Who is PwC?
PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) is the world’s leading professional services company. PwC, based in London, England, is a coordinating entity for the global network of firms. It manages the global brand and develops policies and initiatives to create a common and coordinated approach in areas such as audit, risk, tax, and strategy. Founded in 1998, the company currently operates in more than 150 countries.
PwC is also one of the biggest private sector recruiters in the UK and employs around 24,000 people. It has consecutively been on the top of The Timer 100 Graduate Employer list. Last year alone, PwC recruited approximately 1,200 graduates.
PwC’s Graduate & Intern Recruitment Process
Step 1: Apply online
Once you have decided which area to join, you will need to fill out your application form on PwC’s website and submit your application accordingly. The online application normally does not take more than 30 minutes.
Step 2: Career Unlocked
After submitting your application, you will receive an email inviting you to complete a game-based assessment called career unlocked. During the game-based assessment, you will need to complete nine different assessments, including a numerical reasoning test. The entire assessment typically takes 60 – 70 minutes, and you will need a laptop or a mobile device to complete it. We will explain how to prepare for them in more detail below. If you fail the assessment, you will be informed immediately by email.
Step 3: Career Conversation
Career conversation is the interview stage of PwC, and the company uses the latest digital interviewing technology. During the interview, you will be prompted with ten questions, and, to some of those questions, you will need to record your answers in video format. The interview normally takes 30 – 45 minutes. In order to be successful, you will need to demonstrate your motivation, skills, and knowledge. You should be asked questions about your motivation to apply for PwC, the service line you chose, and your understanding of PwC’s business and recent technologies. You should also be able to explain why you are a good fit for this company or this role.
Step 4: Career Focus Day
This is the last step of the assessment process. It is also known as an assessment centre. Career focus days are now held virtually and typically last for half a day. During the career focus day, you will need to complete a numerical calculation with multiple questions, a report writing assignment, a group discussion exercise, and a one-to-one interview. In order to succeed, you not only need to really understand PwC’s business, what they do and what services they offer, but you also have to understand yourself, your motivation, your skills and what you can bring to this job. It is important to arrange your time well during the assessment and work with other candidates collaboratively.
How to Pass PwC’s Game Based Assessments?
During PWC’s game based assessment, you will see nine different tasks to complete, including a numerical reasoning test.
For numerical reasoning tests in both game-based assessment and career focus day, you can use our Numerical Reasoning Practise Pack to practise. Our questions are designed to give you the sense of a real assessment, and if you need to, you can also start practising from the basic math tests to build up your numerical reasoning. If you can confidently pass our numerical reasoning tests in Group A, you should not worry too much about this part of PwC’s assessment. It is important to remember that if you fail the numerical reasoning part, you will fail the entire assessment.
In terms of other games, they are designed to test your real personality and behaviour, and there is nothing much you can do in advance to prepare for them. However, it is important to remember that you will be tested on your ability to identify emotions by looking at facial expressions, your attention span, resilience, risk appetite and motivation etc.