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IT Advisory Associate Interview

IT Advisory Associate

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at KPMG US in February 2013.

Interview Details – Telephonic interview

Interview Question – DBA can delete the logs of his own activity. How do you audit in such a scenario to check for fraud?   Answer Question


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IT Advisory Associate Interview

IT Advisory Associate

Interviewed at KPMG US

Interview Details – Interviewed with Partner, who was very helpful in answering my questions, and one other associate. And besides that, the interview process was pretty standard. I was asked some basic behavioral questions. Afterwards, some associates took all of the candidates out for coffee so they could ask more questions.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time that a group teammate did not do what he was supposed to do, and what did you do?   Answer Question


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IT Advisory, Associate Interview

IT Advisory, Associate
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2010.

Interview Details – Since it was through my college, I got the invitation to interview for the first round on campus.

First Round:
I met with a Sr. Associate before the interview with whom I had casual conversation about what I studied and all. Though it might not be termed as an interview, the person is evaluating your behavioral and communication skills. I was then escorted by him to the interview room where I met my interviewer who was a manager in the firm. It was the most unpleasant experience as it started with negative questions and comments, to which I was defending my position for the 1/2 hr. It might be one of the interview technique but never heard of it being practiced in Big 4. I learned from other interviewees that they had a similar experience. FYI: after I received the offer I made the HR aware of the experience and it was take very well and I hope they fixed the problem. After 2 weeks I heard back from HR that I was selected for the second round. Work of advice: Prepare well as you never know what might come your way. The interview was little technical and mainly behavioral.

 Second Round:
This constituted a day long process of presentation, group-activity, breakfast, lunch, and two personal interviews. There were close to 30-40 interviewees with me, which was quite intimidating. Keep your spirits high to sustain the pressure. First, a partner gave a presentation of the business and the positions available. This was followed by formation of small groups to which a person was assigned to explain one of the key benefit of working at KPMG for which we had to prepare a small skit. This can be challenging as its matter of 5-10mins that you are asked to collaborate with 5 other interviewees and come up with a skit. I decided to be engaged but could not take a lead. This was the eye-opener of the level of people you will be competing with. This was followed by lunch with staff level employees, so be prepared for some good questions to show them your interest and commitment towards the company. You might wonder if all this is required, but now I participate in campus recruitment and we do give feedback about the interviewees we talked to. So be prepared to present your A game. After this there were two rounds of interview with Manager/Sr. Manager/Partner level people. Again little technical and more behavioral. Resources that helped me was glassdoor questions, general behavioral questions list, thorough research about the position and the structure of the company...and last but not the least Youtube. Yes! I saw couple of interviews of C level KPMG executives talking about the practice, problems facing the industry and practice, and outlook of growth in the coming years. This gave me the tools to speak their language and be well read of their problems and opportunities. This was the biggest help and probably a game changer.

I received a call after approx 20 days informing about the offer which I happily accepted! Hope this helped.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself   View Answer
  • Tell me about a project (one listed in the resume) and the challenges you faced. How did you resolve this   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I didnt negotiate as I thought I didnt have the leverage since this was my first one after school.


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IT Advisory - Associate Interview

IT Advisory - Associate
McLean, VA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2012.

Interview Details – First i applied through my campus university website. I got invited to an on campus interview. The night before i attended a pre-interview dinner at a restaurant. The next day i had an on campus 30 minute interview 1:1 with a senior IT Associate. I met my interviewer the night before at the dinner. The dinner plus the on campus interview was very relaxed and casual.

After my on campus interview the next day i got a call inviting me to attend the second round interview in 5 days. The second round interview was 8 hours long. It consisted of presentations , team building exercise, 2 back to back interviews, and then dinner. This whole 8 hour day is very relaxed and nothing to worry about. The people that work for KPMG are great people and very kind. All the interviews you will have with them will be conversational based. Just talk to them. They want to hear about you and what you know.

So then two weeks later i got the "Congratulations" Call.

Hope this helps!

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate. The salary they offered to me was fine with me. I was happy with what they offered me.


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Associate, IT Advisory Interview

Associate, IT Advisory
New York, NY

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

Interview Details – The entire process was very well structured. There are 2 stages to the interview: one is on campus and the other is an all expense paid on site visit. Communications are very prompt. The on-site visit consist of two interviews, a tour of the facilities, and lunch. Everyone i met were extremely friendly and positive, this includes senior managers. The campus recruiter took us out for dinner after the offers came out so he could answer any additional questions that we may have and just to hang out with us. The logistics for the on-site visit are well managed with an online booking system that lets you book flights in under 5 minutes. The hotel was very close to the office (literally 5 minutes away). One can tell that they genuinely care about the potential candidates and the employees in that in the wealth of information packets they gave out, there are information for where to find good housing options and tips on where to enjoy yourself in NYC.

Interview Question – Who do you think is ultimately attributable for the financial crisis of 2008?   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

IT Advisory Associate Interview

IT Advisory Associate
New York, NY

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

Interview Details – had a on-campus interview which was pretty easy with all the behavior oriented questions, then was called up for the on site interview in New York city.Had a set of 1:1 interviews in the second round which was more like going through the resume, your interests and so on.

Interview Question – what does it take to become a good consultant?   Answer Question


No Offer

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Easy Interview

IT Advisory Associate Interview

IT Advisory Associate
Atlanta, GA

The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2011.

Interview Details – Allied through college website. Invited for a trivia night on the eve of interview. It was a good opportunity to interact with interviewers in an informal setting. The interview was fairly easy with questions based on the resume and experience. The interview was for 45 minutes. I received very positive and encouraging feedback during interview however I was not invited to second round of interviews. The employees came off as warm and collaborative in nature. Only issue was that I was led to believe that I will be invited for second round but I did not get the offer. Take any on the spot feedback with a pinch of salt.

Interview Question – Tell me about your experience at college.   Answer Question


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IT Advisory Associate Interview

IT Advisory Associate
Charlotte, NC

The process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in August 2011.

Interview Details – Started with a Phone Screen where the outcome was somewhat unclear for a couple of weeks. Got a call out of the blue where I was notified that I had made it to the office visit stage. The receptionist at the office, once I got off the elevator, was a little bit rude. She did not greet me with a smile (as I was accustomed to from other firms/offices) and told me I could wait in the lobby area right behind her desk.

I interviewed with a Senior Manager and a Partner. Both were extremely short-lived (30 mins) where they basically wanted to get an idea of me and what my interests were. I stressed about it and had prepared a lot of answers for questions I did not get asked. Typical questions such as "tell me about yourself" and "why advisory?" were definitely hit on. However, I was surprised that I did not get the "Why KPMG?"

Lunch with a Senior and Associate level staff followed the interviews. The lunch was nice, but I didn't get the best impression from the Senior. They struck me as a little bit conceited and trying to sell KPMG too much (at that point, I had already been sold...it was a little over the top for me)

If I had to offer some advice for other candidates, make sure to be aggressive and know where you stand in the interview. Don't wait until afterwards to wonder "well, did I make a good impression?"

All in all, I didn't get the position. However, I would have to say that I was disappointed seeing as I how I really wanted the job and felt like it was a good fit.

Interview Question – Are you willing to work hard for me?   View Answer


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

IT Advisory Associate Interview

IT Advisory Associate
Atlanta, GA

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

Interview Details – I applied through my school's career services website and got an on-campus interview. This consisted of going through specific items on my resume with a senior advisory associate. There were some simple technical questions, but only because I had mentioned specific technical experience on my resume. HR said I would hear about the outcome in two weeks, and in exactly two weeks I received a phone call inviting me to the on-site interviews.

For the second round of interviews they put me up in nice hotel adjacent to their office building the night before (seems like fewer companies are doing this lately). There were two 1:1 interviews, both with managers in Advisory. The first was another round of going through my resume and talking about myself, and the second consisted of the manager asking me some typical behavioral interview questions from a list. Afterward some younger associates took the candidates to lunch. Overall it was a nice experience; everyone was friendly and positive about their work.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you used your authority to prove a point.   Answer Question


3 people found this helpful

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Positive Experience

Average Interview

Associate, IT Advisory Interview

Associate, IT Advisory
Short Hills, NJ

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in January 2011.

Interview Details – I was contacted by recruiter for initial resume walk through and also to know about my willingness to travel, relocation, Visa status, H1B Sponsorship requirement and as well as minimum expected salary. Then there was a phone interview by the manager of the project team where I was supposed to be working. It was for 30min and asked me about resume and past experiences. I am a Masters student with 3 years of IT experience. The manager spoke about the project and the work culture at KPMG.

After phone interview there was a 1:1 interview with the same manager where I was asked about basic standard questions like "Tell me about yourself apart from what is present in the resume?". Later he gave a case study relating to SDLC.I think probably he was checking my confidence level to answer the question as well as how fast & correct I would be able to answer it. Did pretty well. He gave his business card. I sent him thank you mail. later was contacted by recruiter stating that I am through this round probably have to face 2 partner interviews.

After 15 days he again called back and said that there is no need of partner interviews and I have been selected and promised me to make an offer within a week. This was almost delayed by 3 weeks and finally got the offer letter. Accepted and sent back the next day. Recruiters are really friendly and follow up quickly for the questions asked. Don't hesitate to ask the format of Interview or any other questions with recruiter as they would be really helpful.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself?   Answer Question
  • Given a scenario of adapting Agile methodology in a mobile company who have been following waterfall method from 20 years, how would you convince the client to follow Agile?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was really difficult. But still would insist to do so. I could increase it by very small margin.

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