How to apply

So what's the application process?

Our main application period for Graduate and Summer Intern positions is from February to March. A few additional roles will come up throughout the year so make sure to check back in to see our opportunities.

 

Step 1 - Online application

This is your chance to tell us about your academic background and any work experience you may have.

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Step 2 - Online tests

Additional information for the online numerical and inductive reasoning tests will be sent out via email following completion of step one. A lot of weight is placed on your results so please ensure you allow enough time to complete the tests, and that you have a strong internet connection. Please make sure you utilise the option to complete the practice questions.

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Step 3 - Interview

If your application is selected you’ll be invited in for an interview, this will take a case study format with the opportunity to ask questions at the end. You will be interviewing for PwC generally and the business area and location you have been selected for. For more information, check out our CV Tips, FAQ’s and Summer Intern or Graduate programme.

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To apply, simply complete our online application form using the link at the bottom of this page, attach the required documents and if requested, complete the online assessment within the specified time-frame. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your application. Make sure you include any work experience, special awards and any additional achievements we should know about. Ensure the information you have provided is correct and that you have included the required documents before you click ‘submit’.

We have included a few simple steps for you below:
  • Complete the online application form and ensure you answer all mandatory questions correctly and to the best of your knowledge.
  • Attach your covering letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Attach your most current academic transcript. At application stage this can be official or unofficial, however, if you progress we will require an official transcript. If you have any additional questions in relation to your transcripts please reach out to our careers team (careers.nz@nz.pwc.com).
  • You will be asked to complete two online assessments. Remember, you’ll need to complete this assessment alone, without Google or help from other people. Please note we do pick a number of people each year to complete a verification test when interviewing to confirm assessment results.
  • If you’re successful in progressing to the next stage, you’ll be invited to attend an interview via phone or email.
  • The interview will be an individual case study and this will be structured similar to a real-life business scenario with questions and discussion. The interviewers will be from the specific area of business you’re interviewing for.
  • You may also have the opportunity to take a tour around the office and to meet a senior member of the team.
  • Once we have completed our interviews and are at the offer stage, all candidates interviewed will be notified of the outcome of their interview by phone, where possible.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can after the interview but don’t be concerned if it’s more than a few days before you hear from us. If you receive an offer from another firm, please do let us know so we can manage the process.

If you haven’t heard any feedback after a week, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to give you an update on where things are at.

What you’ll need for your application

  • An up-to-date CV (word or pdf document)
  • A cover letter.
  • Your academic transcript.

In order for your application to be accepted, you’ll need to complete all parts of the application form and attach the correct documents. Please also ensure all contact details are correct.

People and diversity are key to the success of PwC. We’re passionate about ensuring that talented people, no matter what their background, have access to what we think is the best start to their career. To support this and to give all applicants equal opportunity, we ensure that our recruitment team has been through unconscious bias training and are mindful of this when screening applications for our Graduate and Summer Internship applications.

There’s no need to make any changes to your CV, cover letter or academic transcript, but when filling in our application form, please try and avoid including information that could reveal your gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background. For example, remove the name of any gender-specific secondary school or sports team.


Our CV tips

The order and style in which you present your CV is up to you, as is the design and layout. Let your personality shine through.

There’s no set way to present a CV, but a well-prepared one makes it easy for us to find out more about you. To get you started, we’ve put together a brief outline of the information we’ll find useful when we’re assessing your application.

Success at PwC is not all about your marks and the papers you have completed. We want to know about you and your achievements, both within university and in others areas.

Include the following in your CV

  • contact details so we can get hold of you easily (your name, address, mobile and landline numbers, and most up-to-date email address)
  • state any permanent residence or citizenship status (including type and duration of work permit, if applicable)
  • a personal statement that gives a brief outline, in one to two sentences, about you as a person
  • career objectives
  • tell us what value/skills/strengths you’ll bring to PwC
  • education and qualifications, degree course indicating major subject/s, thesis or project title
  • date and year you will complete/have completed your degree
  • name of institution
  • other qualifications
  • scholarships and awards
  • other training courses you have attended
  • secondary school details
  • also remember to state whether your degree meets the academic requirements for New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountant/Charter Accountants Australia and New Zealand, as some areas of our practice require staff to complete the Chartered Accountancy examinations.

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Your work experience and skills

List what you’ve done in the workplace, including volunteer and part-time work. Order each position you’ve held in reverse chronological order (i.e. most recent first). Try to include:

  • name of employer, location, job title
  • period of employment
  • a brief description of responsibilities/duties and major achievement/s in each role.

We’re also interested in your interests and extracurricular activities, so don’t forget to add these too.

 

You can include:

  • clubs, societies, community groups that you have been a part of
  • special interest areas (past and present).

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Don’t forget

  • make your CV clear, concise and easy to read
  • explain any gaps in career history
  • check your CV carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, and ensure each point makes sense
  • review your whole application before you send it
  • there’s no need to include your reasons for leaving each job on your CV, but do be prepared to answer these questions in your interview
  • attend a CV clinic or Careers event to gain further insights.

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Your interview day

We’re interested in the whole you and what your unique experiences and background could bring to PwC. It’s important that you feel comfortable to bring your whole self when you come and meet us, so we work hard to ensure the conversations you have put you at ease.

Get organised ahead of interview day

Time taken to prepare for an interview is time well spent. Well prepared interviewees will feel confident and are more likely to make a positive impression at the interview.

Read the tips below to help you perform well during the interview process.

Make sure you:

  • know the exact location of the interview
  • allocate enough time to get there, and know how you’ll get there
  • know what you’re going to wear – dress professionally
  • prepare to tell us what value you’ll add to the Graduate or Summer Intern role, the team and PwC.

It’s a good idea to prepare and rehearse some behavioural and situational examples from your past experience. You should be able to demonstrate your skills and competencies (make the most of the case study for this), for example; problem-solving, initiative, communication, decision-making, organisation, prioritising and time management.

In preparing these examples, think of a circumstance, the action you took to deal with the situation and the result of that action. It’s simple – think CAR (Circumstance – Action – Result).

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Prepare a list of relevant questions to ask

Don’t forget we’re also looking to find out:

  • why you want to join PwC
  • what you understand about the work we do
  • what you think about the opportunity you’ve chosen.

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The interview itself

What you should do on the day:

  • Be punctual – arriving 10 minutes before your interview time is ideal.
  • Be professional at all times. This begins at reception, where you should introduce yourself and ask for the interviewer by name.
  • When you meet your interviewer for the first time – shake hands and introduce yourself.
  • Be yourself, and be aware of body language – make eye contact and smile.
  • As our interview takes an individual case study structure (similar to a real life business scenario) please ensure you read all the instructions carefully.
  • Listen attentively to your interviewer – pay attention to the format of the interview and the questions asked.
  • If you don’t understand any of the questions ask your interviewer to repeat the question or ask for clarification.
  • When answering questions, take your time before you speak. Make sure you take enough time to think and reflect about your response.
  • Answer all questions honestly and concisely – don’t ramble.
  • Use real examples of your past experiences when answering questions, so you demonstrate your skills.
  • When invited to, ask your questions.
  • Once the interview is over, thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity to meet with them.

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PwC Student Careers Team

PwC Student Careers, PwC New Zealand

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