KPMG US Advisory Associate Interview Questions

Updated Mar 31, 2015
Updated Mar 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    No Offer
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (San Francisco, CA) in October 2012.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • scenario based question regarding interaction with client team.   Answer Question
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at KPMG US (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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?   1 Answer
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    IT Advisory - Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    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

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    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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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (McLean, VA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate.

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    Senior Associate Advisory Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (McLean, VA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    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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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Miami, FL) in February 2012.

    Interview

    The interview process began about 2 weeks after the career fair at my university. The night before the interview there was a meet and greet at a local upscale restaurant. This gave all the candidates and opportunity to meet some of the partners and managers as well as some newly hired associates. These type of events are a great opportunity to speak with the people that could be interviewing you the following day.

    The first interview took place on campus and consisted of a 1:1 interview by a partner. The interviewer asked basic behavioral questions and we discussed my resume. He also explained the position in great detail. Overall, the interview was relaxed with no surprise questions or anything that I was not expecting.

    -Why KPMG?
    -Why advisory?

    Less than a week after the first interview I was notified that I had been selected for an office visit in Miami. I was given very flexible travel accommodations. Me and the other candidates were picked up from the airport in Miami in an Escalade and taken to the Intercontinental Hotel, which is a very nice hotel located directly adjacent to the KPMG office building. We were offered to be reimbursed for up to $34 for dinner the night before the office visit.

    The office visit lasted about 5 hours. All of the candidates gathered in a meeting room and were given several presentations by a recruiter. The atmosphere was very relaxed. We each were interviewed three time by various managers and partners. After the interviews were over, we were taken out to lunch by two managers. Once again, the atmosphere was very relaxed and enjoyable. We then returned to the office, were picked up again, and taken back to the airport.

    The whole process was very well structured. They definitely spare no expense to give their interviewees a great experience.

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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Grand Rapids, MI) in November 2011.

    Interview

    The recruiters are great at keeping in contact with you throughout the process but it takes a LONG time. Even after a job offer is extended to you make sure all your ducks are in a row before you give notice to your current employer. Things can get pushed out depending on when they need you.

    Interview Questions

    • What technical experience do you have that would best serve our clients needs?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No room for negotiation. I tried and got shot down. Ultimately it was more than I was currently making so I accepted. But substantial raises are hard to come by so knowing that now I wish I had tried harder.

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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (San Francisco, CA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    1 Phone Interview - HR.
    1 Phone Interview - Risk Consulting Director
    3 in Person - 30 min interviews. 1 Manager, 1 Snr Mgr and 1 Partner.

    Resume review, one of the in person interview was technical, 1 was chilled out and another was with the Partner mostly wanting to get a feel of where they could staff me.

    Advice would be to be yourself!

    Interview Questions

    • TCP/IP Knowledge? Describing a Wi-Fi Implementation?   Answer Question
    • Why I wanted to leave my current position, and why I was choosing KPMG?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Put a $$ on yourself and go with it. If you dont have experience, you will learn alot on this job and be worth a lot more soon so just suck it up.

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    Advisory Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Denver, CO) in October 2011.

    Interview

    pretty informal, mostly interested in any previous skills in databases and my interest in IT.

    Interview Questions

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