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Top tips from Graduates of KPMG

Graduates of KPMG share tips on the graduate application process.

Graduate Application Process

Test taking skills

"How did you tackle the online assessments? Did you prepare for them? What are the online assessments like?"

I did not prepare for the online assessments – I think psyching yourself out by over preparing can be detrimental to the end result and the tests themselves are quite intuitive

— CFO Advisory, Melbourne

To prepare, I practiced aptitude tests and read forums online about other candidates’ experiences with KPMG assessment tests. I was surprised by how ‘fun’ KPMG’s online assessment test was compared to tests from other companies (which were mostly in multiple choice format).

Technology Implementation, Management Consulting, Melbourne 

KPMG uses Revelian’s Theme Park Hero, which is a game-based psychometric assessment. There is little you can do to prepare, but I would recommend familiarising yourself with the types of questions and activities that you will be asked to complete. This can be found on Revelian’s website, or you search online for general practice tests. For the questions about your behavioural style, answer them as yourself, not as what you think KPMG is looking for. There is no point misrepresenting yourself at the assessment stage, receiving an offer, then realising the culture or working environment is not suited to you. Compared to other companies, KPMG’s assessments are actually a lot more fun!

— Management Consulting, Melbourne

Be as specific as possible in your interview preparation.

"How did you prepare for the interviews (Video and face-to-face)? (ie. practising the STAR technique/ preparing the right questions to ask/ research into the division)"

I brainstormed a list of potential questions I thought may be asked in the interviews, and how I thought of I’d like to answer them. For questions that were career oriented, I read through the KPMG website, as well as looking at resources such as LinkedIn and Whirlpool to tailor my answers. For potential scenario type questions, I reflected upon various scenarios that I’ve thought to be particularly good learning opportunities (positive & negative experiences) and thought objectively about what was the scenario, what role did I play, how was the scenario resolved and what did I take away from the experience. Through a careers mentoring program I participated in at University, I was able to actually connect with a Manager at KPMG in a division I was interested in applying for, which was incredibly valuable in learning more about the opportunities available to me.

—Audit, Assurance & Risk Consulting, Melbourne

I prepared for the interviews by researching the company on LinkedIn, YouTube, GlassDoor and GradAustralia and filmed myself answering practice questions and singing. 

—Audit & Assurance and Risk Consulting, Melbourne

I went through my resume and thought of specific examples where my direct contribution to a situation led to a particular outcome (importantly, both positive and negative). I was also reminded that group work throughout university provides a great opportunity to reflect on questions such as: how you could've worked better as a team, how you approach conflict and how you work to tough deadlines. If your past work experience doesn't allow you to provide the examples you need, always fall back on uni. 

—Management Consulting, Melbourne

Be natural, not nervous.

"How were you able to be authentic during the application process as well as in the interview?"

Always say yes to a drink, it will help you relax and make you more comfortable.

—RST Melbourne

Remember they are real people who want to see that you’re a real person who they can see themselves getting along with and working with in the future.

—RST Melbourne

Being relaxed and having small talk, the interviewers can sense when you are being overly anxious and conversation doesn’t flow as well.

—External Audit Melbourne

Become an expert in KPMG

"What did you know about KPMG prior to joining? Why is knowing about KPMG important and what are some ways that applicants can gain knowledge about KPMG? Did you attend any networking events where KPMG was present?"

As one of the big 4 firms, KPMG is set apart by its people and values. Research its online presence and talk to the staff who attend career workshops and expos. 

— CFO Advisory, Melbourne

I knew that KMPG was a highly respected organisation which would be a great starting place to begin a career. I also knew it had great learning opportunities and would allow me to meet similar like-minded people.

Applicants can gain knowledge through researching online such as LinkedIn, GlassDoor and Whirlpool forums. Additionally talking with friends and co-workers who work at the firm as they will be able to provide valuable firsthand knowledge and experience of what is involved with the roleI attended university career expos which I feel were very helpful in gaining insight into different careers and companies I previously was not aware of. 

— External Audit, Melbourne

I knew that KPMG was a well-respected accounting and consulting firm that is known for its strong client relations and quality services. Knowing about who KPMG is and what they do is very important in understanding how you can fit in and contribute to the business. Applicants should research KPMG through their website and be well-informed on issues in the news that are relevant to the business. 

— External Audit, Melbourne

Gain relevant experience tailored to the role

"Advice on how to maximise the University experience/ what types of experience did you have prior to joining KPMG?"

Get involved in student programs that will help you gain exposure to life after Uni. For myself, a Strategy consulting program was an invaluable experience which taught me a number of skills that I now use regularly.

Prior to starting with KPMG I had a mix of Strategy and Engineering experience both here in Australia as well as internationally through an internship in Vietnam.

—KPMG Strategy Melbourne