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KPMG Interview Questions

KPMG is one of the so called Big 4 accounting firms. Globally they are the 4th largest by revenue, below Deloitte, PWC and EY. In 2014, KPMG managed global revenue of $24.8 billion, with a total of 162,000 employees. This equates to a total revenue of $153,209 per employee. So as you can see a firm able to command that sort of revenue per employee must be hiring high calibre employees and therefore you need to know what KPMG interview questions to expect so you too can be one of these employees.

KPMG, like the other Big 4 firms employs a similar structure for interviews. Certainly in the first interview and especially for graduates with little working experience, they focus on behavioral questions. KPMG behavioral questions are used to try and find out how you behaved in past situations. Why do they do this? It is because the belief is that past behavior is a predictor of future behaviour. So knowing this, we can know exactly how to ace a KPMG job interview. The key is knowing the questions you are going to get beforehand so you can think of situations, and knowing what core competencies it is that the interviewer is expecting to see in your answers to the questions. For example, the question may be testing to see your competency in decisiveness, therefore your answer should show that you make well informed, effective and timely decisions, even when data is limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; additionally that you perceive the impact and implications of decisions.

So here is a list of 5 of the most common KPMG interview questions and the core competencies you will be expected to display. For

1)      Tell us about a situation where your communication skills made a difference to the situation?

2)      Describe a situation where you had to change your approach halfway through a project or task following new input into the project?

3)      When did you depart from the “party line” to accomplish your goal?

4)      Describe a situation where you were able to influence others on an important issue

5)      Describe a time where you had to lead a team. What challenges did you face and how did you meet your objectives?

The above are just a small sample of the questions you can be asked. All of the above address an individual core competency that the interviewer expects to see in their future employees. These questions tend to be very similar across all service line jobs with in KPMG, as they are questions that determine how you work as a person and culturally what they want to see across KPMG. At Breaking Big 4, we provide you with exactly how to structure and answer over 100 Big 4 accounting interview questions you may be asked and exactly what core competency each question should display and what is vital to display regarding the core competency. With our guidance, we make getting a KPMG job a lot less daunting and help you order and structure everything to give yourself the best chance of getting hired and getting your accounting career well underway.

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