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PWC Partner Interview
A partner interview is, as the name would suggest, an interview with one of the partners at the company you have applied to. At this stage in the recruitment process you will normally have been successful in the first interview and assessment day, and are now being assessed as to whether your personality would be suitable for their company. Due to this, the questions asked at a partner interview will not usually be predetermined, but rather, based around you. As with any interview you should be polite, friendly and confident; the prospective employer has your credentials, you are now showing that you would fit in well with the team they already employ. It is important to be yourself here; the interviewer will have conducted many interviews before yours, and can pick out someone who is faking their responses to come across well.
Some questions based around you could include:
- “Tell me about your internship, with reference to any highlights or achievements?”
- “Why do you want to work for PWC above our competitors?”
- “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
- “What drove you to get into this sector of business?”
A lot of candidates in the PWC recruitment process have found that their partner interview also consisted of a lot of competency questions. PWC places a lot of importance on the competencies it requires in its employees, and so these are tested thoroughly throughout the recruitment process. Some examples of competency questions (which are explained in an earlier section) include:
- “Tell me about a time you have took the lead on a project”
- “Describe a situation in which you have found a new solution on a project”
- “When do you feel your part in a team helped to finish a task?”
The individual must draw on previous experience, whether that be at work, university, or in their social life, to demonstrate their ability in each competency. This is particularly suited to graduates as they may have little work experience to give their evidence on, but may have situations during education or other work to base their response.
A partner interview can vary in length from 45 minutes to just over 1 hour, depending mainly on how many questions you have for the interviewer at the end. It is important to keep the time in mind; there may be many interviews arranged for the day and so answering the questions they have asked, and not going too much off topic, will ensure you have given them all of the crucial information they want from you. Remember to dress smartly, as with first interviews, and the assessment centre, the way you look can have a bearing on interviewers decisions; they will not want to employ someone to uphold their company name who is scruffy or inappropriately dressed. Although getting this far in the recruitment process is an achievement and due to you having passed the previous stages, it is important not to become arrogant. There will still be other candidates competing with you at this level, and by presuming you have got your foot in the door already you could come across badly to the interviewer. There is no guarantee that the company will employ anyone from the pool of people they are interviewing, and you could still be out of the competition at this late stage if the prospective employer takes a dislike to you. At the end of the interview the interviewer should ask you if you have any questions; take this time to carefully go through anything that you do not understand that may have come up in the interview. Preparing yourself beforehand with some questions you would like to ask is the best option, as it can be easy to forget when you are under the stress of an interview. Questioning the interviewer on their own feelings about working for the company, or your future role in the company, will show that you are interested in the job. Not only does asking questions make you seem interested, it may actually be the last time you are going to get to ask these questions before you are hopefully offered a job; you need to go into work knowing what is expected of you, rather than being unprepared and looking unprofessional. Try to find out when you will be hearing back from the company on the success of your interview, but do not simply ask if you have gotten the job; and finally be polite when leaving, and thank them for their time, as you do not want to trip up this far into the recruitment.