Applying to PwC
Taking time to read our advice on our recruitment process will help you perform to the best of your ability.
In preparation for the recruitment process we would encourage you to:
- Think about the criteria that we will be using to assess you, detailed below
- Tailor your CV to PwC. Review our guidelines for writing and submitting your CV to PwC
- Learn more about the activities you'll be participating in if selected for assessment. For example, we use assessment exercises during many of our recruitment processes
- Read our interview advice and think about how to best present your skills and experience at an interview.
Make sure your CV is correct as we will undertake pre employment screening once you accept our offer
Each of the topics discussed at your interview/s will relate to one of our Global Core Competencies (GCCs). These reflect the firm's priorities in terms of how we work in order to meet the needs of our clients. Our recruitment assessments are designed to establish candidates' suitability for not only the role for which they have applied but, also, the firm as a whole. We want to offer candidates not simply jobs but satisfying careers.
When reading through the notes below, consider your personal experience in each of these areas. Ideally, in your interview you should provide recent and relevant examples which will give the interviewer an insight into your particular abilities and/or achievements in each area.
Enhance value through quality
- Demonstrate courage and integrity
- Be open minded, agile with change and practical
- Acquire and apply commercial and technical expertise
- Manage projects and economics
We put ourselves in each other's shoes
- Develop self and others through coaching
- Communicate with impact and empathy
Share and collaborate
- Be curious: learn, share and innovate
- Lead and contribute to team success
Invest in relationships
- Be passionate about client service
- Build and sustain relationships
Demonstrate courage and integrity
- Honesty and integrity are core to our business and therefore we look for these values in our employees.
- We will be looking for evidence of when you have had to adhere to standards or procedures. And, if standards or procedures have been compromised, we would like to hear how you handled this.
- We will be asking you about a time when you have challenged a colleague or addressed a problem at work.
Acquire and apply commercial and technical expertise
- At PwC we value our partners' and staff's ability to develop and apply a high level of technical/professional skills and knowledge. We also encourage all to stay current with business and industry trends.
- Additional guidance regarding the specific commercial and technical expertise required for each role can be found in each vacancy's job descriptions.
Manage projects and economics
- Delivering work to high quality standards is essential to PwC. We will be asking you to tell us about how you have managed your workload.
- We would like to hear about the resources you use, e.g. managing your time, making use of research tools, acquiring and applying other people's input, controlling budgets.
- Think about examples of how you have planned to work on particular projects; what you have done to meet deadlines and how you have managed difficulties or barriers in the process.
- We will be assessing how you have worked with conflicting priorities on different projects - how did you manage your time? How did you work out the conflicts?
Be open minded, agile with change and practical
- Business and client needs often shift. We need to keep up with these changes to requirements, direction or focus, whilst maintaining our high standards and delivering quality work.
- We will ask you about when you have had to deal with changing priorities/workloads and how you dealt with this.
- Think about examples of how you have adapted your approach to new or changing requirements, processes or environments.
Develop self and others through coaching
- We place a strong emphasis on personal development for all of our people.
- We would like to hear how you have reflected on your past performances, identified your personal strengths as well as areas where you have room to improve.
- We would also like to hear about how you have contributed to others' development, for example by providing them with honest, fair and constructive feedback or helping them to build development plans.
Communicate with impact and empathy
- Being able to communicate clearly and articulately is a vital skill for all our people. So too are listening and influencing skills.
- We will be assessing your ability to express yourself fluently and persuasively; to respond in a considered way to questions asked.
- We will be asking you about how you adapt your communication style to suit different audiences; when have you done this and what was the outcome?
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 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.
Lead and contribute to team success
- Teamwork and collaboration are prioritised at PwC. Our success is often driven by the ability of our people to work together, to share their knowledge and experience, to offer high quality/innovative solutions to our clients.
- We will be looking for evidence of where you have worked in teams and contributed to your team's success.
- Consider how you have worked in different teams, how you have adapted your approach or style in different environments, with different people. Clarify how your contribution added to the focus and success of various teams.
- We may also ask you about occasions when you have lead a team or project and how you motivated the team.
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.
- Prepare to discuss your knowledge of specific PwC clients, their businesses and operating environments (past and present). Based on these factors, consider what the future may hold for them and what PwC could contribute to their success.
Build and sustain relationships
- Building relationships through rich internal and external networks is essential for proposing effective solutions for our clients. We will be asking you to tell us about how you build and maintain your existing relationships at work or other activities you are currently involved with.
- We will be assessing you on how you've utilised your professional contacts to achieve a commercial objective, and how you went about doing this.
Do you need sponsorship to work in the UK?
UK government's interim migrant limit
On 19 July 2010, the UK Government introduced a temporary limit on the number of migrant workers coming into the UK from outside the EU. This interim limit applies until 31 March 2011 when a permanent limit will be set by the UK Government. PwC, along with all other employers, is subject to such a limit. This may prevent PwC from being able to sponsor your Certificate of Sponsorship if PwC has already reached the limit it is set by the UK Government.