Thanks pal. I hope you get your slot soon and get this done and over with purely to shed that load of anxiety off your mind. Here’s how my partner interview happened:
Out of experience, I strongly suggest everyone NOT to use Nokia maps if you haven’t seen the location you are interviewing at before the date of interview. I almost got late because of that and had to switch to android to save me and take me there just on time. My partner fetched me from the pool of candidates sitting in the waiting area and took me to a small room. He asked me about my experience so far with the recruitment process, I told him I enjoyed it very much except the delay part. He acknowledged the delay and apologised saying that the high volume of applicants and non-availability of their time caused the delay. He started off telling about himself briefly and asked me to talk about myself. This is where the interview began; whatever I spoke about myself, he asked to elaborate on my statements and/or asked me questions related to them to get the info that is he wanted. Every single thing I said was duly recorded on paper, so one has to be careful to not venture into a land of no return because no answer you give will be accepted at its face value. There is always probing and you should be able to answer them without any problems as long as you didn’t bluff initially which, if you did, makes it difficult to weave fresh stories on the spot. And these guys are too experienced to miss any shred of expression on your face showing that you are caught in your own bluff.
After questioning about my CV for about 20 min., it was time for questions on my business line and my motivation to join PwC. These are the only answers that were accepted without asking for more details than what I gave. This was followed by Competency questions. Nothing fancy , just the main competencies that PwC looks for in its candidates right from the beginning. They were more or less that same questions as the telephonic interview the difference being in the acceptance of answers. Again, every answer is further investigated with different dimensions before moving on.
One of the competency PwC stresses upon from beginning is commercial awareness. Like today, even when my interview took place, the eurozone crisis was keeping the whole media occupied. So I spoke about the crisis and gave a lot of views of my own regarding the situation. The British PM had just vetoed out of the agreement to amend the existing financial policy of the EU and that was discussed in detail. How the entire mess would affect UK economy, world economy and the impact it has on PwC was discussed in detail. He was quite happy with the depth of analysis I ventured into and the fact that I was able to draw links to PwC with the impact and business opportunities the situation offered was appreciated.
It was almost an hour by then and he was getting late for another appointment. So when he asked if I had any questions for him, I told him that I would make it real quick and asked him 3 questions and concluded. He then walked me out having informal talks all the while . That is one part which goes a long way in easing your nerves. The entire experience begins as a casual chat and continues to remain so till the end. The interview in itself was more like a discussion with him trying to understand different perspectives of the instance I was talking about and there were also some lighter moments in between which make it seem like a breeze. Partner interview is a great experience, which gives you a glimpse of how they work in the organisation and the kind of people you would work with. The partners are very humble and nice people with incredibly friendly attitude in spite of their knowledge of business and position in the the company. After all the stress of the preparation, It seems like a stress-buster and one should live that experience.
Hope that helps. Good luck!