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KPMG US Senior Associate - Advisory Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2014
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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.

Interview Details – Be honest, listen intently and ask good questions

Interview Question – Had to do with an ethical situation and how you respond   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Pretty cut and dry -


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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in January 2013.

Interview Details – I applied online and received an email from a KPMG recruiter within 2 days asking me to schedule a phone screen with her. Within a week I was asked to come in for an 1:1 interview at their New York office and met with 2 managers. I received an offer the very next day.

Interview Question – Some behavioral questions, what is an area you would like to improve,   Answer Question


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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ months - interviewed at KPMG US.

Interview Details – Very smooth interview process. I was referred by a current employee. No prescreening round by the HR. 1st round - behavioral questions with Managing Director over the phone. Lasted 30 mins. Plenty of time to ask questions about the company. 2nd round - flown to Atlanta to meet up with 3 interviewers - one Principal and 2 Managers. Again, behavioral questions lasting 30 - 45 mins. Don't focus on just one interviewer. Each interview matters!


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Senior Associate Advisory Interview

Senior Associate Advisory
McLean, VA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in February 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process was very straight forward. I was initially contacted by a recruiter through LinkedIn that was relatively new to the sector that I was working in with my previous employer. The recruiter asked if I would be able to do an informational interview about my sector, which I agreed to, and then from there the relationship developed and she asked if I'd be interested in speaking with another recruiter that handles experienced hires; I agreed.

The second call I did was a phone interview with the experienced hire recruiter, which was more or less her telling me about the opportunities available within the firm. She also asked if I could quickly walk through my resume. Upon describing my experiences, I was asked to come in and interview with a partner and manager.

The first interview was with a partner within the advisory arm. The interview was fantastic. It consisted mostly of describing my experiences leading organizations and consulting teams to deliver products and results for the client. This interview lasted about 45 minutes, and was really more of a conversation than a formal interview.

I then interviewed with 2 managers. The interview was also very conversational with most of the questions asking me to describe leadership and management, as well as a few questions around topics such as "describe metrics that you would use to track the progress and success of merging/restructing organizations." "

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Senior Advisory Associate Interview

Senior Advisory Associate
Dallas, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in January 2010.

Interview Details – I was brought in by a partner, so my interview process was very abbreviated. I only spoke with one Senior Manager who didn't interview me but gave a description of the culture at KPMG. After that interview I had to wait a few weeks for the job offer because at the time KPMG was going from a regional model to a national model. I lived in a different region than the partner so my hire had to be approved.

Interview Question – Tell me about your background.   View Answer


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Advisory Senior Associate Interview

Advisory Senior Associate
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2008.

Interview Details – I had a phone interview with the HR recruiter, then a phone interview with a manager in the practice I was interested in. I then had an onsite interview with three managers individually, followed by an interview with the partner. It took 4 hours in the Chicago office. The interviews were pretty straight forward - a few behavioral questions but mostly questions about direct work experience. I received an offer a few weeks later, then had two weeks to make a decision.

Interview Question – Describe a poor decision you made and what you learned from the experience.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I attempted to negotiate through the internal recruiter (instead of the hiring manager) and I go not considerations. If I could do it differently, I would definitely contact the hiring manager or partner directly.


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Advisory Senior Associate Interview

Advisory Senior Associate
Mountain View, CA

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in November 2008.

Interview Details – Went in for 45 minute individual interviews with all managment (4 people) in the department. Sent in my resume after the interviews.

Interview Questions

  • Name a difficult situation you've overcome.   View Answer
  • Give an example of strengths and weaknesses.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


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Advisory Senior Associate Interview

Advisory Senior Associate
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2010.

Interview Details – Interview process has three phases. HR round followed by technical round which is conducted by Manager or Senior Manager level. HR and technical round is generally conducted over a phone. After completing the technical round, if candidate is through, there will be partners round which is done through video conferencing or in person at the respective location/ branch.

Interview Question – I had been asked some I Q questions related to tricky mathematics during the final round of interview which was quite unexpected.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – This was my first job and I needed the brand in my CV. I did not do the negotiation as they told me that they have fixed minimum salary for each band


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Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

Senior Associate - Advisory

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in July 2012.

Interview Details – Had a common friend so was able to skip initial online application. Conducted brief phone interview / screening with hiring manager. Few days later had a more in-depth phone interview with national recruiter. Two weeks later had a phone interview with the Partner managing the team I would potentially join. Was asked to fly out to office for interview loop with four members from the team (1 partner, 1 director, 1 manager, and 1 senior associate). Couple days later, received call from national recruiter that I would be offered the job.

Interview Question – Nothing overly surprising. Just needed to be confident and on my toes. Mostly behavioral or business process related questions. Stuff I should know at this point in my career.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Some negotiation.


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Easy Interview

Advisory Senior Associate Interview

Advisory Senior Associate

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at KPMG US in January 2011.

Interview Details – Telephonic round consisted:
 1) HR Round
     It was pretty simple, questions on ur experience, Salary expectations etc.
 2) Technical round
      Was also good, nice questions were asked.
Then there was a Partner round with the Director, which went well.

Interview Question – Are you ready to work in Africa?   Answer Question

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