Selection process

Our selection process is based on getting to know you through your application form, interviews with our colleagues and our selection events. We help you to do your best from the very first step and to shine. Learn more about stages of the selection process, and consider our winning tips.

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Research

1) Learn more about PwC

To be the best-prepared candidate you need to acquire some knowledge about the firm. At each stage of our recruitment process, we'll expect you to speak clearly and confidently about PwC and the business world in general. The more you know about these things, the more prepared you'll be - so you'll have to get researching.

2) Where do you fit in?

Your opportunity of a lifetime can take many directions with us. Upon applying, we want the opportunity you choose to be the best fit for you. We understand the importance of this decision, and we provide you help to explore your opportunities and find the best place for you. Visit our 'Where do you fit in' page, and find out where you best fit  in.

3) Meet us

Are you looking to connect with PwC? Have a question? At PwC, we believe that building relationships is key to everyone's success, so we've made the first step to establishing those relationships an easy one. Visit 'Our events' page to connect with our colleagues to get to know us. And discover how a career with PwC will benefit you for life.

Online application

Remember, first impressions count. The application form is a major opportunity to sell yourself. Get prepared and take the time to complete it properly. You will be asked to add the following data and information: your personal details (e.g name, contact details, phone number) your qualification, language skills. You will also be asked to upload your CV(s). Also there might be some questions you will be expected to answer. This is the opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd. Do you best when answering these questions. Please make sure you’ve supplied us with full and accurate information. Due to high interest and to the volumes of applications we receive near the deadline we encourage you to submit your application early.

Online test

You will be asked to complete two online tests, these tests help determine your numerical and logical reasoning ability. These tests are an important part of your application, and will help us to get a better understanding of your skills and competencies. You should ensure that you have about 60 minutes available to complete both tests and ensure, as much as possible, that you will not be interrupted or disturbed. You may need a calculator and some scratch paper to hand to answer the questions. You can complete it later by logging in to your account. You will be given the opportunity to read instructions and take a practice test before taking the real test. If you close your browser or interrupt an already started testing session, you will not able you to return and complete the interrupted tests. You will also not be able to launch the test again. You need to contact our recruiters in your country for help.

Test results will be presented to you at further stages of our recruitment process. If you are successful we might invite you to retake the testing session to confirm your results under our supervision at a PwC office.

Would you like to make a try? Click here to launch the sample numerical reasoning test and the sample logical reasoning test.

Interview

You will attend a one-to-one interview which provides you with the opportunity to display the qualities that paper can't do justice to. We're looking for you to provide us with evidence of the skills we are seeking as well as reassuring us that you've thought carefully about your career choice. You need to be able to demonstrate that you have a clear interest in the business world and PwC.

Assessment Center

After a successful interview you will be invited to an Assessment Centre. The assessment centre is usually a full-day selection event consisting of group and individual exercise, situation exercises, interviews and tests. It probably sounds like a lot, and tiring, but it is a great opportunity for you to show a wide range of your best skills, your motivation and also to meet our colleagues. The final interview (which can be on the same day as the assessment center) is a face-to-face interview with a senior (experienced) colleague, usually a partner or director, from the business area you want to join. This interview allows you to demonstrate further your skills and motivation, and also to better understand life at PwC.

Offer

You shouldn't have to wait too long. We'll let you know whether we'd like to make you an offer as soon after the final interview as possible. Before your start date you may find it useful to come back for a visit. This will allow you to have a more personalised, informal chat about what to expect once you join and take a look round the office.


What we look for

It's important to us that you are adequately informed about the format and competencies against which you'll be assessed in your interview. This will allow you to perform to the best of your ability. At PwC all our people are required to demonstrate certain core skills, which we refer to as our 'global core competencies'. These are assessed throughout the application process, and candidates should make themselves aware of these, and how their own experiences may demonstrate each competency.

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Communicate with Impact and Empathy

Being able to communicate and listen effectively to others is vital at PwC. You'll need to be a confident communicator, able to get your point across and be just as happy listening to other people's ideas and opinions. We will be looking for people who can express themselves clearly, both in conversation and on paper. We will be interested in hearing about times when you have presented to an audience, or written a document that made good things happen.

Sample question: Tell me about an occasion when you have had to persuade others around to your way of thinking.

Acquire and Apply Commercial and Technical Expertise

PwC is passionate about providing our clients with services that contribute to their business success. You will be continually building on your commercial and technical expertise at PwC. This includes your ability to build relationships and empathize with clients - truly putting yourself in their shoes and understanding their business and needs. This means we'll want to know that you're the kind of person who does their research and who can review or evaluate an experience to work out what you learned, and how you apply that learning. You could find out more about our different business areas, and how you could add value to them. Due to the ever changing business environment it is also important to keep up to date with the latest business and relevant industry trends. 

Sample question: What do you do on an ongoing basis to stay up to date in your area of work/specialisation?

Be Open Minded, Agile with Change and Practical

Our business and client needs are constantly changing and that means we have to adapt our work structures and processes, while maintaining 100% commitment to delivering high quality work. You are also encouraged to actively seek opportunities to work on projects or in teams in other areas of the business. We are looking for people who can think on their feet and adjust to lots of different situations – without compromising on standards.

Sample question: Please, give an example of when you have had to adopt a new way of working that was different from your preferred approach?

Demonstrate Courage and Integrity

We believe in acting with integrity in everything we do. This means upholding the best standards, adopting the right procedures and maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality. And if something is not right, we're not afraid to say so. That's why we are looking for the kind of person who is always professional and isn't afraid to speak their mind. We need people who can gain clear agreement and commitment from others through persuasion and negotiation; and most importantly, take responsibility for their actions.

Sample questions: Can you think of a situation when you have acted in a responsible manner, adhered to standards or procedures, maintained confidentiality and displayed professional attitude and appearance?

Lead and Contribute to Team Success

Striving for excellence through working as part of successful teams is key to our work. We will be looking for evidence of where you have worked in teams and contributed to your team's success. 

Sample question: Please, give an example of when you have worked as part of a team.

Manage Projects and Economics

Delivering work to high quality standards is essential to success in any role at PwC. We encourage staff to take responsibility to deliver results and solutions to our clients. We will be asking you to tell us about how you have managed your workload and utilised appropriate resources to meet deadlines.

Sample question: Please, give an example of when you have been working towards a deadline when the requirement changed.

Be Curious: Learn, Share and Innovate

At PwC, we value people who are able to take advantage of learning opportunities and share learning with their colleagues. We also encourage staff to use new information in novel ways, to think creatively about how we can improve the way we work. We will be looking for you to provide evidence of where you’ve demonstrated these skills in the past.

Sample question: Have you identified something that could be done better and taken steps to improve it?

Be Passionate about Client Service

PwC is passionate about providing our clients with exceptional services that contribute to their business success. We will be assessing your understanding of the services we provide and how we help to deliver business success for our clients.

Sample question: Please, tell me about any legislative standards affecting the Audit or Tax or Advisory sector that you are aware of.

Build and Sustain Relationships

Building relationships through rich internal and external networks helps us to propose effective solutions for our clients.

Sample question: How do you build and maintain your existing relationships at university, work or in other activities that you are currently involved with.

Develop Self and Others through Coaching

We place a strong emphasis on personal development, and on assisting others to develop. We are looking for people who can reflect on their past performances and recognize their own individual strengths and development needs, and who are also able to provide feedback fairly and constructively to others.

Sample question: Tell me about a time when you have set yourself personal development objectives.



Winning tips

Whichever opportunity you're applying for, there are some things that you should be thinking about so we've put together some hints and tips for you.

Remember what we're looking for

Throughout the process, we'll be looking for you to show awareness and evidence of the skills and qualities you need to succeed in our business. Wherever possible, you should be able to demonstrate and highlight how you match our requirements. For more information, please check the "What we look for" section on this page.

Do your research

We'll expect you to be able to talk coherently and confidently about PwC, the position you're applying for, the business world in general and yourself. The more you know about these things, the more prepared you'll be, so you need to have start researching.

Think about investigating the following sources of information:

  • Our website (careers and corporate)
  • The business media (press, television, internet)
  • Anyone you know who works for PwC (or a similar firm)

Don't just give them a quick glance the day before your interview. Examine them, understand the issues and keep yourself up to date.

Completing your application form

Remember first impressions count so the application form is a major opportunity to sell yourself. Before you complete the form, you may find it useful to gather accurate details of your university education and your work experience (if you have any). While completing the form, remember to:

  • Read and follow instructions carefully.
  • Proof read everything you write including checking grammar and spelling.
  • Be concise as you can elaborate at the interview.
  • Make sure you add full and accurate information as we will check it at a later stage in the process.

Online tests

These tests help to determine your numerical and logical reasoning ability.

  • You can practise taking the tests before you sit the real ones. Click here to launch sample numerical reasoning test or sample logical reasoning test.
  • The ability tests will be timed and you should work as quickly and accurately through the questions you're presented with.
  • Ensure you read each question carefully and that you understand what's required.
  • You should ensure that you have about 60 minutes available to complete both tests and ensure, as much as possible, that you will not be interrupted or disturbed.
  • You are asked to complete both tests on your own without any help, as we might ask you at a later stage of the selection process to complete both test again.

Interviews

Get prepared

Interviews can be nerve wracking, but the more prepared you are the more relaxed you should feel.

  • Do thorough research prior.
  • The key to a successful job interview is a sound presentation. So begin with yourself – a self-assessment. Analyze your:
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Academic performance
    • Career interests
    • Personal goals
    • Work experience
    • Special skills
  • Be prepared to express your qualifications in an organized, logical and convincing manner. Know how your qualifications can benefit the employer.
  • Be prepared to tell an employer why you should be hired. With many applicants for the same job, the pressure is on you to convince the interviewer that, of all those interviewed, you are one of the best candidates. If you are not prepared to tell the employer why you should be hired, then do not expect to be hired.
  • You do not have to know everything about the company, but you should have enough information to carry on an intelligent conversation. Otherwise the interviewer may wonder about your initiative or sincerity in selecting the company for possible employment.
  • There are various types of interviews, ranging from the seemingly casual to the highly structured. The typical interview consists of a brief introduction, a review of your background and qualifications, a discussion matching your interests with those of the employer, exploring required competencies of yours, and a brief wrap-up or close.
  • Your ability to market the product, “YOU” – your education, experience and potential – is in direct proportion to your level of preparation. If you don’t prepare, your interview is probably doomed to fail. Any reasonably good interviewer can immediately spot an ill-prepared job applicant. This need not and certainly should not, happen to you. With the type of competition you will face, it is your responsibility to convince the employer that you are qualified.

During the interview

  • It's extremely important that you're not late so aim to get there in good time. If you're delayed, try to call ahead to warn us.
  • Prepare what you're going to wear beforehand - if in doubt, dress conservatively.
  • Be sure you know the interviewer’s name.
  • Be truthful and concise, answer the exact questions asked and don't ramble about irrelevant things.
  • Act natural and be yourself. Do not try to role play.
  • Do not hesitate to ask your question(s) if you have any.
  • Be completely honest. It’s better to deal with a potential problem immediately, in a straightforward manner, than to have it become a major issue later in the interview.
  • Your objective is to get a job, during the entire interview, always keep this primary objective foremost in your mind.
  • At the end of your interview, thank your interviewer.

Assessment Center

  • Prepare what you're going to wear beforehand - if in doubt, dress conservatively.
  • All materials required such as paper and pens will be provided for you.
  • Make sure you bring all necessary additions e.g. reading glasses.
  • You'll participate in either a group discussion or individual exercise so ensure that you speak clearly so that the assessors can hear you.
  • There'll probably be at least one and up to 11 other participants attending the same assessment day. Remember you're not in competition with them but rather are being judged on your own, individual merits.
  • It is equally important to show your individuals skill and your ability to work in a team.
  • Act natural and be yourself. Do not try to role play.
  • At each stage, remind yourself of the qualities we'll be looking for opportunities to assess.

Don't just give them a quick glance the day before your interview. Examine them, understand the issues and keep yourself up to date.