PKF first interview: What were your experiences?

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#1

Hi i have a pkf interview very soon, and would just like to know candidates personal experiences of their interview, and how to prepare, and what questions to expect. thank you in advance for your help.

#2

I enjoyed it. It was focused more on talking about your grades and extra curricular activities. I would make sure you know a lot about PKF and the services it offers as well as the qualification and why you want to work at PKF and do that qualification. Other questions asked weren’t really competency based in that it wasn’t ‘tell me about a time when…’ but ‘what would you do if…’ which I preferred as no need to adjust examples to fit when you don’t really have a concrete example.
My interview was with 2 people from the department I applied to and someone from HR but I think it varies. Only the HR person asked me questions.
Just be yourself and be clear about why you want to work for them specifically. I think they will definitely ask who else you have applied to so make sure they know why you think they are best.
I found out I was through to the next stage on the train on the way home.
Good Luck!
(Also some questions I got asked are under a thread on GT first interview and it seems others have been asked things very similar)
What office have you applied to?

#3

What did you say regarding why you think they are better than others?

#4

I completely agree with everything Rachel said!
My interview was with three people, one HR and two managers from assurance, though the HR person asked all of the questions with a chance for the others at the end.
It was a really informal discussion based on what id done in the past and how I coped with certain situations ie: if i had a large workload or if i knew id fail an exam in advanc of taking it.
I personally found this interview to be the most relaxed ive had in terms of feeling at ease to discussion aspects of my life.

As for why I think they are better I focused on client relationships and various industries etc…although I see this question as something quite personal to an individual and I guess it shows how you can also adapt to be different with the company.

I also heard on the train home that id passed the first stage and now have the case study to do.
if I could give one piece of advice and thats to be yourself!

#5

Yeah people can’t really tell ou why you want to work for them. That comes when you start doing more research into them. Generally just make sure you are motivated for a career with them and show your enthusiasm.

#6

Which office have you applied to?

#7

Manchester for me. I can say with enthusiasm why I want to to work for them, but I’m not sure they’re any better or worse than other accountants…! :slight_smile: Are there competency questions in the second round interview?

#8

That’s the main thing, why you want to work for them. By wanting to work for them you have obviously decided they are better in one reason or another for your career to work there. That’s all I mean. I have my 2nd round interview on the 29th so will let you know. Anyone got theirs before then?

#9

Mines on the 29th too! So I dont have much idea about the second stage apart from the case study, so not sure on competency based questions…the way i see it is the first round is where u make the impression n they decide if they like you and whether you have the potential qualities they are after.

I didnt look at it as whether they were better than others but what they offer in comparison, may be something really small but i found by reserach the company, what they do etc and using the press as a guide I could see differences between them.

Hope it goes well for you.

#10

How strange! Mines in Sheffield is yours Manchester? I’m a bit worried about the case study and interview in general as its the day after my exams finish. I have 6 exams in 6 days so just hope I can find some time in there to prepare!

#11

mines sheffield 2! 1:00pm.
Ouch i feel for you with those exams tho im sure you will be fine and it wont be as bad as you think and you will fit it in somewhere!
Im intrigued about what to expect tbh obviously the case study but do we discuss it as part of the interview …im unsure. Also im wondering how much info they will send for us to prepare or if we have to do the majority in the 75 mins…i guess im just thinking about it too much and all will be revealed when we get more info next week.

#12

mines sheffield 2! 1:00pm.
Ouch i feel for you with those exams tho im sure you will be fine and it wont be as bad as you think and you will fit it in somewhere!
Im intrigued about what to expect tbh obviously the case study but do we discuss it as part of the interview …im unsure. Also im wondering how much info they will send for us to prepare or if we have to do the majority in the 75 mins…i guess im just thinking about it too much and all will be revealed when we get more info next week.

#13

Mines at 11am. So I may see you on the way out!! I hope it will mean I can’t get as stressed and nervous about it because it will just be right after exams and ill still be in the mode of revising and preparing and stuff. I think we discuss the ideas we have thought about in the case study for half the interview and then the rest is competency questions and general partner stuff. eeek!

#14

Yep more than likely we will see each other!
I know what you mean it wont be as much of a chore for you…im sure it will be easier to manage your time than u think …its amazing how much stuff you can fit into a day when you need to!

Im trying to stay calm about it for now and not worry im sure it wont be as bad as i imagine!

#15

hey guys!!! i just found out ive got to the second interview!!!

Please can you be so kind to give me any tips for this! i really am liking the look of PKF and just want it to go well as I have been unlucky in the past!!

thanks

#16

also did you guys all have to do more tests on the second interview i.e numerical or verbal thanks

#17

hey guys

i have a first interview coming up on the 26th and i was wondering if there were any tips or particuluar questions I should prepare…i would really appreciate the help!!!

do i need to go into a lot of detail in knowing pkf???

how long were your interviews??

#18

I really liked the people, but was so shocked when they offered me £16000 for a grad rolw, in which i had to relocate and needed to purchase a car, that I decided to turn it down :frowning:

#19

oh really where was dat?? i dont understand why they are offering so lil :s

wat was ur first interview like,do u remember your questions

thanks

#20

It was Norwich, which isnt exactly a cheap place to live. It probably reflected to the size of the office.

My first interivew was very informal, it was really just a couple of compenancy questions (team work and motivation i think) and asking me what I knew about PKF (Histroy, who their take client our, how they are different to Big 4 ect)

There were really interested in how I would cope with the ICAS. TBH that took up 50% of the interview time. I think as it was a regional office it wasnt really scripted so your could be completely different