Himanshu recently secured a role as an Actuarial Services Graduate on PwC’s prestigious graduate scheme. We sat down with the LSE student to hear more about the application process.
Why did you choose the Actuarial Services Graduate role?
For any Actuarial Sciences student, this is a dream role. You can’t beat PwC. It’s is one of the Big Four, it’s the largest professional services firm in the world, and it’s well known for having a top quality graduate scheme.
Tell us a little about the application process
It’s a fairly typical application process. There are online tests, followed by an interview. After that, you get invited to an assessment centre. Then there’s a final interview with a partner or director from your business area.
The assessment centre was the toughest part. The tests and exercises were very intense. My advice is to take spare moments to chat to people from the company. It helps you understand what life will be like at PwC, and it gives your mind a break.
What were the best parts?
Aside from getting accepted? I think the best part was realising how friendly people were. I was expecting to feel a little intimidated, but it wasn’t like that at all.
If you could redo one thing, what would it be?
Preparation, definitely. I wasn’t prepared enough for the first interview. I spent a lot of time researching PwC, but not enough time matching my skills and experiences to the competencies they were looking for. There were a couple of times when I struggled to think of examples.
They actually have a really good interview preparation tool on their website, so I have no excuse.
What are your top tips for other Bright Network members?
It’s simple: prepare well, be confident, and have fun.