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How we hire

We aspire to seek and integrate a diverse range of perspectives, people and ideas into our workforce as we believe this is crucial to solving our clients' most important problems. We have designed our interviewing process to allow us to get to know each other and establish whether our team is the right fit for you.

We'll also ask optional questions about your cultural background and gender as part of the job application process. Your responses will be used for anonymised reporting, and will not be visible to recruiters during the recruitment process.

By answering these questions it will help us understand the diversity of our candidates and our workforce. This informs our diversity and inclusion strategies, policies and practices.

Graduate Program

Applications to our Graduate Program are now open.

Our Graduate Program application process follows these simple steps:

  • Find where your skills fit
    We accept any degree and background, but you can only put in one application, so make sure to select those that most closely align with your skills and interests.
  • Understand our hiring process
    We don't accept CV's or cover letters and instead look for individuals with a wide variety of skills and personalities, so make sure to bring those out in your application.
  • Complete an online assessment
    Play a series of games to test your skills and see if you are a good fit at PwC.
  • Participate in a digital interview
    Similar to an in-person interview, this is an important opportunity for you to bring your application to life.
  • Take a final assessment
    This virtual assessment is the final stage in the process, and allows us to get to know you and you to know and better understand the role, culture and life at PwC.

Winter Internship

Applications to our Winter Internship have now closed.

Our Winter Internship program application process follows these simple steps:

  • Apply online - Complete the application form and upload your cover letter, resume and academic transcript*
  • Complete our online assessment
  • Record a digital interview
  • Attend first round interviews at our offices
  • Attend final round interviews at our offices

*You can address your cover letter to the “Strategy& Team”

 

Scholarship

Strategy& understands that we’ll only solve our clients’ most challenging strategic problems if our team includes a diverse range of experience, talent and ideas. For this to happen, we empower our people  and encourage them to bring their whole self to work. This creates an environment that’s inclusive, collaborative and harnesses our unique differences to solve tough problems. 

We are looking to hire and reward exceptional students who share our commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I). If you are in your penultimate year of undergraduate or postgraduate studies (completing in 2022) and are interested in joining Strategy&, we welcome your application to our scholarship program. We’re looking to engage with students from a range of academic disciplines, backgrounds and experience.

Want to find out more about the D&I Scholarship program? Watch our information session to hear from some of our Strategy& leaders as well as past D&I Scholars.

Information Session

Applications open 22 October 2021

Applications close 7 November 2021

Applications now closed

 

FAQ

What is the eligibility criteria?

Graduate Program:

We accept people from all degree backgrounds and life experiences. To be eligible for our Graduate Program you’ll need to:

  • Be in your final year of study, or have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
  • Possess full-time working rights in Australia. International students will need to submit either one of the following: IELTS, OET, TOEFL, iBT, PTE or CAE. International students will also need to submit their visa notice, and meet the minimum requirements as set out by the Australian Department of Immigration. To view these requirements, click here.)

Winter Internship/Scholarship:

  • You must be in your penultimate year to apply – that’s your second last year of study.
  • Possess full-time working rights in Australia. International students will need to submit either one of the following: IELTS, OET, TOEFL, iBT, PTE or CAE. International Students will also need to submit their visa notice, and meet the minimum requirements as set out by the Australian Department of Immigration. To view these requirements, click here.)

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What do you look for in candidates?

A blend of talents and skills is required of successful Associate candidates, including:

  • Creativity and intellectual curiosity complemented by excellent academic achievement
  • Real thought leadership, combined with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Leadership qualities including the ability to drive change and accomplish challenging goals
  • The ability to work both autonomously and in a team environment
  • Active listening and clear communication skills
  • Ambition to build client capabilities that deliver lasting impact
  • Business judgment, including the ability to develop a "big picture" view

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When does the graduate program start?

You will commence your graduate position in March, the year after your offer. Start dates may vary depending on your personal availability or changing business needs.

Program dates may vary between locations and are confirmed closer to commencing.

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When would I start the winter internship?

Our winter internship generally runs between June and July for a period of 4 weeks. Program dates may vary between locations and are confirmed closer to commencing.

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I applied last year and wasn’t selected. Can I re-apply?

Graduates:

Yes! We welcome you to re-apply.

Winter internship:

We welcome you to re-apply, if you are in your penultimate year of study.

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I need an adjustment for a disability. What do I do?

Strategy& recognises the benefits of diversity and is committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce, including the number of employees with a disability.

As part of our commitment to creating a culture of inclusion, if you have a disability we'll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to our processes for you.

During the application process you will be asked if you require any adjustments to our recruitment process or if you anticipate needing any workplace adjustments to enable you to perform the role you're applying for. If so, please specify and discuss your needs with your recruiter upfront, so that we can help you to perform at your best.

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Can I apply to more than one location or role?

We accept one application per candidate. We recommend that you apply to your first preference of location and advise us if this changes throughout the course of your application.

If you’re interested in applying to both Strategy& and PwC you are welcome to do so.

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What are the key dates?

Graduate Program
Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne

 

  • Applications Open - 17th February
  • Applications Close - 1st March
  • Online Assessment Deadline - 4th March
  • Digital Interview Deadline - 29th March
  • Digital Interview Outcomes - 6-9th April
  • First round interviews - 17th April
  • Final round interviews - 24th April

 

*Dates are subject to changes

 

Winter Internship Program
Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne

 

  • Applications Open - 17th February
  • Applications Close - 15th March
  • Online Assessment Deadline - 18th March
  • Initial application outcomes 1st-3rd April
  • Digital Interview Deadline - 9th April
  • Digital Interview Outcomes - 21-24th April
  • First round interviews - 1st May
  • Final round interviews - 8th May

 

*Dates are subject to changes

 

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Interview Process

The interview process at PwC's Strategy& Australia is generally conducted over two rounds, first round and final round. Both rounds consist of two interviews of one hour each. All interviews involve time dedicated to your motivation, background and experiences. We will ask questions about leadership, team skills and other relevant experiences, and we will test your motivation for strategy consulting in general and for Strategy& specific. A case discussion will follow, where we try to understand how you go about analyzing real-world business problems. We also try to reserve the last 5-10 minutes for any questions you may have.

A case is a scenario modelled after a real business situation or management problem. It is usually based on a past client engagement that the interviewer has worked on. The case portion of the interview is an opportunity for you to show us how you solve complex business problems - perhaps in an industry you are unfamiliar with- and how you structure your thoughts on these issues.

The case discussion makes up about half of the interview. The best preparation is to practice many case scenarios in which you talk a partner or Director through the case by generating defensible hypotheses and solutions.

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Case Interview Preparation

We have all been there... that moment during an interview when you are asked to solve a case. Even when you are completely unfamiliar with the subject matter, you can still “crack the case”!

How to crack a case

  • Listen carefully; ask questions if there are any points you do not fully understand.
  • Once the interviewer provides the case parameters, summarise the information to the interviewer in your own words to make sure you understand the problem.
  • Then, take some time to think for a minute; do not be afraid of the silence!
  • Find a way to structure the problem to guide the discussion. Briefly describe the framework you plan to use to the interviewer allowing him or her to offer comments. In general, the simpler the framework the better. Once the interviewer agrees with your framework, stick to it!
  • Start with the first element of your framework and work through the answer out loud so the interviewer can evaluate your analytical structure and help you along.
  • Try to be aware of the time you have, moving through your framework at a pace that allows you to touch upon all elements you described at the beginning of the case discussion.
  • Pause periodically during the discussion to give your interviewer a chance to course correct. If your interviewer gives you some advice, take it — assume they want to help you!
  • Toward the end of the case discussion, be prepared to take a stand — most case discussions require some sort of recommendation. Although you might feel uncomfortable taking a stance with so little data and time to discuss all issues, trust the exercise and give your recommendation based on the conclusions you were able to collect from your discussion.
  • Be confident and perhaps most importantly — relax and try to have some fun! That may seem difficult, but you will be more relaxed if you practice, practice, and practice before the interview.
  • You can get sample cases to practice with from the consulting club at your university. Do not read the cases ahead of practicing — find a partner (ideally a student who recently completed a consulting internship) to practice with you. Don’t be embarrassed if sometimes you do not crack the case immediately. No one performs well in all cases, especially in the beginning!
  • Remember there is no single way of answering a case. If you have demonstrated your thought process and have come to logical and reasonable conclusions, you will have successfully cracked the case!

Style points

  • Remain calm, take time to think
  • Be concise, pragmatic and action oriented
  • Take notes if necessary
  • Think out loud
  • Sketch out your ideas if appropriate
  • Maintain eye contact

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I’ve been impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). What do I do?

We’re committed to efforts to contain COVID-19 and the safety of our people, clients, suppliers and guests is one of our primary objectives. If you have travelled or transited through any international location, other than direct from NZ or USA or from UK / Europe via Perth only in the last 14 days, or have come into direct contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, inform your recruitment contact immediately. This will not affect your eligibility to apply or to be considered for a job with PwC. 

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How will the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact events?

The health and safety of our people, clients, suppliers and guests is important to us. We are currently reviewing external events on an ongoing basis to assess whether it is suitable for us to attend. This means that you may not see us at some events. 

If you have been invited to an event at one of our offices, our recruitment team will be in contact with you in the lead up to the event.

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