KPMG US Interview Questions & Reviews in San Francisco, CA US
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Associate, Advisory Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2013.
Interview Details Positives: KPMG has an array of extremely professional, personable and level-headed people. On top of this, I respect the work of the advisory group I was interviewing with. This was all very refreshing and exciting to be around during the interview process itself. The questions I was asked were all experience-related and personality-based. Overall, I enjoyed the people I met and the experience very much.
Negatives: The one thing I thought was awful was the on-boarding and follow-up process of the interview. After two phone interviews that went well, I had to reach out to the "experienced-hire" recruiter myself to check and see when I would receive flight information and booking details for the in-person interviews. There was so much of a delay that I had to book a flight last-minute on a connecting flight that got in to the city I was interviewing in at such a terrible hour. After the interview, I again had to reach myself to see whether I got the job or not. It turns out, I did which was exciting! However, the unprofessional manner of the on-boarding and follow-up seriously slashed the legitimacy of the company for me. I think this something that is definitely fixable and I hope to see changed if I ever interview with the company again.
Overall, not a bad experience at all. The company is great. I got the offer and I turned it down because I would like to have more experience in my current industry before pursuing an advisory-type role.
Interview Question – Importance of professional licensure in advisory. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Audit Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2011.
Interview Details Campus interview, then 2 day office visit for "Inside Look"
Interview Question – Standard questions. None very exciting or challenging. Mostly behavioral. You can find all these online. Answer Question
Audit Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in April 2012.
Interview Details 2-3 interviews. process takes two days
Interview Question – tell us three bad qualities about yourself Answer Question
Tax Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at KPMG US in August 2011.
Interview Details Met with associates and senior associates for lunch, and had behavioral interviews with partners and managers. They were all friendly and are looking for three things: Do you want to work in Tax? Are you going to fit in? and... Are you going to work hard?
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you were a leader in something... Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
Advisory Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at KPMG US.
Interview Details The hiring/ interview process was pretty typical of a Big 4/ consulting environment; initial phone screening by a recruiter, phone call interviews (mostly behavioral and fit based) with Sr. Manager/ Director. Followed by in-person interview at local KPMG office with Director/ Partner.
The one thing I will say about the process is that the scheduling was VERY unorganized and the phone calls somewhat disinterested. Prior to scheduling an interview the recruiter/ or assistant would reach out and ask for availability for the following week, after providing it, I got no response. After the week was up I issued a follow up email and was again asked to provide availability for the NEXT week, no apology or justification for delay in response. I would be contacted 24-48 hours prior to the scheduled interview via email confirmation, no phone call/ or email to confirm my availability.
Finally, after going through this disorganized practice and poor applicant experience (5 weeks in), I simply informed them I had accepted another offer and declined the final interview.
Information Protection Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at KPMG US in March 2013.
Interview Details Initial campus meeting where we went over the basics (Why KPMG?, why Information Protection, What makes you different from other applicants, etc). Then, I was asked to come to the office and I was flown out to interview with 2 partners and 1 senior manager, all of which had different technical questions and different areas specified. After the three interviews, I was taken out to lunch with 2 associates and I had a chance to ask them any questions about the internship experience or full time questions. After lunch I met with the recruiter and was told I had an offer.
Interview Question – Knowing that you will have to travel and have a highly stressful career, why do you want to go into consulting? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable
Audit Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at KPMG US.
Interview Details Phone interview with the Campus Recruiter and then 3 in person interviews of 30 min each with different managers and partners in the office. All behavioral questions and conversations about my background and "why accounting / KPMG". Most of my interviews were just like normal conversations and only one resorted to a pre determined list of questions.
Interview Question – Describe a recent ethical dilemma and how you handled it. Answer Question
Senior Audit Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KPMG US in October 2010.
Interview Details This was 3 years ago, but.... The initial process was through campus recruiting and was well run. I felt comfortable with the recruiter, and the questions were pretty standard (why did you pick accounting, how have you done in your classes, etc). I flew out to San Francisco for an interview and was treated very well (comparable to other firms, but with a more personal touch because the people picked to have dinner/breakfast with me had common interests that had clearly been selected for that reason). Interviews went well and were still primarily vanilla questions - it was also great that the process seemed to be geared toward a mutual fit. I was allowed to ask a lot of questions, and got to talk to the partners and managers about their clients and experiences.
What really stood out was the professionalism of the recruiting team. Another Big 4 firm really dropped the ball in terms of coordination and follow-up (with the exception of an offer, which was extended within a few hours). KPMG's recruiters were organized, friendly and prompt (and still quick with an offer)
Negotiation Details – This was an entry level position, and while I was honest with the recruiter about a marginally higher offer from another firm, there wasn't really any room to negotiate. The interview process also took place in late 2010 when the market was still pretty weak.
Audit Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at KPMG US in June 2012.
Interview Details Very laid back. Not challenging-Asked behavior questions
Interview Question – Asked what would you do in this type of situation.... Answer Question
Evs Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at KPMG US.
Interview Details asked about financial statements, how would depreciation flow over the 3 statements, DCF, WACC ext