At PwC, hiring is a big deal.
According to US talent acquisition lead Rod Adams, the company hires anywhere from 15,000 to 16,000 new workers every year, including about 4,000 interns.
Thousands of those new hires are recent grads, he tells Business Insider.
So how can college students set themselves up to land a job at the “Big Four” accounting firm?
Adams, who’s interviewed about 5,000 candidates since joining PwC in 1995, says it’s crucial to not leave things until the last minute.
“In the super competitive world that we’re in, they need to get involved early in their college career,” he tells Business Insider. “We start relationship-building and recruiting as early as freshman year in college.”
He adds that PwC usually hires entry-level workers nine to 12 months before their start date.
So if you’re a graduating senior scrambling to land a job, you’re probably out of luck.
From there, college students should strive to form relationships with recruiters and demonstrate their technical skills and enthusiasm for PwC. That means asking lots of questions, Adams says.
“Show a desire to not only learn about the firm, but to meet people and learn about what they do,” Adams says.
“Our firm is very focused on our purpose, and we want to hire people who are driven by their own purpose and by whatever’s important to them,” he says.
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