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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"The application process was quite straightforward and included an online application form and an interview at the office. My best advice is to show a real interest in the field you're applying for. You don't have to know everything but it's good to show what you do know and that you're eager to learn more on the job."
Intern, Dublin
"I found the application process to be broadly similar to that of the other Big 4 firms. The difference came following the invitation to the interview process, which was followed by a welcome lunch and then the interview itself. This meant that we were already familiar with the firm's environment and staff. I would recommend candidates to think outside the box when filling in the application, and draw on experiences outside of those in college or a sports team. The interview was the real selling point when it came to choosing between the Big 4 offers. It was a conversation instead of a formal interview and I felt that the interviewers were genuinely interested in my background etc."
Graduate, Dublin
"Make yourself stand out. Show that you have done your research on the firm and the role you are being interviewed for. When talking about your skills, use real life examples to tie everything together."
Graduate, Dublin
"When filling out the application be sure to check out what buzzwords the company uses. Research the clients, find out which clients it has won and talk about this in the application as it shows that you have an interest in the company. When asked about your ideal client, try to keep away from the typical airlines – think about their investment and funds clients instead."
Graduate, Dublin
"Make the most of your experience. Recognise the benefits and skills that you have gained from different experiences in your life – whether it be part-time work, college assignments or life experiences with sports, hobbies, clubs or societies. For example, as I had a part-time job while studying, I had developed an ability to balance work with study."
Intern, Dublin
"My interview was comprised of both a short case study that we were given 20 minutes to prepare answers for and then one interview with a partner and manager. My one key tip for interviewing would be to make sure you have multiple answers ready for each question you might be asked."
Dublin
"Have a variety of answers for the competency-based interview questions. Prepare examples of your hobbies and interests as this demonstrates teamwork ability, communication and maintaining interests and commitments. Keep up to date with business and current affairs as well as technology as this is becoming increasingly popular among such firms. Know the career path you want to take and what will be required of you."
"Do mock interviews and research the organisation. Know where you want to be in five years and try to be yourself and relaxed. It can also help to read the Irish Times' business section in the weeks ahead of the interview to help with case studies and business-related questions."
Graduate, Dublin
"The best preparation for the interview is to know the company and know the role you are applying for. With a good knowledge of PwC you can describe how you feel you would fit into the culture here and what you can bring."
Intern, Dublin
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