This is the last stage of the recruitment stage; so congratulations if you have made it this far. There are only a few things left before you land your dream job.

The Launch Pad Recruitment Event will be a chance for you to network with professionals working at KPMG, and learn more about the company. It is the perfect time for you to get a better insight into what it is like to work at KPMG. However, you will still need to go through a few assessments to prove that you are an ideal candidate for the job. These might involve:

  • KPMG Group Exercise

This exercise will examine your ability to work as part of a team. Throughout this task, various KPMG employees will observe you and how you solve problems when required to work with others.

It is important that you are confident to share and argue for your ideas, but also be ready to contribute to somebody else’s input. Most importantly, speak clearly and do not interrupt anyone!

Tip: Try to persuade others towards your ideas and also ask critical though-provoking questions, but only do so when it feels natural. You need to appreciate that other people on the team are just as important.

  • KPMG Written Exercise

This task will ask you to prepare a response to a previously unseen case study problem. It will be provided in the candidate brief given to you.

Tip: Start by skimming through all the information in the candidate brief and then plan your response quickly. You should not be starting to answer before you form a clear idea for your response. Always check your spelling and watch the time – in many cases it might be better to miss one or two arguments in order to finish the task on time.

  • Senior Partner Interview

This will be a one-on-one interview with the partner or director from the business area you wish to join. It will be a competency-based interview, and it is a final chance for you to demonstrate your passion, skills and enthusiasm to work for KPMG.

At the end of the KPMG Senior Partner Interview, you will be given a chance to ask questions. You must definitely use this opportunity! This is a way of showing that you are interested and motivated, so prepare some thought-provoking and interesting questions beforehand. You can also ask your interviewer about his career path.

If you have been successful at this event, KPMG will get back to you within 2 days. If you have not been successful on this occasion, you will be given an option to request feedback on your performance. Use this opportunity to improve for future job searches.

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.

KPMG Launch Pad Role Play Test Details:

KPMG’s role play exercise hinges on your inter personal as well as your professional skills and consists of three separate face-to-face meetings. All topics discussed during the role play exercise will be based on your responses to the etray exercise. No additional time is provided for preparation between these stages.

 

The KPMG role play exercise comes in three parts:

 

A.  After completing the etray exercise, you will be asked to attend a fictional 15-minute client meeting. This meeting will be held so that KPMG can gather some useful information before moving on. To jog your memory, you will be allowed to look at a KPMG instructional booklet so you can briefly prepare and remember your etray responses.

 

B.   After attending the client meeting, you will be asked to attend a 15-minute meeting with a KPMG manager. This meeting builds on your responses in the second part of the etray test and uses them as the basis for a fictional scenario. The partner will initially ask you questions while posing as a fictional client’s director and will proceed to rigorously challenge and cross-question you.

 

C.   In the third part of the role play exercise, you will meet KPMG trainees and seniors at lunch where you will discuss your questions and career aspirations and learn about their views on working for KPMG. However, this is not just a casual chat, it is in fact a 40-minute informal assessment during which you will be judged on your ethics and manners.

 

The period of time that KPMG allow you to look at the instructional booklet is insufficient in which to properly prepare. Thus, it is vital that you receive appropriate guidance at this stage, because you do not want to be waiting for a meeting feeling nervous and unprepared. You need the relevant information and guidance well in advance to give yourself a realistic chance of success.

KPMG Launch Pad Group Exercise Details:

This exercise will be conducted in groups, chiefly for the purpose of assessing your teamwork and coordination skills although other competency areas will also be taken into account. You will all receive a standard ‘information pack’ to build up your knowledge on a particular topic. In addition, each team member will receive their own unique information, which they are expected to share with the team. You will be given 20 minutes to analyse the information pack and additional unique information and will then get a further 30 minutes to discuss it with the group. You are expected to confidently communicate your opinions with other participants and aim to reach a final conclusion.

 

As with all KPMG assessment centre tests, the relevant software has been developed for the company by SHL, a renowned global HR consultancy that publishes various psychometric tests for KPMG worldwide.

 

The time afforded to you by KPMG in which to read their informational booklet is insufficient for adequate preparation. Thus, it is vital that you receive appropriate guidance at this stage, because you do not want to be waiting for a meeting feeling nervous and unprepared. You need the relevant information and guidance well in advance to give yourself a realistic chance of success.

KPMG Launch Pad Event Assessment Centre Details:

The relevant software has been developed for the company by Cubiks, a renowned global HR consultancy that publishes various psychometric tests for KPMG worldwide.The standard assessment centre exercises are detailed below. Depending on the service line you have applied to, you may also be asked to take on an additional exercise, which will be a presentation made to the KPMG Partner. The topic of the presentation will not be provided beforehand, so you will not get the chance to properly prepare.

 

1: KPMG Etray Exercise

A. The ‘virtual office’ exercise is based on a computer-based email simulation program like Microsoft Outlook. Questions must all be answered inside the one-hour time limit. You will deal with emails and voicemail messages towards the aim of building up your knowledge on various work related situations. Answers are presented in a multiple choice format and will be marked automatically by KPMG’s software upon submission.

 

B. The ‘analysis’ exercise uses a computer-based word processing simulation like Microsoft Word. All questions must be answered inside the 40-minute time limit. You will receive project based fictional information to review and use as the basis for a written report.

 

2: KPMG Role Play Exercises

A. After completing the etray exercise, you will be go through a 15-minute fictional client meeting so that KPMG can gather some important information before continuing. To refresh your memory on the topics covered and your etray responses, you will be allowed to read a KPMG instructional booklet for a brief period of time.

 

B. Finally, you will be attending a 15-minute meeting with a KPMG manager. This is based around your responses to the previous two stages (etray exercise and client meeting) and will then develop them further. You will be challenged and cross-questioned on the reasoning behind your suggestions. The partner will be assessing whether or not you correctly understand the topic and the amount of information you managed to gain from the ‘client’.

 

KPMG only allow you to read the informational booklet for a very short time, you will not be able to digest all information without prior preparation; so you need the relevant information and guidance well in advance. Do not think that you can successfully guess your way through the assessment centre tests, as this is far from the case.

 

3: KPMG Launch Pad Group Exercise

As you may already have guessed, this exercise will be conducted in groups. This is chiefly for the purpose of assessing your team work and coordination skills although other competency areas will also be taken into account. Applicants will all receive a standard ‘information pack’, to build up their knowledge on a particular topics. Also, each team member will receive their own specific information, which they are expected to share with the team. You will be given 20 minutes to analyse the information pack and additional unique information and will then get a further 30 minutes to discuss it with the group. You should confidently communicate your opinions with other participants, towards reaching a final conclusion.

 

4: KPMG Self Assessment Form

It is KPMG policy that all attendees fill in a feedback form. The main questions relate to areas of the assessment centre that you particularly liked and/or disliked, your view of your own performance and ways in which KPMG could optimise the process. This form generally takes around 10 minutes to complete and the time you spend on it will be monitored. Your self-assessment form will later be compared against your actual performance marks to assess your ‘self review and personal perception’ skills.

 

5: Lunch With Colleagues

You will meet up with KPMG trainees and seniors at lunch, where you will be discussing your questions and career aspirations and learning about their views on working for KPMG. This is not just a casual chat though, it is actually a 40-minute informal assessment during which you will be judged on your ethics and manners.

KPMG Launch Pad Partner Interview Details:

The interview will be face-to-face with a KPMG partner at company premises. There is no set time restriction and an interview can last from 40 minutes to two hours. An average interview will last for 45 minutes, during which time you will be asked around 15 initial questions and three follow-up questions for each, leading to a total of roughly 45 questions (15×3). Below are two examples of the types of question you will be facing:

 

Example 1:

KPMG COMPETENCY:   SEIZES BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

 

How do you keep your business knowledge up to date?

 

KPMG FOLLOW ON QUESTIONS:

WHAT ROUTINE DO YOU FOLLOW TO KEEP YOURSELF UP-TO-DATE ON BUSINESS NEWS?
TELL ME ABOUT THE LATEST NEWS YOU HAVE FOLLOWED RECENTLY?
TELL ME ABOUT THE COMPANIES THAT ARE PERFORMING WELL AND REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT?
TELL ME ABOUT THE COMPANIES THAT ARE UNDERPERFORMING AND REASONS FOR LOW PERFORMANCE?

 

Example 2:

KPMG COMPETENCY:   CAREER MOTIVATION 

 

Why have you chosen to apply to KPMG instead of other Big Four Firms? 

 

KPMG FOLLOW ON QUESTIONS:

WHAT INTERESTS YOU ABOUT KPMG IN PARTICULAR?
HOW ARE KPMG AUDITING TECHNIQUES DIFFERENT COMPARED TO OTHER BIG FOUR FIRMS?
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES KPMG FROM OTHER BIG FOUR FIRMS?
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR CLIENTS?

KPMG Presentation Test Details:

The objective of the presentation exercise is for you to gain and demonstrate a clear understanding of business operations and develop real insight. You will be provided with a presentation topic beforehand and are expected to come fully prepared for both initial and follow-up questions. You will be challenged and rigorously cross-questioned for around 10 to 15 minutes after making your presentation, by a KPMG partner. It will not be easy to impress the partner, as he or she will be involved in business development pitches every day and will have been doing so since you were a child. As with all KPMG assessment centre tests, the relevant software has been developed for the company by Cubiks, a renowned global HR consultancy that publishes various psychometric tests for KPMG worldwide.

 

The period of time that KPMG allow you to look at the instructional booklet is insufficient in which to properly prepare. Thus, it is vital that you receive appropriate guidance at this stage, because you do not want to be waiting for the presentation feeling nervous and unprepared. You need the relevant information and guidance well in advance to give yourself a realistic chance of success.


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