This pack is designed to help you through all the different KPMG tests you must take during your application to the KPMG audit school leaver programme. Preparing with our PrepPack™ will familiarise you with the requirements and skills needed to excel on all the different tests required as part of your application.
There are several different tests you need to pass in order to get through the recruitment process. You are competing with many other applicants, so you must score highly. Additionally, even if you have the actual skills needed to pass the tests, doing so within the time limit of each test is enough to fray any nerves. Therefore, it's imperative that you are fully prepared for each of the tests.
This pack contains preparation materials for three different tests: the situational judgement test (SJT), the verbal reasoning test, and the numerical reasoning test.
After you have submitted your application form, you will receive a link to the SJT. This test is untimed, so you have time to think about your answers before selecting them. In this test, you are presented with different situations that you could encounter on the job. There are several different answer options and you must select two of them—one being the best response and the other being the least appropriate response.
When answering SJT questions, it is worthwhile to imagine yourself at work and answer the questions accordingly. This is quite important since we all act and react differently inside and outside of the workplace. Included in the pack are many tips and strategies to help you show your best self on this test.
This verbal reasoning test is provided by Cubiks, and you are given 20 minutes to answer 42 questions. You are presented with several different texts as well as a number of follow-up questions. Your task is to demonstrate that you can draw conclusions and inferences from the text. The questions are statement-based, meaning you are presented with a statement and must work out whether or not it is congruous with the text.
In this Cubiks numerical test, you are given approximately one minute to solve each question. It is not advised to ponder on any question for too long as this could negatively affect your result. In this test, you have to answer 24 questions in the 20-minute time limit. You are presented with data in the form of charts and graphs. There are six different data sets, with four different questions for each data set. In order to answer the questions, you need to know how to work with percentages and ratios, as well as the more basic numerical functions. The JobTestPrep experts have developed Cubiks test practice resources that mirror the real KPMG Cubiks tests and will give you the tools you need to prepare for success.
There are two additional stages of the application to go through in order to receive an offer from KPMG:
This is similar to a normal assessment centre, only shorter. There are two separate tasks that you must complete.
Here you are presented with a brief which contains quite a lot of data for you to analyse. Whilst making reasonable assumptions and demonstrating the ability to come up with good solutions, you need to write a report to solve the problem set out for you. You only have 30 minutes to complete this exercise, so you have to work quickly and efficiently, ensuring you process the correct information whilst leaving out the extraneous.
For example, you may be asked to devise a resourcing plan, ensuring that the needs of two new contracts are met. You are given a few different options to ensure that it gets done, from training existing staff to sub-contracting some of the work out. There is material for each of the options, and you need to decide which of the options is best suited to the company. You must come up with recommendations for the way forward as well as reasonable arguments as to why you have chosen this path of action.
You can prepare for the different tests and assessments in the interview stage of the application with our assessment centre pack.
This interview is with a manager in audit and focuses on these main behavioural capabilities:
You should have an answer prepared that deals with each of these KPMG behavioural capabilities. For example, if you are asked, 'Tell me about your career motivation?' you must respond with a good quality answer. Your answer should include details about why you want to join KPMG, what kind of work is involved in the position you are applying for, and why you are motivated to join KPMG. Using the STAR method is a great way of showcasing your skills, and it is also something that KPMG itself likes its candidates to use.
You can use our interview preparation service to practise. It offers you the tools and ability to practise your answers ahead of time so that when you come to take the interview you are completely ready.
In this, the final stage of the application, there are two further tasks that you must undertake—a more in-depth interview and a presentation.
Before your interview, you will be asked to prepare a five-minute presentation on a business-related news story. You have free choice on the subject, but it must be business-related. When making the choice of subject, it is important to bear in mind that it is always easier to speak about something you are passionate about. So, ensure you do so. Moreover, don’t try to outthink or impress the interviewer by choosing a subject you think they would want to hear about. Whilst this may seem like a good idea, it could come back to bite you, as you may be easily caught out. Here are some other tips:
The director/partner interview is similar to the previous KPMG interview in that it centres on the behavioural capabilities listed above. The main difference is the complexity of questioning. Whereas in the previous interview there were not too many questions, this one is much more in-depth, including both more regular questions and more follow-up questions. As well as this, you must ensure you have some good questions about your future job, the company, and what your role will be. Such questions will help prove your interest in KPMG and the audit school leaver programme.
There are many different stages in the application process for the KPMG audit school leaver programme, and in order to do well, you must demonstrate high cognitive and reasoning abilities throughout the whole endeavour. With this preparation pack, you are giving yourself a greater chance of success. We look forward to helping you prepare.
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