KPMG US IT Advisory Associate Interview Questions

Updated Jun 30, 2015
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IT Advisory - Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at KPMG US (New York, NY) in November 2010.

Interview

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 Questions

  • Ques were scenario based. If client is in some situation how u as a consultant would advise.   Answer Question

Reasons for Declining

Offer too low

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    IT Advisory - Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at KPMG US (New York, NY) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Went for the on campus recruiting first round interview with KPMG for their IT Advisory practice. Was very informal and behavior based. Great experience and was sent email 3 days later saying I got the second round interview in New York.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in a group.   1 Answer
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    IT Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Chicago, IL) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Very Laid back interview. Talked about my sister and football for the most of the time. Typical behavioral interview including resume walk-through and teamwork expirience and I got invited to a office visit.

    Interview Questions

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    Associate, IT Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at KPMG US (Irvine, CA) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Only behavioral questions and the interviewer was nice to talk to.

    Interview Questions

    • 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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    IT Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at KPMG US (Richmond, VA) in September 2010.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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    IT Advisory - Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at KPMG US (Chicago, IL) in April 2010.

    Interview

    I had an half hour interview with a senior consultant on campus. Then I was invited to an on site interview the same Friday. There were three interviews that day. Each around 30 to 40 minutes. Mainly behavioral questions, hardly technical questions. You have to know what you want from the company and why you want to be in the IT advisory. The office is in the center of downtown, very nice location. The people at the company are well dressed and mannered.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate my salary for couple thousands dollars. but overall I think KPMG needs to pay higher.

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    IT Advisory, Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at KPMG US (New York, NY) in March 2010.

    Interview

    Since it was through my college, I got the invitation to interview for the first round on campus. First Round: I met with a Sr. Associate before the interview with whom I had casual conversation about what I studied and all. Though it might not be termed as an interview, the person is evaluating your behavioral and communication skills. I was then escorted by him to the interview room where I met my interviewer who was a manager in the firm. It was the most unpleasant experience as it started with negative questions and comments, to which I was defending my position for the 1/2 hr. It might be one of the interview technique but never heard of it being practiced in Big 4. I learned from other interviewees that they had a similar experience. FYI: after I received the offer I made the HR aware of the experience and it was take very well and I hope they fixed the problem. After 2 weeks I heard back from HR that I was selected for the second round. Work of advice: Prepare well as you never know what might come your way. The interview was little technical and mainly behavioral. Second Round: This constituted a day long process of presentation, group-activity, breakfast, lunch, and two personal interviews. There were close to 30-40 interviewees with me, which was quite intimidating. Keep your spirits high to sustain the pressure. First, a partner gave a presentation of the business and the positions available. This was followed by formation of small groups to which a person was assigned to explain one of the key benefit of working at KPMG for which we had to prepare a small skit. This can be challenging as its matter of 5-10mins that you are asked to collaborate with 5 other interviewees and come up with a skit. I decided to be engaged but could not take a lead. This was the eye-opener of the level of people you will be competing with. This was followed by lunch with staff level employees, so be prepared for some good questions to show them your interest and commitment towards the company. You might wonder if all this is required, but now I participate in campus recruitment and we do give feedback about the interviewees we talked to. So be prepared to present your A game. After this there were two rounds of interview with Manager/Sr. Manager/Partner level people. Again little technical and more behavioral. Resources that helped me was glassdoor questions, general behavioral questions list, thorough research about the position and the structure of the company...and last but not the least Youtube. Yes! I saw couple of interviews of C level KPMG executives talking about the practice, problems facing the industry and practice, and outlook of growth in the coming years. This gave me the tools to speak their language and be well read of their problems and opportunities. This was the biggest help and probably a game changer. I received a call after approx 20 days informing about the offer which I happily accepted! Hope this helped.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself   1 Answer
    • Tell me about a project (one listed in the resume) and the challenges you faced. How did you resolve this   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I didnt negotiate as I thought I didnt have the leverage since this was my first one after school.

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    IT Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Syracuse, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at KPMG US (Syracuse, NY) in March 2010.

    Interview

    My interview was basically basic behavioral: Tell me about your self, experiences with the companies I worked with. They were specifically interested in a few projects due to their requirement in that domain. Lasted about 50 minutes and was called for second round at two different locations. I guess they were interviewing for some specific projects.

    Interview Questions

    • What did work on at company ABC?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Well yet to interview in the second round

  9. Helpful (5)  

    IT Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at KPMG US (Dallas, TX) in February 2010.

    Interview

    The hiring process was done very professionally. They were on top of everything and I was always kept in the loop. The hiring manager was always respectful and made things easier on me throughout the whole process. The interviewers were very positive and the questions were reasonable. They were behavioral questions that centered around team work, dealing with conflicts in teams, working with people, etc. There were also questions about what progress the interviewee is making toward their career goals right now.

    Interview Questions

    • When you bring up past experiences in order to answer their behavioral questions, they will ask you more details about the situation and how you handled it and problems you may have encountered. They get a little specific so know how to highlight the key points and remember things you accomplished so you don't get trapped.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I wasn't really given a chance to negotiate, but I was given the higher end on the salary scale (based on the salary band I have seen on this site)

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    IT Advisory - Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at KPMG US in October 2009.

    Interview

    The overall experience was well put together and came across well. It took basically a whole day and consisted of a presentation by one of the managing partners and then two 1v1 interviews, followed by a staff panel which was there to answer our questions. The people were very personable and I didn't meet anyone who I didn't like. With that said, it's hard to separate the sales-pitch from the the real deal but from what I could tell it was pretty genuine.

    Interview Questions

    • There weren't any real specific questions or structure to the interview that I could tell. Just general questions about my resume and past related experiences.   Answer Question

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