PwC Assurance London Spring Intake 2018


#1

Thought I’d get an official blog open for PwC Spring intake assurance. Feel free to share and ask for any advice to those applying. Best of luck!


#2

I’ve got through to the final partner / director interview, happy to offer any help / tips for the stages I’ve passed. Alternatively if anyone has any tips for the final interview that would be much appreciated.


#3

Hi mate, did PwC, at any point of the application, asked you to write 500 words about why you want to work in London and Assurance? I have passed the assessment centre, but the role I applied for was filled. I tried to transfer to the St Albans office, but they rejected my request based on the 500 words I provided. I am thinking to transfer to London and wondering if it will be harder for my transfer to be accepted.


#4

Candidates applying for spring intake are assessed based on their own merit and not compared with others. i think for deadline driven programmes (Assurance Autum 2018) Candidates are compared and assessed with each other…


#5

I had to answer a 500 word question on why assurance and a 500 word question on why PwC


#6

Thanks for the replies. By the sound of it, I am guessing all the Spring roles require a 500 words essay and the autumn ones do not. I want to start in Spring and the offices offering intake for Spring, not including Scotland, are London, Uxbridge and Reading. I have passed the assessment centre and would be quite upsetting if no office will accept my transfer to have the partner interview. I am guessing Reading will be the easiest to get in out of the three offices?


#7

IMO i’d apply for the location you’d truly want to work in. That why your answer will come across a lot more genuine than generic when completing the application. As long as you mention 2-3 reasons why you want to work for PWC and that service line and good examples that demonstrate your skills you will be fine.


#8

I answered more generically why PwC rather than why the specific office. In fact I don’t think I mentioned any reason as to why that specific office. It did take me a whole day however to write the 500 words, it wasn’t something I just rushed. I agree with ILoveAudit in that you should apply for the office you want to apply to, not where you think will be easiest. I believe that part of the application will be handled by the regional recruitment teams rather than a specific office anyway. Then give a decent answer as to why PwC.


#9

I agree! take you time with your application as your partner for your interview will read it thoroughly. It may be a good idea to mention why that Location because of particular clients, London as an elite business hub etc


#10

Thank you very much guys. I genuinely want to work in London as I prefer to deal with prestigious clients, and I also did my studies there so I think I will go for London! If the transfer was screened by the recruitment team, I am surprised they only rejected my transfer to St Albans, and not the entire application.


#11

Hiya! I’m applying and wanted to find out where you found practice for the online tests (preferably verbal and logical)? And how you prepared for the first interview - competency or behavioural based? Thanks!


#12

You won’t have a verbal test if your applying for assurance, just logic and numerical. I just used gradtests as I just wanted to quickly refresh my knowledge but others may have better insight into that.

It also appears that most people aren’t having a ‘first interview’, going straight through to AC.


#13

Hi, it’s me again. I am now asked to write 500 words for both why Assurance and London. I was wondering how to find out who their main clients are in the London office. I am guessing their top clients like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America are dealt by the London office? Anyone know how to find this information?


#14

Hey, which role did you originally apply to that got filled? As I applied for a role and it was filled and I was asked if I wanted to transfer too.


#15

Hey, how are you preparing for the final interview? Let us know what questions come up!


#16

Hey, I initially applied to Centre of Excellence, Manchester, Oct 2017. I am struggling to find unique points to answer why PwC. What did you apply for and what stage of the application are you at?


#17

Thats a list of who audits the FTSE-100 clients. Incase it’s out of date you should check the external auditor report on the annual summary of the relevant company. Maybe be careful listing a specific client though. For example if your going to do that insure they are in the same service lines (BCM, I&IM, LTT, LMT) and the service line you are personally interested in.


#18

I’m not going over the top with preparing, I personally believe that in an interview setting over preparation can make you seem robotic. I’ve had interviews and offers from other firms so have had a fair amount of practice over the past few weeks. So I’m prepping answers for the obvious questions and focusing on commercial awareness.


#19

Thank you very much, I really appreciate that. For the why Assurance question, did you already mention which sector (BCM, I&IM, LTT, LMT) you want to join?You mean, say for example if I namedrop Barclays, then BCM must be my preferred service line?


#20

I didn’t mention a specific sector I was interested in. I still haven’t decided but will deal with that when it comes up. I’d just avoid mentioning two that fall into different categories as that may show a lack of research. Something interesting I found when researching was that in the PwC Cities of Opportunity index, London was in first place, you can always use information from that index