PwC Associate Consultant Interview Questions

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Associate Consultant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2013.

Interview Details

Process was very straightforward. Most of the recruiters are a combination of very sociable and kind people who really enjoy working with the company. Most interviews up till the final round are mostly behavioral with a little technology question and problem solving scenarios thrown in the mix.

Interview Questions
  • Most difficult question was the case study given to me, since my major is not in buisness.   View Answer
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    I was recruited through my college. It featured a social the day before the on-campus interviewed. I met a handful of directors,managers, and consultants, and one would be the manager to my respective department. The first round was behavioral just asking about my background. The second round was located at their office and it was 3 behavioral interviews with their managers/directors.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at PwC in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process is fair and transparent and we were interviewed on campus after the first round there was an interview with the panel and the hiring decisions were announced in few days.

    Interview Questions
    • Case Study question from sample case studies given on consulting company's website   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was satisfied with the offer of the company and didnt feel any need to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tampa, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months - interviewed at PwC in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Snobby culture. Interview standard. Review background and listen to them talk and talk

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant 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 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    I did a phone interview with a very nice consultant from PwC, which went well. Then I was asked back for a Superday round of interviews. I was totally unimpressed with my "Superday" experience; I feel like I just got unlucky. This consisted of a presentation about the company (I had researched and already knew everything they told us, so that seemed rather pointless), and then three behavioral interviews, followed by a lunch with the whole group of interviewees (about 15 of us). The interviews themselves were easy (no difficult, stumping questions) but it was hard for me to convey that I was a better candidate, especially since it seemed that I didn't interview with anyone particularly important.

    The host leading me around had 1 month of experience working at the company, hardly knew where anything was, and clearly had no pull in whether I would get hired or not. While other people from my school got to interview with a partner at the firm who is an alumni from my university, I did not, which seems completely unfair. There were 5 people their from my university. Three of them got to interview with the partner who was an alum, and those were the 3 who got hired. The other girl and I, who interviewed with a different partner, did not. Looking strictly at merit, I think we are the better two candidates, but clearly PwC takes the "who you know not what you know" approach. Also, it seemed that PwC was a pretty superficial company, overall. My interview process was unorganized and frustrating. They sent us the itinerary less than 24 hours before, although it was promised at least 2 days before, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • When is a time you had a lot to balance and couldn't quite possibly get it all done? How did you handle that?   Answer Question
    • Do you like New York City?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I had 3 phone interviews, the 1st one was with the HR which consisted of basic questions the other 2 were with managers which were 30min and 15min long. The 4th round was at the Boston office where I had to meet 7 people which included 2 Partners, 1 Director. It was interactive and all of them were very easy to talk to.

    Interview Questions
    • Mention an incident where you faced a problem with a team member?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    I started my application online by completing a standard application form with all my education and work experience details. This was followed by a long personality questionnaire, I think there were over 100 options to go through and chose which option sounded most like you or least like you. At this stage I was also asked to complete a numerical test and logical reasoning test. Having done A-Level Maths I found the numerical test fine, and the logical reasoning was mainly sequences of patterns. I received immediate feedback on my performance which was really useful.

    The next stage was a phone interview which lasted about 40 mins and covered general HR questions, nothing surprised me or tricked me but you do need to be up to scratch with your business and UK news.

    I really enjoyed the half day assessment centre which repeated the logical and numerical tests, included a group discussion exercise involving a little bit of maths, good time keeping and general communication. The final part was a written exercise which involved reading quite a large pack, and then summarising the content and giving recommendations to a client on their potential choices.

    Finally my face to face interview was about 45 minutes and was quite relaxed and informal. Generally I think it was just to test out that if they put me in front of a client I would give out the right impression.

    Interview Questions
    • I have to say the question I found most difficult to answer was "how would you describe consulting?" It's really difficult to put into a succinct sentence as it involves so much!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was very happy with my offer so I did not attempt to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Got a call from a director asking me to come in for a formal interview. Interview with senior manager and senior consultant

    Interview Questions
    • What is the cultural difference between advisory and assurance?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    The initial phone interview with a consultant was basic and gave me a favorable impression. They then flew me out to their Calgary location. The day consisted of an 1 on 1 interview with a senior partner, which was straightforward. There was also an office tour. The toughest portion was a group exercise with about 5 other interviewees where the task is to comb through a case study and provide a recommendation. They was a follow up written assessment where you have to summarize your findings.

    Interview Questions
    • It was a case study about a resort in Asian wanting to earn an eco-friendly certification.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    There were 4 stages to their hiring process for this particular position.
    1. Submit online application, resume and cover letter.
    2. One on one interview (mostly behavioural) with a director
    3. One on one interview with a partner (mostly behavioural)
    4. Group assessment in their office, this consisted of a group consulting case, group discussion, individual review, and a writing test.

    Offer was made the same day as the group assessment.

    Overall it was a great process, but make sure you do a great deal of preparation. Know about them and their competitors, have your STAR examples ready and try to be upbeat and funny!

    Also be expected to be asked for more detail on every answer you give.

    Interview Questions
    • What is a flash mob (i had been talking about a marketing case competition)

      Most of the questions were listed on this website, but prepare more examples than listed. For example one question cited said they were asked for two examples, I had the same question but was asked for 3 ("Give 3 examples of when you had to change the way you communicated).
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    This was an entry level position, for recent university grads (and includes two years of rotational training), so I did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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