I’ve had my interview this morning with a senior manager and it was very different from what I expected actually. Firstly, there were no commercial awareness questions at all. Not even the usual ‘are you interested in any recent business news?’ and regarding competency I was slightly suprised at the real lack of these type of questions too.
The competency questions that I was asked included ‘tell me about a time you worked as part of a team’, ‘tell me about a time you provided feedback and the response was positive’, ‘tell me about a time I provided feedback and the response was negative’, ‘tell me about a type I was provided with feedback and how I took this on board and responded’, so yeah, a kinda feedback over load! which was very suprising and I was struggling to think of examples in the end although I put something together.
and that was it! with regards to commercial awareness and competency which I found very strange. I made sure all my answers covered as many competences in each one I gave and I saw him scribbling away a fair bit so I guess thats a good sign.
Also it was odd that I was asked questions all from my application form, such as what it is that pwc do, my preferred client, and was slightly under the impression that my interviewing had not actually been through my form until right before he asked a question and I was answering his previous one! but just in case I provided different examples to those I had down on my application form.
With regards to the my preferred client he read that I had written about Sony and asked why I had chosen them, I responded with the fact that I originally wanted to do it about something I was passionate about, football, but decided to play it safe and went for a household brand. This seemed to impress him actually, and we began talking in terms of a football club and what services pwc could provide them with. He responded in the end by saying that he thought my football answer was actually much better than my sony one.
Once again, It was very much a conversation rather than an interview and this is something he stressed whilst we were walking towards where i got interviewed in the sense that he wasn’t going to grill me as such, more get to know what makes me tick and what going through the application form really
Hope to hear back in 1 or 2 days, but with the nature of the interview I’m not too sure how well I actually came across, but fingers crossed I guess!