PwC Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated Aug 26, 2014
Updated Aug 26, 2014
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  1.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  McLean, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days - interviewed at PwC in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had a screening call with HR followed by a technical phone interview. This lead into an onsite interview with 1 partner and 1 director. Offer was given quickly and started less than a month later.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Situation did not lend towards negotiation, but negotiation was not necessary offer was as discussed/promised.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Advisory Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 months - interviewed at PwC in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Process is very lengthy but purposely. The inteview is situational based to get to know the person. Interview process gives a very accurate picture of the company and what to expect. The process is very structured and organized.

    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  McLean, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Best way to get in is get referred for a specific position. Do not ask a friend to generally refer you. Nothing will come of it. You need to research and know what position you should apply for. There will be multiple interviews on the phone before an on-site interview. Usually openings are for specific needs so tailor your resume and answers to the job description if you want the job. There are very few generalist openings.

    Interview Questions
    • I've never seen anything too crazy asked, but PwC is in a very entrepreneurial state for a big company in advisory right now. If you can't understand that work isn't just dropped in front of you to do and that you have to do things to grow the business and client footprints than it probably isn't a good fit for you.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, but if you do negotiate it is directly with the partner you will be working for.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Advisory Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through other source - interviewed at PwC in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    My firm got bought out by PwC.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Quick
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at PwC in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Quick, easy
    Pass through, not much of an effort
    Recruiting really good, did not get the staff augmentation feel.
    Multiple interviews
    Great group of sellers

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  McLean, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at PwC in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    The procecss took some time to schedule. One the face to face interview was conducted, I received an offer within a week.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the action and impact of one of the most significant projects.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No. I was not able to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tax Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  McLean, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was similar to that of all of the "Big Four" accounting firms that I interviewed with, in that it consisted of a round of on-campus interviews, followed by a second round of in-office interviews. The people that I met throughout were a wide variety of PWC employees from all levels of the corporation, and I felt like I got a better understanding of what the culture there was like than at some of the other firms where I did not get to meet as many employees.

    I ultimately chose PWC because I felt that of the firms I received offers from (there were 7 of them), they had the best mixture of work ethic and being laid back. I did not speak to anyone who was not very welcoming.

    Interview Questions
    • What exactly do you think my average day is like at PWC?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Risk Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    I go to one of their target school, applied to their System Process Assurance (not merged with internal audit as Risk Assurance).

    Everything was very standard, applied through the school's system, got invited to a couple of pre-interview meet & greet sessions, first round (was interviewed by a partner from another office). Waited 2 weeks to hear back, got into second round, which is an office visit.

    The office visit wasn't well set up as the other big three. (There was no one to greet you at the hotel, no information package, no breakfast) But other than these minor details, everything else was standard. Stayed at Ritz-Carlton for a night, and was taken out to a nice restuarant. The dinner was part of the interview process, they want to assess how you interact in a casual yet professional manners, and see if you can hold a conversation. The next morning was the office visit and 3 interviews with managers, directors or partners.

    All the interviews were behavioral in nature. Because I had a summer intership experience in a relevant industry, I feel that they were pretty confident in my capability, so they didn't really ask me any tough questions. The 4 interviews (including the first round) were all like conversation, we shared our backgrounds, discusses a little bit about the cloud computing trends, even movies and classes I'm taking in college. I know my case may not be typical, but i really like the experience, despite the office visit wasn't set up as nicely as the other big 3 in terms of minor details.

    I'm still deciding if I should take the offer, the relatively low starting pay is a concern.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me about the other competing offers.   View Answer
    • This may not be a question. But I had a long conversation (about 15 mins) with a director, we talked about the SAS 70, SOX and other regulations, and debated a little bit about their purposes. I really like the intellectual conversation, and I feel the director felt the same way, and they might have differentiated me from other applicants.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  McLean, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    The first round interview consisted of a one-on-one interview with a manager in the industry vertical that I was interested in within the Advisory Practice. The interview was a very standard behavioral type where he assessed my personality and experience by asking questions about my resume. About halfway through the interview, I was asked to role play with the manager as if I was a lead consultant on a particular issue.

    The second round interview consisted of an in-office, all-day event where each interviewee was assigned a mentor who took us to the interview locations and answered any informal questions. All the interviewees went to a conference room to do an "ice breaker." After that we all had individualized interview and tour schedules for the day. One important piece of advice: the mentor also submits feedback on your fit within the organization. The three final-round interviews were also behavioral, but the partners and directors asked more specific questions about my interest in consulting, PwC, and experience that would make me well suited for the company.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There really is minimal negotiation room for recent graduates.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by a friend (who was a Manager) who submitted my resume. I was contacted by an HR leader who held the first screening over the phone. Within a day, I was told that they are interested in me coming in for a series of office interviews, which would take about 3 hours. The first interview was with a managing director who mostly read my resume and said that my skills were mostly what they needed. The second interview was with a director who asked more difficult questions related to my audit experience. The third interview was with a senior partner who asked softball questions. The fourth interview was with an HR staffer who asked standard recruiting questions and confirmed my previous employers. After a week, I was asked to perform a security screening over the phone with PwC's security director. The next day I was offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked how I would support a team of 30 individuals who were not collocated and were constantly on the move.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I gave them my salary requirement over the phone. Within a day, HR called and said that my request was higher than others within the staff class. They gave me the highest salary on their internal scale and a bonus to cover the difference.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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