Hints and tips

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

These assessments help us build a clearer picture of your capabilities and where your strengths lie. 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:

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.

Think about investigating the following sources of information:

  • Our brochures and 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.

Application process


Career Discovery

Try our Career Matching Tool. It takes into account your work preferences to help match you to a suitable business area. When you’ve decided on the area you’d like to apply to, do lots of research. It’s important you’re able to explain why you selected the business area and the value it creates for our clients. If professional qualification study is needed, make sure you understand how much time you may need to invest.

Completing your 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
  • Career Valuation

    Once you’ve applied to a role, your first assessment will be our online Immersive Job Preview Assessment. Often termed as a Situational Judgement Test. You’ll watch video scenarios of what it's like to work with us and be prompted to answer questions that have been designed to help us evaluate your suitability to the role and our company culture.

    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.

    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.

    Career Focus

    The final stage of our recruitment process is an 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.

    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.

    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.