PwC Senior Associate Interview Questions

Updated Feb 26, 2015
Updated Feb 26, 2015
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Senior Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at PwC in October 2014.

Interview Details

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   View Answer
No Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process was standard. There was an HR screen, a telephone screen with a Manager, and three in-person interviews with Directors. The first in-person interview was the case study. I received the case study two days in advance of the interview, worked on it quite a bit at home, and was happy to have it out of the way. The woman who conducted the case with me was very pleasant and patient. In retrospect, I don't know if I would have spent as much time preparing for the case as I did. I was unhappy with the way the final interview went because the person interviewing me was more concerned about how I got there (and how I landed prior positions) than my experience and what I could bring to the table. The last person asked too many personal questions -- not good, not professional. There was no interview debrief with HR or walkout -- it was pretty strange.

    Interview Questions
    • From what I recall of the business case.
      ...Please design a proposal that addresses one or more of the following key questions and areas of focus:
      -What are the challenges and/or opportunities with the current operating model?
      -What framework and approach should be used to improve the operating model?
      -(and two others).
       
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    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at PwC in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interviewer made me very comfortable and provided me great feedback on my interview performance. He provided advice on other companies that I may be a fit for but did give me a positive indication that I was proceeding to the next level of PWC interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain the type of operations support you have provided your employer   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at PwC in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very impolite. He started by saying this would be a general meet and greet and would provide me the job description as well as a general overview of the company. Then he asked me if I was willing to travel to which I said yes. The second question was whether I had the required authorization to work in the U.S. I said yes, but after seven months would need sponsorship to stay in the U.S. He just cut short his interview there and then, without asking any other questions. Surely a company that earns $29 billion can sponsor potential hires.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have the required authorization to work in the US?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a dayinterviewed at PwC in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter from a staffing agency, having seen my background in insurance and having keyworded me on linkedin wanted me to go and meet with PwC's people...badly!

    Every single time you go and interview with one of the big 4, a recruiter will pick a date and tell you how important it is that you go. Right now! That's because some partners and managers are coming together on that same day. it's like the solar eclipse.

    I had flown in from a training assignment into a hotel room. I was staying in north west jersey. So I drove to an NJ Transit station at 5:45 am, parked my car, took the train to NY Penn, and then walked to the PwC office.

    The interview was a complete waste of time. Nothing substantial about my qualifications or technical achievements was asked. There were a barrage of questions about 'if you were in this situation with a client..." and how I would handle it. Worst of all, they had the resume of a guy with the same first name as mine. So I had to use my company laptop to show them who I was. That was a very bad idea.

    There were 3 interviews and much like as one would expect with a large consulting firm, it's big but an empty vessel. At the time, employed with a competing large consulting firm, I said that a culture of entitlement in terms of fleecing the client for flights, hotels, rental cars, per diems and outings is not one which I find ethical. But this is common knowledge, and the practice is rampant in the consulting industry.

    The recruiter reported that I was "overconfident" and then disappeared off the face of the earth.

    To candidates a lesson: Peddle the bull that works. Simply stop feeding the recruiters. Don't lose any sleep to do an interview unless you're unemployed.

    Interview Questions
    • Among others, If a client gets angry and starts to yell at you, how would you approach it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at PwC in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and received email for phone interview. Overall, the questions asked were behavioral, no technical questions at all.

    However, my advise - find a secluded place with minimal interruptions. And please do not jerk while answering the questions.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your greatest obstacles faced during your previous employment   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at PwC in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    1st Round: Case Interview, Fit Interview, Case Interview. As part of the case interview, several behavioral questions were also asked. Received invitation for 2nd round later in the evening.

    2nd Round: Case interview, Case Interview (2). Both Case interviews had several background questions as well. The cases in the second round were more complex and 45 minutes was allotted to each case versus only 30 minutes in the first round.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you should have spoken up, but did not.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview process involved at least 9 individuals. It seemed like the whole team was interviewing me. I was with other candidates and each of us was placed in a separate room. A panel of 3 to 4 individuals would come in and speak with me, once they were done another set would come in. Overall the interview process was intense but pleasant, and it had a lot more behavioral questions than technical questions. I ended up not getting the position. I was told by the recruiter that the position was filled by an internal candidate. Months later I was contacted by the same group again asking if I was still interested in the position. Apparently they really liked me and wanted me to interview with the director and partner of the group. I went in the interview and expected the best, but leaving unhappy. The interview with the partner went from really well to bad. I had a slip up and said Price Waterhouse instead of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He really gave me a hard time about it, and that is when our interview ended. I am guessing he was originally from Coopers and Lybrand. Later the recruiter reached out to me and told that the position was filled by another internal candidate. I really wish they had not contacted me the second time around.

    Interview Questions
    • There wasn’t anything that was unexpected, everything was pretty straightforward.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in February 2007.

    Interview Details

    Please be as detailed as possible - everything from your initial communications with the company, organization and planning of the interview, number and type of interviews, and any advice you might offer to other interview candidates. Bonus points for your perceptions of the people, office, and work culture.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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