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KPMG is a multinational professional services firm. Recognised as one of the Big Four, KPMG provides tax, audit and advisory services worldwide and employs over 200,000 people. Roles at KPMG are highly sought after, and understanding the application process (including the importance of the various assessments) will help you to be more prepared.

Careers at KPMG

There are several routes into employment with KPMG, depending on your level of education and experience.

For those who are looking to learn while they earn, KPMG offers apprenticeships. These are available in Audit, Business Services and with the Digital Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship.

Discovery Work Experience offers an insight into the roles at KPMG for those looking for some direction in their future.

If you are an undergraduate, roles at KPMG might include the One Year Business Placement (as part of your degree), as well as insight and vacation programmes.

The graduate scheme offered by KPMG is the most popular route to employment. You can choose from the following business areas:

  • Audit
  • Consulting
  • Deal Advisory
  • Business Services
  • Tax & Law
  • Technology & Engineering

If you are already an experienced professional in accounting services, you can apply for roles in the major business areas, or become part of the contractor team.

KPMG Application Process

  1. 1
    Online Application
  2. 2
    Transforming Small Businesses
  3. 3
    Delivering Outcomes
  4. 4
    Critical Thinker
  5. 5
    Virtual Launch Pad

The KPMG application process is very structured, with almost every application following the same process to make sure it is equal.

To start with, you need to fill in an online application form with some basic details about you, your education and your experience.

If your online application is accepted, you will then take a series of assessments, combining situational judgement tests, numerical and verbal reasoning, as well as behavioural tests. Each assessment needs to be passed for you to be invited to the next stage, with clearly defined timescales.

The final stage of the process is a full assessment day – known as the Launch Pad – which is currently administered virtually.

Throughout the application process, it is important to bear in mind the 11 Key Behavioural Qualities that KPMG seeks in all its employees, and make sure you are demonstrating them wherever you can. There’s more detail on these at the end of this article.

Online application form

The online application is much like any other; you need to provide personal details, contact information and your education and experience. The basic application requirements are:

  • Maths and English GCSE – at least a B (Grade 5/6 in the new system)
  • 3 A-Levels (or equivalent)
  • 2:1 Undergraduate degree in any discipline (predicted or actual)

There is space for you to provide details of any mitigating circumstances that might mean you haven’t reached the academic qualifications necessary, and these will be taken into account.

You are also able to record any relevant work experience or previous professional qualifications that might support your application.

The application form is assessed against the entry criteria before any progression through the process. You can only apply once every application cycle (usually once a year).

Be thorough and take your time. Answer accurately and with integrity, so that you can demonstrate your suitability for the role and make it simple for the recruitment team to put you through to the next round.

Transforming Small Businesses

KPMG assessments look slightly different from other aptitude tests that you might take because they don’t have separate ‘papers’ for each type. Instead of sitting a situational judgement test, a verbal reasoning test, a logic test and all the others, KPMG has created a scenario-based assessment.

The first part of this assessment is titled ‘Transforming Small Businesses’. You will be provided with information in the form of videos, podcasts, articles, voicemails and emails, which you are expected to use to help you form answers to the various questions.

The scenario provides an experiential assessment that is a journey into working life at KPMG, with a fictional but realistic narrative.

In the Transforming Small Business section, you will be assessed on how you respond to scenarios, using the information given and this will include situational judgment as well as verbal and numerical reasoning skills.

You will be able to complete this at home, and it is an untimed test. KPMG has suggested that this will take around 90 minutes, and it is better to complete it in one sitting. It needs to be completed within five calendar days.

After this part of the assessment, you will receive a Strength Report. This will show your top two strengths as well as two less developed areas, with tips and practical advice to help you improve.

This personalised report is not linked to the assessment in any way, but is useful to provide you with more information on how you can work on your weaknesses.

If you are successful in the first assessment, you will be invited to take the second.

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Delivering Outcomes

In a similar way to the first assessment, the ‘Delivering Outcomes’ test is a blended assessment, so it combines situational judgement skills with written exercises and video interviews.

Moving deeper into the fictional but realistic scenario, you will have insight into your chosen business area, and will need to rank your response to questions based on what you would do in each situation.

You will also be asked to answer some questions on paper, and provide answers through video in some cases too. The video portion gives you two minutes to clearly and accurately answer the questions and provide more information for each question, with some preparation time beforehand.

The recruiters want to see you confidently answering, looking at the camera rather than notes, and demonstrating your knowledge and opinions clearly.

Again, this test is untimed, with the only expectation that it is completed within five calendar days. KPMG suggests that this part of the assessment will usually take about 60 minutes.

If you are successful, you will be invited to complete the third assessment.

Critical Thinker

This is a timed assessment that takes place online, facilitated by a member of the recruitment team.

You will be invited to a Microsoft Teams meeting along with other candidates, and with your audio muted and your video connected, you will be asked to complete 10 numerical reasoning questions across two sections.

You will have 30 minutes to complete this test, and if successful you will be asked to attend the next stage: the Virtual Launch Pad.

Virtual Launch Pad

In previous years, the Launch Pad was an all-day event, with a few hundred attendees looking for roles across all sectors. Starting with breakfast and a presentation, applicants were invited to take part in group exercises, analysis projects, one-on-one interviews and given the opportunity to network.

This is what is known as an assessment centre, and we have some tips to help you be successful at these.

The Virtual Launch Pad is both a final assessment and an opportunity for applicants to learn – from meeting personnel to understanding more about each business area. Moving online, the Virtual Launch Pad offers the same opportunities for recruiters to assess you, just in an online environment.

You can expect to take part in the following activities:

Group Exercise. In small groups, you will have a brief and some tasks to complete. This is an opportunity to demonstrate both teamwork and leadership skills.

Analysis. You will be provided with a brief, and asked to write a report based on the available information. In the report you will need to include detailed recommendations including specific actions around profitability, as well as highlighting strengths and weaknesses.

Partner Interview. In this one-on-one interview, you will have the opportunity to meet with a member of the KPMG team, who will ask you behavioural questions that will align with the key KPMG values.

You will also have a chance to really demonstrate your interest in the role by asking questions of the interviewer.

KPMG’s 11 Key Behavioural Capabilities

Keep these 11 characteristics in mind throughout the application process, and use them to structure your responses:

Career Motivation

Why did you choose to apply for KPMG in particular? What role do you want to perform, in what programme and in what sector? The recruiters want to see that you have done your research, you understand KPMG and the way the business works – and that you want a career with them.

Drive Quality

Employees at KPMG are always expected to achieve exceptional results using their initiative and personal drive – for partners and for customers.

Demonstrate Integrity

All employees are expected to support an ethical environment, value rules and act in accordance with regulations. Decisions need to be made with integrity in mind.

Critical Thinker

You will be given the autonomy to make your own decisions, so it is important that you can critically evaluate and interpret information to drive your next move.

Resilient Performer

Throughout your life, both professionally and personally, you will have challenges that need to be overcome. To be successful at KPMG, it is not about avoiding challenges, but rather how you react to perform at your best.

Leverage Technology

Technology changes quickly, and at KPMG employees are expected to embrace what is new, and be knowledgeable about the latest disruptors.

Communicate Effectively

Passionate and professional communication is at the heart of KPMG. Positive lasting impressions are made with colleagues and customers through effective communication.

Foster Innovation

A career at KPMG is an environment of increasing change, so applicants and employees need to be comfortable with uncertainty and able to be flexible in their approach to new tasks. Innovation and initiative helps change be positive.

Credible Connector

If you thrive on teamwork, know how to build deep relationships and enjoy discussing ideas, then you are a credible communicator – and exactly what KPMG wants to see in their employees.

Show Curiosity

KPMG is a company that wants employees to have the drive to develop. It provides the tools to help you grow in your role; all you need to do is provide the curiosity and willingness to learn.

Purposeful Collaborator

Every single employee has a unique perspective, and the diversity that can be found in thought and experience will deliver great results if collaboration is purposeful.

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