Applying

What you need to do to get started on your opportunity of a lifetime

 

 

Applying with us

Technology, inclusion and innovation are at the forefront of our application process because they’re important to us. We’ve dared to reimagine the possible and challenge the status quo of traditional campus recruiting. Yes, our approach to hiring students is different from that used by many of our competitors. And we’re proud of it.

We’re all about harnessing the power of technology and using it to work more conveniently and collaboratively. Being digitally savvy allows us to provide great solutions for our clients. We’ve used technology to make our application process seamless and convenient—saving you time and providing you more flexibility.

It’s important to us that everyone who applies to PwC has an equal playing field. Our online application platform allows us to evaluate more applications in more detail than before, and our online assessments provide even more objectivity into the process. We know that each candidate has a different path and varying experiences, and we want to give each of you an equal opportunity to succeed. At different stages of the process, you’ll have a chance to show and tell us what you’re capable of and passionate about.

We can’t wait to get to know you and see what you bring to the table.

 

 

 

 

The process

Online application

First, you’ll complete an online application and upload your resume or CACEE form and transcript. No cover letter is required. We’re hiring for potential based on your performance in the next few steps, so everyone who completes this first step is invited to the second step of our process.

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Online assessments

The second step involves completing online assessments. Once your application has been submitted, you’ll have 48 hours to complete three online assessments: logical reasoning, numerical reasoning and a work style preference questionnaire. These assessments help us understand your natural abilities and how you like to work in relation to our purpose, values and the five dimensions of our leadership development framework: the PwC Professional. To progress, it’s important you do well in these assessments. Block out an hour, find a quiet room and have a pen, paper and calculator on hand. After you’ve completed the three assessments, we’ll notify you in real time if you’re moving to the next stage. There’s more information on our online assessments.

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On-demand video interview

Get ready to smile for the camera! Following your successful completion of the online assessments, you’ll have 48 hours to complete your on-demand video interview. This is a unique opportunity to bring your application to life and tell us more about yourself and what you’re looking for in your career. We’ll ask you a few questions that will help us get to know you better. You can choose the time and place to complete your on-demand video interview. There’s more information and tips for the on-demand video interview.

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In-person live interview

Get excited! This is the final step in the process before receiving your PwC offer. If you’ve wowed us with your on-demand video interview you’ll hear from us congratulating you on making it to this final round and letting you know how to book your interview time. Interviews usually take place at one of our offices and are as much about us getting to know you as they are about you getting to know us. Here are some interview tips. If you’re applying to a Consulting or Technology role you’ll also be asked to complete a group case exercise on the day of your interview.

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Celebrate

Congratulations—if you’ve wowed us throughout the process, you’ll receive an offer to join our team!

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Preparation

While a technical skill set is an element of what we look for in candidates, we also look for soft skills like being able to collaborate with people who are different from you and communicate clearly. We’re not looking for one specific type of person. We want to understand how well your working style and values align with ours—just like you want to make sure we’re a good fit for you.

Here are some general tips as you prepare to apply:

  • Research PwC and the line of business you’re applying to on our website. Understand our purpose and our values and think about how these align with your own.
  • Think about why you want to work with us and what you hope to achieve in the early stages of your career.
  • Check out our social channels to get a feel for our culture and what’s important to us, and sign up for our Campus e-News.
  • Get to know the five dimensions of the PwC Professional and be ready to share your experiences with us so we can understand how you demonstrate those dimensions.
  • Familiarize yourself with news websites to be ready to talk about the business world in general and business stories you find interesting.
  • Attend our information sessions and events on campus or our virtual events so you can ask questions and get to know us more.
  • Practice taking the online assessments before you complete the real ones by visiting www.shldirect.com.

Good luck! We’re excited to see what you can achieve.

 

 

Online application

Our application process starts with an online application. We’ll ask you to provide some personal information and upload your resume or CACEE form and transcript. While you’re completing your online application, make sure you do the following:

  • Review our office locations and roles and apply to the city and area of business that interests you most, since you can only apply once every three months.
  • Follow instructions carefully.
  • Proofread everything—especially your email and postal addresses.
  • Use a personal email address in your application rather than a school email address to make sure you get the message in your inbox rather than a spam folder.

 

 

Online assessments

The online assessment includes three parts and will help us understand how you’ll perform on the job and with your team. Once you submit your online application, you’ll have 48 hours to complete the assessments. Completing practice assessments in advance will give you the best possible chance of success.

 

1. The logical reasoning assessment evaluates your ability to recognize patterns and sequences by looking for connections in visual data.

2. The numerical reasoning assessment is a bit like jumping back into your high school math class, with a twist. This assessment looks at how you work and make decisions with data, including understanding the implications the data presents.

Both of these assessments are timed (20 minutes each) and look at your natural abilities. Here are some tips to give you the best chance of success on these ability assessments:

  • Complete some practice assessments before you take the real ones at shldirect.com.

  • Make sure you’re in a quiet room and have a pen, paper and calculator on hand.

  • Work as quickly and accurately as possible through the questions you’re presented with. Remember, you’ve got 20 minutes to complete each ability assessment.

  • 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.

3. The work style preference assessment looks at your behavioural preferences in relation to a range of aspects of working life. It’s not about your knowledge, skills or abilities—it’s about how you like to do things and the approach you’d take at work (e.g. how you respond to others, tackle problems and deal with emotions).

 


Here are some tips for the work style preference assessment:

  • When answering questions, think about yourself in a typical work situation rather than with friends. If you have no formal work experience, you can think about how you behave in volunteer work, in extracurriculars or at school.

  • Unlike the logical and numerical reasoning assessments, the work style preference questionnaire doesn’t have a time limit. But you should work quickly rather than thinking about each response at length, as this will give the answer that best reflects who you are.

Your assessments will be evaluated in real time. We’ll notify you by email of your next steps so you can focus your time appropriately.

 

 

On-demand video interview

This is a unique opportunity to bring your application to life. You’ll be asked to answer a few questions in video format. Think of this as a virtual cover letter and a way to help us get to know you.

Once you’ve received your invite, you’ll have 48 hours to practice and complete your on-demand video interview. You get to choose the time and place, so you can arrange to respond to the on-demand video interview questions at your convenience. Prepare for this on-demand video interview as you would for an in-person interview, and get familiar with the interface by answering some practice questions.

After your video interview is recorded, our team will review and evaluate it using a standardized set of criteria.

What to expect in this step?

After you’ve applied and completed the online assessments successfully:

  • We’ll send you an email inviting you to our on-demand video interview portal.
  • You’ll have 48 hours to complete the on-demand video interview. The process is desktop and mobile friendly, with apps available for iOS and Android devices.
  • While you’re preparing, check your audio-visual setup and practice with the sample questions.
  • We’ll ask you one question at a time via video and as text at the side of the portal. You’ll have a few moments to prepare your response before your video camera and audio automatically switch on to capture your answer.
  • You’ll have two minutes or less to answer each question. A timer will count down as you record each answer, and you won’t be able to re-record.
  • You’ll be notified onscreen when your session is successfully captured.
  • Once we’ve reviewed your submission, we’ll follow up about next steps.

 

Think of this as a virtual cover letter and a way to help us get to know you.

Preparing for your on-demand video interview

  • Do your research. Find out more about PwC and specifically the job and business area you’ve applied to.

  • Practice. If you’ve never done an on-demand video interview, try recording yourself answering some questions. If you feel nervous, ask friends or family for feedback and suggestions on how to be more natural. You’ll also have an opportunity to try some practice questions in our system. These aren’t the real questions, and we won’t see your answers.

  • Choose a comfortable environment. Check your lighting and background—place a source of light in front of you, and avoid having sources of bright light behind you (such as a window) as this will make it hard for us to see you.

  • Check your internet connection and camera. You’ll need a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone (computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone).

  • Research behavioural interviewing techniques. This includes the STAR (situation, task, action, result) method for answering behavioural interview questions.

  • Get familiar with the system before starting. Log in early to run the system set-up, which will check your camera, connection and microphone and let you know if there’s a problem. Once the system runs the check, you’ll receive a success message. You can then close your browser and come back when you’re ready to start

 

 

Tips for a successful on-demand video interview session

  • Dress appropriately: Business casual is fine. If in doubt, have a look at our people on the PwC Careers website.

  • Stay focused: Turn off your mobile phone if it’s not the device you choose for recording, and remove any other distractions.

  • Speak clearly: Express yourself clearly and concisely.

  • Be specific: You have a limited amount of time to give us your response.

  • Consider how to present yourself: Your body language also says a lot about you.

  • Smile: This will help you relax and be yourself. We understand this process may make you nervous and take that into consideration.
  • Prevent interruptions: Let family or roommates know you’re doing an interview so they don’t come in halfway through.

A video interview marks another step toward a successful application.

 

 

 

In-person live interview

Those with a successful on-demand video interview will be invited to an in-person live interview. This is the final stage of your application and is a chance for us to get to know each other better. Most live interviews for full-time and summer positions will take place at one of our offices.

If you’re applying to a Consulting or Technology role, you’ll also participate in a group case exercise on the day of your in-person live interview. 

What to expect in this step?

  1. We’ll invite you by email to book an in-person live interview, usually via our scheduling tool.
  2. You’ll get an email confirming the time and place of your interview.
  3. Once you’ve met with one of our partners or staff (and completed your group case exercise if you’ve applied to a Consulting or Technology role), we’ll evaluate your performance and advise on next steps.

Preparing for your in-person interview

Prepare for your in-person interview the same way you did for the on-demand video interview, except don’t worry about the tech stuff. You’ll be asked some behavioural questions so be prepared to share some examples using the STAR method. Review the PwC Professional dimensions and think about situations where you’ve demonstrated these traits. We also want to hear your questions and how we can help you in your decision-making process. We want this match to work from both sides.

At the interview remember to:

  • Dress comfortably—business casual is appropriate.
  • Engage in eye contact with your interviewer.

  • Try to relax, smile and breathe normally.

  • Be yourself. Pretending you’re meeting with a friend you haven’t seen in awhile can help put you at ease with your interviewer.

Group case for Consulting and Technology roles

Through this group exercise we’ll observe how you perform when working in a team.

We’ll give you an information package and ask you to come up with solutions to a range of issues. This type of exercise allows you to demonstrate a range of skills rather than just talking about them as you would in an interview. The exercise will last about one hour, and no preparation is required as it’s not evaluating specific academic knowledge but how you work with others to solve a problem.