First round interview is a telephone interview so this applies to both of you.
Mine lasted about 30 minutes, was really short actually. They asked me fairly standard things, some of these overlap with final interview though as well:
They’ve had plenty of awards and offer a fantastic grad scheme so do a bit of research for this rather than just ‘Big 4’ answer.
Research your service line thoroughly and make sure you have a good understanding of what the job actually entails.
What do you know about your qualification? ie ACA
Look on ICAEW site, there’s everything you need to know on there.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Research the timeline and structure of a graduate starter.
What recent events have affected PwC and the accounting industry?
This is a tricky one, but if you look on accounting websites they will often have articles about recent things affecting the Big 4, such as the Office of Fair Trading investigation which suggested there is no room for manouver in the Audit market and no chance for smaller firms to get a look in. you just have to keep looking online. See if there is anything Line of Service specific as well, especially in certain areas like public sector etc.
Loads of examples/ competency questions such
Give an example of when you had to motivate someone
Tell me a time you worked in a team
Tell me a time you had a conflict of opinion in a team and how you resolved this
Tell me when you learnt something new
There are many varieties of this sort of question. If you analyse your own experiences and determine the skills each has taught you, you should be able to apply your examples to lots of different questions without necessarily practising the specific one.
Discuss a recent piece of financial news.
Pick something you are interested in, it will make a difference when you talk about it! Just use news articles on line to find as much as you can out about a subject or topic.
What issues is the UK facing as a whole?
The research I did for this was really beneficial to my actual understanding of the economy, especially because of terms and phrases I picked up that I didn’t know before. Just read as much as you can about the start of the recession etc and mainly things that are happening right now such as Eurozone and England’s own debt crisis.
That’s about all I can remember anyway! Good luck to you both.