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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.