associate Interview Questions

Updated Dec 15, 2014
Updated Dec 15, 2014
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Risk Assurance Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details

I applied through the campus recruiting process:
-Submitted resume and cover letter through campus recruiting system
-Invited for on campus interview about 2 weeks later

ON CAMPUS INTERVIEW:
-45 minute session with a Manager
-Relatively casual, some behavioral questions, some chit-chat
("Tell me about yourself", "Tell me about a time when you were leading a team that had low morale and how you handled it")

-About a week later, received an email inviting me to the office visit (final round of interviews). They provided 2 date options, which were 2 and 4 weeks from the date I received the email, respectively (both were a Thursday evening and all day Friday)

OFFICE VISIT / FINAL ROUND of INTERVIEWS:
-Thursday night is dinner at a restaurant near the office. We sat at round tables of 6 people grouped by function (Audit, Tax, Risk Assurance). 3 candidates and 3 PwC people - one partner, one manager, and one senior staff - per table. The dinner is purely conversational and getting to know personalities (both PwC getting to know your personality, and you getting to know PwC)
-Friday day is an all-day event (8 am to 3 pm)
-When you arrive in the office Friday, you are greeted by a host, who is a current staff / the same position you will be hired into. This person will walk you around the office and to your interviews. They will also take you to lunch. This is a great opportunity to get to better know the people you will potentially be working with.
-The host takes you to an area where you will have breakfast and chat (all candidates and their hosts are just in a big conference room chatting)
-Then after about 30 minutes, a panel starts where a PwC partner, managers, and staff (we had 4 people total) answer questions about PwC and their experience in general
-Interviews begin after the panel
-3 Interviews total: 2 with managers, 1 with a partner
-Interviews were very conversational where they are just trying to get to know you. Had a few behavioral questions, but nothing too crazy. Interviews were 45 minutes each.
-After interviews, you went to lunch with your host. Lunch is solely candidates and hosts, all of whom are current staff (so no managers, no partners). This is much more of a "getting to know you" exercise
-Apparently the managers / partners meet directly following interviews (while candidates are at lunch) to evaluate
-After lunch, there is an office tour where you are shown the entire office and learn about PwC benefits, etc.
-Finally, there is a "Why PwC" session, where 2 partners share their thoughts on why candidates should choose PwC
-We were told we would hear back in 2 weeks

When I wrote my thank you notes that afternoon, I received a response from the partner informing me she would be calling me the next day.
Saturday morning (the next day), I received a call from the partner informing me they would like to extend me an offer.

A few days later, I received an email with the formal offer.

Overall, I really enjoyed the interview process. The focus on conversation (as opposed to strict evaluation) was refreshing and welcoming.

Interview Questions
  • I received one question that seemed out of the blue and difficult to answer: "Tell me about a time, outside of your school experience and current company, where you had to quickly and fully understand a business / industry in order to accomplish a task or goal"

    I understand where the interviewer was going with this (in this type of consulting-based role and environment, to be successful you must be able to go into various client situations in which you may not understand the industry or business, study-up, and figure it out in order to ensure a successful project). But as a campus recruit, I did not have a lot of experience outside of school or my current work experience to answer the question.
     
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Negotiation Details
There is little negotiation with campus recruiting.
I, however, am a Master's student with 2.5 years of relevant work experience. I informed the partner that I was concerned with starting salary, and PwC decided to instead bring me on as an experienced hire. There was more room for negotiation here, but PwC and similar firms have strict salary bands for certain roles.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Other Interview Reviews for PwC

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    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Campus interview and onsite interviews are all behavioral based and are all 1:1.
    Many questions are on leadership and teamwork experiences.
    Know yourself and know the position and PwC. Find enough reasons to convince yourself and interviewers why you fit in the position. There could be very detailed questions.
    Ask good questions to show you know the position and PwC.

    Interview Questions
    • There could be very detailed questions on your experiences.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    2 interviews. The interview was more of a get to know you phase. I interviewed with 4 people total. There were no technical questions. I visited the office to see what it was like. I enjoyed the people who walked me through the office. Associates also took me out to lunch to get to know them more.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    had a phone interview first, and then sent to office visit a week later. The most questions were behaviroral questions. Just make sure you have enough examples to talk to.

    Interview Questions
    • how to you deal with the people who are hard to communicate with?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had one onsite interview and they asked basic behavioural questions , Then they invited me to over the dinner interview and then final rounds of onsite interview next day.Pwc has very unique way of recruiting , they judge your overall personality.You need to show your leadership skills , teamwork and proactive nature.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
  6.  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    My first interview was basically my interviewer talking about herself first then explaining to me that PwC has a new way to recruit for interns. I was only asked three behavioral questions and then asked to ask her questions. It was not conversational at all. It was very difficult to get my interviewer to open up.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you stood up for something you believed in.
      Tell me about a time you helped someone reach a goal and you did not have to help them.
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Fist round was an interview on campus. This consisted of a prenight dinner to network with current employees, and an interview the next day from the director who was sitting at your table. This interview only had three questions which were all behavioral, so make sure you make it conversational and ask questions so it lasts the entire 30 minutes. This was followed by final round on site three weeks later. There again was a prenight networking dinner from 6-9, and it is extremely helpful if you locate who your interviewers are for the next day. The next day had a breakfast, and then three thrity minute interviews with a director, manager, and senior associate. At the end of the day you are taken out to lunch by a current associate and then depart. Everyone was extremely welcoming and helpful throughout the process. I was called at 6:30 that day and offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    • It was an extremely straight forward interview. Mostly behavioral questions.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I started with campus interview with a senior manager. Heard back from the recruiter in about two weeks about the office interview. Went to the office where I met several other associate at risk assurance office. I heard back from them in another 2 weeks. The process wasn't too hard.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you have an unpopular idea and what's the result?
      How do you deal with constructive feedback?
      simple behavior questions. Really trying to get to know you and finding out if you are a good fit for the company.
       
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    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Very low stress interview with one individual (manager, director, or partner) on campus, followed by interview in office with (1) senior associate/manager, then (2) partner. Interviewers are well-trained in recognizing high-functioning team members with required skills. Interview questions will be conversational to get a sense of how a person may or may not fit in with PwC culture and the demands of working in a team environment most of the time.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very little negotiation on pay as PwC is able to hire the next person in line, but was able to state preference on office location and travel.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Participated in the accounting recruiting process through Beta Alpha Psi during undergrad. Participated in socials, on-campus job fair, on-campus interview, and then the office visit interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • None of it was "tricky", they just wanted to get a feel for you as a person, and get to know what you were interested in. Through conversation, interviewers decide whether they see you as a fit for the firm and as someone they would allow representing the firm in front of a client.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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