PwC Management Consulting Internship assessment day

by Mai Le | Nov 4, 2021

Report on PwC Consulting assessment day interview questions from a candidate’s experience. This is based on PwC Management Consulting Internship assessment day in London on 17-02-2021.  There may be some variations depending on the offices or other new updates to the recruitment practice – so please use this for reference/preparation purposes only.

Who’s the lucky company?
PwC
For which division?
Management Consulting
And for which office?
London
What’s the formal title of the position you applied for?
Management Consulting Intern
When did you apply?
10-11-2020
When was this PwC Consulting assessment day interview?
17-02-2021
How were you informed of this PwC Consulting assessment day interview?
HR emailed
Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?
Yes
And this PwC Consulting assessment day interview was therefore…
Lasted the whole day
Was this a … ?
GOOGLE MEETS INTERVIEW
Which stage was this PwC Consulting assessment day interview?
assessment day
What’s the format of the day?
You start off with a quick presentation about the day and are given a breakdown of what you’ll be doing throughout the day. It lasts for 5-6 hours and you have a ton of things to do. You start off with an interview with a manager of your division and get asked questions surrounding your interest in the firm, the division, news surrounding the division, your interests, news around your interests, any clients the firm has worked on, questions on values of the firm. Then you go onto the calculations based part of the day. You do an online test for math which is quite simple mathematics based on additional, subtraction, multiplication, percentages etc. Then, you’re given a bunch of word problems to solve from a company context. They’re basically like GCSE math. You end up the day with a few reports to type in a given topic surrounding finance, econ, or politics.
Were there any case study? Tell us about it.
There was a group study about a change in the political landscape of the UK and the impact it had on the EU financially, economically, socially, and politically. Each person was given one area to talk about. You did not have to create a slide deck and just had to focus on the verbal part of it. Again – quite simple.
Was there any group presentation / discussion?
Mentioned in the previous box. Will just copy a few words here to meet the word count.

There was a group study about a change in the political landscape of the UK and the impact it had on the EU financially, economically, socially, and politically. Each person was given one area to talk about. You did not have to create a slide deck and just had to focus on the verbal part of it. Again – quite simple.

Were there any other exercises? Tell us more.
I mentioned all of them in the first box. I’ll recopy them here a bit

Then you go onto the calculations based part of the day. You do an online test for math which is quite simple mathematics based on additional, subtraction, multiplication, percentages etc. Then, you’re given a bunch of word problems to solve from a company context. They’re basically like GCSE math. You end up the day with a few reports to type in a given topic surrounding finance, econ, or politics.

Onto the interviews, how many interviewers were in each interview ?
one interview in the only interview I had during the day
How many interviews in total were in this interview?
one interview – the only interview I had during the day which was a one on one with a manager from the same line of service
How long was each interview?
25 minutes was the length of the only interview which I had during the AC
Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
Your personal questions were around the interests you had outside work literally – like I mentioned I was passionate about helping students get into college so that is exactly what I talked about – and how it linked to consulting.
Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
They just asked where I saw myself in a few years, to which I replied at the firm with greater knowledge about areas like tech, finance, and education. They further asked a lot about consulting sphere and what I thought a consultant does on a daily basis.
Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
There were mathematics questions throughout the day. One of them, for example, was that the firm wanted to switch its data providers and asked us to calculate which one would be most cost-effective.
What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
There was a follow-up question about where I wanted to be in a few years which was ‘do you want to stay in one place for the next 5 years?” to which I replied saying if I believed that the opportunities for growth being provided to me were constant, I would happily stay.
What was the most unexpected thing about this PwC Consulting assessment day interview or whole process?
The fact that there was no individual case study. I went quite prepared thinking that I would have to solve a very traditional case study.
Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
Nope – that was pretty much all of it. If you would want to ask me more questions, please let me know at raedaltaf@gmail.com today
Did you get the offer?
Yes
How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about your offer?
1 week
Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
Phone
Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to applying to this company?
I think it’s just a lot of effort in terms of work ethic and attention to detail. If I could give myself some advice, it would be to go the extra mile when trying to work during the AC. If they say you don’t need to show a slide during your group presentation, make one just in case. Small things make a huge difference
Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience applying to this company?
10

 

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Written By Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate. When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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