KPMG Graduate Scheme 2017

KPMG’s Graduate Program is one of the most sought after in the country. It offers Graduate Programmes across Audit, Consulting, Business Services, Tax and Technology. Applications are open in July and the assessment days (known as launch pads) typically taken place between October and December. Below you can learn about KPMG’s Graduate Scheme, along with details on the application process and the various steps involved.


KPMG Application Process

There are 5 stages to the KPMG application process:

Stage 1 – Online application

Stage 2 – Situational Judgement Test

Stage 3 – Online Numerical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning Tests

Stage 4 – Digital Submission

Stage 5 – Assessment Centre (Launch Pad Recruitment Event)


Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests are a key component of KPMG’s application process. Candidates are required to complete numerical reasoning tests, verbal reasoning tests and situational judgement tests before they reach the assessment centre. Details on KPMG’s psychometric tests can be found below.


Numerical Reasoning Test

The KPMG Numerical Reasoning Test comprises of 24 questions to be answered in 20 minutes. You will have 72 hours to complete the test. They relate to graphs, percentages and tables whereby you will be asked to analyse data and chose from a set of multiple choice answers. You will be asked to sit the test again at the assessment day. KPMG use Cubix as their test designer.


Verbal Reasoning Test

The KPMG Verbal Reasoning Test comprises 40 questions to be answered in 20 minutes. You will have 72 hours to complete the test. You will be presented with a series of paragraphs which you will be required to read and then answer questions. Your options will be True, False or Cannot Tell. This test will be assessing your analytical skills. You will be asked to sit the test again at the assessment day.


Situational Judgement Test

The KPMG Situational Judgement Test will be received within a day of completing the online application, 72 hours to complete and takes around 30 minutes. This psychometric test presents a series of challenging scenarios that one might encounter in the workplace and then a number of possible responses to the scenario.


Digital Submission

The KPMG digital submission is a digital recording that you upload yourself. You have 3 days to complete a 2 minute submission which will highlight your career aspirations and ability to communicate them.


Assessment Centre

The KPMG assessment centre is now called the launch pad recruitment event. It’s the final stage of the recruitment process and includes a range of exercises, meetings, talks and interviews. Some of the key ones are highlighted below.


Analysis Exercise

The KPMG analysis exercise will also take place at the assessment day. You’ll be presented with information and be given an hour to write up a report with your recommendations. Ensure that you address all aspects within the information provided and be clear in your analysis.


Simulated Meeting

KPMG have two simulated meetings, one with a client and one internal. These are designed to show the assessors how you would handle these types of meetings. It will also provide you with an insight into the type of experiences that you would have if you joined the company.


E-tray Exercise

The KPMG e-tray exercise makes use of a simulation in which you receive e-mails which you are expected to read, prioritise and process in order to complete several tasks.  These tasks are representative of those that you might be expected to undertake in a work or business setting.  This exercise is laptop based and may also include voicemails or other types of messages.



In your KPMG interviews you’ll meet a range of people from graduate trainees to partners. The interviews will include both aspirations and standard competency based questions such as ‘give an example of a time you worked in a difficult team’. You can find more real life KPMG interview questions and answers on Glassdoor.


If you’d like to apply for the KPMG 2017 graduate program, you can do so on the KPMG careers site.


Application Process

Stage 1 - Online application
Stage 2 - Situational Judgement Test
Stage 3 - Online Numerical / Verbal Reasoning Tests
Stage 4 - Digital Submission
Stage 5 - Assessment Centre


Prepare for your KPMG tests

  • Practice Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Situational Judgement Tests

  • Practice Assessment Centre Tests

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KPMG offers audit, tax and advisory services across the globe, providing their clients with advice to manage capital and transactions as well as identifying opportunities for growth. Their clients include a wide variety of different organisations within many different industries, providing an interesting and diverse environment to work in. Depending on the route and specialism you choose you will also be supported with various trainings, such as PQT (Professional Qualification Training) and the KPMG Tax Business School which is an Accountancy and Tax dual qualification programme for those interested in beginning their career in Tax. The KPMG graduate programme offers pathways in 4 different areas of the organisation; Advisory, Audit, Tax and Pensions and Central Services.

Advisory – this entails providing clients with advice on business challenges with anything from organisation change to cyber security and you will gain a broad awareness of the various business challenges that face clients. For certain programmes within this area you will be supported in gaining professional qualifications, such as the Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) ACA qualification or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) to name a few. Specialised areas within Advisory are Business Consulting, Financial Advisory and Technology. Within Business Consulting you will be able to gain knowledge and skills for a career in Management Consulting, Actuarial, Risk and Regulatory, Economics or The Strategy Group. Within Financial Advisory you will work towards the ACA and gain analytical experience needed to become an expert in Forensic, Accounting Advisory or Deal Advisory. In Technology you can gain experience in a variety of projects and develop a diverse set of skills.

Audit – the main role of an auditor is to find definitive answers to questions surrounding a company’s financial activity. It’s a complex area and within this area KPMG has 3 graduate programmes; Audit, Public Sector Audit and Audit Mandarin.

Business Audit – you will gain a large amount of experience in specific areas within Audit whilst studying for the professional qualification – the ACA. You can choose either the intensive or integrated programme, both of which take 3 years.

Public Sector Audit – this includes working with clients in the public and not-for-profit sectors, such as local government, charities and the NHS. The focus in this area is much broader with a large variety of projects. As with Business Audit you will work toward the ACA choosing one of the two programmes.

Audit Mandarin – This programme encompasses the same experience as the other two programmes within audit – including the ACA qualification. However, if you are a Mandarin speaker you can gain experience working in the UK and with KPMG in China after you qualify.

Tax and Pensions – this route involves working closely with a diverse group of clients finding approaches and solutions to the challenges that face them. Within Tax there are a number of graduate programmes; Tax, Japan Practice in Tax, Pensions, Investment Advisory, Tax GMs Technology, Tax Technology – ACA Analyst and Tax Technology – Software Developer.

Tax – you will have the opportunity to become a fully chartered Accountant and Tax Advisor with support and training as well as being able to attend the Academy.

Investment Advisory – this area advises on a wide range of subjects including asset allocation and financial risk management. You will also be supported in your decision of which route to take when studying for the CFA exams or becoming a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Japan Practice in Tax – this area focusses on assisting the firm’s Japanese clients on issues relating to their European operations.

Pensions – you’ll be involved immediately in projects whilst studying towards becoming a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. You will need to have a high level of numeracy and communication skills for this position.

Tax GMS Technology – Tax Global Mobility Services helps clients manage their global workforce using technology to provide tax and advisory services. You will have the opportunity to develop your tax advisory and technology consulting skills as well as undertake a professional qualification best suited to your skills.

Tax Technology (ACA Analyst/Software Developer) – this area designs and implements accounting technology in order to help clients solve business issues. This is a 3 years programme where you will work as a business analyst or developer whilst gaining the ACA and joining the Academy.

Central Services – This part of the organisation offers a number of programmes in order to help you develop specialist skills in an area that best suits your knowledge, interest and expertise. These are Human Resources, Facilities, Sales & Marketing and Resourcing.

Human Resources – this is a two year programme and gives you wide experience in HR giving you the opportunity to work in different parts of the field by undertaking projects on a rotational basis. You will also work towards your CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification which will usually begin in your 3rd year.

Facilities – this part of the organisation ensures that the quality of the KPMG premises is as safe and efficient as possible. The roles you can become involved in are broad which gives you the opportunity to specialise in different areas. There are also many different professional qualifications that you can undertake whilst working, including degrees in Facilities Management through various different institutions.

Sales & Marketing – this programme lasts for 2 years and you will rotate around projects which means you’ll be introduced to a diverse range of tasks responsibilities, helping you to decide where your specialisms lie. You will also have the opportunity to study towards a professional qualification with a body such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Resourcing – this area is responsible for ensuring the business has the right people and skills so that the business performance remains high. Resourcing works closely with all other areas of the business and due to its rotational structure you will gain experience in many areas. You will be constantly supported and trained throughout the programme.