Firstly, a massive congratulations! Securing an interview is incredibly competitive. You’re over one of the biggest hurdles, but how do you ensure you do well and get a good feeling of our culture as you come through?
It’s critical that you’re yourself. On paper you look awesome, so now we want to spend more time getting to know you better. This is also your opportunity to get to know us even better too.
Cultural fit is key and if you pretend to be something you’re not, that won’t be an authentic interview or a good fit for you. We don’t look for one specific type of person, so embrace who you are and be passionate in articulating that to us.
Try to smile and enjoy the experience, this will help you project confidence – as will dressing the part.
As I mentioned, there’s no one ‘fit’ for PwC. However, we will look for your strengths against the PwC Professional dimensions, against which everyone at PwC demonstrates and develops. You should spend some time reviewing this on our website and think about which examples you can use from your university, work experiences, sports, societies and volunteering experiences.
Remember to pick from a range of examples so you’re not constantly using the same experience to answer questions.
Are you a STAR?:
For behavioural interview questions, answer these questions as fully as you can:
- Tell us about the Situation first.
- Then tell us about the Task.
- Follow this with the Actions you took.
- Finally, tell us about the Result of your actions.
We’ll also be looking for you to demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the area of our business to which you applied and your knowledge of what you’d do on a day-to-day basis with us. Our ‘What we do pages ’ are great for this, as is the job description and your prior interactions with us.
If the role includes completing the CPA either immediately or at a later date, you should know your pathway and what this looks like.
Ask us questions
One of the worst things you can do in an interview is not ask any questions.
First and foremost, it’s your opportunity to gain more detailed information from your interviewer’s personal experience. This helps you further assess us and our culture.
Secondly, asking some pertinent questions targeted to things you’ve read lets you demonstrate additional research and passion for us, whilst gaining your interviewer's point of view on this too.
Good luck from everyone at PwC.