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The assessments you'll complete will depend on the kind of role you apply for

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Whichever opportunity you're applying for, there are some things that you should be thinking about, so we've put together some hints and tips for you.

These assessments help us build a clearer picture of your capabilities and where your strengths lie. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, the PwC professional. The precise details of each stage will vary according to where you want to work, but the focus throughout will be on the qualities you need to do well. Having the right academic results is only part of it.


Things to consider before you get started

We are aware that there are providers selling guidance and assistance on how to complete our recruitment assessments. We have no relationship with and do not endorse any of those providers. Our PwC Careers page offers access to hints and tips on our process, opportunities to sign up to events to find out more and talk to our recruiters. We encourage applicants to use these channels available.

We take candidate professional conduct very seriously. This means we undertake periodic reviews of candidate applications to identify activity we believe undermines the integrity of our recruitment process. This includes, but is not limited to, comparing candidate video interview responses, assessing if transcripts are identical and proactively looking for duplicate accounts across our systems. Where we find evidence of undermining our recruitment processes, you will/may be disqualified from our recruitment process. 

You’re 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 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.

Before you apply

Remember what we're looking for throughout the process, we'll be looking for you to show awareness and evidence of the skills and qualities you need to succeed in our business. Wherever possible, you should be able to demonstrate and highlight how you match our requirements. For more information, please refer to the 'The skills we look for' page.

Do your research

We'll expect you to be able to talk coherently 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. Take a look at our commercial awareness page for more information. If you're applying for a role that will require you to undertake a professional qualification, please make sure you research this fully.

Think about investigating the following sources of information:

  • Our website (careers and corporate)

  • 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 organisational network)

Don't just give them a quick glance. Examine them, understand the issues and keep yourself up to date.


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Application process

Career Uncovered

Try our Career uncovered tool. Explore your own preferences and learn more about our different business areas. This tool will allow you to identify suitable programmes for your current year of study and interests. You can also visit our Myth Busting page to see if your assumptions of PwC are true.

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Application Form

Remember first impressions count so the application form is a major opportunity to sell yourself. Before you complete the form, you should gather accurate details of your academic and employment history including any work experience placements.

While completing the form, remember to:

  • Read and follow instructions carefully
  • Proof read everything you write including checking grammar and spelling
  • Be concise as you can elaborate at interview stage
  • Don't repeat statements you've read in our brochures and the website
  • Don't be vague or lie about your results as we'll check your academics at a later stage in the process

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Career Unlocked

Next stage will be a series of Games-based Psychometric Assessments that measure your cognitive skills and behavioural preferences. We’ll be looking at your numerical and abstract reasoning abilities and natural behavioural preferences. For instance, how you overcome challenges, how you work towards goals and how you make decisions.

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Career Conversation

The penultimate stage of our process is a Video Interview. Here you’ll need to record your response to a range of questions and case studies. They bring to life the range of work we do and what it’s like working here. This is your opportunity to tell us why you're interested in a career with us. You can prepare in advance by thinking about the behaviours and skills we’re looking for by visiting "the skills we look for" page.

The video interviewing platform we use may include automated decision-making by applying an artificial intelligence algorithm. After you’ve recorded your video interview responses, the algorithm evaluates your answers by studying your video responses by using a voice and facial assessment algorithm to provide a fair and objective score recommendation. Applicants with high recommended scores will progress directly to the next stage, whilst the video interviews of all other applicants will be subjected to human review to determine whether they should progress or not. The algorithm has been designed and tested to be objective, and to focus on the things that are important to the particular job role you’ve applied to. It has been, and continues to be, tested for bias related to gender, ethnicity, and age. Find out more on our Career Conversation page. Read more about our use of automated decision-making in our recruitment privacy statement.

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Career Focus

The final stage of our recruitment process is a virtual immersive assessment day we call ‘Career Focus’. It brings together everything you’ve learnt about us so far as an immersive ‘day in the life’ experience. You’ll work in groups and individually, on a variety of case studies that help you learn even more about the work we do.

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