KPMG US Interview Questions & Reviews in Toronto, ON Canada
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Staff Accountant Coop Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2012.
Interview Details – Applied through campus recruitment for co-op placement. Interviewed by manager then partner. Got offer the next day. Easy process overall, great interviewers who were very nice and chatted to me about their lives
Interview Question – Easy chat/qualitative questions. They just wanna see if you are interested in CA and if you can hold up a conversation Answer Question
Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2014.
Interview Details – Had initial telephone conversations before formally entering process. Was then assigned a buddy and scheduled for a first round case interview. If successful there is then a final interview with a panel of partners.
Interview Question – If you could only work for one client for the rest of your career who would it be and why? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Senior Global Marketing Role Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in January 2013.
Interview Details – Had a screening interview with a recruiter, then in-person with the same recruiter. Recruiter was slick, misleading and overly promising. Met two of the global marketing leads and had positive conversations with both. KPMG ended up promoting an internal person into the role.
Interview Question – None. Everything was straightforward. Answer Question
Senior Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2012.
Interview Details – There are two stages of interviews. One is normal one-on-one case interview combined with behvioral questions - 2 rounds of these. The second stage, if you make through the first one, is a panel interview. In the panel interview, the candidate is given a real-life case with all the data and access to excel and powerpoint. The candidate gets three hours to understand the problem at hand, analyze the data and recommend solutions through a power point template. The candidate gets 15 minutes before a panel followed by 15 mins of questions/ answer session.
Interview Question – What would be one reason that you would not want to join KPMG Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not much room for negotiation. Packages are standardized and have regular terms and conditions.
IT Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at KPMG US in February 2011.
Interview Details – Both interviews were great and professional. The phone interview provided a good description of the job expectations and the environment. The 1:1 was very professional, focused on what I know and how I can bring value to the Team and to the company. One year later I can say that everything I was told in the interview still applies, and I still feel the same excitement as day one.
Interview Question – - Describe the most challenging project you worked on in your career. Answer Question
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2010.
Interview Details – Interviewers were extremely pleasant, and made the entire process seem like a normal dialogue. Interview predominantly focused on fit questions, and reviewing what was already on my resume.
There were no case study questions.
Interview Question – Why KPMG? Answer Question
Staff Accountant Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at KPMG US in April 2009.
Interview Details – The interview process is based on behavioural questions. (i.e. tell me about a time when....). Questions surround topics like: teamwork, communication, talking about your experience on your resume, etc...
The interview process consists of a dinner the night before with the hiring managers of all the audit groups.
Thereafter, the next day, you have an interview with a senior manager and partner. There is also a lunch after both interviews.
You typically hear back on the same day if they are willing to extend and offer.
Actuarial Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2010.
Interview Details – I had a group interview with two actuarial analysts. it was a fairly casual one. No tricky questions at all. During the first part of interview, they basically asked my previous work experience, my credentials. Then, they took out a sheet with a list of behaviour questions and randomly several ones. (ie: tell me how do you deal with deadline, confict with co-worker, 3 strengths, ect.)
Advisory Senior Marketing Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at KPMG US in September 2010.
Interview Details – I've had about 4 phones interview and 1 in-person interview. Phone interviews were with an HR person and then with senior executives all around the world. The questions were not hard, but the interviews were still quite challenging. Information that has been shared with me about the company was actually the reason I finally didn't take the job.
Interview Question – How would you manage multiple stakeholders in a complex project and bypass the red tape? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – 2 of the executives I've spoken too were really candid talking about the negative aspects of the job and the company, and although I told them every time that I was still interested, when it came down to signing the offer, everything they told me has finally settled in and I didn't take that risk. Basically I've been talked out of the job by the hiring managers themselves. :)
Associate, IT Advisory Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.
Interview Details – Received interview through email. Somewhat disorganized as it was the first year that the IT-CA training position was opened up for KPMG. Did not even realize what position I was being interviewed for until the actual interview (Emailed and Phoned Human Resources and anyone I could reach but could not get a response back). Asked standard personal and behavioral questions.