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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in July 2015.
Absolutely no candidate should have to go through what I did over the past 5 months. What started out as a very promising career prospect turned out to be full of false promises, fairy tales and hokum. This experience seemed at times to be like watching a TV show that should have been canceled after the 1st episode. The interview process started out at the end of March 2015, as one would expect, with a series of phone interviews. The phone interviews took place with several Advisory Managers and an Advisory Director. The phone interviews went very well and after the conclusion of the phone interviews I was told that HR would be contacting me within the next week to schedule an on-site interview. This is when it fell apart, HR did not call until 2 months later. The Advisory Director explained that HR was in the process of annual reviews and did not have time to schedule interviews. I should have walked away at that time but I gave them the benefit and continued the conversation. HR finally called and went through the typical HR items. The call concluded with HR stating that a Partner would be calling me later in the week for a final phone interview. But wait a minute I thought the phone interviews were over and it was time for the on-site interview. Okay so maybe I misunderstood the Advisory Director so I went along with it and had a conversation with the Partner. The Partner called and we had the typical phone interview again and I was told that I would now have to wait until after the July 4th holiday before the on-site interview would take place. I thought again that it makes sense it the summer and lots of people are on vacation. So after the holiday I finally get a call from HR stating that my on-site interview would take place in Houston during mid-July. Another week went by without any updates or travel arrangements from HR. Then HR finally called me on a Wednesday and wanted me in Atlanta on Friday. Here again it changed from what I was told to something completely else. The on-site interviews were scheduled to consist of 3 different interviewers lasting about 45 min each. The first interview was with another Advisory Manager and was nothing more that the typical HR questions. The next interview was with an Advisory Director and went right up to the 45min mark and was a little more technical. Now here comes the interesting part, the last interview was to be with the Advisory Director that I had the previous phone conversations with. This Director could not be found by the staff. After almost 30 minutes elapsed the Director was found. The disturbing part was not that the Director was late but was surprised that he was required to be there to conduct an interview. The conversation lasted about 15 minutes and concluded with saying that next steps would be for them to make me an offer after their annual Partner/Director meeting in Orlando the following week. The Director also said he would call me later that evening and let me know how the debrief call went. Well sadly he never called and did not respond to my emails or calls. So after 2 weeks I then decided to call HR and see if they had a status update. I got the same non-response from HR. I finally received a call from HR stating that they now wanted me to have another phone interview with another Partner. This was a little alarming to me so I contacted the original Advisory Director, this time I actually got through. I was told that during their meeting in Orlando it was decided that there was going to be a hiring freeze due to a slow down in the oil and gas sector. I was assured however that I would be starting work after September 1 so I went along with it, I should have known better. Several more weeks have elapsed since the last call and I had all but given up and moved onto another opportunity then I get a call from the hiring Partner on 8/20. Finally I get a verbal offer and it was 25% higher that what I was expecting. I was told that HR would be getting an offer letter put together and have it out to me by the first of the week. I was so excited thinking to myself waiting really did pay off. I was wrong to think that because there was not a offer letter from HR and no return call from the Partner until Wednesday this week. I saw that the Partner called my phone but did not leave a voicemail. I called the Partner back as soon as I could and I just knew that I would be again receiving good news. Wrong again, there was not any good news this time from the Partner. I was told that they received push back on the offer from others in the organization due to too many people being on the bench and I could wait a little longer but no promises. I stated that I could no longer wait and wished them all the best. My advice to PwC is please don't lead people on and please make improvements to the communications between hiring department, HR and candidates.
- Typical interview questions consisting of both technical and non-technical questions. Answer Question
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I applied online. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in May 2015.
The interview began with a company overview addressed to the entire interview group. The overview covered PwC as company and also the culture/hierarchy at the service delivery center in Columbia, SC. After the overview, each interviewee met individually with 3 different managers in 30 minute intervals. The interview was laidback and conversational. It largely addressed knowledge of AML and skill sets, as well as flexibility and ability to easily switch roles. PWC is interviewing throughout the SE for positions based in Columbia, SC.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in February 2015.
Standard interview process: Preliminary phone interview - behavioral questions on leadership On-campus interview - 2 behavioral rounds and 1 case interview Behavioral rounds were conducted by partners and were based on the PwC framework. They were really laid back and very nice to talk to. Case interview with a manager in the industry on which your case in based. The employees are there to answer any questions and it looked like a fun working environment. Good experience and not a very tough interview process.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA).
Did the whole on campus recruiting/networking it was pretty easy. Just be yourself. Next, PwC had a lot of socials where you meet a lot of professionals. Every interview I had was all conversational and did not get one behavioral question.
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I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in October 2014.
Applied online. Emailed me to interview after like 2 weeks. The whole interview was pretty standard. Went over the resume first. Then some behavior questions. Some small talks. And my questions at the end. The whole interview took like 30mins. Got emailed a week after saying I don't get to go to the second round.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in February 2014.
Interviewed for Internal Audit Manager in the Atlanta Risk Assurance group. Great HR support and fast communication and in office interview. They got back to me with a very resolvable offer within a week after the interview and noted that the offer will be extended the day after the office interview.
- None. Very standard questions regarding previous experience and future goals Answer Question
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in June 2013.
Phone interview about a week later invited to the career . Absolutely love the company people where very nice. They paid for hotel and lunch and travel. Each person had a mentor with them for the day to ask questions and show them around the office .
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in April 2013.
I interviewed for this position after an employee recommended me for the role. The process initially was fairly straightforward. I had a telephone interview with a HR rep, submitted further writing samples, then participated in a telephone interview with the supervisor. They brought me in for a face-to-face interview within two weeks of the initial resume submission. The actual live interview was quite intense. Over the period of an entire afternoon, I individually met with seven people from all levels of the team from the VP to managing partners to managers to senior associates. Time was limited to only 30 minutes with each person, scheduled back-to-back with no break. With each interviewer, they spent more than half the time talking about themselves, their role and their experience with PwC. They explained more about the Client Driver position and its significance within the team. I asked varying questions of each of them related to the position itself: What are the day-to-day responsibilities in the role? What is the ramp-up period for new employees? Why did the previous staff member leave the role? What is the greatest challenge? Why do you like working here? How have you advanced in PwC?, etc.... The final person I met with was the supervisor who conducted the previous phone interview. We chatted casually about the role, my experience and the expectations of the position. All in all, I felt it went very well, and looking back, there is nothing I would've changed about my answers, behaviors or impression. They promised to get back to me within the week, but of course, I did not hear from anyone during that time. I reached out to the HR person, who called a week later and told me that "they decided to go in a different direction". I asked for feedback, and they said that I did not ask enough questions. Frankly, in the interview format and the time allowed, I asked as many questions as I could!
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA) in March 2013.
First round interview on campus and then I received an invitation to go to the Atlanta office a couple weeks after by phone. Went as a part of a Super day and interviewed with two managers and a partner. There was one other for my position and 5 going for full-time positions. Received an email next day about not being considered further.
- Behavioral questions and questions like why PwC? whats your interest in Security? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at PwC (Atlanta, GA).
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.
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