Written or Regular Case Interview ?

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Pierre asked on Jul 07, 2020

Hi everyone,

I am taking on a 2nd round interview (previous one was with 2 seniors and was essentially about "fit" questions) at PwC next week and all I know so far is that it will last around 2 hours. Should I rather expect a regular case interview (with some PEI questions) or a written one ? I would go for the 2nd one but I am unsure. The position is a consulting internship. Thanks in advance.

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Robert
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replied on Jul 08, 2020
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Hi Pierre,

What will wait you in your next rounds actually should not be a secret - so first thing I'd recommend is simply calling your HR contact and ask how the next round(s) will be designed.

Absolutely legitimate to ask, since you want to be prepared as much as possible and also PwC wants to see you in the best light.

In case you don't get any information, yes I'd expect a case and maybe in combination with some additional fit questions. (Side note: "PEI" is a proprietory interview format of McKinsey - not to be confused with general fit part of other firms. I don't care how you name it - important point here is to understand the difference)

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Pierre on Jul 08, 2020

Thank you for your answer !

Clara
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Hello!

This is the typical perfect question for HR.

Indeed, providing guidance about the format of the interview and even sharing some resources about how to prep is part of their job.

In any case, the prep you should do in both cases is very similar, since the skillset they are looking for is very very similar.

In case it´s a written case, I would recommend you to search is this very Q&A with those key words, we have answered dozens of similar quetions before and you will find plenty of tips.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Pierre on Jul 08, 2020

Thank you for your answer !

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Hi Pierre,

It is totally fine to ask that to HR. The written case preparation is different from the standard case, thus it is a legit point to clarify.

Best,

Francesco

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Pierre on Jul 08, 2020

Thanks !

Anonymous replied on Jul 08, 2020

Dear Pierre,

Ask for HR. It's totally fine

Best,

André

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