KPMG - Audit Programme - KPMG Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Audit Programme - KPMG

    4.0/5 | Interview date: July 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Accounting

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Tasks: An initial verbal reasoning test to assess there was no wrongdoing during the online test. This was then followed with the unique KPMG immersive assessment centre (based on an imaginary company), where tasks followed what would be a typical day for a new graduate. This included a Virtual Office exercise, writing a report with recommendations based on the company, and then two role-playing exercises with a potential client and your manager. The format was designed as a natural progression as you learned more about the company, for example you could use all the information you gathered from the in-tray exercise to use in the client meeting.

    Most difficult question

    Due to the nature of the immersive AC there were not any personal questions asked. I would say some of the questions from the potential client were difficult, where the exercise is designed for the client to have aggrievances and you need to overcome them and build a relationship. So for example one question the client had was "in the past we have had a difficult working relationship, how do you plan to overcome this in future?". This required innovative and immediate quick-thinking answers to address client concerns.

    Interview tips

    Carefully choose which information to read, if you analyse everything given to you, you will easily run out of time on all of the tasks.
    Relax as much as possible during the role-playing exercises, although make sure you time keep during your client meeting.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    We all did a verbal reasoning test consisting of 30 questions in 17 minutes. After this the immersive assessment centre begun, prior to starting the tasks everyone was given 15 minutes to take in all the background information we had been given. In the morning everyone did an in-tray exercise lasting an hour, and then the virtual office exercise lasting an hour as well. In the afternoon, the groups were split up with some doing their role-playing exercises, whilst the rest of the group had lunch. After every single task there was also a 10 minute self-review exercise where we commented on what went well, what did not go so well, and how we might change our approach if we faced with a similar scenario in future.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 3/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Audit Programme - KPMG

    4.7143/5 | Interview date: June 2018 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Finance

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    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?'

    Interview tips

    Top Tips
    Phone interview
    -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.

    Assessment Center
    -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.
    -be confident
    -talk to the other graduates at the lunch break

    Partner Interview
    -be yourself
    -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.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Audit Programme - KPMG

    3.4286/5 | Interview date: June 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Accounting

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The first stage of the application was the personal information and then there was a situational, numerical and verbal reasoning test.
    After this was a phone interview which lasted about 45 minutes. The interviewer introduced them self and told me about their background. Then it was straight into the interview questions. It was a competency based interview focusing on KPMG's competencies of career motivation, delivering quality, collaboration, continuous improvement, professional judgment, seizing business opportunities, innovation and resilience.
    They also asked a fair amount of questions about commercial awareness. This was my first interview and wasn't as prepared as I should have been so some of the questions caught me off guard and I didn't really provide good answers to the questions. The interviewer was friendly enough but if you haven't done your research, the interview will be tricky. The interviewer would ask a lot of follow up questions to your answers such as "Why do you think that?"

    Most difficult question

    Pick a company that has had some troubles over the past couple of years and give four ways to help this company.
    What has been going on in the business world that affects the company.
    A more junior staff member undermines you in a presentation to a client stating that what you are proposing could be done more efficiently. How do you respond to the staff member? How do you respond to the client?

    Interview tips

    Make sure to do your research on the company and the role and what you will be doing in your first year. Work on commercial awareness and read websites such as Accountancy Age. Don't go in underprepared as you cannot provide adequate answers to some of the questions without preparation.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Did not attend assessment centre

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 3/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 3/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 3/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5

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