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Updated 26 Feb, 2015
Updated 26 Feb, 2015
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    New Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I met them on campus in a job fair. I gave them my resume and I also applied online for the new associate rotational program. I got a phone interview after about two weeks. The phone interview was with a senior manager for 30 minutes, all behavioural questions such as: Why PwC, why the rotational program, why are you a good fit, explain a situation where you worked in a team/had a conflict, and some questions on my resume and experiences. All went well and then they contacted me 4 days after, inviting me for The PwC Professional Talent Centre (PPTC). This is basically a day of assessment at their office. Also, the night before that, they invited all the candidates to a restaurant for dinner and socializing. It was a very good idea as we got to know each other and the firm better and got prepared for the big day. So the next day was all about them getting to know us and us getting to know them. Started by an introduction, they asked us to introduce ourselves+a fun fact about us. Then we had breakfast followed by a writing assessment. All of the exercises are kind of a time management exercise too, so just pay attention to time, as you will run out of time for sure so try to manage it the best you can! The written exercise was 30-min long, we had to read a 15 page data sheet, and provide a 1-2 page report on it with the recommendations for the business case. Then they put us in groups, where we had to do a case study in a group and assessors (PwC consultants) would take note on how each of us work in a team. DON'T BE QUIET, but at the same time don't act super dominant. Respect other teammates' opinions and don't be impolite. Try to be respectful, at the same time collaborate well: They are basically looking for good team players. After this we had lunch and then our logical reasoning test. Then I had my interview with partner. This I'd say is the most important part of your day, because you really wanna impress the partner. Some tips: Know the firm VERY WELL by reading off their website, watch their videos on YouTube, meet their people and talk to them and ask as many questions as you can from them, come up with good questions to ask and impress the partner. This is basically all you need to do! The interview was so conversational, he also asked some questions about team work and how i handle conflicts, feedbacks, etc and I had to use examples from my past experiences to answer those.
    Overall, it was such a great experience for me, PwC people are all friendly and nice people who want you to succeed. Just be yourself, do your research and you'll be fine!
    One more important thing: They REALLY care about the whole you as a person, so tell them about the things you do outside of the office (music, sports, arts, volunteering, etc.), it will impress them a lot :)
    Good luck!

    Interview Questions
    • Why PwC? Why are you a good fit?
      Tell me about a time you: worked in a team/failed/had a conflict/gave feedback to someone/received feedback from someone/accomplished something
      What do you do outside of the office?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I attended all the events the firm organized on my campus and really connected with all the firm representatives. It was a very good experience overall and I would definitely encourage potential candidates to try to meet as many firm respresentatives as possible.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    pwc's interview process was smooth and fairly conversational. I went through 4 rounds of interviews mostly with partners from different levels of the organization. The conversation was smooth and interesting, each interviewer provided different vantage points from their perspective positions and it's interesting pulling together these data points to shape my own perception of the organization and the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Quick little mini cases that spontaneously spawn from the conversation caught me off guard a little.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Audit Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    You will have campus networking sessions and then submit your resume for review. At that point, they already know who they want to hire based on who they met. They're mostly looking for fit and if they can see themselves working with you. Then you'll have three interviews with a Senior, manager, and partner (each of which are 30 minutes).

    Interview Questions
    • They are all behaviour and situational questions so they're all pretty easy. Just relax and be friendly! Remember to smile!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Tax Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Applied on line and had phone interview within one week of applying. Phone interview was quick overview of your resume with HR. HR was quick to turn around and provide feedback on if your resume would be submitted to hiring managers. Interviewed with two senior managers.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do increase your network and find possible business opportunities?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Firstly, you have to pass online test in Math (just simple mathematics skills you need to pass) and Logic (SHL tests, very similar with IQ questions). Secondly, professional (tax, accounting, valuation, gmat) + english test (very similar with cambridge tests such as CAE or CPE). Finally, interview with managers (they ask some questions about you and your hobbies, maybe some professional questions). This process prolong about 4 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Compensation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Fairly straightforward process: two behavioral interviews along with a technical component. The technical was very easy, just showcasing excel proficiency. For example, they asked me to populate a spreadsheet using Vlookups, Pivots, Index/Match, and Data Validation. This was pretty simple if you have worked within a compensation role before.

    Interview Questions
    • Typical interview questions, nothing out of the ordinary.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The salary was pretty low in my opinion but I wanted to get the PwC brand on my resume, so I bit the bullet.
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Audit Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PwC in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Since I applied to a PwC office in another province, my first interview was through Skype. Most questions are about your past experience with team work, leadership, etc. 2-3 days later they called me and invited me to a second round interview. Flight and accommodations were taken care of. Awesome! Second round consists of 5 parts: partner interview, written exercise, group exercise, office tour, and lunch.The interview with the partner is the easiest in my opinion. Written exercise was challenging. We were given 30 minutes to read a bunch of stuff and write a 1-2 page report. There was not enough time. Remember to bring a watch! The report has nothing to do with Accounting so you don't have to review your Accounting notes. Group exercise was okay. Again, we weren't given a lot of time to read and discuss the case. Just remember to be a team player! At night, they invited us to have dinner at a restaurant. They brought out a lot of staff and partners.

    Overall, I think all my interviewers are really nice and professional. It was a good experience and the most unique interview I have ever had.

    No results are given until the end of the blackout period.

    Interview Questions
    • Why PwC? Describe a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone. How is PwC different from other firms? Why this province?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Didn't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Assurance Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PwC in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    There was an intial interview that was very relaxed and conversational - some behavioural questions. It was around 30 minutes. This year they introduced the PPTC to the Calgary office. Challenging, but fun. It involved a Group Case, Individual written case and a Partner interview. Partner interview was similar to the first interview; relaxed, conversational.

    Interview Questions
    • Most difficult component of PPTC was the individual case written assignment. It's meant to be a time crunch, so it's basically an exercise in prioritization and time management. No one finished the memorandum.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Associate, Controls Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at PwC in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Poor experience. Started well with a phone interview. Lasted about 30 minutes discussing resume details. After 1 week and dealing with numerous people, scheduled an Video Conference interview. Here's where it all starts to go wrong. Firstly, one of the interviewers doesn't show up, instead he was on speakerphone listening in. The other interviewer had to relay all my answers to the other guy. Needless to say it was very uncomfortable. Then it turns out they were interviewing me for a DIFFERENT position and failed to inform me beforehand.

    However, I dismissed it as a one-off and decided to go on with the application because the other position offered was also a good one. For the next 4 WEEKS, and after rescheduling 5 TIMES, we finally settled on a date and time. Guess who messed up the time? Got a phone call asking me why I missed the interview, apparently me and the other interviewers all got different timings. So we rescheduled AGAIN. This time everyone shows up on time. But the interviewers didn't seem interested, I was talking to them they were using their phones as if they had better things to do. Even their questions weren't thought out and they clearly didn't read my resume beforehand.

    Surprisingly I got offered the job, but eventually refused.

    Interview Questions
    • To add to the horror, they requested I write for 30 minutes after the interview on a topic for their choice. Ridiculous.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    They didn't seem interested at all. They expect you to sell yourself to them, but they don't reciprocate.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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