KPMG Interview Questions

Updated Aug 31, 2015
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at KPMG in September 2009.

    Interview

    Initial contact was a very quick and general phone interview about why I was interested in the position. I was invited to interview with 2 fairly senior individuals in the group. My first 1:1 interview was very intense and very technical. I was asked very specific statistics and financial valuation questions. The first interview felt rushed and there was no Q&A at the end. The second interview was very behavioral. There were still resume questions but much more high level. Asked why I wanted the position, what I can offer etc. Q&A lasted for what seemed like half the interview. HR was very quick and rejected me a few hours after I left the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you value a swaption?   1 Answer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at KPMG (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in October 2009.

    Interview

    3 rounds of interviews to receive an offer in Transactions & Restructuring part of the Advisory business. First round of regular interview on why would you join, etc. Second round was a technical, 3 hour long case. Third round was to interview with department leaders and was more confirmatory and introductory in nature.

    Interview Questions

    • describe exactly what the group does and what would you do in their shoes?   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montvale, NJ
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at KPMG (Montvale, NJ) in September 2010.

    Interview

    After having applied online, the first round consisted of a recruiter contacting me and running through the standard gambit of questions relating to my experience, educational qualifications and why was I applying for the position. The next set of questions was a basic technical screening on the technologies used (Object Oriented Principles, .Net Basics). After clearing that, I had a more detailed screening on the phone. This was with a Development Manager and was for a little over an hour. The questioning was on everything I said was my strengths, in terms of technologies. Lots of detailed questions on SQL, Advanced C#, Databases, Designing and .Net technologies. Definitely an intense round as the questions were not the canned types but more the thought-invoking ones with 'why would you do this, what technological aspect of blah blah would you use in this scenario', etc. Be prepared to justify your answers in detail, and not just spitting out what you learned online. Third round was on site with a whole group of Architecture, Development and Product Managers. This was for about 4 hours. I was asked everything about everything I have probably ever done in 5 years of my work experience and why and how I could have, would have done it differently and why! Technical questions, design questions, implementing technical solutions to problems on a white board, analysis of code, nuts and bolts about .Net framework, internals, memory utilization, threading, C#, database designing, etc. PHEW! Don't expect a red carpet with coffee and cake. It's all business!

    Interview Questions

    • Please describe why you designed your solution the way you implemented it?   Answer Question
    • What do think is wrong about the design you just described and why? How would make it better?   Answer Question
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    Staff Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at KPMG in November 2010.

    Interview

    Campus Interview — KPMG regularly visits college campuses around the country to meet new candidates for positions. This gives you an opportunity to meet us and see what we're all about. Be sure to work closely with your campus Career Services office. They are a good resource for you and can assist with resume and interview preparation. KPMG does most of their first-round interviews on campus through the Career Services office.

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at KPMG (New York, NY) in May 2011.

    Interview

    I started by emailing an alum of the law school who worked for KPMG. I had previously applied to the company through its online system. Interviews appear to be gained through networking but this may be a function of the economy. They did not appear to interview on campus but as an LLM, I am not apart of the on campus interview process. I was contacted by KPMG's HR person and I was scheduled for an interview. During the first interview I spoke with 2 people. Both attorneys and both accountants. They were both experienced attorneys who had worked for other employers and had recently been hired by KPMG. People seem to gain some promotions by switching companies instead of being promoted upwards. Neither interview went great. I did not feel good about the interview process. When I was obtaining my JD, I interviewed with a number of law firms so I think I know how to interview with attorneys but these interviews did not go well. I was pursuing employment because I anticipated that I would obtain my LLM in May and I did obtain my LLM in May of 2011. But, I had a second interview with their accountants in the SALT department. I spoke with 5 people. I was tired by the end of the interviews. They don't put people up in hotels the day before interviews like law firms do. I think I know how to explain my experience to lawyers but I do not know whether those explanations work for accountants at an accounting firm. I don't think they understood the type of work I used to do at Sullivan & Cromwell. It did not seem to be a fit at all. It just was not a fit. I cannot explain their culture but it wasn't a fit. I kept trying to understand what an attorney does at an accounting firm. I know what attorneys do at law firms.

    Interview Questions

    • What do attorneys do? They do research and analyze cases.   1 Answer
    • Tell me about yourself   1 Answer
    • Can you explain this employment gap 7 years?   1 Answer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at KPMG (Lagos (Nigeria)) in September 2009.

    Interview

    Rigorous

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about a personal experience where you had to urge your group to make a particular choice but the choice was wrong in the end, how did you handle the situation both before and afterwards   Answer Question
    • How are we sure you would not leave for graduate school after a while   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I wanted to get some technical experience and due to the length of the interview process had a better offer already

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    Tax Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at KPMG in June 2011.

    Interview

    Very detailed tax questions and situations...not adequately prepared for interview. Better luck next time.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you manage working on 3 clients at time of equal importance? How would you allocate you work balance.   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at KPMG in January 2011.

    Interview

    Very reasonable interview process by multiple managers and directors.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain how you would improve the process of building a car.   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Brunswick, NJ
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at KPMG (New Brunswick, NJ) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Very diffcult questions were using the star method

    Interview Questions

    • when was a time you had to chose one person over another   Answer Question
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    Senior Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at KPMG in February 2012.

    Interview

    Upon submission of the application online, I got a call from HR within 24 hours to arrange a meeting with the Senior Managers. The senior managers were very helpful and focused greatly on how a job applicant would be able to grow in the position. I was subsequently referred to the Partner interview, and the interview was extremely technical.

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