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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"The interview process is very efficient and not too intimidating or challenging. It consists of a phone interview, assessment centre and face-to-face interview with a partner. I would suggest researching PA's case studies, which are readily available on their sites and coming across as enthusiastic and approachable in all interviews."
Graduate, London
"The process involved a CV and cover letter, online tests, a telephone interview, an assessment centre and finally a partner interview. In your CV, you had to show why you wanted to work at PA, why you were different and what you could bring to them. Use anything that will make you stand out. If you have had contact with a PA employee explain why they made you want to apply."
Graduate, London
"For the cover letter, really make yourself stand out by stating what it is about PA specifically that interests you – perhaps a case study or something about our culture that makes us different to other consultancies. Also, demonstrate interest and knowledge in the practice you are applying to. At the assessment centre, really get to know your peers as building a good rapport will help with the group exercise (which comes last in the day). Also, use the networking lunch as an opportunity to ask questions you may be too scared to ask at the interview (and don't forget to eat – the food is delicious!)."
Graduate, London
"Focus on delivering a great cover letter as they only offer a small number of telephone interviews to candidates. During the interview, be really enthusiastic about the role and company."
Graduate, London
"Really get to know your own experience and background. For the competency-based interview, go through everything you have ever done with a fine-toothed comb and acknowledge absolutely everything that has taught you something relevant. I found it surprising to realise where I gained the experience that taught me what I know now."
Graduate, London
"Read up about PA, visit their website and be aware of the work they do and how they go to market. Also, keep informed of the business headlines and the global trends – commercial awareness is very important as a consultant."
Graduate, London
"You will have a telephone interview first, which is quite informal, and you will discuss your previous experience and aspirations for the future. After that, you will be sent a numerical and verbal online test. If successful, you will attend an assessment centre-styled group interview where you have a one-to-one interview, a group exercise and a single role play. You should obviously do some studying for the online tests but apart from that, just be yourself!"
Entry level, London
"Have some relevant experience for the position you are applying for and be aware of what work PA has done in the sector you are applying for. Maybe try to contact someone who has recently joined PA as a graduate as they will help you out."
Graduate, London

2015

"The application process is a phone interview; followed by an assessment centre involving a case study, a group exercise and a competency interview. If you are successful at the assessment centre, then there is a final interview with a member of senior management."
Graduate, London
"You should align your work experience to their stated core competencies: this will mean that you have evidence."
Graduate, London
"When applying you should read up specifically on the organisational culture and be prepared to talk about why the ethos attracts you."
Entry level, Leicester
"Think outside of the box when making your application as this will make you stand out."
Graduate, London
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