Having just sat the Deloitte (9/10) and PwC (10/10) initial interviews for graduate place in the assurance service I thought I’d give you a comparison.
Both interviews have set questions to be answered however for Deloitte it is far more structured. With PwC it’s a proper conversation with the interviewer moving between different questions – I found this format much easier and more relaxed.
Starting with Deloitte, there are 4 sections and you have to give 2 examples each of:
A time you worked well in a team
A time you made a difficult decision
A time you have had to use organisational and planning skills
A time you have used presentation skills
There is also a final section where they ask the standard Why Deloitte? Why Accountancy? Why Audit?
In total the interview last about an hour and 20minutes – asked a lot of questions and got talking about football with the interviewer! Should only take 1 hour.
PwC, as I mentioned above was much more of a conversation. The interviewer started by going through parts of the application form and asking about my general background. Then we moved onto what I know about the services PwC provides. From there I was asked about my ideal client and the services PwC could provide, this led onto talking about the credit crunch and how PwC could help firms at this difficult economic time, which then led on to a general discussion of recent news events.
The interview then moved into the competency section. General questions were:
When have you worked in a team?
When have you had conflict in a team and how was it resolved?
Have you been in a situation where you have provided feedback to someone, both positive and negative examples required.
Have you set yourself any self development goals? How will you reach them?
How do you manage your time between different academic and social activities?
Those were the main questions I remember right now. Once again it was followed by my questions with the whole process lasting 45minutes – as she said it would!
I hope you find this useful in your preparation for interviews. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask.