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No Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY Oct 2012 – Reviewed Oct 21, 2012
Interview Details – I just took part in the first round on-campus interview, and my interviewer is a partner from tax department. He is not very talkative, only asked me 2-3 simple questions.
Interview Question – Why you choose this university? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY Oct 2011 – Reviewed Sep 19, 2012
Interview Details – On campus recruiting event, followed by on campus interview, followed by Superday (group panel discussion among all interviewees, 3 interviews with HR, Partner, and a Manager, and a lunch) in NYC. Very important to speak up during group panel discussion and ask a question. Don't ask a question just to ask -- think before you ask.
Interview Question – Describe a time that you took a leadership role on a project. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY Nov 2011 – Reviewed Jul 18, 2012
Interview Details – Started of with an on campus interview with a partner who was an alum. It went very well. It was more of a discussion than an interview. Very pleasant. Got a call back for a second round interview at the NYC office. Met with three separate interviewers. They were all very cordial and easy to talk to. We went over my resume and had discussions about our goals, the company, and accounting in general. Got the call that day that I had been extended an offer.
Interview Question – How do you see yourself helping the audit team as a first year employee? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Boston, MA Aug 2009 – Reviewed Jun 23, 2012
Interview Details – The interview process were based on questions regarding your personality, and work style. There is a type that they look for - nice, amicable, not too forward people - and you definitely need to be nice during your interview.
Negotiation Details – No.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY Nov 2011 – Reviewed Jun 14, 2012
Interview Details –
The process is very exiting. Nothing to be nerves about. Everyone is very nice and professional. Personally I had a great time at the interview. I have never been to an interview before that is actually fun and interesting.
Make sure to prepare questions regarding the job, company, industry, and news happening at the moment. It is important to be yourself and enjoy the day.
Interview Question – Provide an episode in your life where you had to be a team leader? How did you deal with difficult team members? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Sacramento, CA Dec 2011 – Reviewed May 31, 2012
Interview Details – Interview process was much less painful than I thought. People were very friendly.
Interview Question – Describe a work situation where you were in a conflict and how did you resolve that conflict? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Dallas, TX May 2012 – Reviewed May 15, 2012
Interview Details – The whole process involved three interviews. I obtained my first interview through a alumni who works at the office I interviewed with, and who I had been networking with for about a year. He visited my school to conduct interviews, and a week after meeting with him I did a phone interview with a senior manager. From there I had to wait about a month to fly out to their office where I interviewed with a partner and two other senior managers.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you had to work in a group, and someone wasn't pulling their weight. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY Sep 2011 – Reviewed Apr 27, 2012
Interview Details – First round campus interview. Second round office interview.
Negotiation Details – No negotiation at all.
Declined Offer – Interviewed in San Jose, CA Oct 2011 – Reviewed Mar 23, 2012
Interview Details –
The are two rounds of interviews held at the Company office site. Usually the interviews are held by a head recruiter and/or managers and higher position personnel.
There is one 1:1 interview during the first round, which lasts about 30 min. The questions are mostly behavior based and related to the resume.
Before the second round, there is a pre-interview dinner held usually by staff and seniors. The second round consists of Company overview presentation, three 1:1 interviews, and a lunch. The interviews last about 30-45 min each, and all have behavior based and resume related questions. At least one interviewer will be a partner. After the second round interview, candidates will usually hear back by the end of the same day for an offer.
Generally, everyone is very friendly (probably the most friendly employees among the Big4) and the office is clean.
1) For on-campus recruiting, speak to the recruiters as much as possible at school organized events. Also, ensure to attend PwC organized events, and speak to recruiters and anyone above manager level. Recruiters will pick out who they remember when selecting first round interview candidates.
2) Always send thank you e-mails to interviewers after the interviews (usually within the same day), since not sending one could be detrimental during the recruiting process.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where a group member was not cooperative, and what did you do to resolve it? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – PwC employees are known to have the longest hours to work among the Big 4 (at least for the San Jose office). It also takes the longest time to be promoted from one level to another (i.e. from staff to senior, and to manager), although the amount of yearly raise and benefit plans somewhat make it up.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in San Jose, CA Jan 2010 – Reviewed Feb 28, 2012
Interview Details – They will have an on campus interview and then a 2nd round interview in the office that you are applying for. No technical questions - all behavior.
Interview Question – Why auditing? Answer Question
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