Hey all, I know there are many similar threads on the board so this will be yet another thread for people to share their experiences and help each other out - after all, sharing is caring!
OK, brief background about myself: I graduated with a completely unrelated arts degree in 2011, after which I spent one year trying to pursue journalism. To make a long story short, after a bad year of unpaid internships with companies that promised the world then bled me dry with nothing to show for it, and the imminent prospect of my post-study work visa expiring (I am an international applicant) I have been applying for graduate schemes like hell on wheels. It helps that I have many friends in the corporate sector and slowly I have begun to fall in love with this extremely competitive and seemingly elusive world.
I attended the PwC Grad Scheme for HR a few months ago - I failed the written report and was encouraged to reapply. Last week, I had a telephone interview for Assurance and was informed a few days later that I had passed - and so I will be attending the assessment centre next week. To say I am nervous about the written exercise - and the entire AC in general - is an understatement. My issue last time - according to the feedback I received and personal discernment - was a failure to prioritise and time-manage. They give you a booklet of about 16 - 18 pages and you have to write a two page report in 30 minutes. I got stuck in the first few pages of fluff - which, turns out, had little, if any, relevance to the brief. By the time I had started to answer the questions, I had spent a page going off on a relative tangent and had run out of time. Knowing all this is one thing, of course, but thinking about the AC still makes me feel physically sick.
Does anyone have any advice? Do you know of anyone who applied to a company more than once and passed on their second attempt - is this actually possible or does your first try count against you? And do you have to pass each element of the AC extremely well? I have heard that each candidate is scored from 1 to 5 in each category, and just passing is enough to get you through to the partner interview, but even if you do that well, they will still take into account your performance in each section before making an offer - for example, if you didn’t do particularly well in an area or two. My question is: do you have to excel in every section in order to get an offer?
In return, if anyone has any questions from the application process to the telephone interview I am happy to help. I have passed quite a few telephone interviews from different companies and reached the AC - it is at this darned final stage that I meet my Waterloo! So if anyone has any little nuggets of wisdom, feel free to throw them at me! Good luck to everyone who is applying.