Over the last few years we’ve introduced PwC Professional Talent Centres (PPTCs) to our recruiting process for certain offices and areas of our business. You can learn more about them on our website here.
Why? We want to ensure that our recruiting process helps you truly identify our culture, provides an opportunity for you to show us your skills beyond your resume (which is statistically more reliable than just talking about them in an interview) and us to assess those elements of a candidate’s performance that are more difficult to assess using interviews alone.
This approach isn’t “new recruitment science” and has been used by organisations in other fields, such as Consulting and Finance, and CPA recruiting in other countries for many years. You’ll therefore be able to find lots of help on the web if you search ‘assessment centres’.
Before you jump on Google though, quickly review these tips from me:
- Be your best authentic self. Smile and project confidence, even when you’re feeling a little nervous
- Get a good night’s sleep and ensure you dress the part as this also helps with confidence
- Listen to all instructions carefully. Ask questions to ensure you understand next steps before proceeding
- When approaching case-based information (such as in our written and group discussion exercises) be sure to consider both the quantitative and qualitative data
- Speak up. If you don’t speak within the group discussion exercise, it makes it challenging for us to assess you, so ensure you get your points across
- If you have a logical reasoning assessment as part of your PPTC, you should practice similar assessments on the web
- Prepare for your Partner interview using the tips I gave in my interview blog
Making it to a PPTC means you’ve demonstrated some key elements of the PwC Professional behaviours we look for. Regardless of how you perform, we’ll provide verbal feedback to everyone who attends a PPTC, so there’s some valuable learning for you from the process.
If you’re coming in to meet us at a PPTC, a special good luck from me to you.