I just got a graduate offer in London for 2013 and since this website helped me so much I thought I would share my experiences. I actually did the summer internship in a smaller office who offered me a position too but if you want to transfer offices, you lose original offer and are made to do another partner interview at the new office.
My first partner interview consisted of:
- General questions: Why PWC? Why Audit? Why my degree choice? What do you know about PWC service lines? What will you be doing on a day-to-day basis? Etc
- Competences: These are their main global core competences on their website. I got asked two for each so make sure you prepare and stick to the STAR technique of answering them. (Situation, Task, Action, Result)
- What do I know about the ACA?
- Questions for the Partner: Make sure you have some good questions prepared, it shows that you are interested. Some include, what have been your biggest achievements/ challenges? What is the most difficult thing about your job etc?
This interview was about 1 hour 15mins and I didn’t get asked any commercial awareness but make sure you know about whats going on, current issues in audit (the accountancyage website is pretty good for this), an example of a company that is doing bad and good and how whats going on in the news that could effect PWC and its clients. I got a call back the next day from HR telling me I had received an offer for the internship.
My second partner interview in London was VERY different to my first, I am not sure if that is because it was a transfer interview or if that was his interview style. Some questions I can remember from the top of my head:
- What have you been doing in the past year and half (as my original application was a while ago).
- What have you learnt from your experiences in the past year
- What are your favourite subject at university and why?
- How is the current EU situation effecting PWC and its clients?
- What effect has the EU had on the UK on a macroeconomic perspective?
- How does China and globalisation effect UK inflation?
- What sub-division in Assurance I want to apply for and why? ( In London, assurance is split into different divisions so Banking and Capital Markets, Insurance, Top-Tier Firms, Mid Tier firms etc)
He then went through my CV and just asked me to talk about some of my experiences and hobbies and we finished with questions. This interview was for approx an hour and 10mins and I heard 2 days later that I got the offer!
If you are at partner interview stage… well done because its not easy! PWC like that their interviews tend to be pretty laid back and the partners are not there to try and catch you out. They do not expect you to know everything so do not think just because you didn’t answer one question properly you failed. Interview styles and questions do vary with partners but generally it is the same format. Just be sure to be enthusiastic about working in PWC and your chosen service line and have good reasons for them! They really just want to see if you can have a good conversation with someone because those are the skills you need with the clients. At one point in my second interview we started talking about travelling the world so its really just about holding a good conversation and being enthusiastic!
It can take up to a week to hear anything back but don’t assume the worst! Partners have to write up their notes and send them to graduate recruitment who will phone you to tell you. So if it is late, its only because the partner has not had the time to write up the notes but you can imagine how busy they must be! Feel free to ask me any other questions you have!