Diversity at PwC

We're committed to making reasonable changes to our recruitment process where necessary to provide equal opportunity for people with a disability. Changes for this purpose are commonly referred to as reasonable adjustments. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process, please contact us to discuss this further.

Remember what we're looking for

Throughout our recruitment process we'll be looking at your ability to demonstrate and exemplify the skills and competencies that will help you succeed in our business.

Do your research

At each stage of our recruitment process, we'll expect you to speak clearly 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'll have to get researching.

Think about investigating the following sources of information:

  • Our careers and corporate website
  • The financial media (press, television, internet)
  • Relevant professional bodies (especially if they offer a qualification you're interested in pursuing)
  • Anyone you know who works for PwC (or a similar firm)
  • Remember to research well before your interview, understand the issues and keep yourself up-to-date.

Your online application form

Remember, first impressions count. The application form is a major opportunity to sell yourself. Before you complete the form, gather the things you'll need to help you prepare:

  • Full and accurate details of your university courses and exam results
  • Secondary education exam results
  • Details of any work experience and employment you've had
  • Your preferences for where you'd like to work

Then, while you're completing the form, remember the following:

  • Read and follow instructions carefully
  • Proof read everything you write
  • Check your grammar and spelling
  • Be concise - you can elaborate at your interview
  • Keep it real - don't just repeat statements you've read in our brochures and website
  • Be honest about your achievements - these will be checked later in the process.

Your resume

Your resume should include:

  • Full Name (include preferred name)
  • Contact Details (mobile, home address & email)
  • Citizen Status
  • Education (GPA / average mark, all degrees and majors, institution / high school, start / end date, achievements)
  • Work Experience (job title, organisation, start / end date, responsibilities, achievements)
  • Hobbies / Extracurricular Activities
  • Languages
  • Any other skills or achievements which might be relevant to the role you are applying for
  • 1-2 referees, but it's fine to put "available on request".

Online competency and ability tests

These online tests help to determine your numerical and verbal reasoning ability. Don't worry, they're nothing to be afraid of.

  • Make sure you get plenty of practice by visiting www.shl.com for sample tests and example questions.
  • The test will be timed and you should work as quickly and accurately through the questions you're presented.
  • Read each question carefully and make sure you understand what's required before committing yourself to an answer, especially where multiple choice answers appear similar.
  • We also recommend you take these tests in a quiet environment; free of disruptions such as telephone calls, etc.

The assessment centre

Take confidence in the fact that you've got this far, keep the following in mind and prepare yourself accordingly:

  • All the materials you'll need (e.g. papers, pencils, erasers) will be provided for you. A calculator will be provided to you during the numerical reasoning exercise.
  • Make sure you bring everything else you need such as reading glasses, inhaler, and prescribed medication.
  • If you feel nervous before any of the events during the assessment day, briefly concentrate on breathing deeply and slowly. This helps calm your nerves.
  • In some offices you'll have a face-to-face interview on the day. Read below for some tips on interviewing.
  • Throughout the day you'll participate in either a group discussion or individual exercise, depending on the office you apply to, so ensure that you speak clearly and audibly so that the assessors can hear you.
  • There will probably be at least one, and up to 30 other participants at your assessment centre. Be yourself. You'll be assessed on our competencies, not against the other participants.

The face-to-face interview

Interviews are an important part of the recruitment process, and the more prepared you are, the more relaxed you'll feel. In getting ready for the day:

  • Remind yourself of the things you've done that can help you demonstrate the skills and qualities we've listed.
  • Think about the questions you're likely to be asked, and what your responses may be.
  • Come up with questions you want to ask in the interview.
  • Prepare what you're going to wear. If in doubt, dress conservatively.
  • Make sure you know how to get there and how long it takes.

Remember, we're also looking to find out:

  • Why you want to join PwC
  • What you understand about the work we do
  • What you think about the opportunity you've chosen.

The day of your interview

It's extremely important that you're not late, so aim to get there in good time. If you're delayed contact us. You may want to bring a copy of your interview invitation, along with directions on how to get there. Allowing plenty of time to get to the interview will reduce the chance of you getting stressed before the interview. When you arrive, take a few minutes to relax and prepare yourself for the interview ahead.

When you enter the interview:

  • Smile and be positive
  • Engage in eye contact with your interviewer
  • Sit up straight
  • Try to relax and breathe normally
  • Please turn off your mobile phone.

During the interview

Be honest and to the point, answer the questions that you're asked and keep the conversation relevant. Our interviewers are likely to ask a list of questions in relation to our competencies such as:

  • What do you know about our business?
  • Why have you decided to apply to us?
  • Are there any issues or current affairs that interest you?
  • What has been your biggest accomplishment?
  • When have you worked in teams?
  • How are you able to juggle your commitments?

We're not expecting you to be perfect, but preparing for some of these questions will certainly help you to feel confident that you've given it your best shot.