KPMG International Senior Associate Interview Questions

Updated Apr 5, 2015
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Senior Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at KPMG International (Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)).

Interview

I was headhunted by a recruiter. Following the initial contact by the recruiter, I had 1 HR round followed by 1 round with a Director and 1 with a Partner. The process was fairly structured and went smoothly.

Interview Questions

  • Mostly based on CV and prior experience. Also asked to solve a mini case.   1 Answer

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at KPMG International (Singapore (Singapore)).

    Interview

    Phone interview: Standard HR questions

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cologne (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at KPMG International (Cologne (Germany)).

    Interview

    Zwei persönliche Einzelgespräche. Das erste mit meinem späteren Partner und das zweite mit dem Leiter des Aufgabenbereichs. Alles sehr zwanglos, grundsätzliche technische Fragen, ähnlich wie bei einer typischen Unterhaltung über die Arbeit. Wirklich gut. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass man mich einfach nur kennenlernen und sicherstellen wollte, dass man in das Unternehmen passt.

    Two personal 1-on-1 interviews. The 1st with my later partner and 2nd with the function head. All very casual, basic technical questions like usual small talk about work. Very nice actually. People made the impression that they just wanted to get to know you and make sure you fit in.

    Interview Questions

    • Sonst keine komischen Fragen, nur warum ich in der Highschool das eine Mal schlechte Noten hatte :-), kein Scherz...ich antwortete, dass ich in dem Fall echt daneben gewesen wäre und wir haben darüber gelacht.   No funny questions asked. Only why I had this one bad mark in highschool :-) not joking.. I just replied that I flunked this one pretty hard and we laughed at it.   1 Answer
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at KPMG International in November 2012.

    Interview

    One of my friends work with KPMG in India. I was previously working with Deloitte India in Internal Audit department. Since the Internal Audit function involves heavy travelling to client locations spread across the nation, I was looking for an opportunity to work with any of the Big 4 in such a service line where I can work from the local office. So when I learned about an opportunity for working with the firm, I immediately mailed my resume / CV for the perusal of human resource department (HRD). On receipt of my resume, an official from HRD called me up for setting up a personal interview with the Manager (Tax & Regulatory - Indirect Tax). The interview went well. The Manager asked me lot many technical questions regarding Indirect Tax and why am I looking for a change in service line and why did I choose to work for KPMG? At the end, he seemed to be satisfied with my answers and told me that he will be arranging for Partner's round of interview soon. The Partner's interview was scheduled within a week. It was again a personal interview. When I entered the Partner's cabin, I saw that one Senior Manager, along with the Partner, was sitting there to interview me. I greeted them, took a seat and the interview begun. The Partner introduced himself including the Senior Manager and very expressly told me that he does not have any interest in knowing what knowledge I possess in the field of Indirect Taxation. On the contrary, he asked to share my work experience in the area of Internal Audit from day I joined 3 years rigorous training as a student of Chartered Accountancy till the date. I narrated my work experience in detail which went long for 30 minutes. Then came the turn of the Senior Manager who also had plenty of Internal Audit experience with the KPMG India. He asked many questions such as what were my audit findings, what was the financial impact on the clients I handled, how much value I added to clients' business processes to mitigate the inherent risk, how I detected the audit issues, did the client agreed with those observations, did the client asked me to compromise on any issue and how I reacted in such situation if faced. The interview with the Senior Manager went long for 60 minutes. He also tested me on case studies on some technical issues pertaining to Indirect Tax to assess my drafting skills. At the end, they confirmed me and gave a letter offering job with the firm. Thats how I become part of KPMG in India family.

    Interview Questions

    • Generally one expects that majority of the questions asked during interview should pertain to proposed job profiles. However, in third and final round of interview, I was asked all the questions pertaining to my previous job profile which was very distinct from the proposed one and I was specifically told by my Partner, final interviewer, that I should share my work experience of previous job profile and he had assumed that I don't have any knowledge whatsoever in relation to proposed job profile.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Did not do any negotiation as the offer was the best. Just grabbed it.

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at KPMG International (Gurgaon, Haryana (India)) in April 2012.

    Interview

    An easy written round, followed by two rounds (one round with your future manager and one with director). If you go through all three, an interview with HR, who documents your experiences and expectations

    Interview Questions

    • No technical questions were asked   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    The firm knew in advance about my present compensation, experience and expectation. Yet I was offered a similar position as my current employer and the same salary !! A day wasted for the interview with KPMG

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