The first interview will last approximately 45 minutes and will be by a manager from your line of service (or occasionally someone from HR). It is a competency-based interview. You will be asked a number of questions, which will profile your experience against the key competencies described above. Ideally, you should also aim to display the following attributes:
1. Commitment to teamwork.
2. Ability and desire to lead and inspire.
3. Respectability and responsibility - are you how the company would like to be perceived by clients.
4. Ethical and truthful - are you trustworthy and can you demonstrate your integrity.
You will participate in 4 or 5 activities during your Assessment Centre: a client meeting, a manager meeting, a Virtual Office Exercise, an Analysis Exercise, and in some cases, a final interview.
Remember, the other candidates present at your Assessment Centre may not necessarily be applying for the same service lines as you, so there is no need to be overly aggressive or competitive. It will probably be frowned upon by the KMPG team. Following your Assessment Centre, you will be given an opportunity to assess your own performance on the exercises. Use this opportunity to explain your actions and recommendations.
My final interview was a relaxed interview with a partner which took an hour. We covered some basic competency questions, two situational judgements, and then an informal chat about how auditing is evolving.
Most difficult question
In the mock meeting with client. 'How will you improve the service provided by your company?'
In the mock meeting with manager. 'What will you do to take more responsibility?'
-make sure you know alot about the proffesional service industry
-make sure you know alot about kpmg
-make sure you know alot about their competitors, and kpmg' competitive advanatage
- make sure you know alot about the service line that you are applying to
-make sure you read the 9 company competencies listed on their website. This is what you will be assessed against.
-make sure you have a range of examples where you have shown the transferable skills that would be useful for the job.
-make sure you work quickly and do not waste time reading every ounce of detail
-make sure you spelling and grammar is correct. They are looking for a professional graduate.
-look smart, this will make a good impression in the mock meetings.
-talk to the other graduates at the lunch break
-they are trying to see what you are really like/ are you a good fit
-enjoy it, it's very relaxed and they are pitching kpmg to you, just as much as they are assessing you.
Experiences at the assessment centre
During the AC, you will complete an analysis exercise, which takes an hour, digesting about 10 pages of information and then writing a report on the findings. Then you'll will take an e-tray exercise, also an hour long. This requires answering e-mails, voice-mails, video calls all within the allotted time. Finally you will have two mock meetings, one with a potential client, building a relationship, and one with your manager, assessing your individual performance.
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