Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the questions we get asked most frequently.

What are the opening dates for your new graduate programmes?

Most of our jobs each year open in September. We recommend you keep a regular eye on our careers page and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to see our latest and upcoming vacancies to get your application in early.

What are your application deadlines?

Deadlines do apply in some areas so check our business area pages and our application timetable carefully. We advise you aim to get your application in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What are your entry requirements?

Most of our graduate programmes require a 2.1 degree but for some roles we also require some Ucas points. Such as Economics Consulting, Strategy Consulting and Actuarial.

What work experience opportunities do you offer for students and graduates?

Please visit our Internship and Work placement pages to see all the opportunities we offer. It’s a great way to experience work and life at PwC and gain valuable insight into our business and culture.

I don't meet PwC's minimum academic requirements, can I still apply?

Unfortunately, if you don’t meet our required academics then your application will not be considered. However, if you feel that you have extenuating circumstances then please let us know.

Click here to read more about our 'Outstanding Achievement' entry route.

If my previous application wasn't successful, how long do I have to wait before I can re-apply?

You’ll have to wait 6 months from the date you originally before re-applying.

Do you accept applications from graduates who require work permits?

Yes we do. We welcome applications from all candidates but there are restrictions to some areas of our business so please visit our work permits page for more information and to see where restrictions apply

As part of my course I want to do a business placement, does PwC offer these?

Please click on the following to find out more: 

Work placements – Get first-hand experience of our business on one of our work placement programmes. You’ll soak up complex business information and you’ll boost your commercial awareness, interpersonal skills, and self-confidence. You'll also develop a genuine understanding of what we do and how we do it and you'll discover whether PwC and the type of work you could take on with us is right for you.

Do I need a finance & accounting background to apply for PwC?

Not at all, we welcome students from all degree disciplines. It doesn’t matter what degree you’re studying for – in fact most of our business areas accepts students from any disciplines. But you must have a good academic record and be able to show how you’ve used your initiative and team-working skills before and at university.

I graduated a few years ago; can I still apply for a graduate position?

Yes of course, we welcome all students from all backgrounds. What’s important to us is a good academic record and your ability to show us how you’ve used you initiative and team – working skills to align with the PwC Professional.

What's the application process and how long does the process take?

Please click here to see our application process. After submitting your application we’ll aim to get back to you within five working days – timings vary between business areas though, so check our website for details.

Can I practice psychometric testing?

If you’re invited to sit our online test then you’ll also be sent a link to a practice test to complete. You can read more about psychometric testing on our Assessment at PwC page.

I'm concerned I won't be in the country for my interview, what shall I do?

Please email hccustomerservices.applicationmanagement@uk.pwc.com with your username explaining your situation and a member of our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Will I be able to meet other people I am joining with before I start?

There'll be a joining event arranged in your region or business area prior to joining. We also have an application on Facebook where you can chat to other people in the same position as you.

Can I come in to shadow for a day before I start?

There are opportunities for you to come and meet us before you join but this would be dependent on the office or business unit. Your local recruiter will be able to provide further details.

 What opportunities are available to me?

Please click on the following to find out more:

Career open day - You'll spend a day in one of our offices across the UK, discovering what we do, how, why and where we do it, and who we do it for.

Talent academy - Lasting two days, this programme gives your career a jump start. You’ll spend time in the company of like-minded peers, learn from top professional business advisers and recruiters, and get the kind of preparation for the world of work that’s available only to the most talented and ambitious.

Women in business - During this paid placement, you’ll shadow one of our female leaders as part of a one week experience and gain an insight into the opportunities available at PwC.

 What opportunities are available to me?

Please click on the following to find out more: 

Career open day - You'll spend a day in one of our offices across the UK, discovering what we do, how, why and where we do it, and who we do it for. 

Talent academy - Available if your on a four year degree programme, this programme gives your career a jump start. You’ll spend time in the company of like-minded peers, learn from top professional business advisers and recruiters, and get the kind of preparation for the world of work that’s available only to the most talented and ambitious. 

Summer internships - Build your skills and confidence by working alongside specialists in your chosen business during the summer. You'll get a real taste of life at the heart of PwC, working alongside graduate trainees and experienced professionals on live and interesting client projects. You’ll be doing real work on real clients so be prepared to get stuck in. 

Women in business - During this paid placement, you’ll shadow one of our female leaders as part of a one week experience and gain an insight into the opportunities available at PwC.

 What opportunities are available to me?

Please click on the following to find out more:

Career open day - You'll spend a day in one of our offices across the UK, discovering what we do, how, why and where we do it, and who we do it for. 

Graduate jobs - Be part of the world’s leading professional services network and enjoy the benefits that come with that. We had a wide range of opportunities in Actuarial, Assurance, Consulting, Deals, Tax and Technology.

Women in business - During this paid placement, you’ll shadow one of our female leaders as part of a one week experience and gain an insight into the opportunities available at PwC.

How should I prepare for the assessments?

  • Ahead of your assessment session we'll send you information on where and when your assessment will take place, as well as how you can prepare so read this carefully.
  • For the ability tests, use practice materials to improve your skills and understanding of the task. As well as the materials you can find on our hints & tips page , you can find additional practice materials online (for example at: www.psychtesting.org.ukwww.shldirect.com and www.savilleconsulting.com). If you have limited internet access, most bookshops and libraries stock books that contain practice tests. Your University careers centre may also be able to offer you practice materials
  • Find opportunities to put the skills to be assessed into practice. For instance, if you're taking a numerical test, use everyday activities like shopping trips or reading a financial newspaper to test your numerical understanding and practise calculations
  • Tell us in advance if you're not clear about the assessment process or have any concerns
  • If you have a disability or learning difficulty such as dyslexia, a medical condition or individual need that may affect your performance, we would welcome an opportunity to discuss our recruitment process with you. Please tell us in advance of the session so we have time to make the most appropriate arrangements for you
  • Let us know as soon as possible if you can't attend for any reason
  • Get a good night's sleep before the session
  • If you need reading glasses or a hearing aid, remember to take these with you to the assessment session
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the session punctually

What happens during the ability testing session?

A certified Test Administrator manages each assessment session and will tell you clearly what to do and how to do it. We do everything we can to make all our candidates' assessment experiences professional and fair. Please help us by being considerate of other candidates, including respecting their privacy and confidentiality.

  • If you have a mobile phone with you, turn it off before the test session starts
  • Pay attention to test instructions
  • Make sure you have understood a question or a task before responding
  • Many tests have strict time limits. If you're being timed, try to work through questions quickly but accurately

Do you use negative marking for the tests?

Each assessment has its own scoring system. During the introduction to the test we'll explain the best way to answer.

For most ability tests, your accuracy can be checked. We advise working quickly and accurately. If you're unsure of an answer, mark your best choice and avoid wild or random guesses. Your 'best choice' is when you have narrowed the answer down to one probable answer or two likely answers, and then select one of them. Wild guessing is when you cannot decide which of the multiple-choice answers is correct and randomly pick one.

Is there a pass mark for the test?

Before using any assessment tool, we work out what level of achievement indicates that a candidate has the potential to do a specific job successfully.

We'll compare your results with the level of skill needed by the role you've applied for; and with those of candidates who have a similar educational background and have previously applied to similar roles.

Does it matter what order I answer the questions?

Sometimes the questions in a test become progressively more complex, but not always. It's best to listen closely to the instructions given at the assessment session. Usually the best strategy is to work through all questions in order, and as quickly and accurately as you can.

Am I expected to finish the test?

Some people will complete an ability test in the time allowed, others won't. Don't be too concerned if you can't finish all the questions. We score on the number of correct answers given in the time allowed, so just work as quickly and accurately as you can.

Will you tell me how I did?

Yes, we'll inform you of your result along with feedback on the rest of your application. This will be once a recruitment decision has been made.

Can I use a calculator during my numerical test?

You can use a calculator in many of our numerical ability tests. We'll let you know in advance if you'll be allowed to use one and the Test Administrator will let you know again at the start of the session. If you are allowed to use a calculator, we'll provide you with one. Or, if you prefer, you can bring your own.

In every case, the rules of your testing session will be the same for all other candidates applying for the same role.

I have substantial experience/qualifications for the role I applied for. Why do I need to take tests as well?

The assessment tools give us extra information on particular areas like reasoning ability or the quality of your team working skills. It's difficult to assess these skills objectively from other parts of the selection procedure.

Each assessment focuses on a specific, job-relevant skill. People who have little experience of a particular job may well be very capable of doing that job, and the test gives them the chance to prove it. All candidates for a role complete the same assessment exercises which means we can compare them fairly and objectively.

Can I fail the tests? And if so, what effect will this have on my chance of getting a role?

It is possible to fail the tests. Before using any assessment tool, we work out what level of achievement indicates that a candidate has the potential to do a specific job successfully. As such, if you fail to meet any of the criteria, at any stage of the recruitment process, your application will not progress any further.

What are your commitments to candidates completing the assessments?

We're committed to the fair and ethical use of assessment tools and provide information to help you understand why and how we use them in our recruitment process. We've also prepared a detailed statement of our commitment to all candidates.