PwC Advisory Associate Interview Questions

Updated Aug 26, 2014
Updated Aug 26, 2014
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Advisory Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
Application Details

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2010.

Interview Details

For as big as PwC is, I felt that they spent a very minimal amount of time with candidates. I think that is a mix of their ability to quickly judge fit and skills and because of how large the organization is. It was informative but was hard to get an idea of what I would be doing specifically.

Interview Questions
  • Tell me about a time you worked through a process from start to finish? Can you draw that process on the board for me?   Answer Question
No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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  1. 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 weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    I met with a VP for an on campus interview. It was a typical behavioral and resume interview. The questions were not very difficult.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you displayed skills in leadership?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    Someone came to my school to speak about the company and encouraged us to apply. I sent in my resume and was contacted to participate in a first-round personal interview on my campus. After that, they invited me to their office for a second-round interview with 3 different individuals for 30 minutes each.

    In general, the questions were much more geared towards what kind of person you were and how strong your soft skills were, instead of technical skills and knowledge. After working here, I believe the Firm has an attitude that they can teach you the technical skills you will need and even coach your behavior, but they want to make sure you are the kind of person they would want to work with on their projects and they would feel comfortable putting in front of their clients.

    Extra emphasis is placed on how comfortable and professional the person was. Oh, and table manners at the post-interview lunch and pre-interview dinner will be a factor, so be on your best behavior all the way until you completely leave the office.

    Interview Questions
    • At this company we work a lot in teams. Describe a time you worked in a team and what you did to facilitate the success of the team's goal.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation for college hires. They have a fixed agreement they offer everyone, and it is a take it or leave it situation. It may be different for experienced industry hires.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Advisory Associate Interview

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

    The process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC in July 2008.

    Interview Details

    Applied for the position via online job posting. Received an email to schedule a phone interview. After the phone interview had 3 back to back interviews with directors of the company. Interview was conversational, discussion about the resume, director's had very similar questions. It was very laid back. After the interview, associates took a few of us to lunch. Dont let your guards down, they are also interviewers.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    The process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was pretty standard. It consisted of 3 rounds. The second round was only somewhat technical in that I was asked how I felt about the federal governments involvement in the GM bankruptcy. Everything else asked was about my resume and personal life.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you feel about the government's role in the GM bankruptcy?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when your classmates were struggling with a certain issue and you provided insight that allowed everyone to find the solution.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated nothing.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 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 an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in July 2008.

    Interview Details

    Had an initial phone conversation where the recruiter asked what I was looking for. I was coming from an engineering manufacturing company where I had a background in Continuous Improvement and Supply Chain Management. Followed by an in-person interview with two senior associates, and a manger. After that initial round of interviews, I was called the next day to set up a final interview with a Managing Director. Usually they have you interview with Managers and a Director and the final round with a Partner, but I guess this team was different.

    I received a call the next business day with a verbal offer where I negotiated for a sign-on bonus. I received the written offer later that afternoon and accepted the offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It was over the phone with the recruiter. She offered me a base and I asked for more. She said she would check with the Managing Director and came back about 10 minutes later saying that the MD approved a sign-on bonus, but that was as high as they would go.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    The people at PwC were great. The final interview day consisted of three one-on-one interviews where we just talked about my experiences and what it's like to work at the firm. They really tried to get to know me instead of simply asking scripted questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 week - interviewed at PwC in June 2008.

    Interview Details

    The recruiting process on campus all together lasted a full semester with many entertaining social events and opportunities to mingle with the people you could eventually be working with. Everyone was always extremely kind and willing to do anything they could to help you. After an on-campus interview, you may be offered a chance to travel to the office for a visit to tour the facility. During this time you will be presented with a group information session, as well as three interviews--oh yeah and they put you up in expensive hotels and take you to eat at expensive restaurants, but concentrate on the interviews :-) You will interview with someone just above your level, usually a senior associate; this one is mainly behavioral. You will next have a more technical interview (in my case, because my position was rather technical). The last interview is another behavioral interview, only this time you are interviewing with a partner in the practice. Don't freak out--the partners are very down-to-earth and are just as easy to talk to as your best friend. Just don't become too informal during the process. After leaving the office I had a call the next day with the results of the interview and my offer letter with the next week.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It's best to have a second offer letter to use as leverage during negotiation, but I actually didn't even interview at another firm, so of course that was out of the question for me. I was still able to negotiate an additional $5000 per year, although they seem at first as though the salary is set and there is nothing they can do about it. I never actually heard back from them about it until I got a duplicate offer letter in the mail that had my new salary on it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2007.

    Interview Details

    The interview process began with a half hour one on one interview on campus. After that, I was contacted for a second interview referred to as the office visit. PwC took all the candidates to dinner the night before to give us an opportunity to network with and observe the people who work there. I felt this was a good opportunity to prove you could interact well and provide a good first impression. The following day, the office visit took place. First, they provided breakfast and a presentation on their company. I really appreciated that part of the day because they exposed you to the exciting opportunities they had to offer, and it really helped reinforce why you were there. After that, three separate interviews were conducted. They were a little intimidating, but the interviewers did a good job at making you feel comfortable. There was a lot of emphasis on my point of view and any questions I had, so I would suggest having a few questions in mind before the office visit. Finally, they took us to lunch to finish the day and contacted me shortly afterward. Overall, it was an exciting experience, and I feel that PwC has a great process.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the most difficult experience you have had when working with others? Why, how did it get to that point, and how did you handle it? What would you change? How did this affect you?   View Answer
    • After what you've seen so far, what else would you like to know/interests you about our company?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2008.

    Interview Details

    This process began with on-campus recruitment where PwC visited and conducted first round interviews. A dinner with people from the team I was interviewing for was held the night before which was incredibly helpful and allowed for great insight into the interview the next day. This initial interview was a fairly easy behavioral interview, b/c I had made my impression already the night before at dinner (I sat next to the person who interviewed me). The next step was a full day interview on-site at the PwC building in NYC. I interviewed with 3 people - HR and 2 managers on the team. There was a lunch with a peer where I was able to ask additional questions, and a panel where I heard from recent hires. The day was long, but it was done well. The interviews did not involve a case, but were very behavioral and situationally based. Lots of examples were requested and details were required. Finally, there was a 1 hour interview with the head partner over the phone which was supposed to be a formality. It turned into a pretty detailed and specific interview about what I had done and what I wanted to do. I believe this last interview played a role in my negotiation. Overall culture was impressive, and build upon a platform of a "coaching environment". Overall office atmosphere was busy, but light-hearted.

    Interview Questions
    • Please describe for me an experience when you were asked to lead a team. Walk me through your initial thought process regarding setting it up, forming the team. What went right? What went wrong? Be more specific. Okay, now take me back before that and tell me what you were thinking. Why were you thinking that? What experiences in the past helped you to think that way? Okay, let's go back to where we were. Etc.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Very little. However I did try. I had another offer on the table for significantly more money, at a higher pay grade. But, the other company was inferior, and thus there were fewer long term prospects. I went back and forth with my HR representative, who in turn was going back and forth with a partner in the group I was accepted into. I would suggest always negotiating, but be careful, and consider the economic times. Do your homework and understand what you are worth, benchmark against other companies in the area so you know your range and consider negotiating for things OTHER than salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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