I just got an offer for London Assurance, so thought I’d share my experience. My post is mainly going to focus on the partner interview, because when I was preparing that’s what I found there was less on. But if you wanna know anything else, feel free to PM me
So as most people have mentioned, the partner interview is mainly just to see whether the partner likes you and whether you’ll fit in to the firm. But obviously you have to prepare for competencies, commercial awareness and career motivation.
I think the key points for any partner interview is
be coherent and concise
and make conversation, ( My interview was on a monday, so he asked how my weekend was and I asked about his, so we had a little chat
definitely ask questions at the end too
- pretty standard, make sure you use the STAR technique,…the competencies they use as final interview competencies on their website. the way mine were asked, they were pretty general…tell me a time you’ve been innovative etc
I think I had at least 3/4 commercial awareness questions…they key is when your doing these, always think…how will effect pwc/ pwc’s clients / how can pwc help.
What I prepared, was the Eurozone crisis, the Uk economy,the audit reforms, the uk competition commission investigation and a few particular business stories, which involved pwc, or pwc clients…To be honest my knowledge on the eurozone and uk economy was crap. When preparing I was trying to understand every small aspect, i’d say your alright having a general idea of whats going on and the consequences.
Business Stories I spoke about were, the HP/Autonomy scandal ( PWC did forensic on it) , Sonys downgrade to junk status ( PWc Client)
Others I had prepared were
Reckit Benckiser M&A ( PwC Client), and SABMIller M&A( PWC Client)…All happened in last 2 weeks. I personally just read FT,. and used wikipedia and google. For the Audit reforms Pwc has their own document on it, and Pwcs views on it…definitely worth a read.
Career Motivation…Why Pwc, why assurance etc
If you have any other q let me know, or PM me