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KPMG US Interview Questions & Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Audit Intern Interview

Audit Intern
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2011.

Interview Details – Campus interview, then 2 day office visit for "Inside Look"

Interview Question – Standard questions. None very exciting or challenging. Mostly behavioral. You can find all these online.   Answer Question


6 people found this helpful

Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Advisory Manager Interview

Advisory Manager
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and interviewed at KPMG US.

Interview Details – The hiring/ interview process was pretty typical of a Big 4/ consulting environment; initial phone screening by a recruiter, phone call interviews (mostly behavioral and fit based) with Sr. Manager/ Director. Followed by in-person interview at local KPMG office with Director/ Partner.

The one thing I will say about the process is that the scheduling was VERY unorganized and the phone calls somewhat disinterested. Prior to scheduling an interview the recruiter/ or assistant would reach out and ask for availability for the following week, after providing it, I got no response. After the week was up I issued a follow up email and was again asked to provide availability for the NEXT week, no apology or justification for delay in response. I would be contacted 24-48 hours prior to the scheduled interview via email confirmation, no phone call/ or email to confirm my availability.

Finally, after going through this disorganized practice and poor applicant experience (5 weeks in), I simply informed them I had accepted another offer and declined the final interview.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Staff Accounting Interview

Staff Accounting
San Francisco, CA

The process took 2 days - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2008.

Interview Details – At first I thought the interviewers will be intimidating, since after all, KPMG is one of the Big 4 Public Accounting Firms in US. However, I was proven wrong. My interviewers were very nice and easy to talk to. There were two rounds of interview for my position (audit intern). The first round was held in my university and the second round was a 2-day event held in their SF office. They treated the applicants REALLY WELL. They were super generous and super helpful. I am glad I got the job and I very much enjoy working them since then.

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1 person found this helpful

Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Audit Associate Interview

Audit Associate
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in November 2010.

Interview Details – KPMG's recruiting team is very friendly, and the entire interview process is very well-structured. It consisted of several presentations from the management, an introduction of the firm, a very nice dinner with partners, managers, and senior associates, and group activities! I had second round interviews with two managers, both were recently promoted. The interview process concluded with a lunch with two new associates. By the time you have lunch with them, they are not evaluating you anymore, so relax and enjoy the meal! My advice to you is to be collaborative in the group activities, do not try to dominate other teammates. You are closely watched by the recruiters, and teamwork is a very important aspect of working in audit teams.

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Reason for Declining – It was a hard decision, because KPMG's recruiting team was very friendly and welcoming. But I also received an offer from another big 4, which I feel like it's a better fit for me.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Audit Associate Interview

Audit Associate
San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in May 2011.

Interview Details – Interviewed with two partners and a manager. All behavioral. Coming from a top school, networking into an interview was not that difficult. Had a tour of the facilities and was accompanied to lunch by two Associates. Met with a recruiter to wrap up the four hour affair, and now patiently waiting for an offer.

Interview Question – Why KPMG?   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Auditor Interview

Auditor
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2011.

Interview Details – First round and second round questions. All behavioral, very easy to get through.

Interview Question – nothing unexpected or difficult noted   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Other job opportunities


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Audit Associate Interview

Audit Associate
San Francisco, CA

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

Interview Details – Very laid back. Not challenging-Asked behavior questions

Interview Question – Asked what would you do in this type of situation....   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Audit Associate Interview

Senior Audit Associate
San Francisco, CA

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

Interview Details – This was 3 years ago, but.... The initial process was through campus recruiting and was well run. I felt comfortable with the recruiter, and the questions were pretty standard (why did you pick accounting, how have you done in your classes, etc). I flew out to San Francisco for an interview and was treated very well (comparable to other firms, but with a more personal touch because the people picked to have dinner/breakfast with me had common interests that had clearly been selected for that reason). Interviews went well and were still primarily vanilla questions - it was also great that the process seemed to be geared toward a mutual fit. I was allowed to ask a lot of questions, and got to talk to the partners and managers about their clients and experiences.

What really stood out was the professionalism of the recruiting team. Another Big 4 firm really dropped the ball in terms of coordination and follow-up (with the exception of an offer, which was extended within a few hours). KPMG's recruiters were organized, friendly and prompt (and still quick with an offer)

Negotiation Details – This was an entry level position, and while I was honest with the recruiter about a marginally higher offer from another firm, there wasn't really any room to negotiate. The interview process also took place in late 2010 when the market was still pretty weak.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Audit Associate Interview

Audit Associate
San Francisco, CA

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

Interview Details – Phone interview with the Campus Recruiter and then 3 in person interviews of 30 min each with different managers and partners in the office. All behavioral questions and conversations about my background and "why accounting / KPMG". Most of my interviews were just like normal conversations and only one resorted to a pre determined list of questions.

Interview Question – Describe a recent ethical dilemma and how you handled it.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Information Protection Intern Interview

Information Protection Intern
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2013.

Interview Details – Initial campus meeting where we went over the basics (Why KPMG?, why Information Protection, What makes you different from other applicants, etc). Then, I was asked to come to the office and I was flown out to interview with 2 partners and 1 senior manager, all of which had different technical questions and different areas specified. After the three interviews, I was taken out to lunch with 2 associates and I had a chance to ask them any questions about the internship experience or full time questions. After lunch I met with the recruiter and was told I had an offer.

Interview Question – Knowing that you will have to travel and have a highly stressful career, why do you want to go into consulting?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable

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