KPMG US IT Advisory - Associate Interview Questions

Updated Jun 30, 2015
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IT Advisory Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at KPMG US in February 2013.

Interview

Telephonic interview

Interview Questions

  • 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

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (New York, NY) in July 2012.

    Interview

    Started out with the phone conversation. Leading to 3 interviews during the same day. After the interviews were completed, escorted out by the last interviewing manager or HR representative.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation when you had a difference of opinions with your manager.   Answer Question
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    IT Advisory - Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (McLean, VA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    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

    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

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at KPMG US (New York, NY) in October 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Who do you think is ultimately attributable for the financial crisis of 2008?   Answer Question
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    IT Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Atlanta, GA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    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.

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    IT Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (New York, NY) in October 2011.

    Interview

    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.

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    IT Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at KPMG US (Charlotte, NC) in August 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Are you willing to work hard for me?   1 Answer
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    IT Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Atlanta, GA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Describe a time when you used your authority to prove a point.   Answer Question
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    Associate IT Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Dallas, TX) in February 2011.

    Interview

    Originally contacted by a recruiter. Had a phone screen with him and then another phone interview with a senior manager. I was then asked to come into the office for another round of interviews. In the office, I met with 3 other people (manager, senior manager, partner). The interviews in the office were much different than I expected. The were extremely nice which helped create a more relaxed atmosphere.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There wasn't much of a negotiating phase. The offer I received was fair.

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    Associate, IT Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Short Hills, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Short Hills, NJ) in January 2011.

    Interview

    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

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

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