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SAP Advisory Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in April 2011.
Interview Details – I got an e-mail from Kpmg that someone was going to call me. A gentleman called and introduced himself to me as a senior ERP manager. He asked me a few technical questions. Took 20 minutes, and he promised someone from Kpmg was going to let me know about the outcome of the interview. Never heard from them ever again. Tried to call and inquire about the status of my application, No reply to my e-mails, No answer to my calls.
Interview Question – Explain your strong areas in SAP ERP Answer Question
Associate - Financial Advisory Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview with a recruiter and a manager. They flew me to NYC and I had a one on one with a Manager and a partner. The HR got back to me with a positive feedback. I did not receive the offer because I negotiated with them.
Interview Question – How many traffic signals in NYC? View Answer
Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in June 2011.
Interview Details – 1. Initial discussion with recruiter about positions they're seeking to fill, requirements, past projects, willingness to travel, visa sponsorship, salary expectation, etc.
2. Phone interview next week with Senior Manager. Interviewer briefed about the position, resume review, questions on past projects, technical questions. Last 10mins, I was allowed to ask the interviewer any questions
3. Invited for an onsite visit 2 weeks later. Interview with Managing Director & Senior Manager. Both conversational, talking about past projects in detail, behavioral questions.
Still waiting for a reply.
- Why KPMG? Answer Question
- Describe an issue that you faced in your past project? How did you handle it? Did it affect relationships at work? Answer Question
- Presented different phases of SDLC and asked me which one I would fit in. Answer Question
- Questions on teamwork, strength of teams, my role in the team Answer Question
IT Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
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
Associate, IT Advisory Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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.
- 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.
Associate IT Advisory Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in February 2011.
Interview Details – 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.
Negotiation Details – There wasn't much of a negotiating phase. The offer I received was fair.
IT Advisory - Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in November 2010.
Interview Details – After the phone interview was called to NYC for 2 interview round. The process started from 9.30am to 9.30pm in the night. Two 1:1 interviews, presentations, asked to make a group presentation and finally something called speed recruiting based on speed dating concept. 5 interviews in 40 mins each for 8 mins. Questions were based on experience based and also what if types. A interviewer wanted to know answers to typical scenarios which required brainstorming of ideas.
Received an offer the next day. But it was way too low to be accepted. Its like 50% less than my other software position offer from another company. I wanted to take the job but I dont think I ll be able to even survive with the salary KPMG offers that too in NYC. If any KPMG recruiter reads this please do something to increase ur salary structure. Being a masters student with 2 yr experience I am being given same salary of that of an undergrad. Hmmfff....better I stick with my Software job than, paying from my parents pocket to live in NYC
Interview Question – Ques were scenario based. If client is in some situation how u as a consultant would advise. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Offer too low
IT Advisory Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2010.
Interview Details – There was a pre-interview meet and greet with hors d'oeuvres that was really pleasant. It was nice to meet the person you'd be interviewing with in a more casual setting. My interview consisted of a conversation with someone who was enjoyable but knew little about the department I'd be working in and gave me little opportunity to showcase my true (and applicable) skills. I never received a reply from my thank-you and it took several weeks and an email in the middle of the night on a Saturday to inform me that I wasn't invited to further rounds. The process was certainly pleasant, but I don't feel I was given the adequate opportunity.
Interview Question – What are your strengths? Weaknesses? Answer Question
Advisory Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.
Interview Details – Had a meet the firm night before interview. Had interview with basic behavioral questions. Interviewer was friendly and seemed receptive. Got call back 1 week later for second round in NY.
Interview Question – Why Advisory? Answer Question
Associate, IT Advisory Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.
Interview Details – Only behavioral questions and the interviewer was nice to talk to.
Interview Question – What was the most difficult situation happened to you for the last one year and how did you solve it? Answer Question
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