PwC Assessment Centre

2 June 2008 - 11:11pm

I couldn't find a PwC assessment centre forum when I was preparing for mine so now it's over I thought I'd start one!

Before I go on I'd just like to say I'm writing from experience and actually got offered the job so something must have gone right.

- started at 9am (pretty early) with an ice breaker between a group of about 7 of us

Numeracy/Logical Test:
- we all went into a room together to do these tests
- they are the same kind of tests as you did at the start of the application process but on paper instead of on computer
- the numeracy tests takes 20 mins and you have to answer 20 questions
- they are slightly harder than the online ones (I found out afterwards I got 13 correct which put me in the 88th percentile), so aim for about 10 correct and you'll be fine
- the logic test is more of those sequences where you have to find the 6th from a range choices
- again you have 20 mins to answer 40 questions (I managed 35 and got 32 correct, put me in the 90th percentile)

[I'm putting in the percentile scores so you know what to aim for, not to flatter myself, apparently you need to get in the 60th+ percentile to be of minimum standard to be offered a job]

Group exercise:
- we were split into 2 groups for this, my group was 3 strong including me
- we were given a case study to read and discuss
- the twist is that each group member has slightly different infomation and you have to work together as a group to get all the info from everyone else then come to a decision about how to proceed
- once you start making your choices you suddenly get some new info, e.g. your budget has just halved, your deadline has just been brought forward, you have a new competitor in the market etc etc
- this means you have to quickly re-evaluate your plans and come to a decision
- unfortunately our group didn't really meet and of the objectives we were told to at the start, so i thought I'd messed up my chances
- I later found out I got a really good appraisal for my group work this was because I did the following:
* led the topics of conversation
* managed time
* budgeted
* encouraged other team members
* listened and let other speak
- this is real test of group work and project management skills so just remember that!

- this was an informal chat with recent grads
- make the most of it to get to understand what the partners are like and what the role involves
- it's not assessed, so relax

Partner interview:
- mine was actually done by a director as my partner was ill
- he was really friendly and asked a few competency based and commercial questions but nothing to taxing
- just relax, be confident and show your true self
- they really do know what to look for can tell an act

The next day i had another assessment centre with Deloitte and by the end of that day I had been offered jobs at both PwC and Deloitte, i'm now in the process of deciding which to choose. Along the way I went to interviews with all the big & mid sized companies and got rejected by BDO and Baker Tilly, which really hurt. So my advice is to know what you want and continue to go for it and treat rejection as a real learning experience to improve for the next interview you are bound to have!!!

Good luck!

I found out the next day I got the job if I wanted it,

Latest comments

  • 19 November 2014 - 9:09pm
    • lumzan

    Hi Guys I have my AC coming up soon. Can anyone please advise me regarding the AC numerical and verbal tests. I know they are very time pressured, so how many answers can I realistically answer or say I should aim to answer in 20 mins??

  • 21 October 2014 - 4:30pm
    • bextiyar.turghun


    Is there anyone who attended 29 September Assessment Centre in London? the office close to London Bridge.

  • 21 October 2014 - 4:12pm
    • fssa2010

    Has anyone had experience from a partner interview with the new PwC professional competencies?

    If so:
    How different was it to previous experiences posted on here?
    Can you remember your questions? (Especially any unexpected ones!?)
    Any advice?

    Best of luck to everyone!

  • 20 October 2014 - 9:41pm
    • arsam

    Hello every one,

    I hope you all are in good faith. I wanted to get some information from you people regarding the assessment centre as I am in the process of applying for an internship with PwC. Any information will be appreciated and one specific question that I have is what was the topic in written exercise and how do you guys manage to read 16 pages in 10 minutes.

  • 3 October 2014 - 1:26am
    • Ben Bernanke

    Pwc Assurance April 2015 offer accepted.

    Can't add a great deal more to this thread than has already been said, and it's still all pretty relevant.

    Any specific questions don't hesitate to ask.

  • 8 November 2014 - 11:43am
    • saad_tariq

    Hi Ben Bernanke,

    Could you please share your experience at the AC especially the group as. I am also applying for Assurnace.

    Thank you.

  • 29 August 2014 - 12:02pm
    • vedakarandikar

    Anyone going to the AC on 1st september in London?

  • 5 August 2014 - 10:11pm
    • kingthanwi

    Thank you Mackey and oomkks for your fast replies, it's good to know that I will not have to prepare for an interview and that I can concentrate on the tests instead.

  • 5 August 2014 - 11:11pm
    • oomkks

    Make sure you don't try and guess Qs you don't know anything about in the Numerical and Reasoning tests. PwC looks at the accuracy levels as well. So lets say its better to get 12 on 15 right than to get 14 on 20 right. :)

  • 4 August 2014 - 5:09pm
    • godtakesthewheel

    Hello Mackey.ha

    Thank you for your information about the AC. Sounds pretty challenging and you seem to have done perfectly! Congrats on the offer as well :).

    I wanted to ask you:

    Q1. Since it was your second attempt, what all pitfalls can one avoid during the AC?
    Q2. Any tips on preparing for the GD and the report writing?
    Q3. Which scheme did you apply for (2015 April or 2014 September)?
    Q4. How did you handle an aggressive/dominating person who was eating up the time? what did you say?
    Q5. Any other information?

    Thank you in advance

    I have mine soon and am a little nervous (London-April 2015-)

    Cheers and thanks in advance

  • 5 August 2014 - 5:36am
    • Mackey.ha

    Hi Godtakes thewheel

    1. I think most of what I said previously may answer this question. Simply put: pass the conversation on as much as possible. Prepare a lot for the assessments so that when you are entering the ac, you dont have any worries and can just focus your nerves on the group discussion.
    2),You can't prepare for it. Just do the things that I said.
    3) September 2014
    4) I tried not to be the one to deal with them. If they are talking too much, that is bad for them and not you. I found from my first AC that you should aim to get everyone's individual assignment explained within the first15mins as you will find that the main discussion takes agggggesss. It's not about What you say (except for the numbers.. get those right!) But What you do. Read my points in my post.
    5. That's most of it really.

    Good luck.

  • 23 July 2014 - 1:47pm
    • Mackey.ha

    PwC Transaction services: accepted position

    I just wanted to add some points given that this website helped me a lot.
    Firstly, I passed on the second attempt having failed the assessment centre. So rather being one of those lucky ones whom pass on first attempt, I realized there is a huge skill involved in the assessment centre.
    (1) practice those papers again and again; and learn new techniques from others. Simple methods for calculating percentage changes (useful in 70% of questions) are great I.e.

    ( (New number)/(old number) ) - 1 = % change
    *** so much faster than that method we are all taught in school.

    (2) for logical reasoning: you can get better. Luckily I love these questions so I enjoyed practicing. The more you do, the better you get. Simple as that. Even go back to questions you have done before. The lady from HR told me that I got he highest score for this element in the assessment centre and I put that down to just practicing again and again until you can do them in 10seconds.

    (3) don't do the whole bullshit of saying "I will take the time"... Usually the guy/lady who says that first tends to forget that they said they would do it. Also, everyone just generally cringes at that person... The hr people included . Generally, just show during the process that you are noting the time.

    Help the timid person! Ask them what they think. I got massive kudos for this. Actually, for this point, it is actually quite good to even overdo this point. Really keep passing the puck around... Again and again. Once, twice, thrice... Not good enough. More.

    If I person is getting lost in what hey are saying I,e. Forgo the info, didn't prepare properly... Help them! Just by saying things such as "don't worry, take your time" is good for you and also nice for them. Don't feel too pressured by the time. It exists but shouldn't make you become too hasty.

    Try to take a back seat at the beginning, let the show offs do their crap in the first minute, and then start to show your skills and personality as the show goes on. The bullshitters always get found out. Also, there will be great people in there.. Better than you perhaps. Accept that they will get in. Don't make them your competition. No one should be your competition otherwise the group work becomes a total farce. That happened the first time I applied.

    Finally, as soon as you get the booklet, start calculating those figures!!! But read the footnotes carefully. So as soon as a figure is needed, you have got it. Don't get these numbers wrong! Say them first, ask your peers for a confirmation, and you are onto a winner. Also, at the end, summarize everything.

    The final interview is hard to distinguish as it does depend on the partner/director you get. My interviewer was so lovely. She did rattle through competencies, but do try to change it from a monotonous single sided conversation into a more 60/40 convo. Be calm! Calmness shows maturity. Speak slowly. This had been my problem in the past, and if it is one for you... Just keep reminding yourself again and again to slow down.

    Good luck.

  • 22 March 2015 - 6:00pm
    • asra.owais93

    Hi Mackey,

    I have an AC day coming up for PwC and just came across your post in this forum, well done on having performed so well!

    I would like to ask a few questions regarding the AC:
    Could you please advise on where I can get more practice for the numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning tests, apart from the ones given as examples on the SHL website?


  • 5 August 2014 - 12:53am
    • kingthanwi

    Hi Mackey
    Thanks for your good advice. I have an assessment centre soon and I was wondering if there was an interview in your assessment centre? The person at PwC i spoke to mentioned the partner interview would take place at a later date but I'm unsure as to whether there will also be one during the assessment centre. Thanks in advance!

  • 5 August 2014 - 6:47pm
    • oomkks

    Well done on making it to the AC. There will be no partner interview on the day. It will be done later. Hope that helps.

    Also, feel free to ask me anything about Assurance, PWC 2015 April intake London.

  • 8 November 2014 - 11:49am
    • saad_tariq


    Could you please tell what type of questions were asked during the first interview and the partner interview.

    Thank you

  • 13 November 2014 - 9:04pm
    • jiayi.zhao.927

    in the first interview, they asked questions like give an example when you adjusted your decision after getting some feedback. all the questions are related to the five core attributes, they may also ask you what did learn from that experience. Read some news related to PWC

  • 13 November 2014 - 9:03pm
    • jiayi.zhao.927

    in the first interview, they asked questions like give an example when you adjusted your decision after getting some feedback. all the questions are related to the five core attributes, they may also ask you what did learn from that experience. Read some news related to PWC

  • 13 November 2014 - 9:01pm
    • jiayi.zhao.927

    in the first interview, they asked questions like give an example when you adjusted your decision after getting some feedback. all the questions are related to the five core attributes, they may also ask you what did learn from that experience. also read some news related to PWC

  • 13 November 2014 - 9:01pm
    • jiayi.zhao.927

    in the first interview, they asked questions like give an example when you adjusted your decision after getting some feedback. all the questions are related to the five core attributes, they may also ask you what did learn from that experience. also read some news related to PWC

  • 5 August 2014 - 5:40am
    • Mackey.ha

    Hi kingthanwi

    The partner interview should occur a few weeks after the assessential centre.

    The AC is organised by the group that you applied to's HR. So no interviews. Unless they did an overhaul which I think is unlikely as this process works for them.


  • 12 March 2014 - 6:20pm
    • clutterback520

    Written exercise is all about structuring, grammar and conclusion. Dont worry about detail. You won't have enough time to get into details. Youll get one page with 2 sides to write on.

    Group exercise- read through the company info- 16pages. And then understand your brief as youll need to explain it to your team.
    Dont interrupt, make valid suggestions, use eye contact and you'll be fine.

  • 12 March 2014 - 10:20am
    • lumzan

    First of all congratulations on your Job offer. Also, thanks for your very informative post. I have an assessment centre coming up for PWC. Could you please give me some more detailed info about the group exercise. And I believe there is a written exercise. Did you have to do that? Thanks

  • 27 February 2014 - 10:46am

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you very much for all tips and advices, its really useful. I am preparing for my AC which is on Monday. However I am still confused about Logical tests. In the emial that I received from PwC, there is written that I will have to take diagrammatic reasoning tests. When I was searching for this kind of tests on the internet I've found various types of these tests. Some of them are like you have to decide to which of the two sets (set A, B or neither) the picture belong. In others you have to decide which is the next logical image in the sequence (usually there are options A-F).

    Please could you tell me which kind of logical test should I prepare?

    Thank you very much for all advices.

  • 18 February 2014 - 9:18pm
    • Graduate3213

    Hi everyone,

    Like a lot of people, I used wikijob extensively while preparing for my PWC assessment centre (which I had a few weeks ago). Having found out I passed the AC I thought I would share my own experience. For those of you who panic after not hearing back the next day, I heard I passed my AC 3 working days after the AC

    There were a mix of people at the AC. In mine there were 12 in total - these were interns/grads, consultants/assurance/audit candidates etc. It is emphasised that you are not in competition with the others, you are measured against a benchmark - and you have to pass each stage.

    Written excercise. Like those who have written above, the MOST IMPORTANT thing is structure and finishing the exercise. I wrote subheadings (eg intro, conclusion etc) You only have 30 mins to read & write your report (2 A4 pages long) so be quick. You have some options and you have to discuss the pros and cons of each, then make a recommendation. The impression I got was, it doesn't necessarily matter which recommendation you make, as long as you back it up with something, but it is very important that you have this conclusion bit!

    Group exercise:
    The 12 were split into two groups of 6. I found this quite fun - each person has a different plan/pitch they have to tell the group, then you have to come to a group decision as to which plan you will follow. Not much to say on this that hasn't been said before - 1) dont be super dominant 2) dont be super quiet. Make useful points and be somebody you would want to work with.

    Numerical/ Logical Tests.
    These were the sections I was most worried about. I practiced a lot before I arrived, but the logical section has always been tough for me. The questions are pretty much the same difficulty as the online ones, except you have much less time - eg Numerical online tests 12 q's in 18 mins, AC tests 20 q's 20 mins. The logical has 40 questions in 20 mins. I answered 18/20 numerical 31/40 logical - (note, this is not how many I got right!). I was very worried about my logical score as most at my ac answered more than 31 q's - but must have scraped through somehow, so dont panic if you dont finish. ALSO, a lot of people at my AC thought there was a pass mark of 60% in the tests - I do not think this is correct. You instead have to be above the 60th percentile of people who have taken the test. (as someone above mentioned)

    After all the testing, we had a chat with current graduates and ate lots of sandwiches. They give very very honest answers and so this is a great time to ask any questions/resolve any doubts you may have.

    Anyway, I hope this helps someone!

  • 22 March 2015 - 6:07pm
    • asra.owais93


    I have an AC day at PwC coming up and just came across your post in this forum, congrats on having done so well!

    I would like to ask a few questions regarding the AC day:
    Could you please advise on where I can get more practice for the PwC's numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests apart from the example tests on SHL's website?

    Also, is there any preparation required for the written communication and the group exercises at the AC?

    Thanks a lot,

  • 3 February 2014 - 9:21am
    • Christina66

    hi everyone,

    Thank you so much for the very useful posts.
    I have an assessment centre on Friday (Feb 7, 2014) for assurance/consulting. Could you please tell me how to best prepare for it and give me some advices regarding the commercial awareness. Also, they did not mention anything about the interview in the email. Does that mean that I don't have an interview ?

    Thank you

  • 8 February 2014 - 6:58pm
    • berry_asif

    Hi Christina66
    Congratulations for the AC! I have an assessment centre for economics consulting this monday (Feb 10, 2014)
    Could you please give me some tips regarding the AC, what to expect for the written report and group exercise? Would there be a networking lunch as well? Your help would be really really appreciated! Looking forward to hearing from you. Hope your AC went well :)

    Thank you :)

  • 8 January 2014 - 9:31pm
    • malino-masha

    Hi all,
    Can you tell me, please, if you've noticed that some of the questions for the AC numerical test are the same as for the on-line test? Do they use at least some questions from the on-line tests?

  • 8 February 2014 - 6:59pm
    • berry_asif

    Hi Malino!

    Congratulations for the AC! I have an assessment centre for economics consulting this monday (Feb 10, 2014)
    Could you please give me some tips regarding the AC, what to expect for the written report and group exercise? Would there be a networking lunch as well? Your help would be really really appreciated! Looking forward to hearing from you. Hope your AC went well :)

    Thank you :)

  • 26 September 2013 - 9:00pm
    • jamesfranco

    wikijobs are pretty much spot on about the AC. Here are some further tips I you guys might find helpful:

    HR will read out the names of the member in each group before the written task, so prepare to jot this down.

    Written exercise: Plan your structure, introduction and conclusion beforehand. There are around 30 lines per A4 page so you don't have much space. You don't need to write too detailed but it's a good idea to cover all options and conclude.

    Group exercise: know the advantages and disadvantages of your brief. calculate the profit levels and costs correctly. A common structure of the exercise is have everyone take turn stating their options and then discuss. When people are reporting their briefs note their profit levels/costs/etc. down in a completely new paper (to have a good overview of everything). Look at others' posts on how to behave. Also be truthful in the post-exercise feedback form.

    Tests: if you're not confident then invest in assessmentday or jobtestprep. Practice practice practice!

  • 22 March 2015 - 6:13pm
    • asra.owais93

    Hi jamesfranco,

    Thanks for your helpful tips and congrats on having passed your AC day!
    I have an AC day at PwC coming up and would like to ask a few questions regarding it:
    Could you please advise on where I can get more practice for the PwC's numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests apart from the example tests on SHL's website?

    Also, is there any preparation required for the written communication and the group exercises at the AC?

    Thanks a lot,

  • 13 September 2013 - 10:59am
    • cao.songbaolinh

    Oh no, on my reply above, this bit "It is not assessed but they can always give feedback on you. So if you leave a good impression, they might say nice things about you. So make sure they know your name and how awesome you are :)" is meant for the networking session (my last paragraph)
    I didn't realize it jump up to the first paragraph. Apology if I confused u lol

  • 13 September 2013 - 10:55am
    • cao.songbaolinh

    Hi guys, I finished my AC for management consulting a week ago and have received the good news that I passed. Before my AC, I have read through this thread and got so many useful tips. So I'm just going to share my experience here for those who are going to have it. It is not assessed but they can always give feedback on you. So if you leave a good impression, they might say nice things about you. So make sure they know your name and how awesome you are :)

    The were about 12 people in the AC that day, most people apply to Audit, a few to tax and 2 to Management Consulting.

    While I was waiting in the lounge before AC, I tried to speak to most of the candidates there. Personally, I just like to get to know people, what they're applying for, their experience, their name (although I didn't remember many names) and generally I just got an idea of who is strong and who is a bit shy. Group exercise has always been a bit daunting to be, so this networking bit helps me to feel more confident, I felt like I alreayd know these people and how they will react, rather than just going to a battle that I know nothing about.

    The AC started with introduction, where everyone talked a little bit about themselves. This part is not assessed so relax.

    We then started with writing exercise, 30 mins to read through the package on water savign solutions and write a summary with recommendations to your manager. My only advice is BE FAST! To be honest, in real life situations, 30 mins is not enough to read through that much mateirl and make a quality recommendation. So you don't need to write beautifully, al you need to do is present a report that is clear, concise and logical. I gave myself 5 mins to read. But after 5 mins, I still couldn't decide which option to go for so I just started writing and decided later. I went for bullet point structure. For the first 2 options, I write quite detailed but for the last 2, I ran out of time and could only give 2 points each. In the conclusion, I recommended 2 solutions which was in line with my points. Another advise is read carefully, there will be a few sentences that are written in a very confusing way. There was someone that interpreted this bit of information in the opposite way. I finished just in time and filled 2 sides of the A4 paper, a lot of people didn't finish.

    Then we were split into 2 groups, to do tests and group exercise. Our case was about an oil company that wanted to make use of by-products. What happened is pretty much like what people talked about previously, so I'm not gonna repeat it. There was someone in my group who was very dominating and jumped in while everyoen was talking so she could make a point (?!?!) There's always someone like that so don't feel intimidated. That is a chance for you to show your "communication with impact". be nice, ask the quiet ones what they think so everyone has a chance to speak up. You will also need to have your own input regarding the case. Remember it's not about who speak the most but about the interaction, so show that you are nice and professional. Also pay attention to your eye contact, body language, voice ..etc...

    Test!! Someone asked the HR lady if we get penalised for wrong answer. She said that she's not allowed to say it. I think you do get penalized (just from her reaction) but I dont' know for sure. I didn't finish both tests, but I made sure my answers were accurate. I did 35/40 for logical and 15/20 for numerical.

    In the end there was a networking session with current grads. The HR lady said that it is not assessed and most ppl left, apart from me and 3 girls. It's a chace to get to know more about the company, role, culture, advice for interview...etc... if you really want the job.

  • 29 August 2013 - 6:11pm
    • sri13

    I have my AC in the first week of Oct. How are you guys preparing - any particular advice? Is the "assessmentday"package any good or are there better alternates?

  • 25 July 2012 - 2:11pm
    • jobhunt91

    I had my AC two weeks ago. They said they would give me a feedback in two days. When I called them today to check up on the status, they informed me that they are still taking in candidates and will provide feedback during the first week of August. I am aware that currently they have started the partner interview. Does this mean that I am rejected? Has this happened to anyone?

  • 22 July 2012 - 11:06am
    • jobhunt91

    thanks waffles247.

    Its been 6 working days. I think i will wait.

  • 22 July 2012 - 10:34am
    • waffles247

    11 working days or does that include the weekends?

    Perhaps give it a couple more days then call and ask. I believe they are busy sorting out the autumn intake, which might be the reason why you have not heard from them yet. But if you are desperate, just give them a call.

  • 22 July 2012 - 10:00am
    • jobhunt91

    I had my AC 11 days ago. I haven't got any response yet. Do you think I am rejected? Should I call and check or wait for a few more days?

  • 14 May 2012 - 7:04am
    • Valentino

    Hi appreciate all your efforts in sharing your responses/experiences. I have AC coming up for Business Control Systems in London, has any one else in this forum applied for this position?

    Can someone pls shed some more light on writing part of AC, is it on paper or system? What they looking for?Any writing part tips out of your experiences.


  • 13 May 2012 - 8:17pm
    • warwick11

    Had my PwC assessment ages ago and now i work for PwC... all i can say.. is maintain calm and dont panic at the odd question ( there is bound to be one ) which partner shall put forth to you..

    They can see right through if you are putting up an act.. Best thing and advise .. focus on competency they look for and relax.. Structure your answer well and know what you are saying inside out.

    All the best to all of you guys...

  • 3 February 2014 - 9:12am
    • Christina66

    hi warwick11,

    I have an assessment centre on Friday for assurance/consulting. Could you please tell me how to best prepare for it and give me some advices regarding the commercial awareness. Also, they did not mention anything about the interview in the email. Does that mean that I don't have an interview ?

    Thank you

  • 27 April 2012 - 6:36pm
    • blind999


    For the PWC AC Group exercise does anyone know the specific calculations that are required and how you do them?


  • 13 May 2012 - 7:36pm
    • waffles247

    There are no specific calculations required, but it seems like most of the group exercises only need basic calculations, such as calculating when the firm will begin to take a profit if solution A has an initial start up cost of £10,000. Remember, you have less than an hour (30 minutes reading time and 20 minutes discussion), it won't be anything too taxing - it just requires some common sense. Keep calm and think sensibly.

  • 26 April 2012 - 7:44pm
    • Char2611

    Hi, I have an ac on 16th may for assurance, on my email it doesnt mention anything about a partner interview, should i assume there will be an interview or is it at a later date if i pass the ac? Thanks

  • 13 May 2012 - 7:41pm
    • waffles247

    The partner interviews are a separate stage; if you pass the AC, you will be contacted to arrange the partner interview at a later date.

  • 24 April 2012 - 3:03am
    • rabbit711

    Hi Asif,

    hope you did really well at your Ac. can you please share your experiences as well?

    Thanks so much

  • 26 April 2012 - 10:38pm
    • asif-malik55

    Hi isabelyue,

    Hope u r fine... Unfortunately Isabelyue, I could not get through assessment centre however my experience in words is as follows:

    Just to avoid getting late at assessment centre, I was outside Bristol Centre sitting in a car at 13:00. My assessment timing was 14:30 (I am very punctual isnt???).
    I entered the centre at 14:00 and met other candidates. We were 13 in total. We had little chat with each other and we were out of shell.

    At approximately 15:00 a person who was managing all recruitment came to us and took us to a room where we had a bit of introduction. We were shown some video clips about PwC and all that (No assessment of any kind yet).

    Then we all were provided with blank sheet and scenario booklets for WRITTEN EXERCISE. It was about C02 emission and conservation of water. An environmental agency was approaching us as a company and demanding the business to take some environmental steps (I dont exactly remember now so sorry for that)... Yes we had 30 minutes to absorb all information from about 4 or 5 pages and then write a report. I would suggest you to concentrate on the format of the report. Once you know how to structure your report and all headings, you can save your time.

    In feedback that I received, I was told that my structure and writing was very good however I diverted a bit from what was actually required. So BE CONCISE AND WRITE WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU...

    After written exercise, we were divided into two groups. One went from group discussion and other for Numerical and Logical Tests. My groups took tests first. Regarding these tests, you should not worry are already familiar with them. My advise would be NOT TO GUESS IF YOU ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME and dont spend too much time on a question. Because less answers are better than many wrong answers. Wrong answers reduce your accuracy and overall score...

    Lastly, we had a group discussion. There were two assessors in the room. Group discussion was about an oil company and we were to discuss different options available to company for utilising its By-Products and making some new product. Each candidate had a unique option and we all were supposed to present our unique option to group and then discuss the best option for the company. I was told that I was very good at eye contact. Thats the main reason why I was rejected.

    After that we had lunch with recent graduates and this was not assessed part so nothing to worry about. You can ask as many questions as you want and they will answer your questions.

    Overall it was good experience and the good news is that I have seen the whole assessment day very very transparent and friendly. They provide you the opportunity to show them your strengths. Don't get nervous. Keep yourself relaxed and everything will be fine... I dont know If I have transferred all my thoughts into words however more questions are welcome.

    And yes... Let me know how was your assessment day...
    Good Luck...

  • 31 March 2012 - 9:47am
    • asif-malik55

    Hi everyone. First of all I would like to thank all of you for posting your experiences which are very helpful.

    I have an assessment centre coming on 12th of April 2012 at PwC's Bristol office for Risk Assurance.

    Anybody attending that day??????????????

    I have been told that I will have to get through 3 different tests.
    1. Hand written report.
    2. Psychometric tests (Numerical and Diagrammatical)
    3. Group discussion exercise.

    Anybody has recent experience of these tests. What type of topic do we get in Group discussion.

    Also how is overall day? relaxed or full of worries...

    Thanks in advance...

  • 23 March 2012 - 12:03pm
    • alexpearce15

    Hey, just went through an assessment centre and as this site has been very helpful to me I thought I would give something back. Would be pleased to answer some questions

  • 3 February 2014 - 9:09am
    • Christina66

    hi alexpearce15,

    I have an assessment centre on Friday for assurance/consulting. Could you please tell me how to best prepare for it and give me some advices regarding the commercial awareness. Also, they did not mention anything about the interview in the email. Does that mean that I don't have an interview ?

    Thank you

  • 31 March 2012 - 7:14pm
    • asif-malik55

    Hi Alexpearce15. Hope u r fine and ur assessment went well...

    Can you please share your experiences of AC...

    I have one coming on 12th april for Risk Assurance...

    Would be thankful if you could tell me about what type of topics do we get in Report writing and Group Discussion...

    How much time PwC takes to respond the outcome of AC...

    Thanks in Advance...

  • 31 March 2012 - 11:06am
    • dad


  • 17 February 2012 - 6:00pm
    • sqaull2212

    Hey people!

    Ive got an AC coming up next week and im a little nervous to say the least. Coming from a non-business background, do the report/ group task require a great deal of business acumen?

    How do you set the report out?

    Do i need to research Pwc properly (i obviously researched to get through telephone interview but i mean in depth such as "my ideal client" or "what i think pwc should do next" etc) The partner interview isnt on the same day and you only get invited if you pass the tests, so is there much point me spending ages prepping about the company?

    Is there anywhere i can practice numerical reasoning? i just suck at them! Ive done the SHL ones loads of times now and the ones are pretty easy compared to the SHL ones.

    Lastly i would be grateful if someone could start a dialogue with me (via pm?) about the AC so i feel a little more prepared :)

    Thanks Guys!

  • 12 February 2012 - 11:56pm
    • GraduateS


  • 2 June 2011 - 4:20pm
    • ajaysharma

    Hi LFTW,

    I have a telephonic interview coming Saturday, could you describe me in detail what exactly you were asked. Especially, are they still asking the same questions or you were asked different questions.

    Any help would be appreciated.....

  • 30 May 2011 - 5:04pm
    • LFTW

    If anyone has any questions, I'm more than happy to answer them (recently been accepted onto Assurance). Send me a private message, cheers.

  • 3 February 2014 - 9:07am
    • Christina66

    hi LFTW,

    I want t o ask you about the assessment centre, I am applying for assurance/consulting graduate programme. I received an email that says I will have an individual/group exercise, written exercise and tests. Does it still mean that I have an interview or not ? Also, can you tell me how to best prepare for the exercises as I am really worried and my AC is on Friday.

  • 4 February 2014 - 9:35pm
    • LFTW

    Hi Christina66,

    To be honest I couldn't be very up-to-date with you, as my AC was in April 2011 and I have been working here for 2.5 years now! However, when I did it, there was no interview on the day: that followed separately for those who passed the AC.

    For the exercises, all the information in this thread will help you, but in general: take a pro-active role in the group exercise, whilst not forgetting to engage and make eye contact with EVERYONE. Form a conclusion. Written test: focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar, be concise, and don't worry too much about your content - just make it flow. Tests: these were easier than the online ones you sat, and are designed to catch-out anyone who cheated.

    Good luck

  • 4 February 2014 - 8:19pm
    • malino-masha

    I applied to Forensic/Assurance and they were no interviews on this day. I am pretty sure that it's the same for the rest of the schemes. If you pass the AC, then you'll have the partner interviews. regarding the written exercise, dont forget to mention ALL options. There were 4 of them, and I have found only two and was writing about them. Good luck!

  • 30 May 2011 - 4:21am
    • warwick11

    I recently had my assessment at Birmingham and have been offered a job.

    The process is more or less the same for the day. The only area one needs to prepare is the Partner Interview.Becuase they often grill you on the answers you give. Hence it is very essential to understand your own example before you can elaborate on that and try to highlight the competency they are looking for. Commercial Awareness is a must and of course information pertaining to the service line you are applying to. Rest of the competencies are same. The only tip will be think out of the box, it always helps.

    Hope thats of some use to all of you guys

    Best of Luck

  • 29 May 2011 - 9:50pm
    • alevegag

    I had the AC with the new process and other than not having the partner interview it was all the same as before.

    We were around 10 people. The first thing we did was the written exercise. I think only one person finished it. So do keep track of time. Write a short but good introduction in case you are not able to finish your conclusion.

    Then we got divided into two groups. My group stayed in the same room to do the numerical test and diagrams. I think they were easier than the ones online.

    Finally we went to the group exercise.

    has anyone had the partner interview recently? any tips? new questions? I have mine in two days time!

    Anyways, thanks to everyone cuz this forum has been super useful and GOOD LUCK everyone!!

  • 29 May 2011 - 2:06pm
    • Cecmode

    I Have my AC on the 6th of June,

    I found the Telephone Interview Enjoyable,
    She went over questions like
    1. Why PWC
    2. What Qualifications will you work towards? Describe a little bit about them
    3 They will test your Global Core Competencies, so prepare an example of each, they will be asked in the form, tell me about a time when........ you have had to adapt the way you work, or you have had to work to a deadline, or you have had to work under uncertain parameters.

    To be honest nothing she asked caught me out if you are able to answer general questions about PWC, their competitors, the role you want to go into, I think you will be in good stead for getting an AC slot. Preapre a week in advance, 2 hours a day will do it fine.

  • 15 May 2011 - 12:49am
    • ruintheory

    anyone else have an AC tomorrow?

  • 26 April 2011 - 10:05pm
    • niketown

    Isn't the partner interview on the same day for the London office?

  • 2 May 2011 - 8:15pm
    • mark jt

    hi all, great previous posts, very informative.

    the A/Cs have now changed, I have mine on the 11th, so currently researching potential areas that could come up, but it may be fruitless if its being changed!!

    has anyone had any ACs with the new process yet? would be great to see the contrast

    cheers all,

  • 12 May 2011 - 10:33pm
    • Malohat

    Hi Mark jt,
    I've got an AC coming up on the 26th, could you please share your experience with new process, especially written report and group discussion. Good luck!

  • 26 April 2011 - 9:14pm
    • LFTW

    Great, thanks for the info.

  • 26 April 2011 - 8:21pm
    • LFTW

    Thanks Xuyou, very helpful. Does that mean we won't have one at all, or only if successful?

  • 26 April 2011 - 8:51pm
    • Xuyou

    If you are successful, you will get invited to a senior interview with either a partner or a director.

  • 19 April 2011 - 10:26pm
    • unique_m5

    I applied to Forensic Technology Solutions. I haven't been told about benchmark, but I think it was not too high.
    Prepare as much as you can, and just remember techniques for percentage claculation and so on. I was quite ok with tests at home, but did not think clearly under the pressure. By the way, answer to the couple of questions was "Cannot say", so keep your eyes open. Don't stress, cause some questions really really easy, but might consist of couple sentences and just one sentence relevant to the question and other not.
    I guess it's really checking your performance under the pressure, because they need people who will pass further qulifications.

    Best wishes, hope you will do well.

  • 24 April 2011 - 11:35am
    • Xuyou

    Thanks, unique_m5. I had my assessment centre this week and did not feel I did well in the numerical test - was so stressed! Everything was the same as descrped in this forum .

    Thank you very much for people who had been sharing their valuable experience in this thread. If anybody have any questions about the AC, I will be very glad to help.

  • 26 April 2011 - 6:04pm
    • LFTW

    Hi Xuyou. Hope your AC went well. I've got an AC this week, and as has been mentioned here the process seems to have changed. My email made no mention of an interview on the day, only the other stuff. Does that mean I won't be having an interview, or is it just assumed? I guess what I'm asking is: did you have an interview?

  • 26 April 2011 - 6:04pm
    • LFTW

    Hi Xuyou. Hope your AC went well. I've got an AC this week, and as has been mentioned here the process seems to have changed. My email made no mention of an interview on the day, only the other stuff. Does that mean I won't be having an interview, or is it just assumed? I guess what I'm asking is: did you have an interview?

  • 26 April 2011 - 7:38pm
    • Xuyou

    LFTW, the process has changed, no partner interview included in the AC. However, the rest is exactly the same as what has described in this thread. Hope that helps.

  • 19 April 2011 - 10:35am
    • unique_m5

    Just finished previous post and got a call :D. I have been offered a place.
    Feedback was that I met all criteria in all exercises. I thought I did quite well with the tests, but it was not as good as I expected, anyways was over the benchmark.

    As I expected interviewers were impressed by my knowledge around the service which I was applying for. So as others mentioned earlier, interview is the most important part, read read and read news especially around the service you are applying.

  • 19 April 2011 - 2:19pm
    • Xuyou

    Congratulations unique_m5! Best for your working life afterwards :)

    Which service line did you apply to? Did they tell you the benchmark for the tests? I am so worrying about the diagrammatic test. The result from my practicing exercise is not good at all! Perhapse you could suggest how many questions out 30 I should achieve in order to pass?

    Also, anybody has been to any AC this week. THe rercuitment process is changing this week - not sure whether that would involve the change in the topic for group exercise/individual exercise, written exercise as well?

  • 19 April 2011 - 10:09am
    • unique_m5

    Actually I supposed to be good trained in waiting with PwC :). I had quite a long waiting periods between each step: Application, Interview, Interview feedback, AC.
    Good thing actually my uni had various careers events between each stage, so I had to chance to speak with recruiters and they used to give a push from inside :D.
    But this time, cause its last stage and after talking to directors I really really wanna get I find it hard to concentrate on my report, well anyways hope to hear from them today.

    alevegag : have you applied to Forensics or Assurance ?
    Every route pretty much the same actually, but if you are applying to Forensic read PwC web site, there are lots of news related to forensic : Bribery Act (Forensics quite busy at the moment because of it), fraud survey and other stuff.
    I might be mistaking, but I've got impression that they ask mainly competencies questions from Generalist routes, but ask specific subject related questions from the Specialist route. But anyways make sure that you prepare for everything. As I mentioned before I had two interviewers : one was asking mainly competency questions and he had a list, the second one was just asking questions which he made up at the spot, it was clear because they used to look at each other and kinda asked approval (nodding and smiling..)

    Regarding waiting, I waited for quite a long time for AC and got unexpected call and was invited to the AC a week later. So be patient

    Btw : This site was very helpful, so I really want to share my experience when it's fresh, but on the other hand after all I have applied to forensic technology which makes me lil bit scared thinking that Big Brother is watching me :P

  • 18 April 2011 - 10:12pm
    • alevegag

    I received an email saying I will go on to the AC but that they do not have dates available. Is anyone in this situation? Does anyone know when the dates will be available.

    Also, anyone who applied for the Forensics/Assurance and can share his/her experience in the AC?

    Thanks a lot!

  • 18 April 2011 - 9:59pm
    • unique_m5

    It's something similar to Global Competencies, but not exactly the same. But don't worry about it. There is no way you will have time to mention anything about them during the written exercise because other information I think will be more important. During the group/individual exercise you will have time and if you might mention them if you like.

    But anyways make sure you know PwC services, because it might be asked during the interview or any other stage.

    Btw : Is anyone had AC on Friday and got answer ? I still don't have any news :(, waiting is the worst thing.

  • 19 April 2011 - 8:23am
    • Xuyou

    Thanks very much unique_m5. Don't worry too much that you have to wait. They should get back to you within 5 working days. So give them a call on Thursday if you still haven't heard anything yet. Sometimes a delay in response doesn't necessarily mean unsuccessfulness.

    Just share my experience with you: I had my first round interview with a senior manager. During the interview, everything went smoothly. In the end, the senior manager said to me that people would contact me in a couple of days for the AC. I was very happpy at that moment because I thought it was another way of saying that I passed the first round!

    However, PwC did not renew my application stage untill 7 days later. On the 7th day, I nearly lost all hope and was starting to suspect whether I misinterpretted what the interviewer said or it was something just in my imagination!!! And in the late afternoon near 6pm, got a call from graduate recruiment said that I did really well in the 1st round and would like to invite me to the AC.

    That was just my experience - waiting is the worst thing ever!!! But sometimes is does not necessarily mean bad result. I hate waiting as well - think about the coming AC this Thursday. Have no idea how many days they are going to keep me waiting this time!

  • 18 April 2011 - 8:54pm
    • Xuyou

    sweetline & unique_m5, could you help me with one more quesiton here please:

    I notice that both the written exercise and individual/group exercise have two pages about PwC bits. What sort of contents are there? Are they about services PwC could offer to help those companies? In which case, is it a good idea to go through PwC's website about their various services line to familiarize myself so that I could do better under time pressured situation in the AC?

    Thanks you so so so much!

  • 16 April 2011 - 9:35pm
    • unique_m5

    sweetline just noticed your post, I am really sorry that they rejected you. Anyways you had good experience and hope you will get offer with the next one.
    Good luck with E&Y and be careful with their application form they seem stricter then others.

  • 16 April 2011 - 7:47pm
    • sweetlime

    Thanks hannahmiao and Xuyou for the encouraging thoughts :) Already onto the next application ..

    @XuYou: I think the questions were similar to the telephone interview. but I wasn't expecting them. In my case, I gave same examples that I gave during telephone interview. He then asked me if I could pick up examples from my present job (which I hadn't really emphasized because, I work part time in call center- nothing to boast about!!) So , my examples were drawn upon heavily from my internship, dissertation, and a IT programmer job in a bank (this last one was about 3 years back) . So the guy wanted me to pick up examples from present job. I did the best I could, so gave examples for when I work under pressure, handle different clients (and difficult) and team work from present job. But I had a feeling he just seemed to lose interest when he discovered my present job is call center . So, if any of you are asked to pick up an example from present job, and if it isnt a 'professional job', make it sound as important as you possibly can!

    I am not sure if I mentioned this before but about the debrief for the individual exercise-
    do start off by giving an introduction about the task at hand. use the STAR method they keep going on about..thats what the lady said in feedback. I didnt introduce during the debrief and went straight into addressing the probems and answering the questions.

    back to my applications for now, and will keep a tab on this thread if any one requires any help from me ...

    good luck and crack the interview (and assessment :D)

  • 18 April 2011 - 8:34pm
    • Xuyou

    Dear Sweetline,

    Thank you sooooooo much for giving me these valuable suggestions!!! Don't know how to express my gratitude. Just strongly agree with hannahmiao that you will get it because you definitly deserve it! All the best for you!

  • 16 April 2011 - 10:59am
    • unique_m5

    Had my AC yesterday, everything pretty much the same as mentioned above.

    Numerical and logical are easy. Just pressure doesn't let you think clearly. Did 19/20 , but could do much better because of easiness, if I hadn't been so nervous. Logical : just practice and try to see bigger picture. There were some questions when you have to just find matching one, e.g : the last one is similar to first one, so just find exactly the second one. I did something about 37.

    For written exercise : Just noticed good advice given above regarding stopwatch. Get one and use it. Actually they allowed to use stopwatch on the mobile as well, but I left my one in the storeroom :(. I relied on my hand watches and as a result messed up with 2 minutes. I thought I still have two more minutes :( and they were quite precious to me, cause I could write my conclusion. Don't result yet, but scared that this one will take me down. Though I mentioned about it later both to recruiters and interviewers.

    On the other hand I had great interview, I had it with two directors. They were great and really passionate about work they are doing. Actually an hour interview ended up in 1,5 hours, because we've been talking about lots of stuff around the service they provide.
    Talked a lot about my project, cause it was close to the things they are doing.
    They also asked couple of competencies, but it was clearly just to tick the box.
    Interesting thing that they had printout of everything : your application, the test which you do prior to online numerical and logical (though can't remember it exactly, but when you have to choose the best solution to resolve conflict)
    I prepared lots of stuff on commercial awareness, but they didn't ask any. I kinda tried to put couple of them, especially related to the service line.
    Btw, I think I was only person who had two interviewers, all others had just one.

    Waiting for the result, I think I'll get it on Monday. Anyways it was quite good experience and talking to the directors is not so scary as I imagined

  • 15 April 2011 - 11:03am
    • sweetlime


    just got a call from PwC. got rejected. Their feedback was- I didnt know enough about the risk assurance position I was applying for. So, the manager feedback was- I didnt give good enough examples of the competencies and I didnt know exactly what I would be doing in that role. I think I prepared as much as I could, but I didnt expect a competency based. So, I'd prepared more for commercial focus, their clients, accountancy news, etc. but that didnt get asked. So, do prepare for a second competency based interview! Apparently, I did quitew well on the rest..pffff...

    Oh, well, I suppose, I'll get on with applying for E&Y or something..
    good luck.

  • 16 April 2011 - 12:00pm
    • hannahmiao

    sweetlime: You will get it because you worth it. keep fighting.

  • 15 April 2011 - 5:05pm
    • Xuyou

    Sweetline, I am sooooo sorry for you!

    I think you did really well. To be honest, I cannot see the feedback from PwC 'did not give good enough examples' is valid? You have obvious passed your first round competenced based interview to get this far. If they accepted your competency examples in the 1st round, I cannot see why they should not accept those examples again! Did you give them similar examples from your first round or your gave different ones? Do you think giving same examples in different interviews would be a factor they said that invalid comment?

    I feel really, really, really sorry for you. I don't understand you got rejected!

    Thank you very much for your invaluable and detailed explanation for the individual exercise. Good luck with your E&Y application.

  • 15 April 2011 - 10:09am
    • sweetlime

    Thanks Hannah and Xuyou.

    Ok, here goes the info for individual exercise. The interviewer will give you a booklet which also contains the questions you need to answer/address during your debrief. These questions are on the 1st or 2 page, so right before you begin, you will know the questions. The interviewer did not explain the questions, simply read them out. However, they will give you an opportunity to ask questions before you begin. The booklet is about 8-9 pages of useful information. again skip the pwc bit. Just a bit of heads up- the pwc information is 2 pages and is inserted right towards the end. but dont forget to turn the pages (somebody forgot at my assessment) because the most important bit is after this. I would suggest, prepare yourself mentally to draw up a table quickly for the four available methods of waste management. Its best if you put down information like: set up costs, set up time, breakeven period, profit/year after break even, 10 year payback, and a little bit of pros and cons for each method. This will sort of help you put your thoughts together towards the end. My interviewer did not start the conservation. She came in with a stop watch and said , Go! So, for me, I'd to answer the 3 questions, they had initially set out, on my own initiative. After I finished this, the interviewer handed me a sheet of paper , with some information that changes the calculations. And based on this, you now have to propose a new method (or you can stay with the original one, if it still meets the investment criteria). Its very straighforward calculations, so dont worry about the maths bit. Its how you justify your choices. After the interviewer gave me the sheet, she said, read this and in light of this new information which method would you choose? Thats it. the interviewer probably managed to say 5 sentences throughout the debrief!

    good luck with your AC!

  • 15 April 2011 - 12:38am
    • Xuyou

    Sweetline: Thank you so much for sharing those invaluable information. They are hugely helpful. And all my best - I am sure you will get through.

    Glad for you that you have finished your AC. I am going to have my AC next week. The lady phoned me said that I could have either individual exercise or group exercise, depending on the size of the ppl on that day. That really makes me nervous, as I never did any individual exercise before. So stressed now!

    Would you mind giving me more details about it please? That would be extremely helpful for me! I guess it would be the same material as the group exercise. You know in the group exercise, on the first page of the material, they would normally state of the objectives for the whole group. Did the interviewer explained that you should answer those quesitons? Or did he give you more questions at the very beginning? And after you finished reading, in the debrief section, did the interviewer ask more questions on top of those stated on the first page?

    Did the interviewer began the conversation in the debrief section and you actually had to begin to talk about your answers? Would you mind giving me more details about the debrief section, i.e what question the interviewer asked?

    I am sorry that sounds a lot! It will be the first time I do an individual exercise - no idea what they expect. I would be soooooo grateful if you could kindly help me!

    Thank you so much Sweetline!!!

  • 14 April 2011 - 3:42pm
    • sweetlime

    Hi Hannahmiao
    I recently attended PwC assessment day in south.. I applied for Assurance and haven’t heard back yet. Fingers crossed , hopefully, I’ll get through. This site helped me a lot to prepare and I am sharing my experience ,and hopefully, it will help you (and others)

    Ok,the day started off with numerical and logical exercises. I found numerical quite easy (but I usually don’t struggle with numerical anyway) its 20 Q in 20mins. They have like 3 or 4 graphs or tables which they use throughout the booklet. But you will never have two consecutive questions based on the same table or graph. They are fairly simple, don’t have any complicated information. Practise Percentages calculation and it wil see you through numericals! I don’t usually struggle with Diagrammatic as well, however, their diagrammatic was quite difficult. It was more time pressured than difficult really. 40 Q in20 mins. I would say about 80% of the were fairly easy. The remaining are just too difficult and not worth wasting time thinking over. So, I would say, if you don’t understand the diagrammatic sequence in first 10 seconds, move on.

    The next was a written exercise.This is again quite time pressured. You are given 30 mins to analyse a case study and write down a short 2 page report. The case study is about suggesting ways in which government can encourage businesses to become more environment friendly and you have to base your inferences on the data/info given in the booklet. A tip- Skim through. And don’t even read two pages in between which speak about PwC.If you’ve researched earlier,this wont be necessary to read. I didn’t manage to finish my conclusion and others finished midway .So keep track of time.

    Next was partner interview. If it’s a partner interviewing, I’ve heard its like a chat and they discuss hypothetical situations. However, mine was with a senior manager and I was expecting a general discussion on commercial topics. This didn’t happen. It was very structured. He had a questionnaire that he was reading from. It was like a second competency based interview. Why did you chosse this position? What do you think you’ll be doing? What do you know about ACA? How have you handled difficult situation? Have you ever had a situation where you had to make a difficult choice (this was worded differently,but it was about ‘doing the right thing’) It felt a second competency based interview. I had no questions about who their clients were, or any piece of news, or anything commercial. It was quite formal. However, another guy has 2 interviews. The second one was by someone specialised in the specialist area he had applied to. Apparently, this one was a casual chat.

    The last bit was a case study. Again something to do with environment . again half an hour to prepare for a debrief with your interviewer. Its about an Palm oil manufacturing company that does not recycle waste. There are 4 options available. The constraints are money and cost and environmental benefits of each method. You need to balance the choice of your method with the organizations’ goals and governments’ goals. The government offers funding if the methods used meet certain criteria. Once you propose a solution to your interviewer, you will need to explain pros and cons of each method. Be clear, concise and quick as you have 15 mins to complete the debrief. Then you’ll be given a piece of information, which WILL affect the choices you made earlier . So now you’ve to calculate the financial bits and propose a method you would choose because the circumstances are now different.

    I was told at my assessment that we are the last ones to be interviewed in this manner. Their recruitment process is set to change in April end. Good luck!

  • 14 April 2011 - 8:31pm
    • hannahmiao

    sweetlime: Thank you so much for the detailed information. And finger crossed for you!

  • 12 April 2011 - 9:56am
    • hannahmiao

    anybody had AC recently? highly appreciated if anyone can put any new change about it.

  • 3 March 2011 - 11:34am
    • sagittaire

    I had the assessment centre with PwC on 24 Feb and haven't got any feedback till now. I called the Call Centre on 01 March, they said the feedback was not available. Is it normal process ? I feel less and less hope now, but I really need a feedback to prepare for my next assessment centre.

    Do you think I should call them again ? Thank you.

  • 4 March 2011 - 9:20am
    • SRK86

    Which role and where did you have your AC? You should call back the person who was in charge of your AC and am sure they will have a feedback for you. Could you please confirm what was your AC like - 1) what was the question based on for the written and group ex? 2) How many numerical and diagrammatic questions you had to do on that day? 3) How was the Partner Interview? If they have not called you in 5 days, it might mean that they are still considering you. Fingers crossed and all the best!

  • 5 February 2011 - 2:06pm
    • LA123

    Does anyone know if they ask you for more that one example per competency at the Pwc Assessment centre?

  • 24 January 2011 - 5:38pm
    • rhamb1

    I feel like I should add to my group exercise comments in case I gave the wrong impression.

    Being the leader certainly isn't necessary. However it's also not something to be afraid of. I was mindful of being too outspoken and dominant. That's obviously still possible and you have to use common sense. However, my feedback was that they'd have liked me to maintain my leading role and held greater control, so clearly they don't mind if you are a dominant character within reason. It's fine to set out a structure for discussion and keep it all on course so long as you listen to other people.

    Act how you feel comfortable though. I fell down on the E&Y group exercise so I have quite a bit of feedback. In a group of 4 or 5 over 30 minutes you should have plenty of opportunities to speak up whatever your eventual role.

    When you do talk, be precise and to the point. Don't ramble and waste time. Speak clearly and maintain eye contact. Failing to do this was basically my negative feedback from E&Y, and the negative feedback I got from PwC's incorrect phone call.

    They liked the way I called people by their names, so that's something easy to remember. If you see a quieter member of the group, ask them for their opinions and they will like that. Try and bring group members into the debate if you can. They also liked the way I listened, maintaining eye contact with those speaking as much as possible as opposed to scribbling down notes and looking at my sheet of paper.

    One more thing, I thought I came across very nervy at the start of the task when I opened discussion, I could almost see myself in third person if you know the feeling. Don't let it faze you if something similar happens, just remain mindful of what you're trying to say and you'll grow in confidence as the task continues.

  • 24 January 2011 - 2:39pm
    • rhamb1

    Does anybody have advice for the partner interview?

    I recently had an assessment day without the partner interview and I got through. The tests were similar to those online; the numerical was possibly the hardest I've faced but clearly I made it through. The written exercise was highly time pressured. Ensure you keep track of time and when writing, make your recommendation at the start and then reason it. This way if you run out of time, like I did, they can see where you're going and will give you the benefit of the doubt if it's good enough.

    The group exercise was simple enough. I took a leading role at first but got some constructive feedback that I allowed the group's focus to drift after somebody else did a bad job of taking the lead off me. I actually got an incorrect call with notes mixed up before finding out I was through. The person it was intended for failed because they were too indirect when they were speaking and didn't get to the point. Putting all this together, don't be too scared of appearing too forceful and dominant. I didn't want to be an arsehole, but I think so long as you bring in colleagues, listen to and respect what they say, they'll be perfectly happy for you to take a leading role.

    Anyhow, I was thinking that so far through this process they haven't really looked at my career motivation and my dedication to PwC. Is it a fair assumption that I need to prepare this for the partner interview? Equally PwC are well known for grilling on Commercial Awareness and I'm reading the FT, The Economist and BBC News at the moment. I plan to look into an industry an business in a sector that interests as well as looking extensively into services PwC offer and challenges facing them. Would all this lot set me up well for the partner interview?

  • 23 January 2011 - 3:01pm
    • JXPES

    They said they'll should be in touch within 5 days....

  • 23 January 2011 - 1:02pm
    • niketown

    Did they say that they will get back to you on the day? If so, it could be either.

    However, it is probably more likely you have an offer.

  • 22 January 2011 - 1:21pm
    • JXPES

    Hey guys, has anyone been rejected 2 hours after the assessment centre? I recieved a call from HR but I left the phone upstairs so missed the call! Is it likely I got an offer if they called so early?

  • 12 January 2011 - 4:46pm
    • Tautvydas

    How many correct answers did you guys get in the numerical tests? How many attempted? How did that translate into percentile? Cheers

  • 5 January 2011 - 5:29pm
    • john10

    @wlbo6113: The structure of the AC center varies from different offices. Some combine it with the partner interview and in some they would schedule a different day for the same. I would suggest you call up the HR and confirm and in that way you could be prepared as well.

  • 5 January 2011 - 3:43pm
    • wlb06113

    I am due to complete an Assessment centre in the Glasgow office for the 2011 assurance intake but there was no mention of a partner interview included in my invitiation to AC email. Has the recruitment process changed? Any help is greatly appreciated,


  • 30 December 2010 - 11:15pm
    • Tautvydas

    Dear friends,

    Thanks for your posts, they are very valuable.

    I have my AC upcoming and I wanted to ask a several very specific questions:

    1) Numerical tests: Is it true that the same 'picture-graph-info' has several questions, however they do not follow each other (and they are rather mixed throughout the test)?
    Is it true that the same one 'picture-graph-info' has 4 different questions (as in normal SHL), but they go in the mixed way? Or do they go in every-four manner?
    In that case, in your opinion, is it a good strategy not to answer questions in a row but try to find the questions with the same 'picture-graph-info' ?

    2) How many (approximately) people were there taking place in the group exercise (London office)? I am aware it may vary, but still somehow curious.

    3) As far as I understood you get a phone call from PwC just before AC and they inform you against which competencies you will assessed during the second interview. From your personal experience, for those of you who had competency based questions, did the questions correspond to those competencies told in advance? Is it a good strategy to concentrate exclusively on these competencies rather on all PwC competencies?

    4) Does anyone know what the internal division or departments are in London's Assurance line?

    Thanks very much in advance!

  • 19 December 2010 - 1:12am
    • IBwannabe

    There are some great posts on the assessment day...just wondering if anyone had anything to add if they had a Corporate Finance AC for summer internship? I have one coming up soon and would be grateful for any tips and questions that were asked in the Partner interview. For example, do they ask about valuation techniques, modelling etc? I have some experience in Corporate Finance already so I am worried it might get technical. I really like the company and in fact the only one of the Big 4 I applied to!

    ^^Anyone? It's in the next few days and would very much appreciate any help!

  • 15 December 2010 - 10:17pm
    • stevie123

    HR aren't going to tell you the topic. They use a few different ones I think. My written exercise was about saving water, the group exercise about another sustainable firm. You cant prepare for it, so it doesn't make any difference what the companies are. The companies I had were made up.

    For the writen exercise I think it is up to you how you structure it. Loads of people have explained fully what they did and the structures change. I wrote in full sentences as thats my preference. You basically have to 3 options to choose from and have to weigh up the choices. I did not finish my letter, but the main hint would be not to spend too much time reading so you don't run out of time. Keep an eye on the clock.

  • 15 December 2010 - 9:13pm
    • Langsrgr8

    Hi Everyone,

    Just wondering if anybody could clarify exactly what you are supposed to do and what is expected for the written exercise (the report). Is it full prose or is the idea to use headings and bullet points? Is there anything I can do in advance for that exercise or does anybody have any general tips? Thanks very much.

  • 15 December 2010 - 11:27am
    • john10

    @dior: Yes I am pretty sure it has changed, also confirmed with the HR.

  • 14 December 2010 - 8:19pm
    • dior.denim


    Hmmm.. Are you sure? Cos i attended my assessment day just over two weeks ago. So it may still be the same..

  • 14 December 2010 - 7:51pm
    • john10

    Hi dior.denim,
    Even I had been to the assessment center few months back and did the same exercise as you have mentioned. However they have changed the topic this time for both group discussion and written exercise and hence I am so desperate to get the details.
    But I honestly appreciate your input and thanks for replying!


  • 14 December 2010 - 7:31pm
    • dior.denim


    It seems like ages ago, so I might not explain it all very well. Apologies.

    At the assessment day i attended, the group exercise required us to discuss solutions for an Eco-Hotel. The hotel had to achieve certain things to attain a certificate of some sort. We had to discuss how best to advise the hotel on which decisions would best help them qualify for the certificate. That's most of what I remember, it went by so quickly it was a bit of a blur.

    The written exercise was pretty straight forward. Just presented the case of a chocolate company that was looking to start selling chocolate biscuits. So we were given information about various biscuit suppliers, and asked to choose the most suitable supplier, and provide justification for our decision.

    As far as i understand, there is no guarantee that you will do the same exercises. But my advice to you is just to be concise with your answers; keep them simple and straight to the point. Make sure you're succinct in both the group and written exercise.

  • 13 December 2010 - 11:17am
    • john10


  • 10 December 2010 - 6:22pm
    • john10

    Anyone who has attended the assessment with PwC recently, can they please provide details of the topic for group discussion and report writing?

  • 8 December 2010 - 12:59pm
    • IBwannabe

    There are some great posts on the assessment day...just wondering if anyone had anything to add if they had a Corporate Finance AC for summer internship? I have one coming up soon and would be grateful for any tips and questions that were asked in the Partner interview. For example, do they ask about valuation techniques, modelling etc? I have some experience in Corporate Finance already so I am worried it might get technical. I really like the company and in fact the only one of the Big 4 I applied to!

  • 8 December 2010 - 11:15am
    • john10

    The folks who have cleared the assessment, can you please provide details of the topics which were given in group discussion and written exercise, because I have heard they have changed it now.
    Any kind of input is highly appreciated!


  • 3 December 2010 - 12:15pm
    • [email protected]

    Yeah the logical reasoning was 40 Q in 20 mins, sounds a lot but the first 25-30 take only a few seconds each, I answered 34 I think and got something like 30 right. The last 10 or so questions are really hard and the last 5 im pretty sure were impossible.

    For the written exercise your given 30 mins to read through a booklet of information (skim read it and just pick out key points), then you have to write a 1-2 side report on the different options suggested within it that a company should take to improve efficiency, and conclude by recommending the one (or combination of 2 which is what i did) the company should implement. No prior knowledge can help you with it and I think the only thing you can really do to help yourself is to take a digital watch with a stopclock on it cos they don't tell you when your a minute before finishing or anything. Also take your own calculator for the numerical cos the ones they provide are rubbish!

    Good luck!

  • 2 December 2010 - 1:58pm
    • [email protected]

    Just got offered a job in PwC's risk assurance department at the Embankment office and as I found this site so helpful I promised that if i got the job i'd put a post up about the AC:

    The day started with numerical and logical tests, i really wasn't great at them to begin with but I practiced loads and loads on which helped a hell of a lot. They weren't any where near as hard as I'd been expecting, your just really pushed for time. Managed to answer 14 out of 20 with 12 right on the numerical, I was a massive idiot though and just assumed they were negatively marked, however i found out after that their not, so in the last minute just guess the last few you haven't answered.

    For the written tests just really focus on key points and how you lay it out, I was told my introduction/bullet point format/conclusion at the end was really good, but my spelling was terrible, probably because its so time pushed!

    The group exercise is pretty stressful, don't be nervous though and try and be the first one to start the discussion by setting out the method the team should use for the 30 mins, this looks really good as it shows your willing to take the initiative and can lead a team. Also they seem to love it when you time manage, so just every now and then throw in a '10 mins left guys...lets start to draw some conclusions.'

    The partner interview wasn't really an interview, more of just a friendly chat. I was lucky cos I got a really nice one who had just been travelling where I had been in the summer so we instantly hit it off. Shows how much luck there is in these things...Just really try and charm them more than anything else I reckon, although still know your ideal client (i was asked to choose one which was already with PwC which threw me a bit), why you want to join, worked in a team etc...

    They got back to me about 2 hours after I'd left the office so no horrible waiting time!
    Hope this helps

  • 2 December 2010 - 8:47pm
    • Messi87


    Great post you've got up there. Really helped ease some nerves as i have an assesment centre coming up real soon.

    It be of great help if you can fill us a bit more on the written excercise. The format thats best to follow and what you're expected to do. That be of great help!

    I also came across a post which says the inductive or logical reasonin test consists of 40 questions in 20 minutes? that true ?

    thanks once again for the post!

  • 30 November 2010 - 10:05pm
    • betelgeuse88

    Hi guys,

    I have a question for those who have attended to the assessment centre.

    I'm currently preparing my business stories and was just wondering how much detail do you have to include when talking about them to the partner at the interview?
    Would it be okay to know about them at the level of what you have written for the ideal client question prior to the first interview stage (so basically just what company, what their problems are, and also how PwC can help them)? Would that be sufficient, or would more details be required?

    Thanks a lot!

  • 24 November 2010 - 6:03pm
    • njk123

    Hi everyone. I have my assessment day next week and I am really worried about the partner interview. Can anyone help with what kind of questions will be asked?

  • 24 November 2010 - 11:05am
    • dancingdolphin

    thank you very much, guys. bring me some peaces even still didn't hear from them T-T

  • 24 November 2010 - 10:50am
    • milos

    For all you guys worried about the time they take to get back to you... don't worry! I had my AC on 3rd November and they got back to me late afternoon 9th November with a job offer. I think it just depends on how long it takes the partner to file their notes on the interview.

    Waiting for them to call is horrendous (I was sat next to my phone for three whole days getting more and more frustrated every time it rang and it wasn't PwC!), but if they don't call you back within a day it really doesn't mean that you've missed out. Good luck!

  • 23 November 2010 - 4:15pm
    • dancingdolphin

    hi guys, how long it took pwc reply after first round interview? it's more than 24hrs and i am desperate to find out the result. can't focus on anythingT-T. and do they ring you or just send email with text? really appreciate for any reply...

  • 23 November 2010 - 5:04pm
    • Vin1

    Well be patient. The time PwC takes to reply varies. Usually it's about 2-5 working days. So don't be disheartened if you don't receive a call/e-mail within 5 days. Good luck!

  • 22 November 2010 - 8:42pm
    • stevie123

    I can't really remember. It was over a week later. It was a generic letter with the results. I am sure it will come soon.

  • 22 November 2010 - 8:40pm
    • ICDS

    oh okay, how long did it take to receive the letter? my assessment day was on the 11th, I sent back my acceptance this weekend?

  • 22 November 2010 - 8:29pm
    • stevie123

    They sent me a letter in the post, i thought they would send it to everyone. I didn't ask for it

  • 22 November 2010 - 8:22pm
    • ICDS

    Stevie .... how did you get your percentiles?

  • 22 November 2010 - 8:14pm
    • bytz

    I feedback was that my tests were excellent, interview was overall good but i was too aggressive on the group exercise.

    @Vin1: it happened to me last year when i applied for an internship, also with pwc. I failed the verbal reasoning test but was invited for a resit, which unfortunately i failed again. So good luck!

  • 22 November 2010 - 8:03pm
    • stevie123

    I think it balances on both of them. I done really well in the maths test and go in the 93rd percentile, however on the logical I spend too long checking them and came in the 59th. So maybe it is 55.

    I used Assessment day
    Quite good, a bit simple but have quite a few tests. You also have to pay for them.

    You could also try efinancial numerical tests.
    Again a bit simple but good to get you thinking in a mathmatical way

  • 22 November 2010 - 7:30pm
    • Vin1

    Thanks mate.I have sent you a PM!

  • 22 November 2010 - 6:52pm
    • ICDS

    I believe it's 60% correct for the pass mark but I'm not sure, it was Leeds I applied to by the way. Who was your interviewer?

  • 22 November 2010 - 6:10pm
    • ICDS

    Vin1 seems a very unusual situation you are in. But congratulations on being offered a second chance, did you feel the maths tests went badly?

  • 22 November 2010 - 6:26pm
    • Vin1

    Hey ICDS,

    Thank you! I hope PwC keep their promise as they said they would call me soon to arrange it. Hope they do!
    I was quite convinced that I failed my online test. However, I answerd 14/20 at the assessment. I was sure that I had got at least 10 correct.

    Do you know what the pass mark is? Is there anything I could do to improve apart from shl's 40 questions?


  • 22 November 2010 - 5:35pm
    • Vin1

    Just got a call from PwC. Unfortunately I failed the numerical test.
    However they were very impressed by my interview and the group exercise and gave me another chance to sit the numerical test.

    Has anyone been in the same situation?

  • 22 November 2010 - 3:51pm
    • rainbow22

    I had my AC in London on Wednesday, got offer on Friday.

  • 22 November 2010 - 8:58pm
    • quinsyx

    heya, What position was it? Audit?

  • 22 November 2010 - 12:28pm
    • bytz

    Third day now, still praying for a reply!

  • 22 November 2010 - 3:30pm
    • Vin1

    Same here mate :|
    I can't even get hold of the HR manager. Have you tried calling them back?
    Good luck

  • 19 November 2010 - 3:53pm
    • Vin1

    Had my assessment centre on Wednesday. I was told that I would get a reply in the next two days. Haven't heard all day yesterday and today. I too am worried and starting to lose hope!

  • 19 November 2010 - 3:26pm
    • perfectlysafe

    Bytz, I had my assessment centre last monday and i didn't hear that I'd passed it until Wednesday night. I think it just depends on how many people they have to get through and who's free to make the phone calls and stuff I don't think it means you haven't got through try not to worry!

  • 19 November 2010 - 3:06pm
    • bytz

    Maaan I am really worried. A friend of mine who applied to assurance has already received an offer one day after the assessment centre (same assessment centre as me). I was the only one who applied for Actuarial among the 9 people there on the day. Got grilled by the interviewer quite badly. Managed to keep my composure but I think the contents of my reply were messed up. Hopefully her focus was on how I reacted to the situation rather than on the content.

    Furthermore I can't find anyone in the last about 30-40 posts who received an offer more than a day after the assessment centre. That just looks bad for me.

  • 19 November 2010 - 7:06am
    • stevie123

    Bytz - Really do not worry! If you read through the thread loads of people heard back after that time slot. It probably means they are quite busy. I got called by a HR lady not a partner so I guess she had to call everyone else too.

  • 18 November 2010 - 11:27pm
    • bytz

    Has anyone got a job offer NOT on the assessment day itself or one day after? I know it is a general rule of thumb that if one hears back within a day, he/she has most probably got the job offer, but I was wondering if there is any hope left if PwC didn't get back to me within these two days.

  • 18 November 2010 - 10:18pm
    • papaiaco

    hey guys.

    a question that comes up again and again in partner interviews is the following:

    What makes a good audit?

    Can anyone provide some help as to how to tackle this question as I'm struggling a bit.


  • 18 November 2010 - 4:28pm
    • quinsyx

    Guys, have anyone been invited to AC for financial advisor in London? I hve been told it will be in February?!

  • 17 November 2010 - 9:51pm
    • ICDS

    Just to second what's been said above, the time frame makes no difference as to whether you are accepted or not it's just based on the time it takes HR to get back to you.

  • 16 November 2010 - 4:52pm
    • ashbat18

    @IBwannabe I had the phone interview on the 27th October and got told the 3rd November about the assessment day so don't worry.

  • 16 November 2010 - 4:21pm
    • IBwannabe

    When did PwC get back to you after the phone interview? They said 5 days but if you're accepted it must be sooner rather than later right? I had mine yesterday morning and it's not looking good - not heard anything.

    I applied last year and I was told I was through to the AC the day after the phone interview.

  • 16 November 2010 - 6:52am
    • ICDS

    Ashin - In addition to the above remember that the question is for PwC to work with as a whole so you need to cover more than just your service line.

  • 16 November 2010 - 12:39am
    • jw399

    Depends on which division you applied to

    Audit- Barclays or any bank. then go on about the IFRS implications, ie. overstating bank capital. Enron or Lehman with repo 105/8 and mark to market accounting.

    Tax, relate to any large company, go on about Osbourne reducing corp. tax from 28 to 24% and national insurance etc

    Corporate fin- Acquisition/valuation/restructuring of any large company...were BskyB in the news recently regarding a Branson takeover..think so.

    But be prepared to think on your feet. It differs for every partner. My AC I had a grilling. So did one other person. For the others at the AC, they had a different partner, apparently very more more chilled out..... why Audit etc? (i went for audit)

    Mine was split into two halves. One competency and one commercial awareness, with the commercial awareness being more dominant.

    If you're aware of business in general then you'll get through.

    I put a hell of a lot of work into the assessment centre and it was tough.

    Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

  • 15 November 2010 - 8:42pm
    • ashwin2290

    Does anyone know a good topic to talk about regarding the ideal client?

  • 15 November 2010 - 3:22pm
    • betelgeuse88

    I think you only get feedback if you're successful and is invited to the AC. I got an e-mail today asking to call the recruitment helpline 3 - 5 days before my AC to ask for my first interview feedback.

  • 15 November 2010 - 3:13pm
    • rainbow22

    Just had my feedback call today, it sounds like the partner interview is going to be competency based again, but testing another four competencies not covered in the first round. I was asked to prepare on news story I'm interested in.
    Is that what people get in the actually partner interview? I'm wondering if PwC is the only Big Four that gives 1st interview feedback before the AC?

  • 13 November 2010 - 8:50pm
    • papaiaco

    thanks a lot mate. i really appreciate it

  • 13 November 2010 - 3:08pm
    • ICDS

    @papaiaco - the written report we had the information that a client wanted to move into a new market and choose a manufacturer.

    I think in these situations what you need to focus on is writing with a structure, so introduce what you are doing. Weigh up the strenghs and weaknesses of each, and then conclude on who you choose and so long as you can explain who and why you'll be fine. Just make sure you are careful with your time, I have to admit I felt this was my weakest point of my ac as i struggled for time to complete the task and rushed slightly at the end.

  • 13 November 2010 - 2:50pm
    • SMJE

    Thanks ICDS - AC is next week, London for Assurance.

  • 13 November 2010 - 2:31pm
    • papaiaco

    hey ICDS

    I have an assessment centre for assurance london.

    can you please outline briefly the structure of your written report? because i don't know what kind of report they are looking for and how to go about it.


    congrats for your offer

  • 13 November 2010 - 11:25am
    • ICDS

    SMJE - I was quized on career motivation. A big one was why PwC ahead of it's competitors, I suggest trying to look deeper into what they do none business related as in reality they all over the same qualification so think outside the box a bit. Teamwork was asked about but more in a chatty manner. I had to demonstrate my drive and motivation.

    When is your AC and what service line and office?

  • 13 November 2010 - 10:49am
    • SMJE

    Thanks for sharing guys!

    han1987,ICDS - Can I ask - apart from courage and integrity, what were the other competencies that you were asked?

  • 12 November 2010 - 7:03pm
    • ICDS

    Han, what office were you applying to?

  • 12 November 2010 - 10:05pm
    • han1987

    London Office, Urself???

  • 12 November 2010 - 4:31pm
    • ashbat18

    @ ICDS: oh ok I will just wait to hear then. I applied to Liverpool.

    @ perfectly safe: I was on my own in the AC so had group exercise on my own- eco hotel as described above and written exercise on biscuit manufacturer as above also. Good luck for Monday, try to relax as much as you can.

  • 12 November 2010 - 4:27pm
    • ICDS

    @perfectlysafe - I will be working in Assurance, and I had a group exercise on an Eco-Hotel as I'm sure some have discussed before but I was told they are looking to change this so I won't go into too many details but can give advise if you want. The individual exercise was choosing a manufacturer for a product weighing up the pros and cons.

    @han1987 - What service line and what office did you apply to? I wouldn't say I got lucky in all honesty. As soon as we walked into the interview we got told if you've got this far you are good enough. It was more a case of proving how you fit in as a person. So to everyone else my advise would be just relax and be yourself, that's what they want to see. Show composure in answering questions and think about your answers, but also make sure you show your personality. When was your ac? Have you heard yet?

  • 12 November 2010 - 4:51pm
    • han1987

    Hey ICDS,

    I applied in Assurance division.. NO i didnt mean to say u got lucky ... i apologize as that came out all wrong.. I know in my assessment there were not more than 5 people. I think my interviewer who happens to be a director , was just trying to catch me out by asking all sorts of questions regarding my choices , how i behave , my morality and loads of business acumen... I answered it to the best of my ability and he looked convinced as he would give similar example to mine... and say i am with you on that.. BUt i feel bad as i went blank at courage and integrity and before i could think he moved on to another questions i guess relating to competeny but more in a scenario based. The interview was well beyond an hour..

    Do you think not able to give an answer to one thing , but bing able to demonstrate within a scenario will be held against me.. as you can never know what they want... i had a good feeling leaving office yesterday , but havent hear back yet.. He said either today or Monday , he would let me know.. lets see...

    Congrats on your offer again..

  • 12 November 2010 - 4:18pm
    • han1987

    @ICDS : You were really lucky.. you got asked about football.. My question was around UK tax law changes and my views on that , followed by Lehman & PwC, Ideal client , Effect of sustainability services on Emerging markets ........I did screw one answer about courage and integrity : as i went completely blank .. but demonstrated that in how i behave with clients in my internship... hope he got the point..

    Anyways congrats on your offer.., Surely its well deserved

  • 12 November 2010 - 4:12pm
    • perfectlysafe

    Thanks guys, that's really helpful! How did you have an individual exercise as well as a group one as Han did?What business area will you be working in?
    I've applied for financial advisory in Belfast, AC is on Monday.

  • 12 November 2010 - 4:04pm
    • ICDS

    @Ashbat18 - I have not had my confirmation through just yet but I was told it could take a couple of days as they are changing my application from September to April. What office have you applied to?

    @perfectlysafe - My interview sounds a bit less structured than ashbat18 - for mine it was quite a relaxed chat where we talked about football etc, and then he would bring business into these issues, ie. Is football a sustainable business prospect? About my current job, what would i do differently if I was in charge? Discuss a business issue, i spoke about business cuts. Speak about a firm I admire - I was a little unsure on this one as it was hard to address but I spoke about my current firm and how they have managed to achieve increased turnover year on year despite the recession.

    Any more information you need? Which office have you applied to?

  • 12 November 2010 - 3:54pm
    • ashbat18

    perfectly safe:

    I was asked about the spending review particularly the cut in public sector, inflation, what I would of done if I was George Osbourne, I got asked what companies I knew were doing well- I had prepared about M&S so just rambled about this. I think that's all. Others were demonstrate courage and integrity and talking about me and my interests and the directors interests.

  • 12 November 2010 - 3:50pm
    • ashbat18


    I had my assessment centre on 10th November, everything was the same as above. I had a director interview me but it was really relaxed. They offered me the job the same day but I haven't had a confirmation email yet.

    ICDS: Have you had a confirmation yet?

    Good luck everyone!

  • 12 November 2010 - 3:40pm
    • perfectlysafe

    Hi ICDS,

    Congrats on the offer, it's great they were so fast to let you know.
    I was wondering what kind of thing you were asked about commercial awareness?Were there specific questions or did you bring it up yourself? Think that's my weak point so any info would be great!

  • 12 November 2010 - 2:53pm
    • ICDS

    Hello everyone, this is my first time posting on this website. However, I had my assessment centre yesterday with PwC and I have now received an offer for 2011 Assurance.

    I am not going to list for the sake of listing but if anybody has any questions they would like to ask specific or vague I will give you my honest answer on all issues.

    Please feel free to contact me on any and all issues.

  • 11 November 2010 - 8:23pm
    • betelgeuse88

    han! I thought your AC isn't until next week?
    Thanks so much for the insight as usual! They have been very very useful! And I hope you get the job!!!
    p.s. based on what ppl said, that annoying person won't probably get the job lol!

  • 11 November 2010 - 8:54pm
    • han1987

    well it was very much today.... :) Thanks for your wishes.. hope you do well... i hope i get the job... god i am still angry at that person.. feel like strangling him... not the best team skill to demonstrate after all :p

  • 11 November 2010 - 7:15pm
    • han1987

    Just completed the AC , now on way back... here was my experience:

    1. The day started with mingling session as general chat with employees..
    2. Followed by tests : Numerical was tough to do wthin time bound , logical comparatively easier
    3. Written exercise fairly straight forward, Make a report upon deciding which manufacturer to partner with
    4. Group exercise was a bit of a fuck up , as there was this completely annoying person , changing everything other said to ones own view point , cutting of in between and testing others on their views..... and forming individual opinions.....We struggled to reach a common view point , but managed to do well within the time limit
    5. Partner interview: Now this was one area which i actualy enjoyed the most.. The question were fairly competency based , though i did screw one answer as my repsonse was " Cant think of any at the moment.."

    Fingers crossed , lets see how it goes... Best of luck to all who are applying..... WIsh me luck guys , think a gonna be needing it !!!! Feel alright but do not know what to expect..

  • 9 November 2010 - 8:41pm
    • perfectlysafe

    Good luck with it Han, sounds like you'll do fine.
    Could you post your experiences of the AC after please?Would be really helpful :)
    And, good luck!Although I'm sure you don't need it.

  • 10 November 2010 - 10:03am
    • han1987

    Thanks perfectysafe,

    I need good luck as much as any one does... To be honest i am quite nervous but guess thats no use, considering its one opportunity to achieve something....

    Will post my experience for all you guys..

    Best of luck to you too..... and hope you prepare and do well


    P.S: I am sorry of i gave the impression that i had the most amazing interview, there were awesome blunders but somehow they were ignored.. I can point 20 different things which icould have said better... Improvement : A never ending process

  • 9 November 2010 - 8:16pm
    • han1987

    I have assessment coming up this week....Nervous as hell about it.... In my first interview feedback , i apparently did so good that Manager didnt suggest any improvement what so ever.. So the feedback was just to be prepare a new business issue...

    With regards to numerical test , i was send this link to PwC Leaflet for sample questions.. but guess i am gonna need to do a bit more practice. SHL and efinancial careers are the best options i guess.

    They have assessment centres every week , i was lucky to get an immediate date as one of the guys pulled back... Competition is quite tough it seems to me.

    Good luck to every one and fingers crossed.

  • 9 November 2010 - 7:31pm
    • betelgeuse88

    I'm having my AC in December (earliest date available). Does it mean there are so many candidates going through the AC now?
    try (although for some reasons it didn't work when I tried to access it yesterday)
    also for short practice, check the PSL website.

  • 8 November 2010 - 11:30am
    • sben

    Hi has anyone had the A/C recently? Would really appreciate any suggestions on how to go about doing the written exercise and what the team work exercise topic consists of. thanks

  • 8 November 2010 - 11:30am
    • sben

    Hi has anyone had the A/C recently? Would really appreciate any suggestions on how to go about doing the written exercise and what the team work exercise topic consists of. thanks

  • 7 November 2010 - 11:30pm
    • mancman

    hey ashwin2290,

    can i please ask what the links are for the practice numerical tests? im struggling to find any of these practice tests, I know of SHL and thats about it.

  • 9 November 2010 - 6:59am
    • stevie123

    There are loads of practice numerical tests. You can try e-financial careers although they are a bit easy, or the assessment day ones, and the one on the SHL website

  • 7 November 2010 - 10:20pm
    • ashwin2290


    Does anyone have links to practise the logic tests?
    I have plenty of practise on the numerical tests but can't seem to find enough for the logic.

  • 5 November 2010 - 11:15pm
    • mancman

    hey guys,

    for an AC in audit, are the ability tests Numerical and Logical? or Numerical and Verbal?

    thank you

  • 7 November 2010 - 3:55pm
    • stevie123

    Numerical and logic

  • 5 November 2010 - 12:15am
    • papaiaco

    I have an AC soon so I would be very grateful of any advice

  • 4 November 2010 - 7:52pm
    • perfectlysafe

    I've just head I'm going to an assessment centre too! nervous .. it's for financial advisory, anyone got any experience of this??
    Don't know if anyone else has experienced this, but I was due to have my phone interview yesterday at 2pm, and basically never got the call. About 45 mins later I called the recruitment line and no one could tell me what had happened but a few hours later I got an email saying to go online and schedule an interview.. so weird. But then today, I got a call telling me that I was going to skip the telephone interview and go straight to assessment centre in about 10 days.

    Anyway just thought I'd share that in case anyone else experiences the same thing!
    And yeh, any up to date AC advice would be so so helpful, I'm really keen on PWC, want to do the best I can :)

  • 1 November 2010 - 3:09pm
    • mancman

    hey guys,

    anyone had a 2011 sept entry AC yet? i have one soon, and someone please let me know of thier experiences and of the individual tasks, like i understand there will be ability tests, group exercise on what exactly? and also what is the written exercise like? (this is my first AC-nervous).

    Thanks for any help folks. it is appreciated.

  • 31 October 2010 - 2:47pm
    • jw399

    I dont think they are too bothered about your actual score, just how you compare to everyone else.

    60th percentile plus is fine. If it's below 60 then I think you would still pass. Below 50 though and you will have to perform well on the other tasks to get an offer.

    It's just one of the selection tests and they look at all of the day anyway.

    I got off to an absolute shocker in the numerical test at the assessment centre, but pulled it back, didn't think I did brilliantly but managed to get 88th.

    They are not impossible and if you practice them you'll be fine.

    I certainly put a lot of hours into the numerical and logical test!

  • 2 August 2010 - 7:30pm
    • widgetkid

    I have an AC at Pwc London office...any tips from anyone who recently attended especially the group exercise and partner interview.

    whats is the passing mark for the psychometric testing.


  • 2 August 2010 - 7:29pm
    • widgetkid

    I have an AC at Pwc London office...any tips from anyone who recently attended especially the group exercise and partner interview.

    whats is the passing mark for the psychometric testing.


  • 13 July 2010 - 10:43pm
    • eli


    I have an AC coming up in August for Corporate Tax in London.

    Has anyone had an AC for Tax recently who could share some key points?

    Which competencies should I focus on?

    Many thanks

  • 12 July 2010 - 5:51pm
    • zulfan

    Well done for making to the next stage. I have my assessment coming up and I have passed my 1st round interview. Well In my first interview there were hardly any commercial awareness questions. I was asked few questions about my ideal client and I think that was my commercial awareness bit in the interview. The interview was more of an application based one and there was a nice flow linking my answers to new questions.
    So, do not worry too much know your client well and think about if you were working for pwc what would you advise your ideal client on the problems they are facing coz I was asked this. Just to be on the safe side read about BP oil spill and the budget 2010, I am sure you will be fine. All the best and be confident as your interviewer will be nice and relax.

  • 12 July 2010 - 4:20pm
    • buddy

    Hi everyone

    First of all thanks a lot for the input. It has indeed been very helpful. I have cleared the online tests and am waiting to hear about the next stage.

    I would like to know more on commercial awareness. There is so much happening and if one has not been focussing on all along, trying to get to grips with things now is a but daunting. Any advice on what should I focus on will be much appreciated.

    I have applied for graduate position in Tax for the Edinburgh office. Any information about the interviews in this nic of woods will be ideal.



  • 12 July 2010 - 4:18pm
    • buddy

    Hi everyone

    First of all thanks a lot for the input. It has indeed been very helpful. I have cleared the online tests and am waiting to hear about the next stage.

    I would like to know more on commercial awareness. There is so much happening and if one has not been focussing on all along, trying to get to grips with things now is a but daunting. Any advice on what should I focus on will be much appreciated.

    I have applied for graduate position in Tax for the Edinburgh office. Any information about the interviews in this nic of woods will be ideal.



  • 6 July 2010 - 1:37pm
    • zulfan

    Hi every one well done for securing an offer from PwC. I am going for an assessment centre soon. I have made a mistake in my application form that I am a team leader at my work place but I am only a trainee team leader yet. My manager can confirm that but not the company head office. You think is that a big problem and also when they do these check do they contact head office of an employer or a manager is enough. Thx in advance

  • 24 May 2010 - 11:53am
    • bill

    Hello eveyone!
    I have applied for MC in pwc; do you know what are the hours like?


  • 24 May 2010 - 2:56am
    • kfp

    thank you very much abhi !!! wikijob community did really help!!! thnx everyone!

  • 23 May 2010 - 11:31pm
    • abhilash08

    congrats @BBStyle & @kfp on getting the offer, kudos to you both!..... PwC .wikijob community rules!

    @vaneela, all the best for your assesment day tomorrow, sure you will get through!


  • 23 May 2010 - 6:06pm
    • BBstyle

    Thanks Vaneela!

    My competency questions were different. First we talked about me, my studies, the internships I made, what I do apart from uni, my hobbies. The partner will ask you questions related to the answers you give, it's just like a chat.
    Also i was asked about a time when I had good feedback, bad feedback, about a time when I disagree with somebody on a feature of my personality. I was asked how I think strong relationships are built with clients, which industry I was more interested in, what I think I would do in my first years, etc. There were plenty of questions, I can't remember all of them. You can get prepared on the list of competencies they give,
    Don't worry, it will be fine.
    Good luck for tomorrow!!

  • 23 May 2010 - 5:42pm
    • kfp

    Thank you VaneelaLFAJ!!

    My competency based questions were related to a position of responsibility; being rep. How it helped me, what I gained.. Not any difficult questions. Just to show them that you can communicate with others, and have made a special personal contribution to a discussion. Stay calm, as BBstyle said, it is a nice experience!!

    Concerning the group exercise, I recommend you to read carefully the extra laminated page given to you; it contains 2 unique proposals. Everyone in the group will have a different one. Understand what they are about and be able to talk to them. Also, follow BBstyle's advice on writing down your groupmates' unique items and their cost. Anyone will have its laminated page in front of him, so making notes about them will help you further in the discussion.
    Relax and everything will be fine!!

  • 23 May 2010 - 4:01pm
    • VaneelaLFAJ

    Thanks again. I'm also a bit worried about the group exercise, but I'll try to use all the info on here, and I should be fine.

    And congrats to both of you, BBstyle and kfp...I assume you both got offers! Well done!

  • 23 May 2010 - 3:48pm
    • BBstyle

    As kfp showed, they don't ask the same questions to everybody. She just askes me to pick another one, but after I had the occasion to talk about my ideal client, when asked which industry I'd prefer to work with.
    Keep your watch is a very good advice!
    I didn't have the time to finish the tests, but I did pretty well though. So don't worry if you don't finish.
    The partner interview is very relaxed, more like a conversation. You need to get prepared, of course, but there won't be any tricky question. I think what they try to see is your personnality, what you do in your life, and how you would fit in the company. It was the best part of the day actually! It's the first time I laugh so much during an interview :p
    For the group exercise, well, listen to people, take notes, follow the budget, if your group loses track, try to help them, etc. I was quite worried by this part, but they don't want you to be a leader, or something, just be cooperative and share information on a clear and proper manner. And don't forget to SPEAK!! There will be plenty of opportunity for you to share your ideas.
    So the day may seem long and tough, but keep focused, relaxed, and everything should be alright. Be yourself, both in the partner interview and the group exercise!
    @kfp : which division did you apply for??

  • 23 May 2010 - 3:45pm
    • VaneelaLFAJ

    Thanks a lot. This is all good stuff. I'm quite familiar with all these topics, so hopefully, it will all go well tomorrow. Did you get many competency questions as well?

  • 23 May 2010 - 3:27pm
    • VaneelaLFAJ

    So, they asked you to choose another ideal client, which cannot be the one in your application form?

  • 23 May 2010 - 3:25pm
    • VaneelaLFAJ

    Yea, I was also thinking of using sub-headings, so it's good they like that. And yea, probably it's better to write which firm I choose in the introduction, just in case I don't have time to finish.

    Thanks a lot.

  • 23 May 2010 - 3:20pm
    • BBstyle


  • 23 May 2010 - 3:19pm
    • BBstyle

    Oh, and I wasn't asked questions about my ideal client, but I had to pick another one.
    Which one, why, how could PwC help, etc.
    And no commercial awareness questions at all, I think they see your understanding of the business when you talk about the other ideal client.

  • 23 May 2010 - 3:17pm
    • BBstyle

    Hi everybody!!
    I will make a thorough report about my AC later, coz don't have the time right now,
    but about the written exercise, I started by saying which one I'd choose, then for each, pros and cons, finishing by what made the one I chose stand compared to the others.
    It's quite time challenging, so keep structured and focused.
    In my feedback, they told me they liked the fact that I used titles, I was structured, and I used a lot of different information from the document they give.
    Pay attention to your grammar.
    I spent 10 min reading the document and taking a few notes, maybe 15 min writing the report, and 3 to 5 min to read it again and verify my mistakes.
    Hope this helps.
    Good luck!!

  • 23 May 2010 - 2:01pm
    • VaneelaLFAJ

    @kfp: Thanks a lot for the info. It's very useful since tomorrow I'll have my AC. I was thinking of writing first a short introduction and then writing pros and cons for each potential business partner (the first I write about being the firm I wish to choose); and in conclusion I would like to say which firm I choose, briefly highlighting the reasons. Does this sound like a good plan?

    Also, with respect to your ideal client, what kind of questions were you asked? And besides the ideal client, what other commercial awareness questions did you get? Were you asked about the challenges facing professional services firms? Or did you just have to talk about something from the news that caught your attention?


  • 23 May 2010 - 3:28pm
    • kfp

    I think it is the ideal structure! Just try your paragraphs to be balanced for the firms. For one firm, they gave you a couple of lines only, so this will be short. But for the rest 3, info is balanced (1pg each).

    Regarding the ideal client, mine was Tesco. So, I was asked a general question of what dangers of Tesco's diversification are. I have read that some new stores in the US and SE Asia didn't work as predicted. Then, asked how could they deal with expansion in new product lines. That question was not truly for commercial awareness. I think that they want to make you think around your ideal client, how you could help him (not only from Pwc point of view).

    Other questions were related to what Mr Powell would have in his head around those days. I have made a reference to him before therefore the interviewer linked it very nice. Those days, hung parliament was the topic and the effects on UK economy, but of course you could link it with general challenges of professional services firms.

    Last topic was on Greek debt crisis. I may have been asked about it because I am from Greece! But, it didn't need extreme analysis of the problem. Just to be able to talk about it. The conversation was perfect because there was a continuous flow!

    A general advice for tomorrow: try to have a watch to check the time available. They have a clock in the room, but it's better to have your own. Remember, 30' only for the report. Tests are only 20' each.. (I was a bit confused in the first test, being used to the 30' for the report...)

    Is it all ok??

    Fingers crossed!!! Good luck tomorrow!!

  • 23 May 2010 - 3:18am
    • kfp

    sorry, I meant SHL tests above!!

  • 23 May 2010 - 12:38am
    • kfp

    Around 10 days ago I had my AC in London for PwC assurance, and things got really well!
    @VaneelaLFAJ: Concerning the written report, they gave a topic relevant to chocolate bars. A firm wants to enter the market of chocolate bars and therefore examines potential cooperation with other firms, already in that market. The info on these firms were about 1 page for each, and there were 4 firms. Imagine a total of around 5-6 pages (including some general info on your company). BUT, all info on firms were in bullet points and had a large line spacing. In the end of each page, there was some very easy info on the product cost of each firm for the chocolate bars.
    There are a lot of points for the firms; try to make some notes on a scrap paper (you are not allowed to write on the booklet given). Not all info provided is useful for your report. They expect you to avoid grammatical mistakes, to include points for all firms and to have a structured report. Do not worry if you don't finish the report; I don't believe that this is their point. I didn't either! I have just started the conclusion..! Is this all ok with you??

    @cocorosie: In my opinion, it would be better if you could have a couple of topics ready for any commercial awareness question. In the same time try to update your info on your ideal client. For me, they have outlined all these things in the call before the AC, but I believe it is pretty much same for everyone..Regarding the tests, firstly do not worry if you don't finish them!! Again, this is not their point. As I know, they are worried about the percentiles; so, they compare you with all other people that have taken that test. For example, you may have answered correctly 30 out of the 40 diagrammatical. This is a 75 percent but maybe around 65 percentile. I am not sure abou the pass rates in the percentiles, but I have read somewhere in the forum, that above 60 percentile is preferable. But again don't worry about them too much. Practice very well the SQL tests. They may seem to be a bit difficult, but both numerical and diagrammatical tests look like the actual tests. Not the very extreme of SQL as I remember!!

    I would like to thank everyone that has written on this forum before because as it helped me really a lot in my preparation.

  • 19 May 2010 - 7:40pm
    • cocorosie

    Hi everyone,

    I am preparing for my PwC AC in Risk Assurance. It's taking place in London next week and I am getting very nervous! All the info on here has been so helpful, but I just have a few questions...

    1. Someone from PwC Student Recruitment phoned me to let me know what competencies would be assessed in my partner interview. These included 'build and sustain relationships', 'be passionate about client service', 'be curious: learn, share and innovate' and 'demonstrate courage and integrity' - there was no mention of 'apply and acquire technical commercial expertise'. As I didn't have any commercial awareness questions in my first interview, I thought that the partner interview would encompass this. However, following the phone call with Student Recruitment I'm now not sure! Has anyone else had a similar experience? Would you advise preparing thoroughly for a commercial awareness-type question anyway?

    2.Does anyone know if the numerical and diagrammatic tests have pass rates? And if so, what are these pass rates?

    Thank you so much in advance!

  • 19 May 2010 - 1:51pm
    • VaneelaLFAJ

    Hi guys,

    Just a quick question about the written long is the background information you have to read before starting to write the report?
    I'm just trying to figure out how to divide my time between reading, planning and writing the report. I'm a bit worried because I feel 30 minutes is not enough to write a good, well thought report.


  • 19 May 2010 - 12:10am
    • messy17

    Hi Guys,

    I have mine coming up in a few weeks time.

  • 18 May 2010 - 8:37pm
    • BBstyle

    Hi ylucy1990 and zhivis,

    I also have my AC tomorrow, for management consulting.
    It will be at their Embankment office, at 8:45
    What about you?
    Maybe we'll meet tomorrow!


  • 12 May 2010 - 12:21am
    • BBstyle


  • 6 May 2010 - 11:38pm
    • messy17

    Does anyone have an Assessment Centre coming up in London?

  • 18 May 2010 - 8:22am
    • ylucy1990

    I'm going tomorrow to my AC on Tax. What about you?

  • 6 May 2010 - 6:44pm
    • abhilash08

    @ank: Thank you.

    @Burger: Congratulations on making through to AC.Remember, you are one of the select few who they really want to see working at PwC,so dont worry as everything would be just fine.I was in a similar kind of situation to yours, there was no problem in selection of business topic(s), I had a few topics in mind to analyze at depth for instance, Repo-105, Goldman-Sachs, Election 2010, but then with the length and breadth of information that is available in FT, Times, Accountancy age, one would normally find it hard to recollect and put forth his/her views in detail. So, dont worry they dont want you to be a walking news encyclopedia, they know that there are ifs-and but situations, and every candidate is unique, and are looking out for the real you.

    In my case, I was able to discuss about the topics for around 5-8 mins and in the due course asked my partner about his opinions on the subject matter. Make the discussion a bit engaging one, then everything would be fine.

    I would suggest you pick a few business topics of your interest(2-3 at the max). Go in depth, analyze as @ank points out and come out with your opinions at the interview.

    Its always better to ring PwC in advance, so that you can be absolutely sure as in what to expect in partner interview with respect to Commercial Awareness as well as the day-day duties involved in the job as it shows you're prepared.

    (P.S: a good way is to get in touch with senior trainees at the office you are applying, and ask them their experience)

  • 6 May 2010 - 2:04pm
    • ank

    Sorry did not intend to post it three times...just happened that the computer was slow and i clicked on it three times.

  • 6 May 2010 - 2:00pm
    • ank

    Congrats to Abhi.

    @Burger: Especially because you are having your AC, you need well-versed with the business world. I am guessing that you will be caught out if you have just a general business sense. You need to know a business story in detail...that is why when I chose my business story, I chose the fact that Sainsbury's had make £307m profit. That is the story. I read this from Times, FT, reuters, their website, bloomberg, just to get different perspectives. I also read their latest financial statements to get a feel of what brought them 307m profit, what they are planning for the future (it was easier for me because I worked in one of their stores and I understood what they meant when they said that they will relaunch Be Good To Yourself, increase fairtrade, increase sales space, etc, etc.) So choose something you are comfortable with...don't chose the big stories that Goldman Sachs and the SEC or Repo 105 unless you are 100% confident that any questions that come, you will be able to nail it.

    I also looked at Tesco's figures, Morrisons, Waitrose, could not find ASDA's. After that, I did a SWOT analysis for my ideal client and looked at how PwC could help them.

    To further increase my knowledge (I did a law degree and knew nothing about business), I read the Accountancy age website (audit page) and watched quite a lot of the videos. Finally, get a friend or someone to ask you a couple of questions on your story and see whether you can answer them. I'd be happy to send you a few questions if you PM me which business story you are proposing to cover.

    Hope this helps.

  • 6 May 2010 - 2:00pm
    • ank

    Congrats to Abhi.

    @Burger: Especially because you are having your AC, you need well-versed with the business world. I am guessing that you will be caught out if you have just a general business sense. You need to know a business story in detail...that is why when I chose my business story, I chose the fact that Sainsbury's had make £307m profit. That is the story. I read this from Times, FT, reuters, their website, bloomberg, just to get different perspectives. I also read their latest financial statements to get a feel of what brought them 307m profit, what they are planning for the future (it was easier for me because I worked in one of their stores and I understood what they meant when they said that they will relaunch Be Good To Yourself, increase fairtrade, increase sales space, etc, etc.) So choose something you are comfortable with...don't chose the big stories that Goldman Sachs and the SEC or Repo 105 unless you are 100% confident that any questions that come, you will be able to nail it.

    I also looked at Tesco's figures, Morrisons, Waitrose, could not find ASDA's. After that, I did a SWOT analysis for my ideal client and looked at how PwC could help them.

    To further increase my knowledge (I did a law degree and knew nothing about business), I read the Accountancy age website (audit page) and watched quite a lot of the videos. Finally, get a friend or someone to ask you a couple of questions on your story and see whether you can answer them. I'd be happy to send you a few questions if you PM me which business story you are proposing to cover.

    Hope this helps.

  • 6 May 2010 - 2:00pm
    • ank

    Congrats to Abhi.

    @Burger: Especially because you are having your AC, you need well-versed with the business world. I am guessing that you will be caught out if you have just a general business sense. You need to know a business story in detail...that is why when I chose my business story, I chose the fact that Sainsbury's had make £307m profit. That is the story. I read this from Times, FT, reuters, their website, bloomberg, just to get different perspectives. I also read their latest financial statements to get a feel of what brought them 307m profit, what they are planning for the future (it was easier for me because I worked in one of their stores and I understood what they meant when they said that they will relaunch Be Good To Yourself, increase fairtrade, increase sales space, etc, etc.) So choose something you are comfortable with...don't chose the big stories that Goldman Sachs and the SEC or Repo 105 unless you are 100% confident that any questions that come, you will be able to nail it.

    I also looked at Tesco's figures, Morrisons, Waitrose, could not find ASDA's. After that, I did a SWOT analysis for my ideal client and looked at how PwC could help them.

    To further increase my knowledge (I did a law degree and knew nothing about business), I read the Accountancy age website (audit page) and watched quite a lot of the videos. Finally, get a friend or someone to ask you a couple of questions on your story and see whether you can answer them. I'd be happy to send you a few questions if you PM me which business story you are proposing to cover.

    Hope this helps.

  • 5 May 2010 - 8:05pm
    • Burger

    Hi abhilasho8,

    Congratulations on getting the offer.. Well done.
    I am preparing for my AC next week, however, I am still struggling with the business issues. I just wonder am I supposed to know the whole stories inside out or do I just need a general business sense? How long did you spend talking about the business issues. Did the partner ask very details about the business issue you pick.

    My problems is there are so many issues, I just find it hard to pick one and also remember what happened from the beginning.

    Any advice would be great.
    Thank you very much.


  • 5 May 2010 - 7:18pm
    • abhilash08

    Hi VaneelaLFAJ,

    Thank you, and good luck for your first stage interview. No, I hardly got any questions surrounding my ideal client in my first stage interview, but then its better to be prepared with that, in case they happen to ask you. The question about challenges facing the profession was asked in my partner interview and it was specifically surrounding to accounting services. The commercial awareness question, I got asked by senior manager was surrounding - any recent events in business that interests me, my response was focussed on capital gains tax(budget 2010).


  • 5 May 2010 - 6:57pm
    • VaneelaLFAJ

    Hi abhilash08,

    Well done on getting an offer at PwC...I am now getting ready for my first interview and I would like to ask you whether you got any questions about your ideal client in the first interview...And also, did they ask anything about the challenges facing professional services firms?


  • 5 May 2010 - 6:46pm
    • abhilash08

    Hello Everyone,

    I recently got offered a graduate position in audit/assurance at one of the regional offices of PwC and I am due to start September this year. Undoubtedly, this site has been key to my preparation throughout the whole selection process at PwC. Therefore, as a return to the wikijob community and those who are trying to crack through PwC, I enlist my experience as under:

    Stage 1: Online Application:

    Fairly, straight forward, it requires you to answer the question about the Ideal Client & basic details of your background. It should'nt be a huge problem if you try selecting a company of your interest and exploring a bit more about it in terms of the products & services it provides, who are its main competitors in the market of operation?, what are its USPs(unique selling points), has it got any plans to expand locally internationally?

    Most importantly, structure the response as to what services would PwC would provide to that industry/sector of choice and how is it coping with current economic conditions.

    My example was surrounding a ITeS based company as I had 2 years working ex. as a programmer before joining Uni.

    PwC were efficient enough to get back to me within 3 working days about the outcome.

    Stage 2: Online psychometric tests

    A lot is already said and told in this site about online psychometric tests, just stick to the basics, practice...practice...practice, numerical reasoning was 21 Qs in 20 mins I guess, followed by the logical reasoning(remember these ones are infact challenging)..which was 18 Qs in 20 mins....

    Thereafter, you need to sit for an online personality questionaire..which looks out on your behaviour towards work situations.

    Once you have satisfied there standards, still dont know as to what's their exact cutoff for these the given time i was able to complete both these tests....

    And if you are lucky enough, they have created an automated system which responds really fast.....for instance I got an invitation of my first stage interview within minutes of completing these tests.

    Stage 3: First Stage Interview:

    Remember to be yourself, then you would be fine. Mine was literally a conversation with a senior manager in the same LoS for around 1 hour. He started picking up on the details on the application form and tried to set the scene before taking a plunge into the competancy based questions(remember to know your app-form inside out).

    I was from a technical background and then moved onto do a business related degree at the Uni, so he seemed to be curious as to why accountancy? why audit/assurance?, why this uni?, why leave a job and take a career switch?, why PwC?. It was more about getting to know me, so we had a flowing conversation wherein he tried to pick upon the competancies.....

    My advice is to be prepared: with few examples on core competancies that PwC website mentions at the student website........

    also few pointers to note are:
    * wikijob questions for the first stage interview....
    * Student website- the LoS you are applying to.
    *other LoS that PwC offers
    *Be commercially aware of the key events happening in business(In my case I talked about Budget 2010)

    PwC response time after the interview: 2 working days

    Stage 4: Assesment day

    Starts off with the student recruitment manager meeting and greeting you, In my case I was the only person they were assessing that day at the regional office.

    1. written exercise:

    I got a booklet of info to read about the company which wants to diversify from a choclate biscuit manufacturing to a choclate bar manufacturing company. It needs advice from PwC to select a partner, you have to recommend one partner to the client and justify why you did so. I was able to skim and read the info and write around 2 sides of A4, yet I couldnt conclude as time ran out..dont worry.they just want to see how you write logically and concisely, analysing all the information.

    2. paper based psychometric tests:

    A real shocker!!!, as this turned out to be really difficult from the online ones especially the numerical reasoning ones. Dont try to finish it, focus on accuracy and rest would be fine. I did around 15/20 in the numerical ones and 34/40 in the logical ones...and was able to clear their standard.

    3. Individual Exercise(one-one debrief):

    35 mins to read all the info provided about a resort in a Fillipino Island.....and general jargons about ecotourism..

    Task was similar to the one mentioned by I am not going into the details again.just to let you know this site was really helpful....

    Thereafter, I had to give 15 mins debrief to an assesor and justify my choices within the budget as they would give an additional info, which cuts your budget. Dont worry as they are trying to catch if you are panicking or putting forward a reasonable arguements.

    4. Partner Interview.

    Relaxed interview from the first stage one, I got a really nice partner....and again I was lucky enough as none of the questions where surrounding my response to the Ideal Client question. Again he was interested in getting to know me and setting the scene towards structured questions wherein he could pick up key competancies. We shared one thing in common, as we did engineering degrees and switched onto professional services, so we had a great time in discussion rather than being an ordained one-one interrogation. Well the only difference was he was way too senior, having a decade of experience behind him....

    Oh yes the business topic that I discussed was based om: Repo-105, fraudulent accounting, Goldman Sachs-SEC.....

    Left the office, got an offer to work this sept in approximately 40 mins time (still had my formals on).......I was jumping up and down with excitement!


    I would be more than happy to give something back....if you have any queries dont hesitate to ask.......


  • 1 May 2010 - 1:07am
    • fadi

    Its on Wednesday for an assurance associate position.

  • 30 April 2010 - 11:55pm
    • messy17

    Fadi, What position? When is it?

  • 30 April 2010 - 11:51pm
    • fadi


    Has anyone had an AC at London - St.Albans office and would like to share their experience?

    It will be highly appreciated.



  • 29 April 2010 - 12:46am
    • messy17


    Has anyone had an A/C in London for Risk Assurance? I guess it will be similar as it falls under Assurance.

    Please PM me if anyone has undergone an A/C recently in London. Thanks

  • 18 May 2010 - 8:17pm
    • zhivis

    Hi Messy17,

    I am about to have an assessment centre with PWC in London tomorrow. Role is Risk Assurance.

    I know it's a short notice but I was wondering if you could possibly share any info regarding this role.

    It would be much appreciated.

    Many Thanks

  • 27 April 2010 - 9:06pm
    • Shuhs

    I'm very curious about the salary for interns... Anyone knows how much it's going to be for London positions?

  • 27 April 2010 - 7:22pm
    • Burger

    @ Ank, thanks very much for the reply.

    @Congratulations jbwola. I got transferred to Uxbridge as well, not sure I will be lucky enough to be transferred back to London central though.

    But well done on getting the job you want. Got an ac to look froward to in 2 weeks time.Pretty worried about it.Thank you very much for your update, they are very useful information.

  • 27 April 2010 - 6:39pm
    • jbwola

    It's funny you mention that because I had initially applied to central London but got told that all the vacancies had been filled and so was about to be transferred to Uxbridge until they told me very recently that there was a place or places for central London again

  • 27 April 2010 - 3:23pm
    • jbwola

    Hi, I recently got offered a job with PwC in London for Tax and I always said that once I got a job, I would give back to the forum as it has helped me out through the various stages.

    A lot has been said about the application form and testing so I won't go into that.

    The first interview has also been covered a lot so my only comments for this is to go through all the global core competencies on the website because anything can come up.

    For my assessment centre, it was pretty much the same as what bradlever had posted. The numerical test was harder than the online one, but its marked against a percentile. I answered 16 questions and got 13 right so if you feel like you messed up because you didn't finish, it shouldn't affect the outcome. The logical test was easier. The written exercise was about the same company that bradlever had said and the group exercise was about ecotourism for a hotel resort, which has also been covered.

    For the group exercise, we were quite fortunate that there were only 3 of us so we all had a solid role in the discussion. Taking bradlever's advice, in which he said he was in charge of the budget, I did the same. However, we got warned not to appoint anyone as team leader, timekeeper or to be in charge of the budget. i.e. don't say "Who wants to keep an eye on the clock." I think taking charge of the budget is key in the group exercise because when we got told our budget had been cut, I was able to reassure the group that we would still have enough money. Another thing is to just be familiar with what PwC offer as you may have to discuss what services PwC can offer the hotel.

    The final part of the assessment was the partner interview. This part had got my the most stressed as everyone has had different experiences. Some have had simple competencies, whereas some had commercial awareness. The day before, I received a call from PwC telling me four of the competencies that would come up. I guess they would be ones that were not covered in the first interview.

    In terms of competency based questions I was asked about a time I felt out of my comfort zone, a time I came up with something innovative.

    The interview started, however, looking at my application and my ideal client, which was U2. I was asked how, as the manager of U2, would I be able to promote a new album of theirs. We then carried on talking about the music industry and what is threatening record labels and how they are combating those threats. He asked me the "why accounting and why tax" questions and after my answer, which was based around non doms and the casino industry, he asked me what was happening to the casino industry in the UK and if I was running a chain of the smaller casinos, what would I do. He also covered my additional interests and it turned out that we were both musicians so I guess I was lucky to have something in common with him. The hardest question I was asked was what would I do if I had £1 million.

    My advice for this stage is that be aware of what you say as they will always give a follow up question, as I have shown, to see if you have good commercial awareness and also to see how you think on your feet.

    If anyone has any questions then feel free to ask


  • 27 April 2010 - 6:34pm
    • remiemay

    just had my ac today.... and my interview sort of followed the same structure really.... were you applying for tax at uxbridge?

  • 24 April 2010 - 12:18am
    • FreddyC

    @ank: thanks! I see you got an offer from another thread in this forum section, so what position did you apply for?

  • 23 April 2010 - 10:36pm
    • ank

    Congrats FreddyC. Well done! I wished everyone who got an offer could write their experience as everyone's experience is different in one way or another.

    @Burger: I did not know you had transferred from London to Uxbridge. In that case, you will definitely not have the first interview again. So it will be the standard AC as mentioned above by FreddyC, i.e. group exercise, psychometric testing, written exercise and partner interview. Good luck with that.

  • 23 April 2010 - 10:36pm
    • ank

    Congrats FreddyC. Well done! I wished everyone who got an offer could write their experience as everyone's experience is different in one way or another.

    @Burger: I did not know you had transferred from London to Uxbridge. In that case, you will definitely not have the first interview again. So it will be the standard AC as mentioned above by FreddyC, i.e. group exercise, psychometric testing, written exercise and partner interview. Good luck with that.

  • 23 April 2010 - 10:02pm
    • FreddyC


    I will give my experiences of the process. Got an offer to start in the London office for financial advisory.

    On the application form, the notorious question of your ideal client, I chose Nintendo because Wikipedia said they were one of the clients of PwC. I didn’t confirm this. I liked video games and actually (somewhat...sadly?) read a book on Nintendo years before. I covered as many areas of service PwC can offer Nintendo as I could without making it totally senseless. Info were all from PwC website.
    The first round went okay, I certainly thought I didn’t do badly, but there were shaky bits. One of them was when my interviewer told me to explain what I meant when I said PwC would offer Nintendo services to do their accounting. I talked about outsourcing all their accounting operations to PWC for example. I learnt that PwC doesn’t do this. Thankfully, this didn’t count too much against me. I was asked competency questions and there were also light-hearted chats on recent news (which I was told was not assessed – just shooting the breeze I guess) as well as what I thought about the economy as a whole (I did Economics so this was a natural question to ask). My interview as fairly relaxed and the interviewer took few notes.

    The assessment centre I participated with about 16 others, only one of them were also applying for Financial Advisory. I started off by having a “case study”. Now, from my experience, case study is the most generic term ever, it could mean anything. The one PwC means is essentially a written report and discussion. You are given a booklet with 2 news articles, you had to pick one and write about it – sum it up, and say what services PwC can offer. You were told that you had to discuss this in the interview later. This isn’t hard, I made my decision in the first 10 seconds (perhaps not advised) because for me it was quite obvious which one I could talk more about. I had to arrive 40min earlier than those who weren’t applying for Financial Advisory for this.
    Then we met with the other applicants afterwards and went onto do the tests and also the written report. I was told later that the written report I did was fine but the English was a bit basic. I think when you are under “exam” conditions, you do concentrate more on getting the facts form the booklet provided right and make your argument crystal clear rather than colour your answers with fancy words.

    We then moved to another room to put our stuff, rest, briefly chat with each other and wait to go off to our own interviews. My partner interview was strongly competency based. I had a feeling it was, but I did not neglect my awareness on current affairs (which I do normally anyway). The discussion about the case study turned out to just be me presenting it to the interviewer. I thought that I was quite impressive in this which gave me more confidence. I took the feedback from first round that I was slightly weak on my awareness of PwC services – I could name them but was struggling to actually say what they were. I made sure I memorised all the services PwC (UK) offered – this took a while but info was all on PwC website. Other questions were why PwC, what makes PwC special compared to other Big 4. Had a question on my dissertation as well.

    The group exercise was fine. I was praised in feedback for budgeting (which I knew was a great thing to do. My advice – do this: it’s not hard, add 7-8 numbers with calculator), for managing the time and for taking the “extra info” provided half way through the exercise to let you about changes to the budget and reading it out. I did have a shaky start in the group exercise though when it came to my turn to tell the group what specific info I got. I suddenly thought: “wait what was the info I got again?” Inevitable “ums” came in (which I stay well clear of but in this case, I thought it was better than total silence). We were told to write about our experience of this group exercise after it concluded, this was voluntary, but I think everyone fills it. It’s like the forms you get at uni to evaluate your modules and course.

    That’s it. I think as long as you gave the people enough quality, the odd mistakes are NOT fatal. They are fatal if you make way too many.

    Good luck!

  • 23 April 2010 - 9:42pm
    • Burger

    Re: ylucy1990, I applied for Graduate-Audit Sep 2010 and atually had my interview with the line manager on14th. I got an email from them the next day and invited me to attend the AC,but not long after the invitation I got another email telling me that the London office is full and ask me to pick somewhere else,so I picked Uxbridge and they send me another invitation on 19th. I think you should email them and ask, because the second email was like a standard email sent to lots of students, if you haven't got it, there might be a chance that they missed you email in the mailing list. But I just guess. what position you applied for anyway?

    Re: ank, thank you very much for your reply. I just had a interview with the line manager, do you think I need to do another one? As I appplied to London originally and got transfered to Uxbridge. Thanks again.

  • 23 April 2010 - 9:17pm
    • ank

    Hi Burger, your AC will be different from the main London office. The regional offices follow a different structure.

    For your AC, you will have your first interview, your psychometric testing, your group exercise and your written exercise.

    Once you pass all these, you will have lastly your partner interview on another day.

    If you have any questions, please ask and I'll do my best to help. I followed the above route.

  • 23 April 2010 - 4:30pm
    • Burger

    There are a lot of nice people here, and I found this website so useful. Congratulations on those who got the offers.

    I have my ac coming up in May, I am pretty worried about it. As this is the first time I actually get to the ac stage.

    My ac will be in London-uxbridge, does anyone know is there any difference from the London offices.

  • 23 April 2010 - 7:13pm
    • ylucy1990

    Hey Burger, are you applying for a job or summer internship? And which division?
    Because I got their notice that I've been through to the AC about 10 days ago ,but they're still arranging a time slot... I don't know why is it taking them so long. How long did it take you to hear from them after your interview?

  • 9 April 2010 - 4:04am
    • messy17

    Fantastic, thanks for posting this.

  • 9 April 2010 - 2:46am
    • jenlau

    I thought that I'd write a bit about my experience at the assessment center, since it was thanks to this thread that I was able to secure an offer from PwC for their Summer Internship Program.

    The process with the group activity and numerical/written tests were pretty much the same as outlined by others in this thread, so I'll focus on the interview.

    I had my interview with a partner and senior manager, which I think helped me relax a bit, because I wasn't their central focal point - they would chat with each other and relieve the tension a bit. Both of them were very nice and showed a lot of respect for the answers I gave, nodding and agreeing which things I said, or making comments on various aspects of my answer. I found this to be very encouraging.

    As for the questions, they started off with asking me to talk a bit about myself, so I launched into what I was studying, and what sort of experiences I've had that has made me choose this field of work. From there, they asked a lot of competency based questions, and its good to keep linking back to how your skills can be applied at PwC. It shows that you are committed, and have aspirations to work there. Its also good to tell them the entire story (as someone said previously), and not just pick out a part of your experience that is relevant to the question being asked. The partner was really interested in the circumstances in which I was able to display the competency, and the little details which prove I wasn't making it up.

    Remember to do research on PwC and it's history. The partner asked me what I knew about PwC, and if I was aware of any of their campaigns/advertisments. The best place to look is of course their website, but I found AccountancyAge to be a great source of news, especially since I talked about the 1998 merger, and the 10 year anniversary analysis in 2008. It shows the interviewer of your knowledge, and interests regarding their firm. Also, they asked me which markets/industry PwC had the most potential in. This threw me off quite a bit, since I didn't do much preparation for it, but I used my work in customer service to talk about the retail industry, and how changing tastes will result in fluctuating demands for certain product lines. This is where PwC comes in, as PwC can assist the retail companies in assessing the trends, and thereby give advice. This seemed to impress the partner and manager. He also asked me if I could see myself in a long term relationship with PwC, and what plans I had for my career over the next 5 years.

    Lastly, they gave me an opportunity to ask them questions, and so I quickly asked them about their own PwC experience (they were both on secondments). This gave me time to think of other questions, since my brain was still recovering from the interview. The interview lasted for half an hour, which really felt like 10 minutes. Remember to smile a lot, and be positive in everything you talk about!

    I felt that I didn't do too well in the tests, since I interpreted some information in the written test wrongly, and accidentally skipped over a question in the numerical test. In the group activity, everyone was polite and considerate and no one was over dominant nor quiet, so I really feel that the partner interview was the most important aspect of the assessment, as this is where they really distinguish between candidates.

    About 2 hours after the assessment ended, I received a call from the partner who interviewed me, offering me a position! Good luck to everyone here who is about to head off to the assessment center!

  • 19 April 2010 - 12:16am
    • ylucy1990

    Hey congrads Jenlau, which division would you be working in? I'm heading to my AC soon this month on Tax: HRC, also for summer internship. This thread has been extremely useful, thanks everyone!!!
    I'm slightly worried about the essay, cuz I've never heard about it, could you please give me some advice on how to prepare and what it was like?

  • 2 April 2010 - 10:38am
    • ab344

    Hi Vish,

    Thanks for the reply, you've given me hope that all is not lost. I'm still quite nervous though and since they had to postpone my partner interview until next week it just means I have to wait longer to hear any feedback.


  • 2 April 2010 - 10:19am
    • Ezekiel

    I had my assessment centre on 31st March and when they phoned up to give feedback I was told they were looking at the grammatical structure of the document produced, not really the content.

    My advice for the report is to spend 15 minutes or so making a pro/con list, quickly decide which to pick, then write up your report STARTING with your recommendation, then go into more detail.

    My advice for the written numerical test is not to do it in order. WIth the online version you have a picture and roughly 4 questions about it. It's the SAME for the written one, except they mix the questions up. I failed to notice this until about 5 minutes was left so didn't get through as many as I would have liked. Luckily the benchmark is pretty low...

  • 2 April 2010 - 12:28am
    • Vish


    I know someone at my assessment centre who didn't finish and pretty much was in the same position as yourself. He even asked if he could hand in his notes as well, since he hadn't managed to get round to writing the actual recommendation - unfortunately they don't allow that.

    I know for a fact he got the job. As long as you demonstrated good writing skills in the page you did produce and performed well in the other tasks, this shouldn't rule you out completely.

    Best of luck.

  • 1 April 2010 - 9:28pm
    • ab344

    I had my assessment centre today I'm a little worried, I wasn't able to finish my written report, I only managed to write one page and hadn't even got to my conclusion where I would have made my recommendation for the partnership. Does anyone know how this will affect my chances? Has anyone been in the same situation and still been offered the job?


  • 30 March 2010 - 3:41am
    • Godislove

    Any suggestions for writing the report?... websites, formats? do the group exercise present their work after the 30mins?
    do you have an idea about how PwC goes about getting an accommodation for somebody from far away a day before the AC because the AC is early morning?

  • 10 March 2010 - 6:30am
    • Vish

    No verbal reasoning. Just a written exercise where you write a report, numeracy test and diagrammatic reasoning. Numeracy was quite tricky because of the time pressure.

    The practice questions at the following should stand you in good stead:

    (For more advice and tips on landing a grad scheme in consulting, check out:

  • 8 March 2010 - 11:50am
    • dbeckham32

    hi everyone,
    I have found your posts to be very helpful.
    I have an AC coming up...ans as this is my first AC, I am a bit nervous....
    Need a bit of advice on the written tests...I did OK in my online tests, and managed to pass...but i m worried about the written tests....can u give me some advice as to where to get some good practice on the tests?
    and....are there verbal tests in addition to the Numerical and the Diagramattic Tests that were tested online??
    I would be grateful if you could offer some advice

  • 28 February 2010 - 1:02pm
    • Vish

    (For advice and tips on landing a grad scheme in consulting, check out:

    My experience:

    PwC 1st interview:

    Competency based and commercial awareness questions.

    1) Example of working in a team;
    2) Time when you had to adapt to change or show flexibility in a new environment;
    3) Example when you had to use a variety of resources to complete a task;
    4) Time when you have had to manage multiple deadlines;

    5) What are your strengths/ what could you bring to PwC;
    6) What does PwC do, how is it structured, how much do you know about the firm as a whole;
    7) What do you know about PwC's recent activity, eg. media stories, acquisitions etc.;

    8) Tell me about a news story you've been following or have a keen interest in;
    9) What kinds of challenges are facing this company;
    10) What could PwC offer to this company/ deal;

    The thing I liked about this interview was that it wasn't the rigid S.T.A.R format stuff other recruiters opt for which feels like you're filling out a verbal application form. The interviewer will not expect you to provide a 3 minute speech for every question but will respond to your examples and topics constructively to probe you for information and guide you to what they're looking for. Eg. they might ask about what you think made your team experience so successful, or what you feel you did best in a particular circumstance etc.

    Do your research on the company - latest news stories - and have strong competency examples.

    Assessment Centre:

    Written exercise: 30 mins to read the brief and write a report of recommendation. It's about a company looking to branch out into a new market and selecting a suitable partner. Keep it clear, structured, analytical and present a final recommendation. Set out your objective (I found presenting a criteria of assessment immediately quite useful), go through the options listing pros and cons, and chose a partner.


    Maths and diagrammatic reasoning, same as online, numeracy maybe a bit harder.

    Group Exercise:

    20 mins to read through all the material and 30 mins to discuss in a group. Each member has a unique piece of information so make sure you hear everyone's and also present yours. Structure your time and press the group to move on when needed but also take a step back and listen to others. Contribute healthily to the decision making.

    All the info is given to you, so it's about understanding it and presenting it to the group so that communal decisions can be made.

    Partner Interview:

    45mins - 1hr. Competencies again, mainly the ones that weren't covered in the telephone interview. I got questions about integrity and ethics, giving feedback to people and problem solving. There was a heavy element of commercial awareness again, this time I was asked if I could start a company what would it be. Very conceptual and discursive as we talked about the challenges involved and potential solutions.

    Also talked about PwC's services and why I wanted to work in consulting. If I could work with any of PwC's clients which would I choose.

    Very friendly and relaxed.

    And There you have it. Hope my experience helps. Best of luck.

    (For more advice and tips on landing a grad scheme in consulting, check out:

  • 17 February 2010 - 9:11pm
    • ms1234

    Hey guys,

    Has anyone else heard? I gave them a call today but they just told me the generic stuff.

    Derekjai, I would go to the PwC website and have a look at their competencies. Have one or two examples prepared for each. I got asked about a time I gave feedback, strengths/weaknesses, biggest achievement and some of the questions you mentioned.

    Good luck!

  • 16 February 2010 - 9:00pm
    • icas

    I have applied for a Graduate role within Transaction Services.
    there were 5 of us, 2 for graduate roles and 3 for internships

  • 16 February 2010 - 3:43pm
    • tiffany123

    me either... actually i had my ac on 10th...

    and yesterday i saw a notice on their website saying '' We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications at this time, so this may cause a delay in us being able to respond to you. This could take up to 10 working days.''

    so i guess they might not be able to reply within 5 working days..

  • 16 February 2010 - 3:11pm
    • icas

    enigma88 & ms1234,
    guys have you been contacted by PwC after your AC?
    I had my AC on 12th, but still haven't heard back, seems like a rejection...

  • 16 February 2010 - 8:19pm
    • ms1234

    I still haven't heard. I'm hoping this doesn't mean it's a rejection, although I am starting to lose hope. Have you guys applied for graduate roles?

  • 15 February 2010 - 10:08pm
    • derekjai

    Hi everyone, sorry if this is a bit out of place, but with all the amazing contributions I was wondering if someone could give me some pointers. I'm going to be having my first round interview for Assurance pretty soon, and just wanted to check if the list below would cover pretty much all competency based questions that might be asked:

    1) Can you briefly talk about all the service lines PwC offer?
    2) Give me 2 examples of when you have worked in a team to achieve a goal
    3) Give me 2 examples of when you have been a leader/lead a team
    4) Why PwC?
    5) Give me 2 examples of where you have been in a situation of conflict, and explain how you chose to do the right thing
    6) Can you discuss any recent developments which have strongly affected PwC and the accounting industry?
    7) What do you expect you will be doing in your first year?
    8) What can you tell me about the ACA qualification you have applied to?
    9) What can you tell me about the line of work you have applied to?
    10) Why did you decide to apply to Audit?
    11) where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
    12) Discuss a recent piece of financial news that has been in the press?
    13) How is PwC Assurance divided and what division would you like to work in?

    Thanks very much all!!!!!!!!

  • 13 February 2010 - 9:35pm
    • motosams

    hey. has anyone been through the TRB assessment? ( its actuarial - pensions )

  • 9 February 2010 - 11:36am
    • plpirat

    I was given an offer for grad role in london.
    How everything works from now on?
    I have the offer and still waiting for further or they gonna do now pre-employment check and after that will contact me?

    this forum was very good, thanks everyone.
    I think everything was said already so no reason to repeat.

  • 9 February 2010 - 11:36am
    • plpirat

    I was given an offer for grad role in london.
    How everything works from now on?
    I have the offer and still waiting for further or they gonna do now pre-employment check and after that will contact me?

    this forum was very good, thanks everyone.
    I think everything was said already so no reason to repeat.

  • 7 February 2010 - 9:04pm
    • bradlever

    They will know what you said in your first interview so if you can come up with new ones that would be better. Having said that, I went over some of the same examples again and he seemed to appreciate hearing them for himself, so I don't think it matters if you do repeat.

  • 5 February 2010 - 3:43pm
    • bradlever

    Yes, the essay is looking for you to give a logical, rational answer which you are able to justify. Any answer is fine as long as you've justified it well enough.

    I'm not sure if you'll have the same company for the group presentation but you may do. We were advising a client who owned a holiday resort on a Filipino island. The resort owners want to become recognised as an eco-tourism resort as it will allow them to achieve a profitable business relationship with a cruise liner who have offered to add the resort to their cruise routes if they can get eco-tourism accreditation.

    Each person in your group is given a booklet with information about the resort, what it needs to achieve and what services PwC may be able to offer it. Each person is also given a sheet with two pieces of unique information which only you know. During the discussion, you will then need to tell the others about the unique information that you have as it will impact on the decisions you make. This encourages the discussion as nobody has the complete picture by themselves. You are given a budget which you need to stick to, so you need to prioritise what you would advise the resort to do as you won't be able to achieve it all. When you are about 3/4 of the way through the discussion, you are given a surprise announcement that your budget has been cut, which is testing to see whether you can cope under pressure when given different objectives.

    My first interview was quite competency based and as far as I remember the partner interview was a bit more discussion orientated. The discussion is still trying to hit on your competencies though so I wouldn't have thought that the structure of your first interview would have any impact on the structure of the partner interview. It just depends on the partner and also how you go about answering questions.

    Have I covered everything here, or do you have any more questions / need clarification about what I've said? I'm happy to help so don't hold back.


  • 7 February 2010 - 8:48pm
    • ms1234


    Thanks for that, I guess I can't really prepare for the essay or the group presentation. Will just have to see how it goes.

    Just one more question regarding the partner interview: Would it be unwise to use the same examples (for the competencies) used in the first interview?

    Thank you so much for your help! I really hope I pass it.

  • 9 February 2010 - 11:50am
    • plpirat

    There will be overlapping, you can't avoid that. However, if possible try to add some new details and of course you must find some new examples. For instance, I left my best examples for partner interview. I have tried not to disclose my 'best' parts of life during 1st interview :-)

  • 31 January 2010 - 10:36pm
    • bradlever


    I do keep meaning to do a Walkthrough guide for PwC like I've done for Deloitte, but haven't got round to it yet.

    The group presentation isn't too difficult, and it doesn't really require you to be of a business background. I would highlight a few things that you should keep in mind while you go through it:
    *Most importantly, make sure you speak enough for the assessor to actually be able to assess you. There's no way they'd be able to pass you on the group exercise if you haven't given them anything to work with. Having said this, don't talk too much either as this can be seen as a bad trait if you aren't able to allow others to have a say.
    *If there are people who are talking too much and not giving you much of a chance, it's most likely because they're trying to give the best impression more than trying to block you out, but if this happens, you should intervene with your own points, even at the risk of talking over the other person. Just try to interject with your own point and the other person should take that as a hint to stop talking for a bit.
    *If you notice that someone in the group isn't able/trying to contribute much, try and give them the opportunity by asking for their opinion. This will be seen as good teamworking skills.
    *Make sure you do actually have something to add to the conversation. You are given time to prepare before the discussion and you should make sure that you are adding to what is said and working towards your objectives productively rather than just mimicking what other people say in the hope that it sounds like you are joining in.
    *Try to do something that differentiates you and makes you stand out from the crowd. For example, I took responsibility for keeping track of our budget and doing all the calculations which made me stand out from the others.

    I found it really helpful to watch this video:

    The essay doesn't really need any business knowledge really. You are given information on a range of companies which the company you are advising is looking to partner with in order to bring a new product to market. What you need to be able to do is show that you have good writing skills in terms of vocabulary, grammar, spelling and construct. You also have a chance to demonstrate your reasoning skills and the ability to justify your choices. I went about the essay by starting off with an introduction that outlined the problem and how i intended to go about solving it (in my case this was by assessing the relative pros and cons of each). I then went through a list of the pros and cons of each company and then concluded with my choice and a brief explanation, drawing upon my analysis as to why I chose the company I did and also why I rejected the others.

    In my opinion the psychometric tests are very simple and throughout the whole job hunting process I never really did any practice other than the sample test they give you before you do the real one. However, I know some people have difficulty with it and many people recommend using [] for practice. PwC use numerical and diagrammatical reasoning tests (rather than the verbal one that most companies use). I think I ended up getting in around the 60th percentile.

    I hope this helps some, and feel free to ask if you need something clarified or you have any other questions.


  • 5 February 2010 - 3:11pm
    • ms1234

    Hi brad,

    Thanks for that, I really appreciate you helping with this! Just have a few more questions, I do apologize if this is getting a bit tedious for you :):

    Does the essay just require common sense then (as to which option to go for)? Do you remember what kind of objectives you had to work towards, or what kind of company the group presentation dealt with?

    As for the partner interview, I know it depends on who you get and what not, but was yours more competency based or more commercial awareness based? My first one was very relaxed and more of a conversation so I'm worried my partner one will be based on the latter.

  • 31 January 2010 - 7:46pm
    • ms1234

    Hey guys,

    I have my AC for a position in valuations on the 11th, any advice on how to prepare for it? I don't come from a business background at all and am very worried about both the group presentation and the essay.

    Also, are the tests much harder than the online ones? I've done shl ones and efinancial careers a good ten times or so, do you know of any other websites?

    I'd appreciate any help as I've never done this before and I'm dying to get the job.

    Congratulations to those of you with offers!

  • 9 February 2010 - 7:35pm
    • enigma88

    Hi ms1234,

    I also have an AC for valuations on the 11th. Mine's in embankment at 1.30 pm. What about you?

  • 10 February 2010 - 6:51pm
    • ms1234


    Mine's at 9 30, it's at Embankment as well. Good luck with yours!

  • 12 February 2010 - 2:27am
    • enigma88


    How did it go? We were a total of 5 in this session. How many were there in yours, The HR person told us they would be taking 8 today

  • 13 February 2010 - 6:42pm
    • ms1234


    We were 8 in total. Not sure how it went, still haven't heard back and obviously assuming the worst! How'd yours go?

  • 13 February 2010 - 11:30pm
    • enigma88

    Yeah same here, although i messed up the individual writing and tests a bit so its not looking good ! Good luck!

  • 28 January 2010 - 6:07pm
    • donkilluminati

    Hello plpirat partner interview was with a director...and it wasn't competency based at all!! was just a chat with me asking questions about his role in the firm etc and also more general things about accounting, PwC and the interview was over an hour.....however that doesnt mean it will be the same for seems for most people it is competency based....and always commercial awareness....mine was all commercial keep up to speed with current affairs

    the psychommetric tests are a harder than the online ones but the same format

    the format for the AC is pretty standard....they do not change this

    also icas they have had unprecedented demand for their graduate they will get back to you soon

    good luck!!!!

  • 27 January 2010 - 4:19pm
    • bradlever

    I wouldn't be worried. They will get back to you. Having said that, it might help speed things up if you give them a call. They're most likely waiting to get enough people for the AC.

  • 27 January 2010 - 4:11pm
    • icas

    just wanted to ask how long did it take to get an invite to PwC AC.
    it's been 10 days since my first round interview and still did not get an invite. received an email next day after interview saying that I have passed and will be contacted shortly.
    since then have not heard from them, a bit worried it was automatically generated email.
    should I call 'em?

  • 27 January 2010 - 1:54pm
    • bradlever

    From the looks of what they do on that website, you're doing the right stuff. You are given 4 patterns which form a sequence and you need to choose the next pattern in the sequence. They're the same as in the tests done before your first interview.

  • 27 January 2010 - 12:32pm
    • fayemusker

    Hi just wondering if anyone could just confirm, the diagrammatic tests that I have been practising are the ones on assessment, are these the correct ones to practise for a pwc assessment centre or could there be flow charts etc?


  • 21 January 2010 - 8:01pm
    • fayemusker


    All of the info posted on this site is really useful, I have an assessment day coming up in feb for the business recovery services and was wondering if anyone could give feedback on assessments for this area?


  • 21 January 2010 - 4:26pm
    • donkilluminati

    hi all, just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the many contributors to these pages which have been indispensible in my application to PwC and I have successfully managed to secure a place on the graduate trainee intake for assurance. If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

  • 22 January 2010 - 3:01am
    • plpirat

    Hey, congrats!
    I apply as well for assurance.
    Could you please tell how was the partner interview; commercial awareness/client or more competency based?
    Maybe any changes during AC or pretty similar to others described in the forum?

  • 21 January 2010 - 6:58pm
    • bradlever

    Which office will you be at?

  • 12 January 2010 - 9:49pm
    • bradlever

    Hi Zebadee,

    Sorry for the lack of clarity of the post you're referring too, I always forget how to do proper bullet points, so it always comes out in one massive paragraph which is a bit hard to read.

    Before IFRS, all companies in the UK were required to prepare their accounts according to UK GAAP. Now because of EU guidelines, listed companies are mandated to follow IFRS in their financial reports but smaller unlisted businesses still have the choice to follow UK GAAP or switch to IFRS. This part of the PwC website may be of use to you in thinking about PwC's services in particular:

    Yes it's still relevant to mention SOX as its still an issue for PwC and their larger international clients, in particular the ones that are listed in the US. SOX has also led the UK to look at its accounting framework to ensure that where possible accounts prepared in the UK are SOX compliant.

    For other ideas, if you go to the website of the PwC office that you are applying for, and then click on the News and Issues at the top, that might help especially in terms of what PwC are focusing on at the moment.

    Hope that's all some help to you.

  • 19 April 2010 - 2:58pm
    • remiemay

    this is really helpful... i have an ac coming up and thought of discussing this. its nice to have a clear breakdown of the issues

  • 11 January 2010 - 2:52pm
    • tutor

    Also agreed with last two posters.
    It's good to show them that you are interested in the firm's PR side because as well as being a good accountant they like "corporate man" who plays with his team as well as works with it. Those who can also contribute to the social and personal side of the firm get recognised especially if it involves helping to promote your firm.
    Thought PwC would have been more into rugby myself...............

  • 9 January 2010 - 8:19pm
    • bingkk32

    would agree with bradlever.

    e.g. i applied for Tax, and read up on proposed tax changes in the PBR, as well as changes that would come into effect or have recently come into effect due to the 09 Budget.

  • 9 January 2010 - 8:49am
    • Messi87

    Hey guys,

    I have my first round interview coming up this week...just a quick thought.

    Discuss any recent financial news in the press?

    I was thinking of mentioning how pwc is backing the bid for world cup 2018 to be held in England....does this sound sensible? as im generally interested in the game....

    comments would be appreciated!


  • 9 January 2010 - 3:19pm
    • bradlever

    It couldn't hurt, although I wouldn't make it that big a deal. Maybe relate it to how they are aiming to become the iconic professional services firm which advertisement of major sport events will help them with.

    Recent financial news needs to relate more to the actual job like IFRS (and the effect of the VAT increase maybe if you're going for a tax position).

  • 8 January 2010 - 5:55pm
    • steve88

    congrats bradlever on the job offer, and thanks for such an informative post. just a couple of quick questions, you mention they want recent knowledge of sox and ifrs, did you relate these to recent issues or discuss these points in a general manner? also, for the written exercise you were given 2 pages - in the allocated time did you write 4 sides of A4, if so wow! and finally I have my assessment centre prior to the final interview (if i am so lucky) - did you notice any major differences between the two interviews, for example one asking more competency based questions instead of commercial issues?

  • 8 January 2010 - 8:50pm
    • bradlever

    Sorry for the confusion, when I said 2 pages I meant 2 sides of A4. I agree that 4 sides would have been quite an achievement.

    I talked about SOX in a very general manner as it is an old topic, so I just mentioned that it's an issue. As for IFRS, that's a more current issue so it could be discussed in more detail, although I didn't do too much on it.
    I guess the main points to note are:
    - Since 2005 all listed companies in the EU are mandated to use IFRS.
    - Several other major countries are bringing their national GAAP in line with IFRS within the next few years if they haven't already done so.
    - The US is now looking to converge its GAAP with IFRS although it may take until about 2014-16 until companies are permitted or required to use IFRS.
    - The US used to require that any foreign companies listed in the US had to provide reconciliations of their accounts with US GAAP, however that is no longer required for companies reporting using IFRS as issued by the IASB.
    - Essentially PwC need to keep up to date with new IFRS and be able to inform their clients about it. In future, many of the smaller unlisted companies and SMEs may wish to start using IFRS even though it currently isn't required as there are advantages in having reports which are comparable with other companies.

    To be honest, I didn't notice all that much difference in the two, but I think in general you should expect that the partner/director interview will be more about getting to know you and how much you know about the profession and PwC in particular than the first interview. Note that the partner/director who interviews you will have all the notes made in the first interview so they will know what you have talked about already and so you may wish to think up new examples if you can.

    I hope that helps.

  • 12 January 2010 - 4:35pm
    • zebadee

    Thank you for your useful info on IFRS.
    I have an interview in a couple of days with Deloitte for Audit in Entrepreneurial Businesses and i have been struggling to think of current factors that will be affecting the audit of EB's.
    You say above that small businesses and SME's are not currently required to prepare their accounts in accordance with the may sound silly, but who do they prepare their accounts in accordance with? I am a little confused!
    I was also thinking of mentioning sarbox even though its old news now and probably not that relevant for small businesses and start ups.
    Do you have any other suggestions?
    Thank you.

  • 8 January 2010 - 8:49pm
    • bradlever

    I've just received a job offer for Assurance in the East Midlands and thought I'd share my experiences of the Assessment Centre.

    I got to the Birmingham office at 8.50 to find that the other 3 candidates had already arrived. We were able to have a quick chat and introduce ourselves informally and I was relieved to find that they were all really nice people.

    We were brought into a small conference room and told the layout for the day which would be a group exercise, followed by a written report, followed by the partner interview and finishing with the psychometric testing.

    The group exercise was based around a hotel resort on a Filipino island which was trying to achieve official eco-tourism status in order to take advantage of a lucrative deal with a cruise liner. For the exercise, we were given about 20 minutes individual preparation time where we were able to read all the information given to us which included 2 pieces of unique information each that we would have to share with the rest of the group when the time came for discussion. When the time for discussion came, we went round the group and each shared the unique information we had. There were several criteria that the resort had to meet, including Waste, Recycling, Water, Water Recycling, Environment, and Energy. There were normally 2 options to choose between for each criteria with different initial costs and annual revenue/expenditure. The task was to choose 4 priorities for the hotel to focus on while staying within the budget. 5-10 minutes before the end of the discussion, we were given a new piece of information which told us that our budget had been decreased. This was to show that we could still work well even when given a new objective.

    The main areas to focus on when doing the group work are:
    *Ensure you contribute enough to give the assessors the impression that you know what you are doing and you are able to give your input.
    *Ensure you listen to the other team members. I was given positive feedback based on the fact that i gave non-verbal (e.g. nodding) cues that I was listening and interacting with other members of the team.
    *Ensure you look at all the objectives given to you. As a team we were given negative feedback based on us not thinking enough about the last objective which was to look at what services PwC could provide the resort.
    *Try and take the lead on some area. I took responsibility for keeping a running tally on the budget and ensuring we still had enough money left.

    After the group exercise was finished, we were given a quick toilet break and then we were given the Written Exercise. We were given 30 minutes to read the information and write the report. The task was about a Chocolate Bar maker who were looking to diversify by producing a chocolate biscuit. In order to do this, they want to enter a partnership with a biscuit making company and need PwC's help to choose between 3 different competitors. Each of these biscuit makers had their own advantages and disadvantages and so I went about the task by outlining these pros and cons for each company and then coming to a conclusion on which company I thought was best. There isn't any right answer and afterwards I found that we had all chosen different companies.

    The main areas to focus on in the Written Exercise are:
    *Ensure you give yourself enough time to read and write. While I was able to complete the 2 sides of A4 that were given, the other 3 in the team spent too long reading and planning and so weren't able to finish.
    *They are assessing you mainly on your ability to write in clear English with good grammar, spelling and punctuation. Make this your priority instead of fretting too much over which company is best.
    *They want to know that you have a good understanding of the content, so try and make reference to as much of the information given to you as possible and structure it in a clear way.

    After the written exercise we had a relatively long break while we waited for the Partner and Director who would be doing interviews to arrive. When they were ready, we were split into 2 groups of 2. One group had their interview first, while the others did their testing first. I had my interview first with a Partner who was really nice and while I was nervous at first (and this was commented on in my feedback), I was able to relax more during the interview. The interview is a little less competency based than the first one, but he still wanted lots of different examples. I think they like it best when you are able to tell the whole story about what you have done, so I came up with examples on Young Enterprise, volunteering at a hospital radio station, my role as treasurer of a JCR and some work based examples as well. There were a couple of commercial awareness questions as well as questions on what PwC do and why they were able to charge a premium to their customers.

    The main areas to focus on in the Partner Interview are:
    *Don't be too nervous and ensure that you look happy, maintain eye contact, don't fidget too much, finish your sentences (which I didn't always do) and don't speak too quickly or slowly.
    *Ensure you have prepared enough decent examples as well as knowing what PwC do and looking at both general news articles and news relating to PwC specifically. They do want some recent knowledge of SOX, IFRS, impact of recession on prof. services firms etc.

    Finally, I had the psychometric testing which was made up of two tests. First we had the diagrammatic reasoning which is essentially about working out logical sequences and isn't too difficult. The second test was numerical and involved ratios, percentages and all the other basic maths skills that are required in this sort of job. The tests are similar to the online tests but are definitely a bit more difficult. The main point I would note is that while the online numerical tests ask 2 or 3 questions on one piece of data, the questions here are based on data which keeps changing for each question and therefore requires you to spend more time reading and thinking.

    The main areas to focus on in the Psychometric Testing are:
    *Keep track of time and if a question is stumping you then move on and come back later.
    *Make sure you read the question properly so that you are able to get the right answer.
    *Guess if you're running out of time.

    After the assessment part of the day was over, we were able to talk to a couple of people who were in their second year at PwC and ask any questions that we had but didn't want to ask the assessors. You're told to expect a phone call within the next 5 working days where you'll be told if you have received an offer and also given feedback. If you aren't successful then definitely take advantage of the feedback they give you so you can improve for next time. If you are successful then well done, when I got my call I was jumping all around the house for a good 5 - 10 minutes before popping open a beer.

    I hope this helps and good luck.

  • 5 January 2010 - 6:26pm
    • bingkk32

    i had an interview with deloitte in Spring last year but didn't get past the 1st round interview because the interviewer felt my examples didn't demonstrate the required competencies well enough. Certainly their online tests were alot easier than PwC's tests. Never mind, I have accepted an offer with PwC so it's their loss :)

  • 5 January 2010 - 7:22pm
    • zebadee

    oh thats a shame.
    i have one next week in entrepreneurial business!
    Well done with your offer.
    Fingers crossed i get through!
    Thanks for your help!

  • 5 January 2010 - 6:00pm
    • zebadee

    Thank u so much for your help bingkk32.
    It will really help to prepare me!
    I hope your job search goes well.
    Have you got/had an interview with Deloitte by any chance?

  • 5 January 2010 - 5:13pm
    • bingkk32

    i found the paper tests to be of the same difficulty as the online ones. only diff is the paper maths test involves a diff diagram per question, so more time is needed per Q to understand the diagram.

    oh, my manager interview involved some com awareness - I was asked whether I had read anything in the papers - I talked about the pre budget proposals. For my partner interview i read up on current issues that would affect PwC's HR tax services (the position I applied for is HR consulting) such as pensions deficit, exec remuneration and retrenching/job cuts etc.

    group exercise - our client is an eco-resort looking to acquire accreditation which would enable them to secure extra business. To acquire accreditation they need to make some changes and you are given various options of varying cost. You have to work to a budget and decide what changes should be taken.

    written exercise - our client is a biscuit manufacturer and is looking to find a business partner. You are given a choice of 4 companies and you have to recommend a company for your client, giving reasons with regard to overseas network, expertise, strength of brand etc.

  • 5 January 2010 - 3:56pm
    • bingkk32

    hi zebadee

    i did an AC for a position in tax in London recently.

    the group exercise is time-pressured, in that there is alot of info to digest in very little time. i found that as a group we made very little progress in terms of the task, because none of us had sufficient time to digest everything. however, my feedback was good because i interacted well with the group, providing direction, encouraging others to speak, acting inclusive but leading when necessary etc. so although I didn't perform so well in terms of substance, i performed well in terms of interaction and people skills and I can say that PwC prioritise that for the purposes of the exercise.

    the written exercise again is time-pressured, but there is more than enough time to complete the task without panicking. emphasis here is structure, grammar, spelling and some semblance of logic in your reasoning! In other words, very basic written skills. Wouldn't worry about this exercise too much.

    Partner interview - well I'm sure the Qs asked will depend on the particular partner/director. Because I was not asked a single Q relating to commercial awareness! Nothing on current affairs/ideal client/pwc services at all. But you should by all means prepare for these Qs big time. I felt it important to show awareness of this, so I tried to bring these in by asking Qs to the partner and then try to converse on the topic (e.g. current challenges facing PwC/ opportunities in tax brought about by current eco. climate) I was asked more competency questions re: teamwork, integrity, communication etc. All very standard. In fact, it seemed like a continuation of the manager interview. E.g. I was asked what did I expect to do in my 1st year, what do I know about the ACA.

  • 5 January 2010 - 4:42pm
    • zebadee

    Also would you be able to tell me what were your group exercise and written exercise about? Obviously mine will be different, i just wanted to get an idea of what we'll be quizzed on! Thanks x

  • 5 January 2010 - 4:39pm
    • zebadee

    Thank you very much bingkk32.
    Any info you have is very useful!
    Did you find the numerical test harder than the online one?
    I cant believe you weren't asked anything on ur ideal client and commercial awareness!! Lucky!!
    In my first interview i was asked about how the VAT increase back to normal rate this jan would affect the services pwc would offer clients!
    This caught me off guard abit, so i just blabbed through it!
    I dont really know much about tax tbh, so i need to get my head around it all i think!
    So you got asked no questions to do with tax?!
    Thanks x

  • 5 January 2010 - 3:07pm
    • zebadee

    Hi Everyone,
    I have an assessment day coming up with pwc, and i have applied to do tax.
    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what sort of questions to expect in my partner interview that relate to tax.
    I also wondered how people found the written exercise and group exercise? This is my first assessment day, and i am quite worried that i`ll have a mental block or not really know what to say/write!

    The info on this site has been a great help. Thanks

  • 6 December 2009 - 2:09pm
    • qwe85

    I have found this website really useful in my application progress so I am going to write a little bit about the secondary interview and assessment centre to hopefully help any future candidates.

    Firstly the dress code is business casual; some wear suits and some choose a more casual option. I decided to go for a suit but I really don't think it matters!

    There was around about 10 people in the assessment centre and the day began with a written report advising a company on a choice of manufacturers. Your are given 20 minutes to read the case study and write the reports, everyone was quite pushed for time so you need to be quick with your decision.
    There was then a short break followed by a group exercise/discussion where the group was divided into two rooms. The mains points have already been stated but from my experience time management and speaking is key but do not get caught up in speaking over people and speaking too much as some people did. Another good thing to do is encourage quite people to give their view.
    Finally there was two tests similar to that of which you completed online, numerical; 20 in 20 minutes and logical; 40 in 20 minutes. The graduates then come in for a chat; this is not assessed so ask genuine questions that may possibly help you with your interview don't just try to ask questions to make yourself look like a strong candidate!

    The secondary interview is slightly more informal than the first, as it is structured more like an informal conversation. It’s geared up to find out a bit about you and your commercial awareness, so be aware of recent articles in the media and be prepared to discuss it. Don't just learn facts or rely on something you learnt at University as I feel this will come across in the interview. There is some reference to your application and results but not much, there are not really any competency questions like the first round interview. My last bit of advice is to have some questions prepared to ask them. Again try and come up with some genuine questions, as it will hold better in conversation rather than you trying to illustrate you know things. Remember this is a partner interview and they are very experienced so it’s a great opportunity to gain an insight into the company from an internal perspective and I think this will come across well in the interview if that’s what you are genuinely trying to do.
    Two hours later I was lucky enough to be offered a job.

    One major tip; take a digital watch with you to allow you to keep an eye on the time as it goes fast!

  • 1 December 2009 - 1:00pm
    • Thomas Paul

    thanks guys.

    one more quick ques. the numerical tests in the assessement centre, are the questions the same like the online ones?

    have done quite a few online shl tests for different companies now, so quite fine with those.

  • 6 December 2009 - 2:13pm
    • qwe85

    Yes they are shl as well, they are meant to be harder but i felt they were around the same degree of difficulty.

  • 6 December 2009 - 8:09pm
    • Cheerios

    Hi qwe85,
    Thanks for your advice. Which office did you apply? Could you give some examples what kind of commercial questions were asked in the partner interview? Ta-ta!!

  • 30 November 2009 - 3:23pm
    • LilShorty


    I'd advise to go in a suit, always try to present yourself as the consummate professional whenever you are 'on show'. Want to provide as good a impression as possible and it is always better to overdress than underdress.

    Lil. x

  • 30 November 2009 - 3:17pm
    • Digby

    Wearing a suit's probably the best way to go, esp for a guy.

  • 30 November 2009 - 2:17pm
    • Thomas Paul

    hey guys,

    i have an invite for the AC as well this week. any ideas about the dress code... as it says business casuals in the email, so a bit confused.

  • 21 November 2009 - 11:03pm
    • bingkk32

    hi guys

    so i'm preparing for a 1st interview at an AC and have just read PWC's guidance booklet re: the 1st stage assessment centre. The booklet says that "prepare to discuss your knowledge of specific PWC clients."

    I didn't expect that.

    I am, of course, expecting to be asked to elaborate on my ideal client. But having read all the posts on the website about the pwc 1st interview, I can see no mention of anyone having been asked to discuss a PWC client.

    I do, however, note that some people have been asked to discuss a PWC client at the partner interview.

    Should I boff up and expect to talk about a PWC client at my 1st interview??

    Just that I have enough to prepare as it is (knowing my ideal client inside out, knowing a back-up ideal client inside out, AND boffing up on industry developments etc) using the very very little time I have left...

  • 19 November 2009 - 9:37pm
    • scales23

    i have just passed my online tests for PwC, and i have now been invited to come to one of their assessment centres. this is from 12:45 - 16:30, but it doesn't say anything about a first interview? will this be included at the assessment centre, or have they made a mistake?

    i would appreciate some feedback form anyone else who has done this.

  • 3 March 2009 - 10:45pm
    • hehehei

    No, that is the diagrammatic test, not abstract. And yes, diagrammatic for the assessment.

  • 3 March 2009 - 10:23pm
    • allyatha

    hi guys i have upcoming pwc assessment...

    just to confirm - diagrammatic tests in pwc assesment? I am confused between these and abstract tests. the tests we sat online would be abstract i.e. choose the square that completes the sequence.


  • 29 January 2009 - 1:29am
    • ladygray

    Midnightcowboy: As far as I'm aware the tests are always first, it's the interview and group assessment that vary, usually half the group doing one while the other half does the other and then swapping later.

  • 28 January 2009 - 9:19pm
    • dave

    Hey Glasgow Accounts 08,

    How did it go? Was it similar? Did they get back to you?

    Hi Nishuu1,

    I was asked this question and I chose to say something I was interested in and had done research on (Consumer Products and Retail). When he asked me why, I just said it is very interesting at the moment and a lot of businesses are closing down in the sector but others are also benefitting by taking over the market share (Woolworths - although Wollworths was audited by PwC so that is a dangerous step).

    I hope that was helpful.


    Hi Midnightcowboy,

    Mine was certainly in that order with the tests first and everyone at my university who has gone to those interviews had to same order but they were all at the Embankment Office so if yours is there too, then it will probably be tests first. To be honest, it doesn't really matter because on the day each exercise is given a time-slot and there are breaks between each exercise but I think they normally do tests first to get it out of the way. I can only talk from my experience at the Embankment Office but if yours is somewhere else, I'm sure someone else can help.

    Good Luck!!!

    PS. Sorry Ayaz, I didn't have an individual exercise.

  • 28 January 2009 - 2:39pm
    • midnightcowboy

    Hi All
    Can anyone tell me if the order of the AC is always the same i.e. are the tests always first?
    Thanks very much

  • 24 January 2009 - 7:17pm
    • Nishuu1

    Has anyone to been asked what division they would want to work in if they were offered a place at PwC for Assurance? I am confused as I went on the PwC careers website and I have been on the wikijob page which talks about how the Assurance and Audit divisions are split up and I dont know when they ask the question whether they mean industry sectors TICE etc or Risk Assurance etc.

    Pls help...

  • 16 December 2008 - 10:15pm
    • Glasgow-accounts-08

    Thanks Dave, I'm hoping the interview isn't much different coz all the advice on here is for audit interviews!! :-)

  • 16 December 2008 - 5:14pm
    • Emma North

    David you're soooo lucky! I can't get an interview at these places, let alone two offers!!! I'm with joyrevision...accept one!! Lol.

    I wasn't certain whether to go for a big 4 or a smaller company either, but a friend of mine sent me this link

    and it actually really helped...hope it's good for you guys too!

  • 16 December 2008 - 4:21pm
    • joyrevision

    Accept one!

    Well done, weigh up the merits of each - its as much down to personal preference as anything... Big 4 or mid-tier!

    Which offices are they at?

  • 16 December 2008 - 4:03pm
    • david

    Hey all, I've been made an offer by PwC and Grant Thornton. Does anybody have any suggestions or tips in what I should do?

    Kind Regards

  • 16 December 2008 - 1:21am
    • dave

    Glasgow-accounts-08. The Assessment Centre I had included a couple of people applying for tax and the group exercise / written tests seem to be the same for them but the interview was with a tax partner/senior manager. I think that should be the only difference but I would call them and ask or even look at the 'Documents before Assessment Centre' they send you in your A/C confirmation e-mail.

  • 15 December 2008 - 7:17pm
    • Glasgow-accounts-08


    I am doing an A/c next month for a graduate job starting in 2010.. but mine is for tax. Most of the advice on this forum seems to be for audit positions, just wondering if anyone has had an a/c for a tax job and is it different to the ones for audit?


  • 14 December 2008 - 12:22am
    • Cheerios

    Hi guys, I'll definitely pray for you both. And hope PwC will be effective to get back to youse soon. Looking forward to hearing some good news from you guys next time.

  • 13 December 2008 - 11:00pm
    • Imiliano

    I was asked no taxing commercial awareness questions at all - but was asked about my ideal client in quite a lot of detail as it related to the service line i've applied to. I would say most of my interview revolved around answers i'd included in my application - team leading and how did I motivate team members, etc. I know that at least two people were asked commercial awareness questions - so it would probs be wise to geek up a bit on current affairs!! I was also asked why PwC other than another Big Four, which seems to be a common Q.
    The people at PwC (Embankment office, London) all seemed really great, and so too were the other applicants I met on the day. Really try not to worry, this will only impair your performance - be confident, friendly and just think how well you've done to get to the AC stage.

    Best of luck :D

  • 13 December 2008 - 10:46pm
    • adilqurshi

    ok! cheerios!I was also nervous about my partner interview and wanted to know the kind of questions . The truth is that each partner interview is different. I had about 11 other people on the Assessment Day and each one told a different story. But the common thing was that we were not ask taxing commercial awareness question. Don't worry about it.
    The interview is very relaxing, more like a chit chat, and people a pwc are very very friendly.
    Basically, you need to go over your application as your interview will pretty much revolve around it.
    Don't worry, it is the easiest part of the assessment day.
    :) good luck....and please pray for my selection in pwc. I have always dreamt of having this job.....

  • 13 December 2008 - 6:20pm
    • Cheerios

    Hi Imiliano and adilqurshi, could you share a little bit now what kind of questions were asked in partner interview? eg were you asked to talk about ideal client or asked to change an ideal client? and how did you talk about commercial awareness? Mine is coming next week....

  • 13 December 2008 - 1:28pm
    • Imiliano

    I had mine on Weds, still waiting to hear the news... was told I should hear by friday (but haven't). I'm worried about the interview, the guy wasn't that friendly and I forgot some of the things I was going to say (for example, regarding commercial awareness I meant to mention that PwC may be the auditor on the Lloyds/HBOS merger). My first interview was soo much better. Group exercise went fine I think, and on the tests I did about 16/20 on numerical (with a few guesses) and about 37/40 on diagrammatical reasoning (with three guesses).

  • 13 December 2008 - 12:08pm
    • adilqurshi

    Hello everyone!

    I just had my Assessment Day with PWC.
    Tests and Interview went very smooth but messed up quite a bit in the group exercise.
    I am currently waiting for my results and shall write the detail experience after getting the outcome.

  • 9 December 2008 - 11:56pm
    • dave

    Imiliano - sorry - mine is in London but its actually on Friday. Mine is for the summer internship, not sure if that's what you are going for. But whatever you are going for, I wish you the best of luck and hope you have a great time.

    Chavdagaura - again, sorry I can't give you any more help as my AC is actually on Friday, so it will be after yours. If only I could.

    For both Imiliano and Chavdagaura, in terms of general advice as I've heard from other people and would like to sum up:
    -In the Group Exercise, one of the main things that have come out of these forums is that try your best to find the right balance between helping the group and stating your point because you wouldn't be doing well if your assessors saw you showing everyone that they are wrong and your views are the only ones correct but then again, you havee to have a certain amount of input and discussion, otherwise you won't be showing your 'Communicating with Impact' competency.
    -For the partner interview, make sure that your 'Commitment to Career' and 'Commercial Awareness' competencies are worked on well as these are likely to be the ones that the partner will focus on. By saying that, I'm not ruling out any 'Normal' competency questions regarding teamwork or leadership but I have been told that at that stage, they want to know you as a person rather than just your experiences.

    Good Luck to both of you.

    I hope it goes well.

  • 9 December 2008 - 11:54am
    • Imiliano

    Dave, is yours tomo with PwC in London by any chance? Mine is :p

  • 9 December 2008 - 12:06am
    • dave

    Hello everyone

    I have an AC coming up and would just like to say that all the information you have given has been really really helpful.

    After the actual AC - I will surely write my summary from the moment I opened the application form to the Assessment Centre. If I get the job, then I will write about the Offer details too. Just to add more to this forum.

    On a side note - chavdagaura - is your AC in london??

  • 9 December 2008 - 5:10pm
    • [email protected]

    hey dave
    no mine is in birmingham on this thursday
    let me know how your goes, if by chance you happen to have it on wednesday

  • 8 December 2008 - 7:24pm
    • [email protected]

    i have an assesment day coming up after 2 days. any last minute help is very much appreciated

  • 8 December 2008 - 11:21am
    • hiiivon

    hey guys,
    I am going to PWC assessment center in Reading on 16th Dec and need some help urgently. could anybody with pwc AC experience tell me some details in your group discussion, such as in which industry the company is in, what are the specific targets you were asked to meet, what are the information they provide, sales figure?expense figure? an investment decision?

    any helps are appreciated!

  • 20 November 2008 - 2:18pm
    • dt.mckeown

    On a side note....

    To anyone who works at PWC, I won't be offended if there's no tea or biscuits....

  • 20 November 2008 - 2:15pm
    • dt.mckeown

    mermoikl - Yeah I'm gonna drop in for a while anyway, maybe 15-20 minutes should be enough, I imagine it'll be very casual with tea and biscuits! It should be interesting to hear how the current crop of graduates are getting along and maybe even see what sort of people PWC are interested in. I'm trying to relax as much as possible but pretty nerve wrecked as this will be my first interview.

    longrand - Thanks for the link, I actually did have a look at this but was still unclear as it mentioned AC on it and not 'Testing Session'. Hopefully the Irish way of thinking is a lot quicker and less painful than 66 interviews and 52 group exercises with 429 tests. :-)

  • 20 November 2008 - 2:08pm
    • longrang

    Thank u, edinburgh_dave.
    Anyway, that's better than dozens of diagrams mixed together.

  • 20 November 2008 - 11:35am
    • edinburgh_dave

    longrang, with regards to the tests, if you haven't done them yet - you get a graph or diagram etc followed by a question. then another graph/diagram and a question. same for all questions. some diagrams are used more than once throughout the test though followed by a different question obviously. hope that clears it up for you.

  • 20 November 2008 - 2:05am
    • longrang


    I applied for Belfast too. I also took the personality questionnaire only, and was invited to the test session.

    This link provides information about the selection process for Belfast office

  • 20 November 2008 - 1:55am
    • mermoikl

    I think the recruitment procedure varies slightly between offices and Belfast's is just significantly different. It's probably just a question of time, resources and personnel available. There's a PDF on the PwC site somewhere with the Northern Ireland procedure, it's only one page long though and doesn't contain an awful lot of information.

    I was at a Testing Session in Belfast too, are you going to this drop-in session thing? I'm not really sure what to expect to be honest.

  • 20 November 2008 - 1:15am
    • dt.mckeown

    Is there a different procedure for the Belfast offices for PWC? I recently done an online test for them but it was a personality test with questions about how I would handle certain situations in a working environment. I was later invited to a 'Testing Session', which involved the Numeracy and Diagrammatic tests only, it took roughly an hour and no business wear was required.

    Is this standard? I was expecting a full on AC with these tests taken then, along with group exercises etc. Could this be because the numbers are very high? (There was roughly 30 of us in the room and I think there were two sessions per day for two days.)

    I passed these tests and I am now awaiting further info on what process comes next.

    On a side note, anyone know of any good commercial awareness topics I could research on before the interview? Besides SARBOX, credit crunch etc. Something a little more interesting and unique perhaps?

  • 20 November 2008 - 12:55am
    • longrang

    I took a practice psychometric test run by the career office in my uni. The form of the test was different from online ones. All the graphs and diagrams were mixed and put in left-side pages, and questions on different diagrams were mixed on the right-side pages. It took me much time to find which diagram each question related to.

    Does the written PwC numerical test have graphs mixed, or does it have one graph followed by all questions relate to it?

  • 20 November 2008 - 11:52am
    • adilqurshi


    Can any one tell me the following:
    the detail about group activity;
    what specific questions were asked in your partner interview.

    I have got firm grip over commercial awarenes. I have been following all the event s that have been caused by credit/food/oil crisis in detail and was thinking of mentioning the US Car giants in trouble , its impacts and solutions. What is your take on it.

    I belong to an underdeveloped country and this job is very important for me and my family's future. Any help will be highly appreciated.
    This is my work for PwC....

  • 19 November 2008 - 3:21pm
    • embee16

    I had an individual exercise as they hadn't taken enough people through to the a/c but I was told it was exactly the same as a group exercise...

    Based on corporate responsibility, it was about a hotel/resort. I was given guideline criteria that the resort had to meet, and then given about 8pages of information, each one regarding different areas of they could be improved, and the cost of the improvements [I think in a group exercise these are given out among the group so you have to present the information you've been given and listen to the other peices, making notes]

    You're then given a budget, and have to decide what to do...
    I don't think you can have a wrong just have to be able to justify your decisions. All the choices will have pro's and con's.

    In mine there was no way I could meet the criteria in full, so I chose priority areas and focused on them.

    There were also areas that were not fully explained, so when I was presenting my choices I used this as an opportunity to say that there were areas of information missing, and with the given information I would do 'A', but if we could get more information about it, perhaps 'B' would be a better option.

    I think the key is to be able to explain your choices and decisions.....oh and be adaptable, during the presentation of finding the budget and requirements were changing constantly!!

    Good luck!

  • 18 November 2008 - 11:24pm
    • bomb891

    Can anyone tell me what topic came up in the most recent group discussion at the asssessment centre for a job in Assurance?

  • 18 November 2008 - 5:33pm
    • sebhartmann

    Anyone knows the positions at pwc? for example first year graduate associate and so on..
    In addition to that, does anyone know any advices that an auditor can give to a CEO to a company such as M&S?

  • 17 November 2008 - 5:51pm
    • sebhartmann

    Hey guys, can anyone help with a question. I just received my feedback from my first interview(which I passed) and they said that I had over-confidence and that I should stick to the point of the question and that I should have a better example of when I gave feedback or when I received feedback. Could anyone give me some advice about them? I have an assessment day on the 20th with PWC!
    thank you in advance for ur reply!

  • 14 November 2008 - 5:48pm
    • ioladapo

    hey guys........ THANKS for ur tips!
    finished the tests this morning.....was sent an invitation for AC within 3 hrs
    -21 mins for 21 questions in numerical ( i did 17, very sure say 15)
    -21 mins for 18 questions in logical (did 17, very sure of say 13 or 14)

    I am not sure if these conditions are quite flexible......compared to others' experiences?.

    have to prep for AC now...the comments here are detailed...but i'll be back for more tips

  • 14 November 2008 - 12:36am
    • edinburgh_dave

    ioladapo, as Imiliao said it is the diagrammatic test. do as i suggest and you should be ok with it.
    to be honest it is unlikely that having passed the numerical test you will fail diagrammatic. its quite simple.

  • 13 November 2008 - 9:21pm
    • ioladapo

    thanks again KK.....
    got to crack the tests tomorrow!

  • 13 November 2008 - 8:31pm
    • KK_2008

    Thanks David!

    I applied for Assurance in London, April start. I was interviewed by a director at the AC, and he was absolutely lovely. He gave me some nasty questions tho... the first was asking how I thought the result of the US election would affect US businesses and the world in general! Bit of an open-ended question I thought .... the others were mainly about companies i'd worked for, and how they specifically should deal with the current economic crisis. I was surprised as i'd say 80% of it was on commercial awareness, I think I was asked 2 competencies max. and no I wasn't asked about coaching someone. It's really hard to give advice as the director really fed off what I said, so you could and probably will have a completely different interview! Therefore i'd definitely advise you to mention something you're interested in, and you could well end up talking about it for 10 minutes!!

    Good luck!

    Ioladapo - I found the following website really useful specifically for PwC's diagrammatic test, it really encourages you to think about the patterns that emerge, there are also good numerical practice Qs too - Good luck!

  • 13 November 2008 - 5:57pm
    • ioladapo

    thanks Imiliano......

  • 13 November 2008 - 4:44pm
    • Imiliano

    ioladapo - if you're taking the PwC logical/diagrammatic reasoning test you will be presented questions where you have to choose the 5th object in a sequence. You see 4, and have to look at how they are changing and then choose the 5th (there are usually 5 options to choose from I think). Do as Dave suggested and disregard any that are not possible. Therefore, in answer to your question, yes it will be the first one! There is also a good book you can buy written by Peter Rhodes - it's on Amazon and has a white and yellow front cover. The first half of the book has SHL style questions. I am using it at the mo the prepare for the AC in London.

    Good luck :D

  • 13 November 2008 - 4:05pm
    • ioladapo

    thanks dave....


    the email I recieved says
    ''- a numerical reasoning test (21 minutes) (please note you may use a calculator for this)
    - a logical (Diagrammatic) reasoning test (21 minutes)''

    What is the difference between Diagrammatic Reasoning Questions AND Abstract Reasoning Questions taking into account the different explanations given in
    in my own case, will it b the first one.

    SHL's website appear to hav practive for abstract reasoning,.... as well as in the practice leaflet sent to my by PwC with the online test invitation email!!!

    thank again guys!!

  • 13 November 2008 - 12:49pm
    • edinburgh_dave

    numerical - make sure you can do percentage increases, cross multiplication of fractions, currency exchanges. try practice tests on there are 3
    logical - isolate each changing part between the diagrams and deal with them separately discarding wrong answers and leaving you with the correct one. with practice this is really quick and easy test
    general - skip a question if you don't know or can't get close to answer. don't random guess them all. remember you only really need just over half right probably to pass.
    good luck

  • 13 November 2008 - 12:29pm
    • ioladapo

    hi guys,

    i have to to an online assessment test (numerical + logical) ASAP for PwC...i have applied for a PIC position..
    already done my telephone interview on tuesday and I think it went on very well.....assessment centres are for 19th and 20th this month, so I have to the tests today/tomorrow to help them make a decision to invite me!
    I have been really scared because I feel my performances in SHL and other practices do not look too good!!

  • 13 November 2008 - 1:01pm
    • david

    Congragulations kk2008, where did you apply? What type of questions did your partner ask, what type of commercial awarness questions did he ask you?
    Did he/she ask how you have coach someone else's skills?
    kind regard

  • 12 November 2008 - 6:50pm
    • KK_2008

    Just thought i'd post on here about waiting for the result of an Assessment Centre. I had mine on a Wednesday, and didn't get a call until the following Tuesday, offering me the job! This really surprised me as the only posts i'd read on here imply that the majority of people hear max 2 days after if the result is positive. So if you're still waiting for a reply, relax! It totally depends on how much time the partners have to meet with the HR people etc and they do say you'll hear within 5 working days, which was certainly true for me.

    I'm not going to post my experience through their recruitment process as everyone on here has done a fantastic job! Mine was pretty much the same, but if anyone has specific Qs i'd be happy to answer : )

    Good luck!

  • 3 March 2009 - 11:04am
    • rebranded

    Thank you SO much, will help me relax a bit more. Had my assessment centre yesterday and was under the impression that if I didn't hear back today that was pretty much it. I was already starting to lose hope and its only 11 o'clock!

  • 10 November 2008 - 8:39pm
    • embee16

    Yeah I did hear the same actually. And I've been thinking about it, and as they've already made the decision to cut back the admissions hopefully they'll support us all as much as usual!!

    Thanks for ur response tho its good to have someone else reassure the facts!!

    good luck with your AC, let me know how it goes! hopefully see you in sept!

  • 10 November 2008 - 6:37pm
    • Imiliano

    embee16 - I've got my PwC AC for Cambridge in London on Nov 26th. When I had my first interview in Cam the guy told me that their policy is first time passes are desirable and most ppl achieve this. If not you can sit them a second time around, and if you fail these you are indeed kicked out. Apparently they haven't had to boot anyone out of the Cam office for a couple of years but it can happen - and does. Don't let this deter you from working for them though. If you have an offer for April i'm sure you're competent and that with hard work you will be fine. So hope I get the job!!

  • 10 November 2008 - 3:27pm
    • embee16

    Thanks bright_future, its a scary thought to think you get to the job and then they're looking to get rid of you. I've applied for PwC Cambridge, starting April and they've said that they've already reduced the intake and there'll only abe 2 - 3 of us starting in you think as they've planned this in advance chances are they'll work there hardest to keep us??

    I've got an offer from Baker Tilly as well, and had pretty much decided on PwC but if they're going to make things harder than they'll already be that worries me! Its already going to be tough surely!!

    where are you working?

  • 7 November 2008 - 11:15pm
    • bright_future

    Word of advice to you all! I'm with big 4 company now and they are all long on head count. that means in this latest graduate intake they have taken more grads than needed and are looking for any excuse to sack them. for example last year they let graduates retake e-assessments at least twice if they were failed them the first time, this time it is one 2 fails and you're out! know from experience my friend got fired the other day.

    if you're going to defer make sure it's for a proper reason other than "i'm not feeling well".

  • 7 November 2008 - 6:33pm
    • KK_2008

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for all the posts on here, they're great and have definitely helped me to get to Assessment Centre stage. Just wondering how long after the AC you got the call offering you the job? I had my AC on Weds this week, and was kind of hoping to have heard by today (I now have an agonising wait over the weekend!) I've heard lots of people, if offered the job, are called the day after their AC... I hope this isn't true!!

  • 4 November 2008 - 2:31pm
    • edinburgh_dave

    Cool that would be great thanks. Yeah the grads i spoke to at lunch did say you spend the first few months not doing much work but just doing courses and exams. Good times ahead!! :p

  • 4 November 2008 - 2:05pm
    • embee16

    Yeah, I'll definatly attempt to........if I have a clue at all by that point! Probably wont of even spent much time in the office by that stage....just college and exams for the first couple of months - very scary!
    I'll definatly keep you up to date along the way. I got the email of one of the grads that took me out to lunch on the assessment day so been asking him what its like and he's been really enthusiastic. I'll pass on what ever small wisdom I have gained by that stage!

  • 4 November 2008 - 12:18pm
    • edinburgh_dave


    If you know what you are doing by then you can pass on all your wisdom to me :D

  • 4 November 2008 - 11:52am
    • embee16

    hey all,

    edinburgh dave - i got my offer call while I was in a carpark in morrisons and walked around the shop afterwards with a huge grin on my face - people must have though I was mad!! Congrats on your offer in Edinburgh....I'll have to give you a buzz via PwC staff email in september to say hi!! hopefully I'll have an idea of what I'll be doing by then!!

    david - is it your first interview or the second interview? I found the 'employability brocure' on the PwC website helpful to prepare. have a look through all the compentencies and you'll get an idea of the questions you could be asked. I personally had a framework for answers for most of those. it helps you to know what they're looking for, and then in the interview you can expand answers to include lots of different compentencies....means you talk for longer....less questions need to be answered, and you can relax abit. good luck.

    Imiliano - I managed to get all my ints and assessments done in Cambridge. I was warned that I might have to go to london too but it was fine in the end, so I'll keep my fingers crossed it'll be the same for you. goodluck and let us know how it goes

    bomb891 - hope you get better soon.

  • 4 November 2008 - 12:28am
    • bomb891

    Thanks embeee, ur answer was great. U are great! I might have to defer my assessment centre though. I am finding it hard to cope up with the stupid flu I have caught. But I will defenitely need more suggestions. Thanks again.

  • 3 November 2008 - 10:33pm
    • Imiliano

    embee, congratulations on the offer :D!! I have my assessment centre for PwC coming up soon for the Cambridge office, but if I get the job will be starting in Sept 2009. Was your AC held in Cambridge or London? I have been told it may be London for me if the partner cannot make it to the Cam office in the next week or so.

  • 3 November 2008 - 10:32pm
    • edinburgh_dave


    Yeah i'm joining the Edinburgh office in Autumn 2009. Turned down another offer today and just finished signing my contract ready to post off tomorrow. All very exciting. Was so chuffed when got the phone call through for an offer. Think anyone else in the building may have heard my excitement haha

  • 3 November 2008 - 10:14pm
    • embee16


    Thanks dave, I'm with the Cambridge office. Still have a Baker Tilly final int. to go to, so haven't yet sent back my offer paperwork (only had in 2days!) but I'm 99% sure I'll be accepting the offer, so will be starting there in April! So very pleased! how about u? are you with PwC?

    bomb891, I must admit, the question was the one thing that i thought i did really quite badly on! I hadn't really prepared for that style of question (hence why i was quite simplistic in my answer!), so my answer even now, may not be great - but it did the job!
    Regarding how the current situation could affect a client....well it really depends on what type of client you choose. eg. for a retail company, people are changing their priorities and the competition for retailers is now changing...this could mean falling profits and excess could affect their manufacturers, as supply demand decreases they may not be able to continue running effectively, may shut down, meaning supply to the store stops......M&A's are more risky.....etc.
    As for affecting the current accounting industry....I'm applying for audit, so mentioned how there is bound to be an increase in regulations and new procedures will have to be followed. Also....the analysis of any debts will have to be investigated in depth.
    At that stage I also mentioned that in recent years Sarbox and IFRS has affected Audit.

    I hope that helps abit....I'm afraid business and finance is defiantly not my strong point - I am planning to learn the majority when I get into the role! But the fact that I'd researched abit and could adapt my knowledge to suit a question was recognised and mentioned afterwards.

    Good luck and hope its a little bit helpful!!

  • 3 November 2008 - 10:04pm
    • david

    Hey, I've got a Partner Interview with PwC and need some urgent help.
    Can you rememebr any of the questions he/she asked you.
    What type of commercial awareness questions are asked?
    Would it be a good idea to have a back up company I can talk about and how the credit crisis has effected it, and how PwC could help.

    Kind Regards

  • 3 November 2008 - 8:41pm
    • bomb891

    Hey, thanks for your reply. Did you guys already have a company in mind to talk about?For the question where you were asked how the current economic climate had affected one of their clients and what pwc could do to improve their services, how did you exactly answer that question?The partner might also ask how the current climate has affected pwc and the accounting industry as a whole?Can you help with an answer with these questions?

  • 3 November 2008 - 8:30pm
    • edinburgh_dave

    That is exactly the same as my interview then. I was also with a director. Same question to choose a different client and say how could help improve their services. I don't think they expect you to be a genius as far as commercial awareness goes, they just expect some understanding of it.

    p.s congrats on the offer. Which office are you in?

  • 3 November 2008 - 7:57pm
    • embee16

    HI bomb891,
    I had my PwC assessment centre last week and it was exactly like that. Mine ended up with a director, as my first interview had been with a I was pretty scared but it was still quite laid back.
    They have your application to work from so will sometimes refer to that and ask you to expand in it. I was told be HR that they need to cover all of their core competencies within the two interviews, so whichever competencies they didn't cover in the first interview you can pretty much guarantee that they will be discussed.....however I found that one answer can often incorporate lots of different competencies so i didn't really know what would be new so covered all of it again!
    I was then asked to talk about one of their clients (but not the one I'd used on my application form). From this I was asked how we can improve their services, and how the current climate could cause that company problems. I'm not from a business or economy background so found this hard, and kept it on quite a basic level, but this was obviously enough for them, as I got the offer the next day.
    As far as I could tell, they wanted to see whether I would fit in with the company and staff, and also to cover any areas missed in my previous interview.

    I hope this helps a little bit, feel free to ask any other questions and I'll try to explain more

    good luck

  • 3 November 2008 - 6:26pm
    • bomb891

    Has any of you had a pwc assessment centre anytime soon?When I got the feedback about my first interview, I was told that the partner interview would again be based around my competencies. Commercial Awareness issues would comeup in the interview but that it would stil be competency based. Is this how its like now?I am totally confused.

  • 3 October 2008 - 3:55pm
    • ameen_uk

    has anyone got their links to assesments they do, or anything of a similar nature? i know theres some stuff on this website, but is there anything else? everywhere else they are jus selling books

  • 3 October 2008 - 2:15pm
    • RoyKeane

    Hi guys,

    I have an assessment centre coming up at PwC. The group exercise is not always my strongest point and I have fallen down on this at past ac's. Can anybody please give me some advice on how best to PREPARE for one. Any help is much appreciated! Thanks

  • 11 August 2008 - 7:15pm

    Really great info... thanks Charlord!

  • 11 August 2008 - 7:10pm
    • Accountant1981

    Congratulations Charlord! Which office will you be at?

  • 11 August 2008 - 8:28pm
    • charlord

    I'm joining the Birmingham Office in Assurance. How about you?

  • 11 August 2008 - 5:39pm
    • charlord


    I just wanted to say thanks for all the help I found on this site - I got offered a job with PWC, so it was obviously all very good advice.

    I thought I would put down my experience to help any other graduates applying too...

    Application Form
    This is pretty straight forward. Most of it will be simply filling in your grades, however, there are a couple of tricky questions. The first question tests your understanding of PWC's services. I literally found all my info on the website. You only have 150 words, so keep it brief. The second asks who your 'ideal client' would be. My tip for answering this is to think about what you want from your work i.e, to be rewarding, to be paid alot, to increase your knowledge, to travel etc. This should help with the type of client you want to help. Then have a look at their work in that field i.e if you chose Marks and Spencers, look at their services in Retail. I chose a charity, so had a look at their work in that field and gave my reasons as wanting to be personally satisfied with my work. You may be asked about this in further detail at later interviews so stick to something you are genuinely interested in. Your final questions relate to personal experience. You will be asked about working in teams and two times when you have developed yourself. Again, be honest and don't worry too much about these.

    Online Tests
    I don't come from a Maths background and still managed to pass these. My tip is to do the SHL practise tests several times. My score on the numerical test increased from 40% to 85% by doing this. Don't aim to answer all the questions, only answer ones which you know the answer to or can make an educated guess. Skip and don't answer ones you have no idea how to answer. I also had a diagrammatic test which I did not prepare for, as I assumed it was a verbal reasoning test - so first tip, is CHECK! All of these have practice tests on SHL. Another good website is the University of Kent careers page and Cubiks.

    1st Interview
    This will be with a Manager from your area. You will be tested on the core competencies, so make sure you have pre-prepared some answers to these questions before you go in. Also read the newspaper and keep up with current issues in the financial services, economy and your chosen area of interest. For example, I applied to Assurance, Public Sector. I was asked questions such as ' tell me about a recent issue in the Public Sector', 'What interests you about the public sector?', 'What do you know about audit?', 'what is the different between public sector and private sector audit?'. I came out of my interview thinking I had done appaulingly, but was offered a second round interview. PWC were really helpful and sent me some info to help improve my commercial awareness for the next round too. The point is, don't worry if you don't kow everything, just make sure you know something to demonstrate you have an interest. Also, don't worry if you don't 'gel' with your interviewer: the first round is quite structured and they have to ask certain questions so it won't flow like a normal conversation. It doesnt mean you havent answered correctly.

    Assessment Centre
    This consisted of a group exercise, tests and partner interview.
    Group Exercise - There were 6 of us. We were each handed a booklet about 10 pages long and a seperate laminate with different infomation. You have 20 minutes to look through this and answer the brief. Then 20 minutes as a group to discuss your ideas and reach a conclusion. This is not about what you say but how you say it. We didn't complete the task but I still managed to do well in this activity. My main tips here are: talk! they cant assess you if you say nothing (I didn't get a previosu job for this reason); try to include everyone; be aware of your body language, I was praised for smiling, nodding my head, taking notes and agreeing; be reactive, when you get new infomation be aware of how this changes things - i.e, if you suddenly have less money, figure out what your new budget is - I was praised for using my calculator and doing this; finally, work as a group, you are not in competition with one another, and if you dominate the group you will necessarily be praised. This is quite fun, even though it seems daunting. I don't think I was the chattiest or most helpful in the group, but I helped keep the group on track, worked with the team, made comprimises and gave infomation when necessary which was why I got through.
    Partner Interview - This is not as scary as it sounds and will be more relaxed than your first interview. Having said that, the depth of you commercial awareness definitely needs to improve. I was asked specifically about the NHS, University Fees, and the state of the economy on public sector. I was asked about issues facing the public sector and accounting industry, what I found interesting about PS, and to give examples of one PS organisation that was successful and one that was unsuccssful. I was asked about issues Auditors need to address and even, what i would do if I was Prime Minister for the day. Sounds daunting, but it flowed naturally like a conversation and very much fed off what I said. All my knowledge came from the PWC wesbite and BBC so don't panic, I by no means am an expert on the economy or finance, I just spoke about what I knew. You will also be asked about what interests you and competencies like 'how would your friends describe you?' and 'how do you network' etc. Essentially, this is about showing you really want to work there and that they could work with you. So be friendly, relax and enjoy it.
    Tests - These were the same as the online ones. The only difference is that the numerical tests have a different chart for each question. I bought a numeracy book to help improve my maths, however, if you have passed the online ones, you should be fine.

    So that was my day. Overall, it was actually fun! I have had quite a few assessment days and this one was my most enjoyable, so maybe it was a sign that I had done well, I don't know. I hope this helps someone else!

  • 31 July 2008 - 6:02pm
    • Loquitur

    Keiron Poynter who used to be managing partner of pwc was engaged to review the systems and controls in place at HMRC following the lost CDs scandal. The curiously named Poynter report suggested a restructure... which amusingly HMRC had asked McKinsey to advise on previously. Money well spent it seems.

  • 31 July 2008 - 1:40pm
    • bright_future

    how about the soc gen banker scandal? that was both a data and security issue. one trader knowing too much about front/middle/back office procedures allowed him to hide massive trades & risks from his bosses. this is a bank tho, so not public sector.

    i think this could go down well with PwC as when I went for my interview there i spoke to someone about recent contracts they were going for and they had just put in their bid to investigate and provide consulting for Soc Gen on how to stop it happening again.

    just make sure what ever you do you research it well and understand exactly what happened (how & why) and how it could be prevented & how PwC could help.

    good luck

  • 31 July 2008 - 1:23pm
    • charlord

    Thanks for all this!!
    PwC have been really helpful and sent me lots of links to help improve my commercial awareness and things but I am still having a bit of trouble.
    I have applied for assurance in the public sector and really want to talk confidently about a public sector organisation that PwC could help. However, I am having lots of trouble. I would like to talk about data and security issues or sustainability as these are the two 'issues' in public sector that I am most interested in. However, finding an organisation and recent news story is proving quite hard...I don't know if I am just being completely blind??? Have you got any tips/advice?

  • 31 July 2008 - 10:54am

    ..that's a good point actually - if the lunch is essentially a personality fit assessment then should you just be your funny, humourous self and try to make friends with the trainees, rather than being reserved, and just try to be polite - i.e. not yourself at all?

  • 31 July 2008 - 10:24am
    • londonbloke

    hmm, that's interesting. do they see sense of humor? :)

  • 31 July 2008 - 10:15am
    • jessica

    Please don't think that the lunch with the graduates is just an informal chat for you to ask questions. They will be from the department that you will be working in and will feed back to those making the decisions. Whilst you should not be too formal - you need to be aware that this is also a big opportunity for them to see you interact while your guard is slightly down while you are eating and decide whether or not you are someone they want in their department. It can be as important as many of the other stages because once you have the interview they know you are capable of the just whether or not they want you in the team.

    (I know because I used to be one of the people taking new grad possible recruits out to lunch to assess them at BDO)

  • 30 July 2008 - 12:57pm
    • Riddles

    Hey guys,

    This has been my experience from first interview to job offer - PwC Assurance.

    First Interview
    The guy just went bsaically through my application form and discussed it in more detail, focusing more on my competencies and did not get asked anything about commercial awareness. I found a good things to do is to emphasise your team working/building/communication skills. So it is a good idea to keep a few examples about where you have been worked in teams, both successful and unsuccessful. Make sure you know your application form inside out as all of his questions were based on what i had written in their. I also got asked the basic questions such as why assurance, why did you pick your uni, why are you suited to working in assurance... Make sure you know a little information about the qualifications and PwC's business.
    I was told i was successful in the first interview in about 2 working days time.

    Assessment day
    I found the day to be very interesting.

    The day started of with an informal talk with the person looking after you on the day, in my case it was the recruitment manager in Assurance, this was quite helpful as i was able to get some more informaton about the firm, the partner who will be interviewing you...
    She also gave me the intenary for the day so i could prepare myself mentally a little bit before hand.
    One thing i have to say, is that i had applied a little late so there was only one other person doing the assessment day with me, so had to do the individual exercise and not the group one. but fear not all will be explained.

    We began with carrying out the psychometric test.
    Numerical test: The test was very similar to the one carried out online, maybe a little more difficult. On major difference is that you will have a different diagram to understand for each question. There are 20 questions to answer in 20 minutes. As they say work quickly and accurately as u can and you will be able to answer at least 15 out of the 20 questions.
    Logical reasonsing: I found this test quite straightforward, very very similar to the online version. You have 40 questions to answer in 20 minutes. It may seem like a lot of questions but some of them are relatively easy.
    From the feedback i got, i was in the 99th percentile for the numerical test and 98th percentile for the logical one. I dont have the actual marks yet, but will post them as soon as i receive them.

    Next was the individual exercise.
    it starts of with a small presentation, a few mins long, talking about corporate responsibility and sustainability from PwC's point of view. Then the guy will explain what has to be done. You will start of with 35 mins to read the information they give to you, it is more than enough time, so make sure you can take in the most important facts only. Make notes if you have to and keep a track of the time. After reading you will have a 15 mins debrief and you must must answer what has been asked of you. During the debrief he will give you some information that will change your opinion or view so make sure you are able to adjust and react to the information quickly. It is also a good idea to know other services PwC can offer other businesses as this will help.

    Now to the partner interview.
    i was quite nervous about this mainly due to the commercial awareness bit. Despite this he was more interested in my experiences that i had written about on my application form, similar to the first interview. However the commercial questions that he did ask was based less on current issues than on knowing business and how you would improve/advice businesses. The answer to the question on your application form reating to which business do you think PwC could offer it services too is very important so make sure you know what you wrote. The partner was quite friendly so made me feel more relaxed, but dont get too relaxed as this may make you appear tooo confident. He asked me questions as why auditing, what skills i have or have learnt. Do not try to lie or make up information or the day, they have superior practice at interviewing and can find this out.

    This was quite interesting as they took us to zizzi's and had a nice informal chat with a graduate who has been working their for a year. Ask as many questions as you want here, make the most of it.

    Good luck

    I got my offer relatively quickly and a few days after i left i got a phone call saying that i had ben offered a job.

  • 28 January 2009 - 11:11am
    • ayaz

    Hi Riddles,
    Your post was very useful. I have an AC at PWC in 2 weeks . Can you please tell me something about the individual exercise at PWC ?


  • 30 July 2008 - 12:00pm

    Check the article on [[commercial awareness]] and the current industry issues section:
    * [[Sarbanes-Oxley Act]]
    * [[Credit crunch effect on audit]]
    * [[10p Tax Rate]]

    ..also check the news section on the front page (very bottom).

    Was similar was your 1st stage interview to our wiki profile?

  • 30 July 2008 - 12:01pm
    • Accountant1981

    I had a recent assurance interview but they didn't ask me any business q's. I had prepared my thoughts on rising oil prices though, just in case.

    I would have discussed the rising price of oil and how this affects businesses and their overheads du to rising gas/electric bills with for big companies such as Woolworths will make a massive difference as they have so many sites. Also rising fuel costs which means transporting goods is more expensive. Companies need to strike a fine balance between passing these costs onto the consumer whilst not out pricing themselves so customers avoid purchasing certain goods as individuals are being hit hard too. This, coupled with the credit crunch thus increased costs of borrowing and loss of consumer confidence is making the current climate difficult for businesses. I would have Woolworths as an example because because they are currently in financial trouble and have made many redundancies. I would suggest this was because they no longer had a specific market. Since supermarkets are increasing what they sell, they are now real competitors and can often outprice Woolworths. They are also a very asset rich company as they own practically all of their properties. I would relate this to M&S who had similar problems years ago and resolved it by selling their properties and leasing them back to give them a massive cash injection. These are the sorts of ideas good auditing and risk analysis by PwC could generate to try and help them out of trouble.

    You may not need this much detail but these are just a few thoughts. See the link above to my article for general AC tips but there's plenty to talk about at the moment! Good Luck!

  • 30 July 2008 - 11:43am
    • charlord


    I have an interview for assurance, public services with pwc next week...any tips?
    I was really vague in my first interview when it came to business awareness, so I know I need to top up my knowledge, has anyone been through this recently and got any tips on news storys?

  • 26 July 2008 - 12:49pm

    Hey!! Great to hear Riddles! Well done! :)

    ..look forward to hearing your experiences.


  • 26 July 2008 - 9:39am
    • Riddles

    Hey guys, thanks for all your advice. These and other posts have been a big help in getting me a job in assurance in London for september start. Thanks you very much.
    Shall post my experience soon

  • 5 July 2008 - 4:04pm
    • Accountant1981

    This is the link to my post (I think...) Good Luck. Hope it helps!

  • 5 July 2008 - 3:05pm

    I'm looking forward to your post already! I'm getting on a bit too, so some info from a mature graduate perspective would be very welcome :) ...well done!

  • 5 July 2008 - 3:04pm
    • citz

    Congrats to you!

  • 5 July 2008 - 2:28pm
    • Accountant1981

    Thank you for all your advice. Thanks to this I got a job at the Leeds office to start in September. I'll be doing the split audit/RAS scheme. I am a mature graduate and initially applied for tax so will be putting up my own post about my experience.

    Thanks again!!!

  • 1 July 2008 - 5:07pm

    Good work! That's the name of the game :-) Congratulations team!

  • 27 June 2008 - 10:45am
    • londonbloke

    another graduate will soon become a professional. good job/luck. :)

  • 26 June 2008 - 9:37pm
    • noucamp99

    Big thanks to everyone who posted on here, as it helped me get offered a job in assurance. anyone who works in the bristol office, i'l see you in September!!

  • 27 June 2008 - 9:20am
    • Editor

    Well done :)

  • 21 June 2008 - 9:58am

    I'd agree that you should try and bring something unique to the table. Talking about the [[credit crunch effect on audit|credit crunch]] is good and definately worth mentioning- but it is the obvious topic and every [[partner interviews|partner]] and interviewer will have heard it all before, several times that day. It is a big issue, and you SHOULD understand it and it's effect on audit (see the article linked above), but it would help if you can talk about something else, something that other graduates probably won't have said.

    Exactly what that is though I can't tell you!

  • 20 June 2008 - 3:28pm
    • noucamp99

    undergraduate assurance in bristol

  • 20 June 2008 - 2:58pm
    • bright_future

    well i wouldn't suggest talking about this unless you know about it. I was able to as I understood it.

    The main point is to ensure that you talk about a news story you know about and if possible relate whats happening in it to the current financial climate and how Pwc could help.

    For my example this related to due diligence, tax incentives, world wide reach PwC could offer. Also I talked about how emerging markets (BRIC) are consuming massive amounts of metals and how such a big merger would be looked upon by these countries. I did also mention that due to the credit crunch a lot of M&A has slowed due to lack of capital and this might be another reason for this deal stalling.

    just research a story you know about/interested in and relate it to the wider world and the services PwC offer and to the service line you're applying for and i don't think you can go wrong.

    What service line are you aplpying for?

  • 20 June 2008 - 2:24pm
    • noucamp99

    hmmm, ive read about this case, might be good to mention it.

    should i relate it to PwC, and any possible involvement they might have, if any?

  • 20 June 2008 - 12:35pm
    • bright_future

    rio tinto/bhp takeover bid. i've got an engineering background, so I could relate to it easily.

    good luck.

  • 20 June 2008 - 10:40am

    Yeah I think you should be OK. Don't worry too much about repeating yourself from first interview and second - that's fine. Sarbox (or SOX for short) is really important for audit- though it's not as recent as some things it is still worth mentioning.

    Good luck!

  • 19 June 2008 - 11:15pm
    • noucamp99

    lol, yeh i read about that, might have to tread on eggshells when mentioning northern rock, i'd imagine its quite a sensitive subject at PwC right now.

    ok im gonna talk about sarbox and the credit crunch (even tho i had a lengthy discussion about this in my first interview! I'l have to really kno my stuff to get away with using it again)

    Thanks a lot for all your help, your posts on here have got me to the stage I am, so hopefully they can drag me one stage further, then its happy days!!

  • 20 June 2008 - 10:46am
    • bright_future


    try not to talk too much about the damn CREDIT CRUNCH! having spoken to my recuritment contacts they told me that one reason I got through was my knowledge about other news articles. Apparently loads of grads have been talking about the credit crunch with no real understanding. I was able to talk about something I really knew abuot which got me through.

    Only talk about the credit crunch if you are really sure what it is about and how it has affected PWc/accounting in general. Also if you talk about something different and that you know about it will A) impress the partner, B) show you're different & C) show you have a wider knowledge than just babbling about the same old Credit crunch stuff 500 other grads have talked about.


  • 20 June 2008 - 12:15pm
    • londonbloke

    Good to know. What was the issue/topic you talked about? Just out of curiousity. well done to you BF!

  • 18 June 2008 - 2:11pm

    It just occurred to me I didn't quite answer your question. The current issues- they are current issues that are affecting the industry as a whole, but relate them to PwC. So for the [[Sarbanes-Oxley Act]], you want to say that it increases the amount of work [[PwC]] has to do for it's clients, but equally it means [[PwC]] can charge them more!

    They won't expect you to understand technical stuff about issues affecting [[PwC]] specifically- after all, you odn't work for them yet. Make sure you search the recent news for things about PwC. Note also that PwC where the auditors of Northern Rock, and were caught in the fire after it collapsed.

    Good luck!

  • 18 June 2008 - 11:16am

    Make sure you read [[Partner interviews]] and [[PwC interview questions (PricewaterhouseCoopers)]].

    Also for current issues read [[Sarbanes-Oxley Act]] and [[Credit crunch effect on audit]].

    The partner interview is not so competency based. You might get a couple of competency based questions but the purpose really is to understand you personally. It is in many ways the only 'real' interview you get- the rest is just 'assessment'. The partner will be looking to see if you are a decent person, will fit in with the firm, and presentable, responsible and honest enough to be put in front of clients.

    It's all about chemistry but in my opinion a partner interview is easier than a competency based interview. Just relax and be your professional self. Be inquisitive and ask the partner questions about [[PwC]], about their career and their role, that kind of thing. It is more of a chat than an assessment. The partner will have read through your application just before you came in so you will probably have to talk about what you wrote. In my interview, the partner picked up that I was a keen guitarist, and it so turned out he was too, and we talked about that for half the interview!

    And don't fret, it'll be fine!

    Hope this helps!

  • 17 June 2008 - 11:30pm
    • noucamp99

    I have an assessment centre for the undergraduate assurance sector next tuesday, but regarding the partner interview, I'm a bit concerned on what current issues to discuss. First of all does it have to be related to PwC (if the one I choose isnt and they ask me to pick again, I could be struggling!) so any ideas on good issues to discuss would be welcomed.

    I can't help but think of those horrible interviews in the penultimate episode of The Apprentice where they bascally were told they were all useless and had to defend

    also any more general tips on what they are looking for in the partner interview and what style I should adopt in the interview?

  • 3 June 2008 - 11:52am
    • yuris

    Out of curiosity, did you have to sit a [[diagrammatic reasoning]] test?

  • 3 June 2008 - 12:19pm
    • bright_future

    the logic test that I talk about it the diagramatic reasoning test.

  • 3 June 2008 - 11:47am
    • yuris

    Well done! Great post!