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Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"It starts with sending in your CV and cover letter and having a first round interview. This is followed by an assessment centre with a technical and competency interview, a case-study, a presentation and a group exercise. There is then a final round partner interview. My tips are to not apply to a 'sector' unless you have experience in that sector. Make sure you have examples of when you have been creative and brush up on your commercial awareness with regards to the sector/service you are applying for if you get to the assessment centre."
Graduate, London
"The application process was really simple and only took me three weeks from my CV and cover letter submission to getting my offer. The best advice I can give to candidates is to really think about problems you've solved in the past and be able to articulate how you did it."
Graduate, London
"Know the firm and why you want to be here instead of somewhere else. What is PA's unique selling point and why does it appeal to you?"
Graduate,
"The application process was simple and quick. For me it consisted of a telephone interview, online coding test and an assessment day. I prepared for the interview by thinking of answers to typical competency questions and studying the company, particularly the key words they use on the role web-page to describe successful candidates."
Graduate, London
"I would recommend trying to get a coffee with someone in the organisation to talk about the firm before applying as having a real understanding of the firm will help enormously in your application. The first face-to-face interview is tough! Be prepared to really prepare examples of times you have demonstrated various competencies. Be thorough and confident."
Graduate, London
"The company looks for people who are passionate about technology, so be sure to get your enthusiasm across. Also, hone in on what you specifically can bring to enhance the organisation. Would you help to develop a capability?"
Graduate, London

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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