Unfortunately I today received news that I was rejected by KPMG. Im disappointed, but not all surprised. I failed in the area I thought I had. For those asking it was Audit 2010 London. I failed (2/5) on “Career Motivation”. An assessment only judged in the partner interview.
I cant apply for PWC until December now, Deloitte for a year (both PWC and Deloitte turned me down recently for 2009 at the online application stage!!). So I will apply for PWC when I can, and E&Y as soon as the 2010 intake opens. For now I’ll be applying to a 2009 intake finance based masters (MSc).
Anyway on to the AC. I received feedback, so I’ll try and post some stuff up some people might find handy.
sj, for the first interview, just relax. Prepare 2 (maybe a 3rd for teamwork) examples for each competency, stay calm, confident, and be prepared. Its not too bad. I advise you make general chat before and after the interview, just for the “Making an Impact” competency.
As for the AC, I have some advise I havent seen given. Online you read about how the partner interview is the nicest part of the day, very relaxed, general chat. Whilst this is true, do not neglect it. I did. I read over and over how easy and relaxed it was, I did not prepare at all for it. I spent all my time preapring to give a good presentation, which in the end turned out unnecessary, I simply read it off my sheets!
My only guess is each partner interview will vary. I was asked competency based questions, and he took notes as I was speaking. I obviously still remembered my answers from my first interview, but not in depth enough. My answers were vague when asked questions such as “Why Audit?” What 3 qualities do you believe to be the most important for Audit?" Why KPMG over the other big 4?". Now this may be because my heart truly is NOT in Auditing. Its not a career I want to follow, and I was only using it as a route to get into the company and planned on moving across swiftly after my three years. So who knows, maybe doing a masters will benefit me, and I’ll be able to apply next year for the position I actually want!
Anyway, any I’ll be happy to answer any questions, but bare with me on time of responses.
Thanks to wikijob for all its help!