Prepare for Your PwC Application & Recruitment Process
Are you applying to a PwC graduate programme, internship, or any other position at the company? Want to know what to expect and how to prepare for the recruitment process?
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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the second largest professional services firm in the world and is one of the "Big 4". As such, PwC can be highly selective in the candidates it hires, and it has created a challenging recruitment process to help find the creme de la creme of applicants.
Since spots on PwC’s undergraduate programmes, graduate schemes, and senior managerial jobs are some of the most sought after positions today, the competition for each opening is intense. (You can get a clue of the chances of getting into PwC by looking at the data presented to the right, taken from the official PwC website.)
Therefore, as a candidate, you need to make sure you have a full picture of the application process ahead of you and that you prepare for each stage of the process in advance.
Below we will go through the different assessments you can expect when applying to PwC and offer tips and tailor-made preparation materials that will help you pass the application process with flying colours.
PwC Application ProcessThe recruitment process for PwC varies between candidates depending on the type of job or programme for which they are applying, as well as the level of the position. Therefore, when preparing for the process, make sure to pay close attention to the information you receive from the recruitment team.
The typical application process involves the following stages:
Below we will discuss the basic things all candidates for PwC should be aware of when applying to the company. We will start with the core competencies PwC is looking for in each and every prospective employee. Then, we will move on to the first stage of the recruitment process — the application form. This stage is common for all applicants to PwC and its subsidiary Strategy&.
Later, we will present the next stages of the application process. As the process varies between applicants, we will focus on applicants for the PwC UK graduate programme and internship. To learn about the recruitment process for other job levels, check out our PwC Experienced Hires and School Leavers pages. If you are applying for a position in another country, you might be interested in our PwC Australia or Ireland pages.
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The PwC CompetenciesA main goal of the recruitment process is to assess how well you fit with the key competencies PwC values. Thus, it is important to keep these skills and behaviours in mind throughout all stages of the process and demonstrate them as much as possible. Here are the five core competencies PwC is looking for, which together comprise the company’s professional leadership framework:
Whole leadership - This means leading both yourself and others through your work. You must show yourself to be responsible, authentic, resilient, inclusive, and passionate in your own work.
Business acumen - What you bring to the table is important, and the company is looking for the knowledge and passion to learn about the business as well as for innovative individuals who are fresh thinking in what they create for the company.
Technical capabilities - Delivering quality and highly-valued service is a must with PwC, and, as a candidate, you need to show your willingness to maintain professional standards, expand your technical knowledge and expertise, and share what you have learned with others.
Global acumen - Global companies need an outlook that is larger than life. Broad perspectives, embracing change, and fresh insights are traits the company is looking for in candidates.
Relationships - Good communication skills, maintaining strong and authentic relationships, and the desire to give exceptional service are highly-valued characteristics the company is on the hunt for.
Taken from www.pwc.co.uk/careers
It is therefore necessary to try and incorporate these competencies into all of your answers. By doing so, you will show recruiters that not only do you have the skills needed, but also that you really want to work for the company. On many occasions we have seen that motivation is the deciding factor on whether you actually get the job offer, so make sure to have these competencies in mind every step of the way.
PwC Application FormAll candidates, both novice and experienced, begin their recruitment process by filling out an online application form.
For school leavers, students, and graduates, the application continues at this point. You will need to answer questions about your eligibility for the job and your educational and employment history. You will also be asked to explain why you have chosen this position and career field in 500 words. You may also be given several competency-based questions to answer.
For experienced hires, a well-structured and informative CV should give the company all the information it needs to decide if you have what it is looking for. Be sure to tailor your CV to the job description and make any necessary changes or highlights.
When filling out the form, bear in mind PwC’s core competencies and integrate them in your answers. Be careful not to do it too bluntly, though. PwC wants to get to know you, so use your own language and avoid copy-pasting from its leaflets or website. Before clicking on the send button, go over the entire form and make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. After all, you do not want to lose out on your dream job for something as fixable as that.
Once your application has been submitted, it is reviewed by PwC. If it is approved by the recruiters, you will be informed of the next steps you need to take.
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PwC’s Graduate and Internship Application ProcessAfter passing the online application, students and graduates applying for an internship or a graduate scheme usually need to go through the following stages:
Online TestsMost candidates need to complete one or more psychometric tests provided by CEB’s SHL. These include numerical, verbal, logical, and/or personality tests.
Some candidates will be asked to take numerical and verbal reasoning tests delivered by a different company called cut-e. You can prepare for these tests with our cut-e preparation pack.
If you manage to successfully pass the online tests, you will be invited to the first of two interviews with PwC. This interview is conducted either face-to-face or by telephone depending on the job for which you have applied. It usually lasts about 45 minutes, with candidates for summer internship and work placement programmes having a shorter interview lasting approximately 20 minutes.
The next stage of the recruitment process for graduates and undergraduates is an assessment centre. This includes verification tests for the aptitude tests you previously took. There is also a written communication exercise and a further exercise performed either individually or in a group.
The final stage of any student or graduate recruitment process — the final interview — takes place either at the assessment centre or at an arranged time afterwards. You can expect your interviewer to be either a partner or a director from the business area you are looking to join.
Interviews can be the most nerve-wracking part of the process, but preparation is key to helping you stay calm and focused. With the help of our experts’ guide, you can ensure a stellar performance during your interview. The guide, included in our PwC Interview & Assessment Centre Preparation Pack, offers useful tips and insights as well as recommendations for answering common questions.
Prepare for PwC’s Internship and Graduate Recruitment Process PwC’s undergraduate and graduate schemes are a great way to begin your future career, but getting there can be a real challenge. With the help of JobTestPrep’s preparation packs, you can greatly improve your skills and increase the chances of getting that long-awaited job offer. We offer two packs specifically tailored for applicants to internships and graduate programmes at PwC:
- Our PwC Online Tests Preparation pack provides you with all the resources you need to prepare for your psychometric tests: an extensive amount of online CEB SHL-style practice questions that are specific for student/graduate level, professional personality tests accompanied by a personalised and detailed report, and a rich collection of study guides and video tutorials.
- Our PwC Interviews and Assessment Centre Exercises pack offers detailed guides and other preparation materials to help you pass your interviews and assessment centre exercises at PwC.
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