I have recently progressed through the first round interview with KPMG and I feel that it is only fair that I share my experiences with others as this website has been invaluable to me in preparing for my first ever telephone interview.
The first round interview is scheduled to last ~45 mins. My interview, however, only lasted around 25 mins - I guess it’s more about the quality than quantity, particularly when ‘Makes an impact’ is being assessed. I was never asked any follow up questions so I don’t know whether I covered the basics first time or that the interviewer I had just doesn’t question further. As my interview was conducted by a member of the HR team based in London (not the office I’m applying to) I never asked many questions at the end of the interview other than formalities regarding the time frame to receive feedback and other general questions regarding the assessment centre.
I was advised by the interviewer that I should know the outcome of the interview within 2-3 days. After 3 days and no news I contacted a member of the recruitment team who informed me that my notes had not yet been uploaded to the system and that I could expect to hear later that afternoon. No correspondence materialised that afternoon and it was a further 10 days before I received an email regarding booking a slot for the AC.
I would recommend that anyone preparing for the telephone interview compiles a list of possible questions based on what others have shared in other posts as this is what I done and felt I was comfortably prepared. I have a full list of all the questions I prepared that I would be willing to share with anyone who way want it.
In my interview I was assessed on the following:
- Delivers quality
- Awareness of and seizes business opportunities
- Career motivation
- Makes an impact
The questions I was asked were based on the following:
- A piece of work that you are proud (Delivers Quality)
- A time that you worked to a tight deadline (Resilience)
- A company that is performing badly and 4 reasons why (Awareness of and seizes business opportunities)
- Why T&R (Career motivation)
- What do you hope to get from your work in T&R (Career motivation)
- What will you find difficult about T&R (Career motivation)
- How did you research the role / KPMG (Career motivation)
As you can see the bulk of the interview was based around career motivation so make sure you know exactly what you will be doing and why you want to do it. I reckon my strong commercial awareness and career motivation answers rescued me from my earlier, weaker answers.
I hope this helps those who are preparing for their telephone interview and feel free to ask any questions.