Tomorrow I have a phone interview for a summer internship at PwC in financial advisory - corporate finance M&A.
PwC websites states that phone interviews for summer internship will only be 20 minutes long, and test commercial awareness, ability to communicate with impact and empathy (and I assume that they are not going to ask questions regarding this competency, but rather evaluate how effectively I am able to communicate throughout the interview), and ‘Demonstrate Courage and Integrity’.
Now, for the integrity part, I have a few examples from university and work which I think should be good. I also have a solid example of one ethical decision related to a sport event I was taking part to, but I’m not sure whether to use it or if to limit my choice to the work/academic ones - I’ll probably mention it only if they specifically ask for something not related to work or uni.
Apart from this, what I wanted to ask you is about commercial awareness. Being a MSc in Finance student, I keep myself well informed, mainly trough the FT and some Italian newspapers (as I am Italian ), and I am also an avid reader of the Economist.
According to what I have read in this and other forums, they are likely to ask me for a news story that interested me. What do you think I should choose? Because to be honest, the MOST interesting stories at the moment, at least here in Italy, are related to politics: there is a lot of turmoil with Berlusconi declaring that he wants to run for president again, and Monti thinking about resigning. Also, I am following the US Fiscal Cliff situation pretty closely.
But maybe I should pick something more specific, like a merger or acquisition? or something that involves pwc? or both? If the answer is both it’s a bit difficult as PwC operates mainly mid-sized deals, so the press doesn’t really talk about them - only the biggest deals make the papers, if the most appropriate story would be a deal, well, the Glencore-Xstrata is quite HUGE. About something that involves PwC… I don’t really know what to mention, and that scares me a little. I really want to make the AC. Any ideas?
Also, do you know if they are going to ask general motivation/competency questions such as “Why PwC? Why M&A? What are your strenghts/weaknesses?” etc.? It seems a bit unlikely since the interview should be only 20 minutes long.