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KPMG Auditor Intern Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 6, 2014
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Chicago, IL

The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at KPMG in March 2011.

Interview Details – Was offered a first on-campus interview through campus recruiting with a KPMG campus recruiting manager. This first interview was only 30 minutes and strictly behavioral ("Tell me about a time when..."). Was asked a few questions in regards to my resume, wrapped up the interview and was told I would hear back within a week. The same night I received the email inviting me to their second round interviews, or "Inside Look Program." The Inside Look Program was a 2 day event, with the first night being a dinner and networking event at different restaurants in the city, and the second day being a full day at the Chicago office. Presentations, ice breaker activities, lunch, and two 45-minute one-on-one interviews comprised the second day. The interviews were with a Partner and a Senior Manager. My interview with the Senior Manager consisted of going over my resume for 10 minutes, and then her opening it up to my questions for the next 35 minutes. Interview with the Partner was straightforward.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you when you had to make an unfavorable decision and how did you go about executing the decision.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Los Angeles, CA

The process took 2 days - interviewed at KPMG in February 2009.

Interview Details – For the summer internship for college students, there was first a 1:1 interview on your college campus, most likely through the Career and Job Center. This was with a manager, senior manager, or more rarely, a partner.

If you made it past the 1st round, then you were invited to do in-house interviews, which consisted of 3 1:1 interviews, with managers, senior managers, directors, and/or partners. You were also taken out to lunch or dinner (depending on the time of your visit) with fellow interviewees and senior associates or 2nd/3rd year associates.

Generally, there are no technical questions. Just behavioral. Though maybe you will get an oddball interviewer and get asked how to account for revenue recognition or something basic like that.

Around the 2 interview days there would also be 1-3 firm social/networking events that you should try to attend to meet other employees and get a sense for the people at the company, what they like about the company, and what they don't like (though they are more hesitant to reveal the latter). Throughout all of the interaction processes, make sure you are consciously presenting yourself in a way that would want the company to hire you... friendly, smart, diligent worker.

Interview Question – What are signs/examples that a company can misstate an account?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I did not attempt to negotiate, though I'm sure it's possible for full time hires. (not sure about internship negotiations)

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Anonymous Employee
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at KPMG in March 2011.

Interview Details – I got this interview opportunity through campus career center. I had my first round interview with a Senior manager in KPMG Silicon Vally Office. The Monday after the first round interview, I got called by the interviewer and the HR manager and scheduled the second round two and half weeks after that. The second round consists of the pre-interview social, presentations from the firm, two team-building activities, two 1:1 interviews. First round interview was mainly about the resume, teamwork experience and time management. For second round, one of them focused on the resume, the other one focused on Behavioral questions. But in general, all the interviews are very very conversational.
Got called same day evening to be extended this offer.

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Anonymous Employee
Chicago, IL

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at KPMG in February 2011.

Interview Details – Started with an on campus interview, very laid back and conversational. Then at the office a couple of weeks later there were two interviews. One with a senior manager which was more of an interview with behavior based questions and one with a partner which was more of a conversation.

Interview Question – What is your biggest concern about going into public accounting?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. They are very helpful however.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Diego, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG in February 2011.

Interview Details – While I didn't receive the an offer, the partner with which I interviewed was professional and amicable. After the review, he even provided feedback regarding what I should work to improve. I am continuing to pursue a career with KPMG, and hopefully, his feedback will be instrumental in my success.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you were faced with a difficult situation and worked with a group to tackle it.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Boston, MA

I applied through college or university and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG in November 2010.

Interview Details – I applied to KPMG through the college career connection site, then was offered the first round of interview. The interview as with the recruiter from HR department and was mostly bahaviour. It was very casual and was more like a conversation than an interview. I've waited about a week and a half, then got called in for on-site interview. The visiting day at the office was wonderful. The interview was with the Audit Senior Manager. Once again, the interview was very casual and mostly behaviour. I waited about 2 weeks and got a phone call.

Interview Question – Describe a time when I had to deal with my weakness in a group setting   Answer Question

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG in October 2010.

Interview Details – I got the interview invitation from school's career service, and the interview was conducted at the office of career service. The Senior Manager asked me several question, like "Tell me about your leadership experience", "How did you handle confrontation?" Then he let me ask him questions. I can feel from the very beginning that he's not interested at all, because he kept on looking at the clock on the wall. But that's not my fault, I think my performance was beyond average.

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Anonymous Employee
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG in November 2010.

Interview Details – The first round interview was at the school career center, and after two days, the HR called and informed me of the second round interview, which was in New York.
The second round interview was from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and they had presentation, group projects, and a "speed recruiting" event.
The people there were really really nice, and I really love talking with them.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Philadelphia, PA

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at KPMG in November 2010.

Interview Details – First met on campus with a senior manager who asked basic behavioral questions and wanted to make sure I could communicate. Next was invited into Philadelphia office for the Inside Look Program. This consisted of a panel discussion, office tour, and two interviews with a Partner and Audit Manager. These were the same type interviews that wanted to test to see if you could communicate in a professional environment. Everyone was very nice in the office. My advice would be to relax and be yourself and just answer the questions honestly.

Interview Question – Tell me a time when you were in a tough situation with a group project and how you dealt with it?   View Answers (2)

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Luis Obispo, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at KPMG in October 2009.

Interview Details – I got the on-campus interview through a referral from one of my accounting teachers. The interview went well and wasn't too challenging if you're prepared. The HR recruiter was pretty laid back and asked me pretty basic questions, like to explain my experiences from my resume and to explain a bad group experience. A few days later she called and asked me to go to second-round interviews at the firm, and I accepted. The first thing they had us do was check in at the hotel they provided all interviewees, and attend a dinner with their employees to get to know them. The next morning we were to drive to their firm where we were given a full day of activities. First was breakfast and then a panel put on by 3 partners, giving us more information about KPMG. Next were a couple more 30-minute interviews with a manager and a partner. Again the interviews weren't too challenging, they just seemed to ask questions based of my resume. Once that was complete we were given a tour of the building, then were paired with another interviewee and went out to lunch with a couple staff associates. The last event of the day was a quick recap on the firm.

Interview Question – You will be doing a lot of group work as an auditor, so please explain a time when you were faced with a difficult team project and how you handled it.   View Answer

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