Parents of Successful PWC Applicant 2017
PWC has designed an application process to find talented people like you who could demonstrate workable skills as defined in their global core competencies page. The PWC internship scheme selection process is summarized below:
Step 1: Applicant completes a Registration Form
Step 2: Takes online Personality OPQs or work based assessment STQs test
Step 3: Takes online Aptitude test
Step 4: Attend a First Interview
Step 5: Attend an Assessment Centre
Step 6: Attend Final Partner Interview
Step 7: Successful applicant will receive a job offer
The complete application process is also summarised on the PWC website.
The PWC registration form consists of the following sections;
a. Personal & Contact details
b. Secondary & Higher Education details
c. Post Graduate & Professional Qualifications details
d. Extenuating Circumstances details
e. Employment history & Reference
f. Additional Skills
g. Adjustments due to disability or medical conditions
h. Equal Opportunities
i. Marketing Survey & Declaration
PWC Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) & Situational Talent Questionnaire (STQ) are designed by a company called SHL bespoke for PWC only. PWC STQs and OPQs are work related scenario based tests, a sort of multiple choice question answer series. You will be given several scenarios and choice of possible actions you can take to deal with those situations. These will be hypothetical work related situations that you would encounter as a trainee at PWC.
PWC Aptitude tests are designed by a company called SHL bespoke for PWC only. These are complex aptitude tests and are extremely time pressured. You will sit these tests online so would have complete freedom to take from any location whether home, library etc.
Once you’ve passed the PWC online aptitude tests then you would attend the first interview at either at the PWC office or over the phone. It will be competency based interview to tests your skills match against PWC global competencies.
PWC assessment centre consists of half day tasks which you would perform at the PWC office. This is sort of building up on the OPQs & STQs tests in reality where you’d experience various activities and respond to the typical work related scenarios.
The main tasks you’d expect to take at the PWC assessment centre are listed below;
The group exercise will be carried out as a part of group to assess your team working and coordination skills amongst others. You will be expected to work as a team and reach a final conclusion from the task at hand. You will all receive a standard “information pack” to build up knowledge about the topic. In addition each team member would receive unique information about the topic, which is expected to be shared and worked upon as a team.
Individual case study is different to group exercise as you’d expect to review the “information pack” on your own and reach final conclusion. This information will be presented to either PWC Manager or Senior Manager who can then ask probing questions to understand your business awareness and time keeping skills to mention the least. Read More.
b. PWC Written Communication exercise – The objective of this exercise is to assess your business writing and communication skills. This is a critical factor to be observed when dealing with the high profile clients as you’d expect to operate professionally with the PWC clients at work all the time. You will receive a company / topic related information in an “information pack” and expect to summarise and conclude on all important points, in a professional matter within the tight time frame. Read More.
c. Completion of Self assessment form – PWC will ask you to write self review feedback to check your understanding of how you performed against your actual performance. In addition you’d expect to give feedback about your experience of the PWC assessment day’s various exercises and generally about the PWC staff etc. Read More.
d. Lunch with colleagues – You will meet PWC trainees and seniors at lunch where you can discuss your questions, career aspirations or hear their views about life at PWC. You will be assessed during your Lunch at PWC. Read More.
e. PWC Assessment Centre aptitude tests – At PWC you will ask to resit the aptitude tests at the assessment centre at PWC office i.e. you will attempt two out of three types of tests namely numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning tests. Questions will be slightly difficult as compared to the online test. Read More.
Once you’ve succeeded in the assessment centre you’d then attend final interview with the Partner or a Director. The final interview will be carried out at PWC office.
Successful applicant will receive a job offer in the range of c£30k per annum if they pass the step six steps assessment.
PWC has set 6 types of recruitment test to assess each applicant before offering the job. These test are applicable to more or less all graduate and school leaver applicants. For experienced routes the test are less grilling only to a certain extent.
PWC has designed all the recruitment test with the help of external companies ‘SHL’ and ‘Cut-e Cooperation’, renowned aptitude test publishers and occupational psychology specialists. The aim of such rigorous assessment is to ensure the whole recruitment process is relevant to the specific vacancy, consistent across the firm and become an overall useful recruitment process. PWC recruitment team has worked hard for the last 12 years to develop such an impressive recruitment process.
PWC has kept a clear view to impress applicants in the whole process by making the recruitment process an informative, interactive learning and enjoyable skill development exercise for the candidates. Read more.
Numerical, Verbal and Inductive Reasoning free tests
Each applicant is assessed against PWC global core competencies during the six stage recruitment process. For ease of reference we have highlighted main competencies at the end of this section.
PWC has set specific priorities of testing these competencies at each of the six stages. They believe that these global competencies are a framework which lays out a success pattern for job entrants at PWC.
It is assumed by PWC that if an applicant could demonstrate such skills and competencies during the six assessment stages successfully then they’d automatically become a perfect match for the firm.
If you could demonstrate the right skills set for each of the six stages' exercises and obtain certain PASS MARKS in each of the assessments then you will secure a job in PWC. It is really as simple as that. From our specific practice material you will learn the right skill set to obtain the maximum marks per competency per stage.
Green Turn has researched for the past 10 years to genuinely understand the PWC application process’s pass marks structure. Please read our material for further details. Read more.
There are roughly 1,900 full time trainee positions available at PWC. If you meet the firm’s minimum entry level academic requirements then you are eligible to apply to the firm. The trainee vacancies are open to UK residents as well as to overseas nationals.
PWC treats all the applicants fairly against the set criteria. PWC strongly believes in diversity and equal opportunities policy, so every applicant has an equal chance of securing a job with PWC.
PWC receives hundreds of thousands of trainee position applications every year. However, only a handful of c1,900 applicants would successfully receive trainee job offers.
If you demonstrate the required skills and ‘certain capabilities’ during the six assessment stages then, you could also receive a job offer from PWC. Read more.
The first step to your success is to objectively assess yourself, your skills and capabilities against the global core competency skills required by PWC. If you have practiced such skills and have demonstrated these specific capabilities regularly say for example in your existing job then there is a chance that you will do well at all of the six PWC assessment exercises.
On the other hand if you are uncertain about your own capability level, you do not know the pass and fail criteria for each of the assessment test and exercises, and you have not prepared for the PWC assessment test, then you would not perform well in all the six stages recruitment test.
It is then more likely that you would face rejection earlier in the assessment stages, which is the case with 90% of the applicants! Read more.
Some of the following situations might look familiar to you.
a. You’re perhaps not fully aware of the objective for each of the six stage assessments’ exercises
b. Not aware of the relevant competencies tested at each of the six stage assessments
c. Not aware of the PASS or FAIL marking scheme criteria for each of six stage assessments
d. You have exhausted yourself by searching on the web and currently relying to secure your job with PWC based on the little known knowledge you’ve gathered
e. You have developed a ‘false hope’ by practicing irrelevant and generic exercises / test from the web and are under the impression that you will pass PWC tailored assessments without any tailored preparation
f. You have not practiced any mock exercises and test similar to PWC assessments
g. You are under false impression that you’d pass PWC assessments by a miracle and thus don’t need to practice
If you find yourself in above situations then it is quite rare to succeed in all of the PWC six assessment stages at the first attempt. You are in the same boat as any other unprepared applicants. You will need to do a lot more relevant test practice to become ‘Usain Bolt’.
Without a doubt you’d need to practice relevant material and make an informed effort to prepare for each of the PWC recruitment test rigorously before attempting the real PWC assessment test as only then you will succeed in all of the PWC six stages assessment test and be able to secure a job with PWC. Read more.
Your only way out of this vicious cycle is to practice the relevant materials as soon as possible. It is critical to decide whom you want to get trained with and which material you’d want to practice before exhausting yourself with the practice material.
Due to time constraints for this job opportunity,your decision about practice material could be a make or break factor for you. You can identify whether the practicing material is genuine and worth spending time on if:
At Green Turn we take your career at the forefront of our research. We have designed the relevant practice material, eBooks, videos and computer based simulations. Practicing our material will help you prepare and pass all of the PWC six assessment stages’ test and exercises at the first attempt.
You will straight away start preparing for the specific PWC relevant assessments. Our intelligent simulation will observe your practice performance and would give you step by step guidance at each stage of your progress. Now you can master any stage of the PWC recruitment process in few hours.
Please note that Green Turn is not a generic company our preparation material is specific and only designed to practice for and pass the big four recruitment test. Our test materials are developed after years of research and with the help of ex-Big Four Managers & Seniors who have extensive experience as assessors at the big four.
In addition to the specific practice material, Green Turn would also give you access to the ex-Big Four Managers and Seniors from the Audit, Tax, Advisory, Consulting and other relevant sectors to help you prepare for your PWC recruitment process test. This would give you real insight into each of the PWC departments and working style. This is truly a unique blend of your big four career counselling directly from the relevant big four qualified experts. Read more.