The PwC graduate application and recruitment process explained

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There is a definite benefit in applying for a graduate scheme with PwC sooner rather than later. Despite increasing its number of vacancies over recent years, over half of PwC’s graduate roles are often secured by January. The firm states quite clearly: ‘For most of our graduate and undergraduate programmes, we recruit on a rolling basis, which means when our roles open, they will fill up on a first come first served basis.’

Although some of the elements of the application process outlined below may differ according to the role you’re applying for, here is a snapshot of the six basic steps you can expect during the PwC selection process. PwC provides excellent further detailed advice, tips and elearning tools on its website.

1. Career uncovered

This is an online tool that allows you to learn about the different business areas at PwC and find the one that would suit you best. It also helps to ensure that you’re applying for the right programme, based on your interests and level of study.

2. Online application

This is the stage when you submit your application online. You’ll need to have decided which business area to apply to, and if this will involve studying for any professional qualifications, be able to explain why you’ve chosen that area and demonstrate an understanding of how it works and adds value for clients. Do your research before this stage!

3. Career unlocked: PwC’s games-based assessments

The next stage involves completing a series of games-based psychometric assessments. These will be assessing your:

  • cognitive skills
  • numerical ability
  • abstract reasoning ability
  • natural behavioural preferences (eg how you face challenges and approach goals)

We can’t tell you exactly what to expect, but you may find our article on the gamification of the recruitment process useful. If you're not used to gaming, don’t panic – you won’t be at a disadvantage. Make sure to play somewhere quiet with no distractions, and read the instructions carefully.

4. Career conversation: the PwC video asssessment

The PwC video interview asks you to record your responses to questions and case studies. It’s also your opportunity to demonstrate your motivation for working at PwC Take a look at PwC’s skills we look for page in advance. It would also be a good idea to look at our article offering expert performance tips for video interviews in preparation.

5. Career Focus: the PwC assessment day

The final stage of the PwC recruitment process is a virtual assessment day. It will involve working in groups and individually on a variety of case studies, and will allow you to learn more about what to expect during a typical working day at PwC. Remember that, when in a group you should:

  • contribute, but not dominate the conversation
  • speak clearly and confidently
  • listen and don't interrupt
  • be diplomatic
  • from time to time, try to summarise the group's progress.

6. PwC job offer

PwC aims to let candidates know as soon as possible after their assessment day if they have been successful or not. Sometimes, an additional interview is necessary.

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