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PwC Tax Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
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I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2012.

Interview Details – On campus interview. Seemed like only those who were invited to the second round of interviews were contacted after the interview

Interview Question – Don't fit the mole of the typical college graduate. Why should I hire you?   Answer Question

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I applied online - interviewed at PwC in February 2012.

Interview Details – Started with a phone interview with an HR rep who was really nice. We chatted for about 45 minutes and he told me I was his number one candidate and set up an in person for the following week. I met with two a manager and the person I would be replacing for lunch. They took me to a nice restaurant near by and we talked and chatted about the position. Mostly them informing me on what the position consisted of. I then had 4, 30 minute interviews with various managers and a partner. They were all really nice and didn't ask me anything too difficult. I felt it went extremely well. A few days later they told me that it was down to me and one other person and they wanted to have one more phone interview to make a decision. They wanted to know my background a little more and see how it applied to the position and asked me a difficult question I stumbled over a little. I didn't get the job but they liked me and said they will keep in mind. I am currently in the process of interviewing for a different position with them.

Interview Question – Question about my statistical software usage.   Answer Question

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Minneapolis, MN

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

Interview Details – Consisted of an on campus interview followed by a half day series of in office interviews. In total there were 4 interviews with various levels of individuals. Interviews were fairly informal and consisted of a conversation as opposed to behavioral questions. Be ready to explain everything on your resume.

Also take note to talk to as many other individuals within the firm as possible during the recruitment process as everyone you meet will have some input within the final hiring decision.

Interview Question – Not unexpected but most everyone asked why PwC as opposed to the other Big 4 companies and why tax instead of audit.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation readily available because there are so many individuals that apply for these jobs and all Big 4 companies most likely are paying the same.

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Tax Associate

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2012.

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!

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Houston, TX

I applied through college or university - interviewed at PwC in March 2013.

Interview Details – applied through campus, and a partner from Houston came to interview us. Secured a second round interview 2 weeks later, and around 2-3 weeks later they flew me and several intern candidates down to Houston. We were each paired up with a buddy, and had dinner together a group of pwc employees. After the dinner, we went to the hotel lobby and just hung out and talked together. The next morning, they took us to a nice place for breakfast, and then we headed off to our interviews. After our interviews were done, they took us out to lunch.

Overall the recruiting process was very smooth, and the pwc people were very warm and welcoming. The interviewers were very nice as well. I've been to 2 other big 4 second round interviews in NYC before, and PwC did an overall much better job in making us feel welcomed and making sure we were comfortable. You can just see in the fact that they took us out 3 times...in New York, they took us out once.

Interview Question – After a brief interview with one of the managers (second round), the manager kept asking me if I had any questions. I had prepared about 5 questions and asked them all, and at that point he still asked me to keep asking questions (and I was out of questions at that point), so I ended up asking some very general questions. So make sure you have a lotttt of questions when you interview.   Answer Question

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Interview Details – Always a good experience - recruiter kept me in the loop with each round, and was very warm. They also took everyone who got offers out for a fun cooking class with their professionals (including partners!!)

Interview Question – Tell me about a time that changed you, how did it change you   Answer Question

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Interview Details – The interview traditionally takes place in two stages. First, there is an on campus interview followed by the office interview. I had an on campus interview but was not invited to the office interview. The office interview went for about 30-45 minutes. It took them about two weeks to get back to me.

Interview Question – The only question I was asked was "Tell me about yourself"   Answer Question

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Dallas, TX

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

Interview Details – There were three interviews scheduled. The environment was very relaxed. Everyone was very friendly. It was slightly busy because they were preparing for tax season. Each interview lasted about 30 minutes. The interviewers mostly discussed different projects that were planned and the roles that I would play. I was taken out to lunch with some of the interviewers, which was the most difficult for me. It was difficult because the restaurant was loud and most of the topics discussed at the table were centered around how many houses everyone had, the amount of travel points everyone had, and issues that they had at work. It was difficult to relate to them.

Interview Question – Questions were easy, but I did not expect to interview with someone extremely technical especially since I am a recent college graduate.   Answer Question

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Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at PwC in November 2011.

Interview Details – I originally had a phone interview first. Then I was invited in to the office to interview with two managers. I was finally invited back for a third interview with the partner that I would be working under. All of these interviews happened within 10 days. I received an offer only one day after my interview with the partner. From my experience the interview process at PWC is very accelerated. I was invited back immediately following each interview. I also realized that if you were not able to make it to the next interview slot they selected that you probably won't be able to have a second chance, it's just that fast.

Interview Question – Are you willing to work overtime for an extended period of time in order to meet client deadlines? Give an example of how you might have encountered this in the past.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Since I was accepted as a new hire, I was told that my salary was non-negotiable. Believe me, I tried to negotiate just about anything possible, but soon realized that it wasn't going to be successful.

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Tax Associate
Tampa, FL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC in September 2012.

Interview Details – I got a call from a recruiter. They found my linkedin profile interesting and wanted me to come in for an interview. The interview was really long with 12 different interviewers coming in shifts. The questions were all pretty simple though. I got contacted with an offer a few days later, but they have a ton of stuff you have to do before they let you start. Their estimated start date for me is 90 days after I signed a contract with them.

Interview Question – None were particularly difficult   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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