FAQs

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

You are restricted to one application at a time with student recruitment. In addition, we’ll only consider one application from you every six months (i.e. 6 months from the date you submitted your previous application).

For these purposes, the definition of an 'application' includes any roles that you have been made an offer for. Therefore if you have been offered / accepted a role, you cannot apply to another vacancy. Please do take the time to check that you're able to make a new application to us now. Our employees act with honesty and integrity so we expect the same from you. If you already work at PwC, please ensure that you have contacted the student recruitment team to discuss your application before you proceed. We take any attempts to circumvent this policy very seriously.

 

Work experience and events

What work experience opportunities do you offer for students and graduates? 
Please visit our programme 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.

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.

Will you pay travel to attend your events? 
We would reimburse up to £100 in reasonable travel expenses for an assessment day.

Is there a dress code for your events? 
Dress for your day.

We’re looking for sponsorship for our university club or society - how can I contact you?
Take a look at our opportunity challenge page.

What can I apply for

I’m a first year student, what opportunities are available to me? 
Please click on the following to find out more:
Office open events - 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.
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.

I’m a penultimate year student, what opportunities are available to me?
Please click on the following to find out more:
Office open events - 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.
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.

I’m a final year student, what opportunities are available to me?
Please click on the following to find out more:
Office open events - 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, Audit, Consulting, Deals, Risk Assurance, 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.

I am in my second year of a four year course. Am I eligible for the programmes suited for first year students or penultimate year students? 
You can apply to our first year Women in Business roles if you are in your second year of a four year course.

Are all of your programmes open? 
You can search for all open roles on our website. Please note that some do have deadlines, and these may have already passed.

Where can I view opportunities in other countries? 
Take a look at our Global careers site.

Applying

What are the opening dates for your new graduate programmes? 
Each year some of our roles will open as early as July but the majority 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.

Do all of your programmes have deadlines?
No. Some of our roles have deadlines, but most are rolling recruitment.

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. For our programmes that have a deadline associated with them, we review applications on an ongoing basis. However, you'll only find out if you have been successful after the deadline has passed, once all applications have been reviewed. We'd encourage you to manage your time, ensuring you complete the online tests assessments before their specific deadline as advertised on the job description.

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 Actuarial. Please check individual job postings for academic requirement.

I don't meet PwC's minimum academic requirements, can I still apply? 
We’ll need further information from you so we can consider the impact any extenuating circumstances may have had on your grades.

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 applied, before re-applying.If you try to apply again before this date you will receive an error message. We take any attempts to circumvent this policy very seriously.

Do you accept applications from graduates who require work permits?
Yes we do. We welcome applications from candidates who can switch from a Tier 4 (General) Student visa but there are restrictions to some of our business areas and office locations so please visit our work permits page for more information and to see where restrictions apply

Do I need a finance and 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.

I’ve applied to a programme but would like to swap to another one, what should I do?
Please call the helpline on 0808 100 1500 if you’d like to request a transfer.

I have extenuating circumstances, how can I let you know when I apply? 
Please detail all of your circumstances on your application for our screening team to assess.

Application process

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.

I'm concerned I won't be in the country for my interview, what shall I do? 
Please email HCCSStudentRecruitment@uk.pwc.com with your candidate reference number explaining your situation and a member of our team will be in contact with you shortly.

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.

I’m having trouble with my video interview, who can I contact?
Please call our helpline on 0808 100 1500.

What is Career valuation?
There is no need to do any advance preparation for this stage, you’ll be presented with some videos that will give you an idea of what it’s like to work here. Just answer the questions with what you think is the most appropriate response to the situation.

What is Career unlocked? 
This is a game based assessment, you’ll complete a series of behavioural assessments and numerical and abstract reasoning assessments. To help you prepare, remind yourself of the basics of mathematics, with and without using a calculator. Practise calculating percentages, ratios, fractions, currency conversions etc. You can sharpen your logical reasoning ability by doing abstract or shape-based puzzles beforehand.

What is a Career conversation? 
This is a video interview where you’ll record your responses under timed conditions. Consider why you want to join PwC and practice by recording yourself and reviewing your performance. Consider how you delivered your response and the structure of your response, is it clear for reviewer to understand your key points?

What is a Career focus day?
This is our immersive assessment centre where you’ll be working on a project with a group of people and will be managing your own time. If you are successful in reaching this stage, one of our recruitment team will call you to discuss any queries you might have about the day.

When will I hear back about how I’ve done?
We aim to get back to you as soon as possible, for our deadline driven roles, the key dates are advertised on our website. For all other roles, you’ll be able to access feedback on your performance at the online stages.

What to do if you get a technical fault? 
Please contact our recruitment helpdesk via hccsstudentrecruitment@uk.pwc.com. You’ll need to state your candidate ID and for any game based assessment issues, you’ll need your player key.

Before joining

Will I be able to meet other people I am joining with before I start? 
For some roles 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.

I have accepted an offer to join PwC; can I ask to defer my start date? 
At PwC we do consider deferral requests. You will need to submit a strong business case, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you are considering a deferral, we would encourage you to apply at a later date that aligns with your intended start date.

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