I just thought I would give you all a bit of insight into what to expect from your first telephone interview for a PWC graduate scheme (mine was for assurance). Hopefully this will help you prepare a bit further.
The interview took about 40 minutes and was a structured interview with specific questions designed to see whether you can give examples which cover the competencies expected. Hopefully, you will already have seen this and considered these, but all the questions I had were based around the ‘first interview competencies’ as see on the following part of the PWC site - (search for PWC competencies in google and the first hit will take you to the correct part of the PWC site)
Business related: I was firstly asked about what I knew about the qualification you get as part of the graduate scheme and the support you get. They then went on to ask me about commercial awareness i.e. a business that has been in the news recently, what difficulties they are facing etc.
It then went onto competency based questions. I can’t remember all of them, but here are some that I got:
When have I had to give feedback to a colleague or peer?
When have I worked with a group which has had opposing views?
When have I had to change the way in which I do something?
When have I had to work with someone who has had a different way of working to me?
When have I worked on a number of different projects at the same time and how did I manage that?
Ensure to use the STAR format and you should be fine