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PwC Interview Questions & Reviews in Chicago, IL US

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

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Chicago, IL (US)

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

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Transaction Services Valuation Associate Interview

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Chicago, IL (US)

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.
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Negotiation Details – Absolutely no room for negotiation at this level at the Big 4.

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Start Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Chicago, IL (US)

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

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FS Advisory Associate Interview

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Chicago, IL (US)

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

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Senior Associate Interview

Senior Associate
Chicago, IL (US)

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.

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Technology Consulting Interview

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Chicago, IL (US)

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

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Audit Intern Interview

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Chicago, IL (US)

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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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
Chicago, IL (US)

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in September 2013.

Interview Details Applied on PwC website, recruiter contacted a month later. One phone interview with Manager in August first week. Waited for over a month for in-person interview at Chicago ofice. Met 5 people on same day in Chicago office . 2 Partners, 1 Project Manager, 1 Director and 1 Manager. Confirmed selection after 1 week, extended offer 2 weeks there after and accepted during the same week.It was a good experience overall, wait was tough though. Start Date is in second week of November

Interview Question – I was interviewed as Experienced Hire, lot of questions were on my experience with different technologies, where I want to be in 5 years, Ideal job description, few behavioral questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. It is what its is.

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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Anonymous Employee
Chicago, IL (US)

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at PwC in January 2012.

Interview Details There were two initial phone screening calls and one in person interview with the partners. The Phone screening tested on my technical capabilities and the in person interview was more behavioral

Interview Question – I wouldn't say there was any unexpected question, there were some case type questions and which needed to be cracked   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate and I would definitely recommend others to negotiate

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Actuarial Analyst Interview

Actuarial Analyst
Chicago, IL (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at PwC in November 2012.

Interview Details On-campus interview followed by an on-site interview in Chicago, IL. The HR contact told me she would call me with in two weeks. I e-mailed her 5 times and called their office trying to contact them after the two weeks was up. The got back to me 4 weeks later. Thanks PwC.
Had a panel of people we could talk to about full time work. No actuaries, all consultants. We were under the Tax people for some reason, apparently, we did not get our own department or area.

Interview Question – The basic behavior based questions.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The HR contact took look to contact me so I took a different offer.

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