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Summer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in February 2014.
Interview Details 2 stages for the interview and hiring process, one on campus and one in the Chicago office. The on the Chicago has 3 interviews while the one on campus is just a conversation with a partner.
Interview Question – What is an example of a time when you had to get someone to agree with you and how did you do it? Answer Question
PwC Assurance Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in February 2012.
Interview Details Two 30 min. on campus interview with an HR manager and a partner. Then went to Chicago office for second (final) round for a pre-night dinner and 3 back to back 30 min. interviews the next day with manager, senior manager and a partner.
Interview Question – Behavioral questions, "What's your leadership style", "From your prior internship experience, which employers did you liked and which ones did you not like" Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
Risk Assurance Inern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC.
Interview Details The interview was a two part affair 2 part deal. I first received an invitation to interview with PwC on campus, after submitting an application on my university's career services website. The on campus interview lasted 30 minutes and was all behavioral. T was notified the following day that I was invited for an office visit/second interview. At the office, I interviewed with a partnet and manager, both were conversational and behavioral in nature. I was confident in my interviews, but lose hope as it took 13 days to finally hear back. The partner i interviewed with at the office called me to personally say i was welcome to intern with the firm.
Interview Question – Name a time someone gave you coaching. Answer Question
Senior Associate - Advisory Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC.
Interview Details Two rounds; one case one behavioural
Interview Question – How can a international beverage company cut costs? Answer Question
Transaction Services Valuation Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2011.
Interview Details Typical process like all Big 4 firms is to attend a ton of on campus events, network with individuals at the firm, and land on interview on campus. After the first round, you're invited to the office interviews for three more interviews with managers, directors, or partners. As with most companies, you need to constantly be aware that you're interviewing, as when I've been in the room for final deliberations on who actually gets the offer, if there are 2-3 individuals that have all proven they are hard-working, intelligent individuals, they will hire whoever was most social during the lunch and between interviews: you must be easy to talk to and show interest in the firm the entire time. Also, NEVER accidentally refer to PwC as any other Big 4 firm (had a guy that kept calling us KPMG...needless to say he did not receive an offer).
Interview Question – In the valuations group, I never received any difficult technical questions, but you should be prepared to answer the following:
-Walking through the impact on each of the three financial statements when, for example, increasing depreciation
-Discuss the three valuation approaches: DCF (Income Approach); Guideline Public Companies or Market Multiples (Market); and Guideline Transactions or Precedent Transactions (Market); may also bring up the Cost Approach.
-Could be asked something like "How would you value customer relationships" related to a purchase price allocation - understand that income related to an asset being discounted is a pretty safe answer for that kind of question. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Absolutely no room for negotiation at this level at the Big 4.
Start Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at PwC in March 2014.
Interview Details I applied through my school's career office. I received notice of a first interview through the school's website and notice of the second interview through email. The first interview was in person and the second interview was over the phone. After the second interview I received notice of the job offer soon after.
Interview Question – Name three words to describe yourself. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
FS Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in March 2012.
Interview Details I interned in another group, was referred into Advisory, but was not part of inital interviews due to attending a non-target school.
Was contacted by HR in late February to see if I was still interested. Had an initial screening interview with HR for 30 mins over the phone.
Emails a few days/week later to set up a phone interview with a partner out of NYC. All behavioral questions.
Contacted a week or two after to get an invite to come to Chicago to attend an office interview. I believe I was the only candidate coming in, ther was no group or office tour (which was fine since I interned in that office and knew most of the things already).
2 1:1 interviews with 2 Directors. All Behavioral. Walk me through your resume/Tell me about yourself, why consulting, why PwC, give me a time..., etc.
Interview Question – None. No technical or out of the ordinary questions asked. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None. Standard package for all Associates. Pay may change depending on city location due to CoL
Senior Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PwC.
Interview Details All those involved were ignorant of the others in the process. Eventually, I was asked to relocate and made a lesser offer because I was told my non-profit experience didn't apply (although, it was the exact same me type of position). I accepted the offer and then they went back on their offer and said they changed their mind. Very unprofessional.
Interview Question – Asked why PwC? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They went back on their offer.
Technology Consulting Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.
Interview Details First round is behavioral based, your very standard behavioral question.
Second Round is three 45 minute interviews at their HQ. Two of them are behavioral, and one is a case question.
Interview Question – The case question Answer Question
Audit Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PwC in October 2013.
Interview Details Great people, informal interviews. Just know a lot about the firm and be sociable. They do a great job keeping you comfortable.
Interview Question – Mostly behavioral questions. Answer Question
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