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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Minneapolis, MN May 2013 – Reviewed May 26, 2013
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My experience with the PwC recruiting process was exceptional. It was a challenge at first, as PwC doesn't recruit at my school, but by creating a profile on their website and clicking a link to contact my local recruiter, I was able to get in touch with someone.
The promptness of communication was second to none, and I was able to exchange a number of emails with my recruiter over the course of a couple of weeks to get a feel for what the best steps would be for me while looking into PwC. I was initially invited in for their Sneak Peek program where a small group of students heard presentations from Managers or Directors in each major business group in their Minneapolis office. We were then individually taken out to lunch by an associate and had the opportunity to chat and ask questions. My guess is that this is part of their vetting process - can you carry on a conversation and are you an easy person to get along with in a social setting?
The following week, I was invited in for an interview for a winter internship in assurance. We scheduled the interview two and a half weeks out as I was in the midst of finals by then. When I arrived for my interview, I was greeted by an associate that would be responsible for bringing me to my interviews and taking me out to lunch afterwards. The associate was great - very friendly and helpful.
I had three half hour interviews: first with a partner and then second two with managers. They were all very welcoming and casual. Each interview was very much just a conversation about who I was, and why I wanted to be there. I had prepared for every behavioral question under the sun, but it wasn't really like that. They worked a couple of typical questions in, but almost nothing related to my resume. I was surprised, to be honest, but I assume what they are really after is seeing if you will be a good fit in their culture. They know that you know your stuff - they can see your resume and GPA. They want to see if you can handle talking with people, working with a team and will be motivated to push out great work.
Overall, I had an awesome experience. BE YOURSELF.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiating your hourly pay for these internships, but the pay was definitely competitive. The partner who had interviewed me called me to thank me for coming in and that PwC would be extending an offer to me for a winter internship in their Assurance group. They then send you an offer letter over email and you electronically accept or decline.
Declined Offer – Reviewed May 25, 2013
Interview Details – We first had a meet the firms night, in which we had opportunity to talked to many different accounting companies. The next week we had career night for PwC in which we got to learn about the company and meet different professional. The day before the interview, we had pre-interview dinner in which we met our interviewer and other PwC professionals. The interview lasted 45 minutes. My interviewer asked me question off my resume. Interview Type: Conversational
Interview Question – Asked me questions about my resume, so the questions were not difficult. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Cincinnati, OH Feb 2009 – Reviewed May 22, 2013
Interview Details – I sought out the company by speaking to a recruiter and setting up an office visit while in school. I later interviewed on campus for a 3 day summer leadership program, which I was selected for. After a successful completion of the program, I was given an offer for an internship. After a successful internship, I was given a full-time job offer. The initial interview involved meeting with someone on campus, and they recommended me to the office I wanted to work for. If I were interviewing for the internship or full-time, I would have then had a 2nd interview at the office where I wanted to work.
Interview Question – Tell me about an experience where you were faced with adversity, and how did you handle it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They don't negotiate on price or very much at all actually. They do a lot of research as far as the market value and pay a similar salary as the other Big 4. May be able to negotiate other things such as start date and moving expenses if necesary.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Oct 2012 – Reviewed May 22, 2013
Interview Details – Why PwC? and make sure to have lots of questions prepared for the inteviewer.
Interview Question – The tax partner changed up the style of the interview and he said I would be interviewing him today. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I had a long time to relpy and they called and emailed me often to see if they could answer any additional questions. The Tax Partner even called me on Thanks Giving day when he was with his kids to ask me how I was doing and if he could answer any questions- really meant a lot to me to see how much he cared!
No Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY May 2013 – Reviewed May 20, 2013
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It is a very strenuous process that takes weeks, even months to complete. Have patience because you will need it.
1st rd - Phone screening with HR to talk about my background and what I was looking for
2nd rd - Phone interview with Mgr to discuss my background, technical skills and where I would fit in with the advisory group (ARCA)
3rd rd - Two In person interviews with a manager and senior manager. Sr Mgr was late to our meeting so we didn't have much time to talk, however we discussed my background and what he was looking for.
Mgr interview was more technical in nature and consisted of very detailed questions previous projects, what skills were used, etc.
Interview Question – What is the difference between a SQL inner join and a SQL outer join? View Answer
No Offer – Reviewed May 18, 2013
Interview Details – I applied online and got a campus interview a week later. Before the interview there was a pre-night dinner with other candidates and the interviewer. In the interview, the director did not ask any general behavioral question but just went through my resume and asked many details about all my experience.
Interview Question – To explain my research about human resource accounting did before on the resume.. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA Nov 2011 – Reviewed May 13, 2013
Interview Details – First round interview for campus hires is done at the educational institution, second round in the office. The second round interview consists of 3 back to back interviews.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you worked in a team and things did not go as planned, how did you handle the situation? Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Tysons Corner, VA Apr 2013 – Reviewed May 8, 2013
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Found through an informal job posting on my university's career center website from an alum. Emailed my resume to the alum, who then sent it to the Director, who then sent it to HR to start the interview process.
4 different phone interviews, which were pretty tough. Lots of tricky behavioral questions.
Approved for an in-person interview, with 2 partners, a manager, and a Senior Associate. They were fairly informal and easy-going. Some behavioral questions. They said they were impressed with my resume and that I'd be hearing from them "soon."
A week later, I still hadn't heard anything, so I emailed the original recruiter, who said he'd be back to me by the middle of the coming week, at the latest. When I hadn't heard from him by Friday, I emailed him again and got no response.
On Monday, my job status on their website was changed to "Not Selected." I had to call the recruiter myself later that week to confirm.
I loved the team members I interviewed with, but my treatment by HR after the fact was pitiful.
Interview Question – How do you manage competing priorities and expectations? Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Austin, TX Apr 2013 – Reviewed May 6, 2013
Interview Details – Meeting my interviewer during the pre-interview dinner was a great experience. Everybody was extremely easy to talk to and start conversations with, which automatically made it very easy for me to feel comfortable about my interview and the people I would meet. The people are honest about their work experience and diverse in their knowledge and skills.
Interview Question – My interview was pretty much a conversation. I was asked about my prior work experience, but other than that, the interviewer and I exchanged a couple of funny stories from our personal lives. The key is to ask questions and maintain your attention and curiosity throughout the interview. Answer Question
Declined Offer – Interviewed in Tampa, FL Mar 2012 – Reviewed May 4, 2013
Interview Details – Met with several staff levels individually. It was very informal and had all the "Top 100 Interview Questions". Honestly, I think they only look at your suit, quality of eye contact, ability to hold a conversation, and your GPA. It helps to have an "in".
Reason for Declining – The office is on the smaller side and there aren't that many public companies in Tampa.
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