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PwC Advisory Senior Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 8, 2014
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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at PwC in July 2014.

Interview Details – I applied through a referral. I was contacted by HR-initial phone screen, phone interview with a Director level, then in-person interview with 3 personnel (Principal, Managing Director, Manager). Questions were mostly behavioral and technical, I thought I answered them well and showed great enthusiasm and knowledge of the firm and its operations. I asked a lot of thought-provoking questions. During second phone interview, they wanted something more specific and targeted within my background and skill-set as the 2nd interviewer was iffy on proceeding with me or not to the next round. Had great dialogue with the in-person interviewers as well & I was a seasoned consulting former employee at one of their prime competitors. Pretty shocked they decided not to pursue my candidacy.

Interview Question – Dig deeper into a specific work situation or issue- how would you go about doing that differently? What was the most challenging part of a specific assignment or role?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2010.

Interview Details – This was for MBA hires and they did 2 rounds of interviews, one at campus and one in their offices for final rounds. The first round was a combination of behavioral and situational interviews and they asked basic questions around why consulting and why PwC. Second and final interview rounds included a case questions and another behavioral

Interview Question – Who I'd want to meet that I haven't   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
Atlanta, GA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at PwC in January 2012.

Interview Details – Interview Process is ok. Not really tiresome. First HR will call to know you current job status, interest level and so on. Then there will be a telephonic interview. Then face to face interview with 4 or more ppl for 4 hrs. Process can be longer anything from 4 weeks - 8 weeks. Sometime they will not let you know abt ur result for 4 weeks. Depends on demand for resource.

Interview Question – Standard industry question.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


Accepted Offer

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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at PwC in January 2013.

Interview Details – on campus recruitment, so first networking with alumni, and then resume screen, first round interview was on campus and second round was at home office, including case presentation and behavioral questions

Interview Question – Why you?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at PwC in March 2011.

Interview Details – Two phone interviews, one full day of round-robin

Interview Question – Standard interview questions for management consulting, but no case study questions for experienced hires   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Difficult Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details – Two rounds; one case one behavioural

Interview Question – How can a international beverage company cut costs?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
McLean, VA

I applied through a recruiter and 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 Question – 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

Difficult Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through college or university and interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details – The PwC hiring and interview process was the most positive of all companies in the MBA campus recruiting program for me. The recruiting managers, junior and senior staff (including directors and partners) were all very friendly and helpful throughout the networking and interview events. The written case interview in the final round was also much more realistic than those at other firms.

Interview Question – PwC Advisory has many groups/teams that specialize in various industries and functions. One important question to be able to answer is, "Why this group over other groups?". As I could have fit into more than one group based on my background, it was difficult to explain why I wanted to join one over the other.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in February 2013.

Interview Details – 2 rounds: 1st round is mostly behavioral, with 1-2 interviewers and focuses on "what you bring on the table". They pay attention to the behavioral part and your stories, rather than technical skills and cases. People who are personable and demonstrate they are good fit will advance to 2nd round

2nd round is 3 interviewers (1 behavioral - 1 case - 1 "fit"). Case is sent in advance to candidates to prepare, and case questions are given on interview day. If 1st round was on-campus, then 2nd round is mostly held at a main PwC office. Case is hard and industry-agnostic. Interviewers are Directors, MDs, and Partners.

Interview Question – Cannot determine most difficult question - the case was challenging and demanded end-to-end approach, had to deliver solution in no more than 20 mins   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at PwC.

Interview Details – Was introduced to Capital Projects by a partner. From there, the process was pretty rigorous. Be prepared for no less than 4 interviews. I had 6 in total, from HR Manager through Principal. Interviews were great and team seems strong. Biggest concern was HR switched managers during final hiring so salary negotiations became a bit more difficult. In the end got a solid offer though.

Interview Question – How much do you currently make? Don't believe what you read on the internet! It was a relief stating my salary. Why would I want to go through a 4 month hiring process only to find out that the expectations were way off?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The compensation is good to start: 3 weeks off, shut down during Christmas. Tough to change. I did ask for a sign-on bonus though and got it.

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