Former Tech Advisory Intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers
about 2 years ago
PwC believes in developing the whole person. The framework for guiding this development is based off of the PwC Professional Framework. The qualities highlighted in this framework is what we look for at PwC, so definitely expect questions based around this in your interview. I would analyze the framework and think about how you have demonstrated the qualities throughout your collegiate career thus far.
Profession, of course, is the first thing you should show to the interviewer. Second, I think it's the logical thinking and your problem solving skills. What would you do if you meet some questions that you have never encountered before(not only in profession, but behavior questions. Last, I think it's the most important thing, your active learning attitude. A huge advantage for an associate(auditor) is you have the chance to audit several different company's financial statement. You have the chance to see what's really happening in the business and how they did. However, you might not familiar with the client's industry or products. So you need to have a open heart to learn and to do more research by yourself.
PwC evaluates candidates and employee performance based on something they call the PwC Professional. The PwC Professional is a framework that has five attributes: Whole leadership, relationships, business acumen, technical capabilities, and global acumen. You can learn more about this on their website: https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/careers/pwc-professional.html. During your interview(s), be prepared to recall times when you’ve had to demonstrate those five attributes. Also, they do not expect intern candidates to have extensive experience, but any background you do have with financial modeling, business valuation, and/or industry research should be emphasized.
I would be sure you know your own strengths and weaknesses, how they apply to the job, and what specifically you can bring. How do your own experiences shape how you can be an asset at PwC? Many of these people will be coming from accounting backgrounds or other similar things, so be sure you can differentiate yourself.
Mangement Consulting Summer Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers
about 2 years ago
Read the latest PwC news, and what Advisory is working on (of late, our "One Firm" strategy is something to be aware of / think about) Learn about PwC's culture, too. The PwC professional framework is a big part of the experience the firm offers, and knowing about this as well as asking about it demonstrates interest Read your case in and out before coming to your final round interview (assuming this is still how they run them...)
First, make sure that you can sell anything and everything on your resume really well. Your resume should ideally demonstrate and quantify your results in leadership, teamwork, and communicative activities that help portray why you would be a great asset to the firm. Second, do lots of research on the firm's culture, values, history, trends, blogs, and recent articles. Particularly, make sure you clearly understand the PwC Professional Framework, and how you embody each of the five dimensions. Third, have a solid response for questions like "tell me about yourself" or "why accounting." Try not to be generic and remember to be specific, provide examples, and quantify your results. Also, prepare the "STAR" method responses for potential behavioral questions to explain your story clearly and precisely. You could be the smartest and coolest person in the world, but if you can't clearly communicate that to the interviewer then it won't matter. Finally, prepare knowledgeable questions to ask at the end of the interview that demonstrate your curiosity and that you have done your research. It might also be a good idea to reference what you know about the interviewer when forming questions, either from things they said about themselves during the interview or that you researched beforehand. Try to live by the phrase "failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
You never know what you may be asked in an interview, but coming from me, I would say know your resume well. A lot of my questions involved taking information from my experiences and talking about anything from what was my favorite part of working/volunteering somewhere or in any roles did I ever encounter a difficult situation and how did I resolve it. I would know what you are passionate about and be able to explain why you want to be a tax intern at PwC. Take time to research the firm and have meaningful question to ask. My recruiters always talked about the culture of PwC and how the offices were friendly collaborative environments, places where the people work hard but understand the importance work-life balance. Ask about the office culture and if you think you fit in, tell your interviewer why.