The answers to your burning questions

Still want to know more? You’re not alone. Check out some of the most common questions from previous applicants below. Keep an eye on this page as we’ll update it regularly as we receive queries online or on campus.

Can I apply if I am an international student studying in New Zealand?

We welcome applications from international students studying in New Zealand, but you’ll need to ensure you are legally entitled to work here for the whole duration of our programme.

Please remember that our Graduate positions are a full-time permanent position, so you’ll need to provide evidence that you either have, or are eligible to get, the legal entitlement to work in New Zealand on a full-time, permanent basis.

Get in touch with Immigration New Zealand for more information about applying for a work visa in New Zealand. Immigration New Zealand’s website is https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas and contact phone numbers can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/contact

Can I still apply if I am currently studying overseas?

University term breaks can differ between countries, so if you’re interested in a Summer Internship make sure you’re available to work with us in the New Zealand summer – November through February, before you apply.

We’re more than happy to accept your application for a Graduate role if that is your preference, with a February start.

Do I need to do a Summer Internship before applying for a Graduate position?

We encourage students to apply for a Summer Internship with us, as we feel this is a great way to get a taste of life at PwC prior to joining full time as a Graduate. Our Summer Interns gain great hands on experience and have a fantastic summer packed full of social events.

However, a Summer Internship is certainly not a pre-requisite! We hire a large number of Graduates who haven’t completed a Summer Internship as they bring varied experience and knowledge to the firm.

How many Graduates and Summer Interns do we hire each year?

There is no set number, every year it varies due to the quality of applicants and our business needs across all our business areas.

How much support is there for Graduates and Summer Interns?

Graduate and Summer Interns are paired with ‘buddies’ when they first start, these people have generally been at the firm for 1-2 years (so they are a similar age to you). You sit beside your buddy while you’re working and you can ask them questions as you go.

Everybody also has a coach and coaching partner who will help you adjust to the firm and make sure you’re fitting in well.

How will a Graduate position at PwC benefit me?

Getting a job offer before you finish University is a nice position to be in, and starting your career at PwC is an amazing opportunity that will take you places. Not only will you have the chance to work with major national and international companies in New Zealand, but since PwC is a global network of firms, joining us opens up career opportunities across the globe. We provide training and development opportunities for you right from the moment you join, so you will never stop learning. You get to work with the best minds in the business who are happy to support your growth and development.

As well as the great career opportunities available to you, we also offer a competitive salary as well as great social functions and events.

How will a Summer Internship at PwC benefit me?

Get a taste of what it’s like to work with us at a leading professional services firm. As a Summer Intern, you’ll get the opportunity to work with us for 10-12 weeks from November to February. You’re here to get real experience on real jobs where you’ll apply the knowledge you have gained during your study.

Approximately 80% of Graduate placements are filled by previous Summer Interns, so before returning to University to complete your final year of studies, you may even get a Graduate job offer. A Summer Internship with PwC looks great on your CV and will open a lot of doors for you in your career.

What are some of the highlights of a Summer Internship?

One of the highlights is shadowing a senior staff member, which involves seeing what they do in a typical day. Occasionally you’ll be asked to attend meetings at the client premises, which is a great opportunity to better understand their business and needs.

What are some of the jobs that past Summer Interns have done?

Some of the jobs Summer Interns do include researching, liaising with Inland Revenue, drafting letters/emails, tax work, business development activities, report writing, preparing documents for partners and attending team meetings.

Summer Interns are also given a group project by the People and Culture team, and you’ll present your findings to partners and other staff.

What can I expect on the first day/week?

The first two days are made up of an induction to introduce you to the firm and get you ready to start. The first week will involve you being introduced to everybody in your team and getting used to the environment.

You’ll probably be given a few small jobs to start you off, but this initial period is mainly about getting you settled into the environment and teaching you the basics of how all our systems work.

What can PwC offer me?

Choose to stand out from the crowd by starting your career at PwC. Benefits at PwC are designed to support your changing needs throughout your career. That’s why we can offer you competitive salaries, flexible benefits, personal and professional development and work life balance. There are also opportunities for travel, secondments and relocation throughout our global network.

What do I need to wear on my first day?

You should dress in professional business attire. We recommend that men wear a suit, but a tie is not necessary.

Make sure you dress professionally for your interview. You can find more tips about your interview day by clicking here.

What does PwC look for in applicants?

We want individuals who are creative thinkers, problem solvers, focused, motivated and are driven to become tomorrow’s leaders. It’s not all about marks – show us your achievements both in and out of University. We’re interested in your involvement in extra-curricular activities, involvement in clubs, volunteering or community work.

What hours do you work?

Generally you’ll work from 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday with a one hour lunch break. There may be opportunity to work flexible hours around your personal situation. On occasion you may be asked to work overtime.

What is an anonymous application process and how does it impact me?

An anonymous application process is one in which we automatically hide your personal details to remove any possibility of unconscious bias in our decision making. When applying for your Graduate or Summer Intern role attach your CV (Word document), cover letter and transcript as normal but when filling in the application form, try to avoid including information that might indicate your gender or background.

What is the application process?

To apply, simply complete our online application form, attach the required documents and if requested, complete the online assessment within the specified time frame. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your application. Make sure you include any work experience, special awards and any additional achievements we should know about. Ensure the information you have provided is correct and that you have included required documents before you click ‘submit’.

We have included a few simple steps for you below:

  • Complete the online application form and ensure you answer all mandatory questions asked.
  • Attach your covering letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Attach your most current academic transcript. This needs to be an official document or scan or screen shot of your official transcript. We cannot progress your application if you do not attach the correct documentation.
  • You may be asked to complete the online assessment. Remember, you’ll need to complete this assessment alone, without Google or help from other people.
  • If you’re successful in progressing to the next stage, you’ll be invited to attend an interview via phone or email.
  • The interview will be an individual case study and this will be structured similar to a real life business scenario with questions and discussion. The interviewers will be from the specific area of business you’re interviewing for.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to take a tour around the office, meet a partner and may be asked to complete a quick validation assessment to verify your results in the remote online assessment.
  • Once we have completed our interviews and are at the offer stage, all candidates interviewed will be notified of the outcome of their interview by phone, where possible.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can after the interview but don’t be concerned if it’s more than a few days before you hear from us.

If you haven’t heard any feedback after a week, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to give you an update on where things are at.

What is the social life like for a Summer Intern?

There are good opportunities to be part of social activities at PwC. As a Summer Intern you’ll get to attend team functions, firm-wide drinks, the Christmas party, social club functions and much more. You’ll really feel like a part of the team during your Summer Internship with us.

When can I apply?

Applications for the 2017 Summer Intern and 2018 Graduate campaign are now closed but keep an eye out for more opportunities throughout the year on our website and on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

We also work with Universities and Technical Institutes who notify students of upcoming opportunities via email.

Look out for us on campus at the beginning of the 2018 term when our next campaign opens. We host a number of events to help answer questions and give you more insights into life at PwC.

When do applications close?

Applications for the 2017 Summer Intern and 2018 Graduate campaign are now now closed but keep an eye out for more opportunities throughout the year.

When do I start as a Graduate?

Our Graduate programme begins in February 2018, following the completion of your final year of study. Applications are not limited to those still studying, however we often have successful applications from people who have completed their studies and are planning to take a year out to complete a foreign exchange, concentrate on a representative sport commitment, or undertake volunteer work before starting their professional career.

Where can my studies take me with PwC?

A career at PwC can lead in numerous directions. Secondments are available to other PwC offices around the world, or in domestic and overseas companies. Even changing teams within the firm provides a new opportunity to learn and diversify. Many PwC alumni hold senior roles in a number of local and international organisations.

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