Mohammed has one year left of his PPE degree, which he’s studying at KCL in London. He’s secured a role as a Corporate Tax Associate at PwC to commence in September 2018, and stopped by the champagne collection stand at the Bright Network Festival to tell us a bit about his application process.
Why did you choose this firm and this role?
I chose PwC because of their purpose statement: "To build trust in society and solve important problems." That statement resonated with my values and aspirations. I chose corporate tax because I aspire to develop the skills, experience and knowledge to work on tax policy and help contribute to economic development through helping to design and implement efficient tax systems.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The toughest part was the assessment centre. The various different components meant that we were under assessment for a long period of time and there was a lot of pressure involved. Having said that, my favourite part of the process was the case study exercise where we had to work together as a team to solve an issue.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
The process is very clearly outlined and there are no surprises. Plenty of preparation material is given.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
Let your curiosity and passion shown through during the process - be yourself. Preparation for online assessments and a thorough understanding of the PwC professional attributes is essential for all stages.
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
Going super early, getting a coffee and reading the financial times whilst waiting!