What we look for
The culture at PwC's Strategy& is unique. The best and brightest people, highly experienced and from a variety of backgrounds, come together to solve CEO agenda problems, and deliver essential advantage for our clients.
We look for people with a blend of the following skills:
- A high level of general intelligence and academic achievement
- Real thought leadership, combined with strong analytical and problem-solving skills (which includes both a quantitative and a qualitative orientation)
- Personal leadership qualities, including an ability to manage people, drive change, and accomplish challenging goals through and with others
- The ability to work independently, while simultaneously being able to forge productive team relationships
- Business judgment and maturity, including the ability to develop a "big picture" view Intellectual curiosity
- Strong personal presence, combined with compelling and professional presentation and communication skills
- Initiative, personal organization, motivation, and ownership of one’s work
We also value diversity.
The wide array of backgrounds among our people serves as:
- Competitive differentiation
- Source of individual and corporate pride
- One of the selective secrets underlying the power of our teamwork
How to apply
PwC's Strategy& accepts applications for full-time and internship positions via this website throughout the year.
The application process
Gather information you will need to fill out your online application:
- Cover Letter (in English)
- CV (in English)
- High School transcript
- Bachelor’s degree transcript
- Master’s degree transcript
To fill out your application, click on the relevant link below and fill out the application form, attach the requested documents and make sure to double check the form before finalizing your application.
Your application will be forwarded to our Amsterdam recruitment team. If all necessary documents are submitted we strive to get back to you within one week.
Should your profile match our current recruitment needs, the recruiting team will contact you to set up a first round of interviews.
Important note: Please apply to ONE specific job posting only.
The interview process at PwC's Strategy& Amsterdam will generally be conducted over two rounds. Each round consists of three interviews of one hour each. All interviews involve some time dedicated to a general discussion about your background. We will ask questions about leadership, team skills and other experiences and we will test your motivation for consulting in general and Strategy& specific. A case discussion will follow, where we try to understand how you go about analysing 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 real client engagement that the interviewer has worked on. The case portion of the interview is an opportunity for you to show us how you think about solving complex business problems, and how you structure your thoughts on these issues.
The case discussion makes up about half of the interview time. The best preparation is to practice as many case scenarios as possible, talking aloud with a partner and generating defensible hypotheses and solutions.
Case interview preparation
We have all been there... that moment during an interview when we are asked about our approach to solving a case.
How to crack a case
- Listen carefully; ask questions if there are any points you do not understand.
- Once the interviewer provides you with the case parameters, summarize the case to the interviewer in your own words to be sure you understand the problem.
- Then, take some time to think for a minute; don't be afraid of the silence!
- Find a way to structure the problem; this will guide your discussion with the interviewer. Briefly describe the framework you plan to use to the interviewer, allowing him or her a chance to offer comments. In general, the simpler the framework, the better. Once the interviewer endorses your framework, stick to it!
- Begin 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 on all the 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 he or she wants to help you!
- Toward the end of the case discussion, be prepared to take a stand — most case discussions will seek some sort of recommendation from you. Although you’ll likely feel uncomfortable making a call with so little data and so little time to discuss all the issues, respect the exercise and state your recommendation based on the conclusions you were able to glean from your discussion.
- Be confident and, perhaps most importantly — relax and try to have some fun! Although that may seem difficult, the way you’ll be most relaxed is if you practice, practice, practice before the interview.
- You can get sample cases to practice with from the consulting club at your school. Don’t read the cases ahead of practicing — find a partner (ideally a second-year student who just completed a consulting internship) to test you, and don’t be embarrassed if you don't do well. No one performs well on all cases, especially in the beginning.
- Remember there is no single right way of answering a case. If you have demonstrated your thought process and come to logical and reasonable conclusions, you will have successfully "cracked the case!"
- Remain calm, take time to think
- Be succinct, pragmatic and action oriented
- Take notes if necessary
- Think out loud
- Sketch out your ideas if appropriate
- Maintain eye contact