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Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2012.
Interview Details – The interview was very laid back. I met with three different people in one afternoon. Each seemed really nice, and interested in hiring me. They were more interested in casual talk than even going through the resume. They didn't look at my resume while I was there, but all said, walk me through your resume. I never finished on any of the interviews, because they would stop and want to talk in more detail about what job they are hiring for. The office local was nice (Tyson's area), and very professional.
Interview Question – What do you want to make? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate.
Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.
Interview Details – Going through the recruitment process at KPMG was difficult but rewarding, not many people can do it. First, prepare for an interview with a senior associate or manager. They typically look for someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to business and how business is performed in America. They like to hear about previous work experience and how that plus education can translate into the KPMG work environment. Be personable, talk about school, your family, what you like to do, etc. Remember, they are looking at you to see if you are 1) trainable and 2) if they would feel comfortable presenting you to the client. Be yourself. Prepare for a rigorous and fast paced work environment. Write down a list of important questions to ask the interviewer. If you make it past this round of interviews you will go in for an office interview and meet a partner or two. Your hiring decision is in the partner's hands. Be yourself, be interested and be a motivated individual willing to do hard work.
Interview Question – I was never asked any technical questions, KPMG interviewers do not expect you to be too technical since you will receive technical training for your job. Difficult questions were always like, "What is your best accomplishment" "Tell us a time when you had to make an important decision and how it effected your future" Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Usually, at the associate level there is not much power to negotiate. A large number of people want to work at KPMG therefore associates do not have leverage to negotiate a better salary.
IT Advisory Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
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
Senior Associate - Advisory Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at KPMG US.
Interview Details – I have been in the KPMG process since last 8 weeks. Not sure if this is all real or a set up. The recruiter called and spoke for 5 minutes and said he will get back to me. For 2 weeks no response and then set up a interview date. I met the Partner, Director and Manager. Went through 2-3 hours of interview. All went well. No response. A week later the recruiter calls and lets me know I was short listed for another 5 rounds of interview with 3 managers and 2 directors. I go through 5 rounds. All went well. It's been few days, no response.
It is a shame how KPMG's hiring process works. They talk about being professionals. I think it is more about acting smart than being smart. I read on some blogs that this interviews are not real. They hire cheap H1-B people in other countries and then justify that they were not able to find anybody local of same talent.
Also KPMG prefers to hire people in 20's. I learnt through the interview process, they don't want people with more experience as they won't blend well with the existing staff.
Interview Question – Why would a firm like KPMG will hire you as we have so many candidates coming here everyday for interview. View Answer
Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at KPMG US in January 2009.
Interview Details – The interview process started with a campus interview, and then a referral to the office of my choice. Once I made it past the first round, I was flown into the city of my choosing to interview with senior managers and partners of the firm at the firm's local office.
Interview Question – None of the questions were truly difficult. They did not extend upon the typical textbook behavioral questions that are asked on most interviews. Answer Question
Senior Associate - Advisory Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2012.
Interview Details – provided details to the recruiting personnel and was asked for interview over phone with a director level person.
call went on for 40mins and mostly spoke about previous work experience and 2 scenario based Questions.
after 2 weeks, was asked to attend on site interview with 4 ppl staring with 2 partners, senior lead, director in that order. They made me feel comfortable when I became too conscious and felt all went smoothly/
Was not offered the job though!
Interview Question – scenario based question regarding interaction with client team. Answer Question
Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and interviewed at KPMG US.
Interview Details – I was able to get an interview through a friend. I interviewed directly with a partner rather than having to go through a recruiter.
Interview Question – The partner stated that sometimes there is no room for upward mobility and you have to just wait. How long are you willing to wait? View Answer
IT Advisory, Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at KPMG US in November 2010.
Interview Details – Had a dinner event, was given an opportunity to meet the people from the team . Day 1 was interviewed - was provided few situations and asked behavioral questions, explain what you have written on your resume.
Given a Kpmg related case- very simple but think out aloud and explain the question as you understand it and provide an answer.
Was emailed after few days with a acceptance and a look inside program invite- basically an invite for 2nd round.
The night before the interview, was given a chance to meet more members of the team. Day 2 was interview day , same behavioral plus resume questions only it was 5 rounds with the partners, directors interviewing you but mostly giving you an opportunity to ask them any questions you can. Heard back in a week from the HR with the offer.
Interview Question – What is the most favored customer clause Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations- either take it or leave it scenario
IT Advisory - Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
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!
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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