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KPMG Assessment Centre and Aptitude Tests Practice

Learn about the KPMG selection process and assessment centre tasks schedule. Get tips and practise on how to get that coveted job with JobTestPrep's expert advice.

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The KPMG Application Form

It is worthwhile to take the KPMG self-selection questionnaire on their website as this will give a really good idea of what you want to apply for. After finding the position that you want to apply for, you then need to fill in the online application form.

The KPMG Online Application Form

This is a standard application form and it applies to both the KPMG graduate scheme as well as for other employment options. You will be given the opportunity to enter your information in the KPMG system. There are no competency questions to answer in this application form and it is fairly simple to fill in. After the completion of this application form you will be sent the KPMG Situational Judgement Test, the KPMG SJT. This test, like all the other tests you will receive is produced by the Cubiks Company. You will be given many different scenarios with different options as to how you would deal with such issues.  The purpose of this questionnaire is to assess competencies which are sought after by KPMG. At JobTestPrep we have an extensive bank of SJT questions that you are likely to receive on the KPMG SJT so make sure you check it out before sitting it for real. Find out more information here.

The KPMG Online Numerical and Verbal Reasoning Tests

Once you have successfully completed the KPMG SJT you will be send a further link inviting you to take part in the next set of KPMG online aptitude tests. These comprise of two online tests. They both have a time limit of around 20 minutes and they are used to assess your ability to analyse both numerical as well as verbal data. For more information about these tests, click here. Please note that if you are applying to a management role you are not asked to take the Cubiks tests but rather the Kenexa online tests, available here.

The KPMG Telephone Interview

If you have done well enough in these online tests you will be invited to take part in the KPMG telephone interview. This interview will last for about 45 minutes and will be with one of the members of the department where you applied to. It will assess your behavioural capabilities and this is done with both competency and scenario based questions. With regard to this telephone interview it is important to bear in mind that KPMG are looking for the key competencies that they are proud of.

These are:

  • A striving for continual improvement 
  • Career motivation & Resilience
  • Collaboration & inclusion
  • Delivering quality
  • Demonstrating innovation and curiosity
  • The ability to show professional judgement
  • Showing how you can make an impact
  • Seizing business opportunities

Before the interview it is worthwhile to go through each of these KPMG key competencies and think of a way where you can bring these qualities both into a conversation and as part of an answer. For more information on how to best go about preparing for this telephone interview, click here.

The KPMG Immersive Assessment Centre

This is a whole day assessment centre which KPMG claims to be vastly different to any other assessment centre. However, many of the tasks you will be given on this day are not particularly different to the general guidelines of assessment days. Let us go through the day and see where we can help you put in a perfect performance.

Everything that goes on during the day will be based on a fictional organisation. This is different than other companies’ assessment days as it gives you a real chance to get to know this fictional company in a more real way thus simulating a real day of work at KPMG. Throughout the day, everything that you do will be based around this company.

The KPMG Virtual Office Exercise

The first KPMG assessment centre challenge is the Virtual Office Exercise. This exercise is a form of the e-tray exercise that is used to assess your ability to make decisions under time constraints. You will be given a vast amount of information on a laptop such as emails, messages and other documents that need attending to. It is your job to analyse each of these pieces of information and assess its level of necessity. This task lasts for one hour. For more information on how to deal and approach these exercises click here.

The KPMG Analysis Exercise

In this exercise you will be given one hour to go through many different pieces of information about this fictional client. You will have to write a 1500 word report about it. This report will have to include information as to the current problems with the group. You will also have to detail recommendations for the future in order to increase profits and help the company run more smoothly. You have one hour for this exercise. Remember, to include the KPMG key competencies in your report. This is what they are testing you on so make sure to include them. Read more about the KPMG case study exercise, and sign up for our new case study practice pack, coming soon!

The KPMG Simulated Meetings/ Role Play Exercise

In this section of the KPMG Immersive Assessment Centre you will have two simulated meetings one after the other. The first one will be with a client of this fictional company and the second will be with the manager of the department you are applying for.

With regards to the first meeting, you will be given a brief about this person who used to do business with you in a previous company but the relationship went sour for one reason or another. It is your job to convince this person that your company are fully professional and can provide the complete solution to the client. You will need to create a relationship with the actor as there is a residual bad feeling between the two of you. Therefore, you will need to do two things in this role play exercise. Firstly, you must create a relationship between the two of you and then establish why you are the best company for the job.

Following the first simulated meeting, you will then have to report to your boss the outcome of the meeting and go through what happened and how you can push things forward. For information on how to deal with role play scenarios click here.

KPMG Final Interview

To be successful at the KPMG Immersive Assessment Centre you need to have shown ability in every one of the KPMG key competencies. If you have succeeded, you will be invited back to have a further interview. This will be with a director of your chosen area or perhaps with a partner of the firm. This is an in-depth interview. The interview will last for about an hour and if you are applying for the advisory area of KPMG you will be asked to prepare a presentation as well.

Some questions that you may be asked include:

  • Why KPMG?
  • What are your general career aims?
  • Talk about a recent news story that's had an impact on businesses?
  • How do you find the economic climate of UK?
  • If you were the Prime Minister, what would you do to save the economy?
  • What support do you expect to get from KPMG during your training period?

One very important thing to keep in mind here is that throughout the KPMG assessment centre you are being tested on the key competencies of KPMG. Therefore, it is important to not only know them inside out, but also to have examples of why you possess these competencies and can incorporate them into your work. Ultimately, this is where you will get the job or not. Everything in the KPMG hiring process, from the graduate program to the experienced professional is dictated by these key competencies.

With good preparation and well prepared answers you will be able to show your best. Good luck!

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