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Updated Jul 11, 2014
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Audit Associate
Denver, CO

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2010.

Interview Details – The key to interviewing with any of the big four accounting firms for entry-level positions is personality. Experienced interviewers have told me that they are generally unconcerned with querying the interviewee's accounting knowledge or experience. They already know that anyone selected for an interview is smart. They look for personality. What they really want to know is if they will be able to spend twelve hours in a small room with you every day for two months. They will often ask some situational questions, but will mostly judge the interview based on the casual conversation throughout. My interviewer, who is now my manager, asked about which sports I liked.

Interview Question – The unstructured interview I experienced was unexpected. Be prepared to just chat for a half hour if necessary.   Answer Question


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Audit Associate
New Orleans, LA

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2012.

Interview Details – Interviewed on-campus. I didn't have to do much of the talking. Pretty straight-forward stuff.

Interview Question – Tell me one thing about yourself that I wouldn't guess from your resume   Answer Question


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Audit Associate
Salt Lake City, UT

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2011.

Interview Details – The on-campus interview was about 20 minutes, very laid back and great for asking questions. The second interview was at their office and was all day. It consisted of two face-to-face interviews, a service project, a group activity, lunch, a meet-and-greet activity, and then dinner with your spouse and the staff there. I learned that I had the internship in less than a week, and during my internship, I received a full-time offer, which I accepted.

Interview Question – I always find the question difficult, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" because I honestly feel like I might not even be with a company in five years, but that is expected in public accounting, and I was told that.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Because the Big Four talk to each other about the level and pay they are setting for their positions, not much negotiation can take place.


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Audit Associate
Houston, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.

Interview Details – This depends a lot on where you went to college, but generally speaking, there are on-campus interviews followed by office visits if you make the cut. If you went to a school with a prestigious masters program, KPMG will wine and dine you like you wouldn't believe because all the Big 4 are competing to have you sign with them. If you didn't go to a prestigious school, you should expect just first round interviews followed by an office visit with maybe a dinner or a lunch.

Interview Question – Tell me about yourself.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There's no negotiation unless you have an offer for other Big 4 firms, and typically they all conspire to offer the exact same amount so there's no wiggle room.


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Audit Associate
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.

Interview Details – The first round was campus recruiting. Interviewed by a HR representative. Most of the questions are behavioral question such as what is your strength and weakness, habits, etc. The second interview was held at KPMG New York office. A new entry auditor led us through the process and have lunch with him/her. The second round was interviewed by one manager and one partner separately. The questions were not difficult. I went over my resume with the partner. And the manager asked some behavioral questions only. No professional questions were ever asked in the whole interview process.

Interview Question – What was your most frustrated experience?   Answer Question


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Audit Associate
Memphis, TN

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2010.

Interview Details – On campus interview then office visit and interview

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Audit Associate
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in February 2010.

Interview Details – The company came to our university for a job fair, where I met a few KPMG recruiters personally, and I applied through the career center within the university with a cover letter and my resume'. I was offered an interview, which was decently extensive, lasting about 30-40 minutes. I received a call about 2 weeks later from one of the recruiters who had both been on campus for the job fair as well as the interview process, inviting me to join the KPMG team. Advice I would offer: make sure to have a few questions of your own to ask them, and be personable, as they are looking for TEAM members, and not just busy bee workers.

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  • Explain a time when you had overcome an obstacle with a team. Maybe a team member wasn't do their share of the work; how did you go about responding and overcoming.   Answer Question
  • Are you more of a follower, or a leader? If you're more of a follower or better as just a team-player as opposed to taking the lead, what would you do if you were put in a group, (whether at work or in school), where no one was a leader? If you're more of a leader, what would you do if you were put in a group with another leader?   Answer Question


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Audit Associate
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2011.

Interview Details – It began with on campus interviewing at my school. I applied through the school website and received an email expressing an interest in interviewing me. The interview didn't take too long but consisted of behavioral questions. "Tell me a time when you were on a team and XXX".

I highly advise potential candidates to use their school's mock interview process to help them prepare for it if you are not quick witted/extremely charismatic.

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in the next five years?   View Answer


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No Offer

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Audit Associate
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2011.

Interview Details – We had the first interview on campus and the interviewer is HR person. The second round interview was at KPMG's office in New York City. Candidates have to meet with one manager and one partner at that day.

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No Offer

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Audit Associate
Mountain View, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in November 2011.

Interview Details – It was a whole day event, from 8am to 5pm. It started with breakfast and time to spend with several staff and one partner. They prepared a presentation on KPMG. Later we had group activities where we played "audit procedure" and "inventory audit", interviewed with a manager and a partner. Tour of the office. Another presentation, then dinner.

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