Parents of Successful PWC Applicant 2017
KPMG has designed an application process to find talented people like you who could demonstrate workable skills as defined in their global core competencies page. KPMG name these skills as 'Behavioural Capabilities'. The KPMG job recruitment selection process is summarized below:
Step 1: Applicant completes online Registration Form
Step 2: Takes online Situational Judgment Test
Step 3: Takes online Numerical and Verbal Reasoning Test
Step 4: Complete Interview Style Audio Digital Submission
Step 5: Attends KPMG Launch Pad Assessment Centre Event
Step 6: Attends Final Interview and Presentation with KPMG Partner
Step 7: Successful Applicant will receive a job offer
The complete application process is also summarised on the KPMG website.
The registration form consists of the following sections;
a. Personal details
b. Application details
c. Contacts in KPMG
d. School/College education
e. Higher education
f. Accountancy Qualifications
g. Employment history
h. Language skills
i. Equal opportunities
KPMG SJT tests are designed by a company called Cubiks bespoke for KPMG only. KPMG SJT is a work related scenario based test, a sort of multiple choice question answer series. You will be given several scenarios and choice of possible actions you can take to deal with those situations. These will be hypothetical work related situations that you would encounter as a trainee at KPMG.
KPMG Aptitude tests are designed by a company called Cubiks bespoke for KPMG only. These are complex aptitude tests and are extremely time pressured. You will sit these tests online so would have complete freedom to take from any location whether home, library etc. Read more.
Once you’ve passed the KPMG online aptitude tests then you would be submitting your responses to the interview questions in an audio recording format called a "Digital Submission stage", a shorter version of first interview questions. The Digital Submission questions would be focused on the 'Career Motivation' and 'Making an Impact' Behavioural capabilities competencies.
In rare instances, you could also be asked to attend first interview at the KPMG office or over the phone based on your Digital Submission responses to KPMG. Competency based interview questions would help the firm matching your skills against KPMG global competencies. Read more.
KPMG Launch Pad is the KPMG assessment centre that consists of half day tasks which you would perform at the KPMG office. This is sort of building up on the situational judgment exercise where you’d experience various activities and respond to typical work related scenarios.
The main tasks you expect to take in KPMG etray exercise are listed below;
a. KPMG etray exercise – “Virtual office exercise”. You will sit a computer based simulation similar to Microsoft Outlook. You will receive emails and voicemail messages to build up knowledge about various work related situations. You will deal with all the tasks within the allocated time limit. You will respond in a multiple choice question answer format. Read more.
b. KPMG etray exercise – “Analysis exercise”. ”. You will sit a computer based email simulation program similar to Microsoft Word. You will be provided project based fictional information to review and write detailed report in the allocated time limit. Tasks e and f below are follow up role play exercises based on this information. Read More.
c. Role Play Exercise with KPMG Client (fictional) – You will be attending a role play to meet KPMG Client to discuss and to obtain important information. Most of information will be based on the etray report which you’ve written in the Task b mentioned above. Read More.
d. Role Play Exercise with KPMG Manager (fictional) – You will be attending a role play to meet KPMG Manager to discuss what information you’ve obtained from the client and what steps to take based on that information. Most of information will be based on the etray report which you’ve written in the Task b mentioned above. Read More.
e. KPMG Group exercise – You will attend either a group exercise or an individual case study depending on your chosen service line and your desired location. The group exercise will be carried out as a part of group to assess your team working and coordination skills amongst others. You will be expected to work as a team and reach a final conclusion from the task at hand. You will all receive a standard “information pack” to build up knowledge about the topic. In addition each team member would receive unique information about the topic, which is expected to be shared and worked upon as a team. Read More.
f. Completion of Self assessment form – KPMG will ask you to write self review feedback to check your understanding of how you performed against your actual performance. Read More.
g. Lunch with colleagues – You will meet KPMG trainees and seniors at lunch where you can discuss your questions, career aspirations or hear their views about life at KPMG. You will be assessed during you Lunch at KPMG. Read More.
h. KPMG Launch Pad Assessment Centre aptitude tests – If you’d get selected randomly by HR team then you will resit in the aptitude tests i.e. you will take numerical and verbal reasoning tests again at the assessment centre at KPMG office. Questions will be slightly difficult as compared to the online test. Read More.
Once you’ve succeeded in the assessment centre then you’d attend final interview with the Partner. Depending on the service line you’re applying to, you would be asked to make a detailed presentation to the Partner in addition to your final interview.
Successful applicant will receive a job offer in the range of c£30k per annum if they pass the step six steps assessment. Read More.
KPMG has set 6 types of recruitment test to assess each applicant before offering the job. These test are applicable to more or less all graduate and school leaver applicants. For experienced routes the test are less grilling only to some extent.
KPMG has designed all the recruitment test with the help of an external company ‘Cubiks’, a PA consulting group company. The aim of such rigorous assessment is to ensure the whole recruitment process is relevant to the specific vacancy, consistent across the firm and become an overall useful recruitment process. KPMG recruitment team has worked hard for nearly 20 years to develop such an impressive recruitment process.
KPMG has kept a clear view to impress applicants in the whole process by making the recruitment process a fun learning and enjoyable skill development exercise for the candidates. Read more.
Numerical, Verbal and Inductive Reasoning free tests
Each applicant is assessed against KPMG global core competencies during the six stage recruitment process. For ease of reference we have highlighted main competencies at the end of this section.
KPMG has set specific priorities of testing these competencies at each of the six stages. They believe that these global competencies are a framework which lays out a success pattern for job entrants at KPMG.
It is assumed by KPMG that if an applicant could demonstrate such skills and ‘behavioural capabilities’ during the six assessment stages successfully then they’d automatically become a perfect match for the firm.
If you could demonstrate the right skills set for each of the six stages' exercises and obtain certain PASS MARKS in each of the assessments then you will secure a job in KPMG. It is really as simple as that.From our specific practice material you will learn the right skill set to obtain the maximum marks per competency per stage.
Green Turn has researched for the past 10 years to genuinely understand the KPMG application process’s pass marks structure. Please read our material for further details. Read more.
There are roughly 1,700 full time trainee positions available at KPMG. If you meet the firm’s minimum entry level academic requirements then you are eligible to apply to the firm. The trainee vacancies are open to UK residents as well as to overseas nationals.
KPMG treats all the applicants fairly against the set criteria. KPMG strongly believes in diversity and equal opportunities policy, so literally every applicant has an equal chance of securing a job with KPMG.
KPMG receives hundreds of thousands of trainee position applications every year. However only a handful of c1,700 applicants would successfully receive trainee job offer letters.
If you demonstrate the required skills and ‘behavioural capabilities’ during the six assessment stages then, you could also receive a job offer from KPMG. Read more.
The first step to your success is to objectively assess yourself, your skills and capabilities against the global core competency skills required by KPMG. If you have practiced such skills and have demonstrated these specific capabilities regularly say for example in your existing job then there is a chance that you will do well at all of the six KPMG assessment exercises.
On the other hand if you are uncertain about your own capability level, you do not know the pass and fail criteria for each of the assessment test and exercises, and you have not prepared for the KPMG assessment test, then you would not perform well in all the six stages recruitment test.
It is then more likely that you would face rejection in the initial assessment stages, which is the case with 90% of the applicants! Read more.
Some of the following situations might look familiar to you?
a. You're perhaps not fully aware of the objective for each of the six stage assessments' exercises
b. Not aware of the relevant competencies tested at each of the six stage assessments
c. Not aware of the PASS or FAIL marking scheme criteria for each of six stage assessments
d. You have exhausted yourself by searching on the web and currently relying to secure your job with KPMG based on the little known knowledge you’ve gathered
e. You have developed a ‘false hope’ by practicing irrelevant and generic exercises / test from the web and are under the impression that you will pass KPMG tailored assessments without any tailored preparation
f. You have not practiced any mock exercises and test similar to KPMG assessments
g. You are under false impression that you'd pass KPMG assessments by a miracle and thus don't need to practice
If you find yourself in above situations then it is quite rare to succeed in all of the KPMG six assessment stages at the first attempt. You are in the same boat as any other unprepared applicants. You will need to do a lot more relevant test practice to bring out the real You Champion inside you.
Without a doubt you’d need to practice relevant material and make an informed effort to prepare for each of the KPMG recruitment test rigorously before attempting the real KPMG assessment test as only then you will succeed in all of the KPMG six stages assessment test and be able to secure a job with KPMG. Read more.
Your only way out of this vicious cycle is to practice the relevant materials as soon as possible. It is critical to decide whom you want to get trained with and which material you’d want to practice before exhausting yourself with the practice material.
Due to time constraints for this job opportunity, your decision about practice material could be a make or break factor for you. You can identify whether the practicing material is genuine and worth spending time on if:
At Green Turn we take your career at the forefront of our research. We have designed the relevant practice material, eBooks, videos and computer based simulations. Practicing our material will help you prepare and pass all of the KPMG six assessment stages’ test and exercises at the first attempt.
You will straight away start preparing for the KPMG relevant assessment test. Our intelligent simulation will observe your practice performance and would give you step by step guidance at each stage of your progress. Now you can master any stage of the KPMG recruitment process in just few hours.
Please note that Green Turn is not a generic company our preparation material is specific and only designed to practice for and pass the big four recruitment test. Our test materials are developed after years of research and with the help of ex-Big Four Managers & Seniors who have extensive experience as assessors at the big four
In addition to the specific practice material, Green Turn would also give you access to the ex-Big Four Managers and Seniors from the Audit, Tax, Advisory, Consulting and other sectors to help you prepare for your KPMG recruitment process test. This would give you real insight into each of the KPMG departments and working style. This is truly a unique blend of your big four career counselling directly from the relevant big four qualified experts. Read more.
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At Green Turn we put your career at the forefront of our research. We have designed the relevant practice material, courses, ebooks and computer based simulations.
Practicing our material will help you prepare and pass the KPMG application, aptitude test, interview and assessment centre test at your first attempt.
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