Glad that you have made it to the partner round!!!
I would say, if you are applying for role “X”, make sure you read about some recent news stories etc.
Remember to back up ur competencies with examples and ofc. knowing the role.
In my opinion, 60% people get through the partner interview round, so its like, you really have to do bad in that interview to not get the job.
Some general Pointers:-
- when u enter the room, be calm and relaxed.
- Try and notice your surroundings (if you come early to the office)
- Be patient and ask for clarification if you are unable to understand.
one tricky bit, if he asks you smething that u dnt knw and are completely dumbstuck or have no idea, mould the question back into a question of your own.
Partner:- do you know about abc?? and how abc works at Pwc??
you:- umm… yes, I did some research about abc, but couldn’t really find out much about it. I was hoping to ask this same question and know more from you, but before I could actually ask the same from you, I got asked etc.etc…
see… its not going to be something very difficult.
He will have ur CV, ur results and everything… in my case he had like a 50 page file.
So, he will know if you are lying or wtever.
His questions would be around the lines of competencies as mentioned on the website for final interview and he would stick to them. When u answer, back up wid examples and try and include as many competencies in one example as u can.
What else, its just going to be a nice conversation about you and what you want to do. Be confident and dont get scared by the partner’s stature.
Some questions might put u in a spot, but they are looking for how u get out of it, what your thought process is.
For me, it was a 50 min interview with 15 mins of my questions…
the partner, was working with PwC for 16 yrs… so u can imagine how much experience he wud have.
One final tip, make sure you ask some questions to him at the end. this covers your final competency “inquisitive” one…
try and round up questions you have some idea about.
My question was, after 16 yrs of working with PwC, seeing the ups and downs, how does a person at your level, maintain work-life balance??.. with so much at stake etc.
So, its just a normal question which you can talk around and it shows that u are eager to work at PwC and etc.etc…
I hope it helps and let me end it here before I start blabbering even more.
inbox me if you have any further or specific questions.