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Tips to help you through the KPMG application process

For the majority of candidates, the KPMG application process follows four key steps.
KPMG will not keep you waiting for long. If you’ve been successful, you’ll hear back from them within two working days.

1. Application

KPMG’s online application will take about 30 minutes to complete. Before you start, make sure you have your academic achievements and work experience details to hand. It’s important to take your time at this stage. KPMG does not expect you to submit a CV; rather the key information about you needs to be conveyed through your application. Check that all the details you have supplied are correct, that you have included all the information KPMG has asked for, and that your grammar and spelling are correct. Familiarise yourself with KPMG’s strengths and values and try to demonstrate these in your application and throughout the recruitment process wherever possible.

2. Online assessment: Transforming Small Businesses

Once you’ve submitted your application you’ll be invited to undertake this online test. It’s a bit like a case study: you will be asked to read information about three small businesses and then will be presented with different scenarios. For each, you’ll need to decide how you would respond based on the data available. Your analytical skills will also be put to the test. KPMG recruiters will be looking to see that you can process information, analyse it and make decisions based on what you’ve learned. There is no time limit to this assessment, but as a guide it takes most candidates about 90 minutes. Once you’ve completed it, you will receive personalised feedback based on the strengths KPMG is looking for. If you’ve been successful, you’ll move on to step 3.

3. Online assessment: Delivering Outcomes

Here you will be given the details of another fictional project, which will be connected both to one of the businesses mentioned in step 2 and to the business area you applied to in step 1. Again, you’ll need to respond to scenarios. You will be asked to give written responses, and also to record video responses. If you’re anxious about the use of video, we’ve got some handy performance tips for video interviews. Again, there is no time limit, but expect this stage to take about 60 minutes. If you are successful, you will be invited to a KPMG Launch Pad event.

4. Launch Pad (KPMG experience and assessment day)

This is the final stage of the recruitment process. Launch Pad is like an assessment centre and a learning opportunity in one. Throughout the day, KPMG recruiters will be hoping to see you demonstrate the strengths that will help you to be successful at KPMG. You will have lots of chances to find out more about the business area you’ve applied to and the kind of work you’ll be doing, through talking to current KPMG employees. It’s a good idea to prepare some questions in advance about the role you’re interested in. You’ll also be assessed in three ways:

  • a group exercise
  • an individual online assessment
  • a one-to-one interview with a KPMG colleague from the area you have applied to.

Group exercises are designed to see how you interact with other people. They will usually start with an icebreaker, so that everyone can introduce themselves. Then your group will be given a series of tasks or challenges to complete in an allotted time. Assessors will be observing to see if you can hold your own in a team, by contributing but not dominating. Remember to listen to others, speak clearly and be diplomatic. We’ve got lots of great tips about succeeding at group exercises. The online assessment will feel similar to those you completed in steps 2 and 3. We can’t tell you what questions you’ll be asked at your interview, but we can help you to prepare by doing your research on the firm, knowing your CV and reading our interview advice.

Hearing back from KPMG

KPMG will not keep you waiting for long. If you’ve been successful, you’ll hear back from them within two working days. If you’ve not been successful you can ask to receive feedback to improve your chances of success next time you go through this or another recruitment process. If you’d like to apply to KPMG again, you’ll need to wait until the next intake year. For KPMG application tips and further guidance, visit their ‘Applying to KPMG’ page at:

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