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PwC Associate Interview Questions

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Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. I interviewed at PwC (San Francisco, CA).

Interview

Mostly behavioral questions. Asks you questions on teamwork and interpersonal skills on both rounds. First round was on-campus with one person (manager) and second round was on site with 3 people (managers and above).

Interview Questions

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at PwC (Dallas, TX) in April 2012.

    Interview

    They came to my school and interviewed for positions in the health industries advisory department. It was a panel interview, three people, two of them were alumni from my school. It was rapid fire questions, one after another. Some of them personal, many of them were industry related. I didn't get any time for questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Name three character traits about yourself. I for some reason had a hard time with this question.   Answer Question

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at PwC (Chicago, IL) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Met with two managers and two partners. Situation interview and having me run through my experiences. I was then asked a serious of questions and there was time at the end of each interview for me to ask questions about the position and the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a challenging project you worked on and how you overcame it?   1 Answer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at PwC (New York, NY) in January 2012.

    Interview

    It was through an on-campus interview. The focus of the interview is mainly on the culture fit. Unlike all the other interviews you will not get the case interview in the first round. Cases will be given to you in the second round which is usually the on-site round. Moreover case will be given to you in advance and you will need to come to the interview after solving the case. I found it good because you get the time to solve the case in advance and their is no time crunch to solve it as in other companies.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me your three weakness (I was prepared jus for one)   Answer Question

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at PwC (Houston, TX) in January 2012.

    Interview

    On campus recruiting - super easy interview day with ~ 4 people. There was a dinner the night before. Pretty stress free, just avoid being nervous at the dinner and try to talk to people about their interests rather than only business.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some methods for valuing a company? What do you want to be doing in 10 years?   Answer Question

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at PwC (San Jose, CA) in November 2011.

    Interview

    They just want to make sure you are going to work hard, excited about working for PwC, and they can put you in front of their clients.

    Negotiation

    They were pretty strict on what they would offer


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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at PwC in November 2011.

    Interview

    Submitted application through campus website and got invited to the interview on campus. Interviewed with a partner from a local office. Overall, the atmosphere was very friendly and inviting, made me feel calm and relaxed. The interviewer asked general questions about my life experiences, we talked about where I grew up and where I worked during school. I moved to United States from a different country and my interviewer previously worked in that area on his assignment so it helped to find a common topic. Interview lasted 30 minutes and later this afternoon I got a call and got an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • No difficult questions, discussed life experiences and general topics   Answer Question

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at PwC (New York, NY) in November 2011.

    Interview

    The Interview process consisted of 3 rounds. The first round was held at the Campus Recruiting Center. 2nd Round took place over the phone and finally the 3rd rounds was held at the New York office. Met with Managers the first 2 rounds, and then a partner on the last round.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work in public accounting.   1 Answer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at PwC (Phoenix, AZ) in October 2011.

    Interview

    The first day of interviews consisted of two interviews from managers and directors of the firm. The first one was very nerve wrecking and lasted for over an hour. The interview did not consist of knowledge/education awareness questions. They have already pre-screened individuals per your resume and transcript to identify individuals academically qualified. If you get to the first round, it is to see if you can talk using manners, and with a smile. Tip: smile a lot, laugh when appropriate, wear business professional (black/gray suit with a white shirt/non-colored, tie that isn't Hawaiian, POLISH your shoes). The interview is challenging because the questions and discussions have absolutely nothing to do with the field of work.

    If you make it through this interview process, you will be invited to an evening social event after which you will be introduced to your entire future prospective team. They will ALL be assessing you to see if your personality will be a good fit for the team. You will be taken out to dinner where again, the employees will outnumber the interviewees. This is again, to test your demeanor. Keep it professional, use humor, understand that these people are all human beings and want to see if they can stand working 80 hours a week with you during the busy season.

    The day after the evening social comes the real interviews. You will be given a morning presentation. After that, you will have a series of appointments for interviews (4 or 5.) Each interview will last approximately 30 - 45 minutes. You will go to lunch this day with a few employees, and a few interviewees. There should be a 1:1 ratio over lunch.

    All interviews are one on one. They are tough. They will ask you questions that pertain to your ability to handle clients in a professional manner, while delivering the quality standards that are expected to you. Be prepared. Know what your field does, and be prepared to answer what-if scenarios pertaining to client situations. Be prepared to talk to a partner during these interviews. This is the hardest day. Any interviewer has the right to object to your hiring. This is for good reason. Understand that it is part of the process, and they are in need of you.

    They need good people and if you made the office visit, you already academically qualify. Just be yourself, stay relaxed, don't regurgitate rehearsed answers, stop and think for a few seconds before delivering a well reasoned response. Do these things and you should get a call within a few days from the Partner who interviewed you offering you a position. Don't ask about salaries, it will come in time.

    I have been through harder interviews, so just remember that they are interested in you as much as you are in them. Stay yourself and shine!

    Good Luck!

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a situation in which you are auditing a client and find that documentation is missing, or something isn't right, and you suspect foul play?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Non-existent. This firm is competitive with industry standards and they offer a benefits package that is very generous. Take it or leave it.


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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at PwC (San Francisco, CA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Signed up via my university's career fair. Offered an interview about a month after the applications were submitted. It was a 1:1 behavioral interview with a director at the office. Second round began about three weeks after the first round, and was the same, except I interviewed with a partner and manager, each 1:1, with the interviews revolving around behavioral questions and examination of my resume. Extended an offer two weeks later, which I accepted over the phone with a partner.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time where you were working with a team and things were not getting done. What did you do to fix this, and how did you go about implementing your strategy?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation involved. I was extended an offer over the phone and promptly emailed the details of the offer, which I accepted.


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