kpmg assessment centre

#1

hi,guys,
i have a few questions about the kpmg assessment centre.

  1. for the etray exercise, wil it involve a lot calculation in the first part? i read a article related to kpmg interview, it said the writing exericse is involve of replying 2 emails, one is about a ecommerce client, the other one is about the kpmg marketing budget. is it true and would be the same for every applicants?

  2. do i need to be aware of any specific questions on the partner interview? what is their main focus on the partner interview? like career motivation or teamwork, sth. like that?

  3. how can i answer the questions of why kpmg is different from its competitors? what can i benefit from the comapny and what can i bring to the comapny?

thank you so much for taking time to read my thread, i hope we can brainstorm it.

#2

Hey Junqi (junkey?) anyway…!

…have you had a look at the wikijob KPMG profile - http://www.wikijob.co.uk/wiki/KPMG.

This should give you a pretty comprehensive account of what to prepare for which should be pretty useful!

When is your interview?

#3
  1. Yes it is the same for all applicants. There is calculation in this section, but it is pretty easy. If you did on the online test for the application, you will be fine. The written part is very important; you must show good writing skills, without which, you will not get the job. You will not have a spell checker, so be careful.

  2. You are right about the partner interview, they will be looking for these competencies. Make sure you can comfortably answer why you want to work for KPMG; they are not easily fooled!

how can i answer the questions of why kpmg is different from its competitors?

Talk about the work KPMG does in the community, what unique clients KPMG serves, and what is unique about the KPMhat can i bring to the comapny?G way of doing things.

how can i benefit from the comapny?

Talk about the training and opportunity for career development at KPMG. Talk about the opportunity to work in a particular industry sector in which KPMG specialises. Talk about the excellent training for business that KPMG will give you.

hat can i bring to the comapny?

An enthusiastic attitude, a willingness to learn, a helping hand. That kind of thing. Don’t be too arrogant.

On a seperate note, judging by the grammar in your posts, you should try and tighten your english before the written exercise or you could suffer very badly, please be careful!

Chris.

#4

thank you so much for you guys help…especially chris…you always provide good suggestions.
i am preparing my presentation of m&s now, just wondering if anyone can have any suggestion for it? or any ideas about how can m&s improve its performance.

#5

Good luck in your interview! …make sure you let us all know how it goes!!

M&S already have a very strong hold in the high quality produce market. Developing this further, introducing more organic products, following general consumer trends for buying increasingly “good for you” brands could be a good way for them to do better and better.

#6

M&S is already at the top of the list It has 99.99% brand awareness rating so what else needed is a new niche. it is just what they do now do at the moment. so look for the businesses that M&S do not have.
may be some of them are

  • appliances
    -homewares
    -tv and audio
    -develop catalog business after introducing home appliances and other bits under its branding
    -go deeper into financial industry by offering M&S financing, banking, insurance and if necessary property financinig
    -property management business
    (some points might not be appropriate for M&S to do but doing those might get some money and expansion in the UK for ex. John Lewis)

the company has reached its peak now i think. only thing with the current position it can see just volatile sales. if it wants the up then it needs to open new business under the branding.

depends on how you would convert those things in your message to the listeners. those are some specific points. but more you talk more questions so keep it Short Clear Concise
good luck

#7

actually that’s really quite a good answer!

#8

Where else are you guys currently applying to? Just accountancy firms? How/why did you make your choices?

#9

Hey,

Another good one for what is different/better about KPMG (or any company) is to learn the awards they’ve won. Another one they said to me at KPMG is that they give responsibility and chance to make active contribution early.

My partner interview was really nice but he asked a lot about leadership - when have I done it, what makes a good leader, what is the difference between a leader and a manager, also about why I hadn’t gone into other fields - why chosen this job etc.

Oh and with the e-tray I think there was only 1 (max 2) calculation questions which you could do on paper - I was nervous about this too but it wasn’t a problem honestly!

Good luck!!!

#10

Hi,

Could anyone tell me what kind of handouts can be given for the presentation or is a handout needed at all. Would it be a page summarising points, would it be pictorials or graphs with a brief financial analysis? Any recommendations?

Cheers

[QUOTE=silondon;453]Hey,

Another good one for what is different/better about KPMG (or any company) is to learn the awards they’ve won. Another one they said to me at KPMG is that they give responsibility and chance to make active contribution early.

My partner interview was really nice but he asked a lot about leadership - when have I done it, what makes a good leader, what is the difference between a leader and a manager, also about why I hadn’t gone into other fields - why chosen this job etc.

Oh and with the e-tray I think there was only 1 (max 2) calculation questions which you could do on paper - I was nervous about this too but it wasn’t a problem honestly!

Good luck!!![/QUOTE]

#11

You don’t really need to do any handouts at all; they’re optional. If you do feel you need handouts, hand out some charts or something you’d otherwise put onto a projector instead. I wouldn’t worry too much about it, they aren’t testing you on your handout skills!

#12

Hi,

Does anybody know if you are expected to make the presentation off the top of your head?
Or would it be fine to use a side of A4 with a few headings and bullet points as a prompt?

#13

Bullet points are fair game. In fact, I think they rather expect you do use brief notes and NOT do it off the top of your head!

Hope this helps!

#14

The wikijob article on the KPMG assessment centre says try to avoid KPMG clients in your ten minute presentation.
I originally thought that I would talk about Pfizer and how they could diversify into the diagnostics market and other things. Is this too risky? Any ideas what else I could talk about?

Also, my pwc assessment centre feedback said that i was too shy and under confident and couldn’t sell myself. Any suggestions on improving that?

Appreciate the help.

Thanks!

#15

I think your presentation idea is a really good one and it’s definitely best to talk about something you are interested in. I can see why people would suggest not to do a KPMG client but realistically you’d be unlucky to get a partner that specialises in pharma/biotech - you can search their name online though to check what they do.

On my hand out I wrote a summary of what I said. I clarified this at the beginning and said it was a summary as opposed to something to refer to/follow through when I spoke. My handout was two pages. I wrote a few bullets on company background - money etc and then went through ideas for growth with bullets of why/how they’d work and also a brief mention of opperational/cost realities of my ideas. I don’t think you need to be too business/finance centred mine was mostly creative ideas I didn’t do any kind of analysis etc on them.

In terms of your confidence I find the best way to deal with that is by being v enthusiastic - lots of smiling, nodding, asking questions etc - these are easy things to do and don’t feel too much like showing off etc. By seeming happy to ask qs you seem confident and interested in the company and the work - ask them about themselves - maybe even ask has he/she ever worked with the company you choose/any one else in that sector and if they have you can ask more on their opinion for growth etc.

I really enjoyed my partner interviews at KPMG, PWC etc (though I did consulting). Let me know if you want me to email my handout!

#16

Oh and with the memorising question - I agree with Chris - it will be totally cool to use notes. I didn’t really as I like to be able to give eye contact, sound like I’m chatting/not too prescriptive but I still had a handout in front of me to look at every now and again (especially if you feel nervous, need a break from the engaged presenting!!).

#17

Aye, I did manage to get through. Bloody nightmare it was though. I had done a construction company after carefully checking the company was not KPMG’s client, but the partner taking the interview had spent the whole of last summer making an audit proposal on this co. to grab it as a client. I said the company is part of FTSE 250. He told me it has just been kicked out of the FTSE because the share price fell 78%. Also asked me if I had a look at the share price and I sat there looking like a red-faced idiot, but I resumed my confidence and gave some reasonable argument to what I had presented and he liked it. I suggested they should diversify internationally. He said we just congratulated them on selling off a trouble-making subsidiary in US. Whew, I don’t think anyone would forsee sth like that.He said next time choose sth simple and give the assessor a chance to go through/refer to the handout as you speak and not sth that provokes a debate. Got an email congratulating me this evening.

#18

Congratulations!!! Thanks brilliant, well done mate.

#19

If it were me, I’d keep the handouts relevant. A list of things you are already saying is probably a bit pointless. Any supporting documentation/props e.g. charts and diagrams is good handout material.

Remember handouts aren’t necessary; don’t just do one for the sake of it. Only use a handout if it will add some value to your presentation.

#20

Hi All,
I have to attend a KPMG assessment centre and i can’t make up my mind reg. the company to present. Any suggestion about the selection criteria to use would be great.
more specifically, would you rather choose a company which is having trouble and propose ways to improve the business or do you think it is fine to go for a company doing quite well and presenting ideas of dvpt which actually are already being implemented by the company? do the ideas have to be very realistic and detailed or can they be “big orientation” for the business (which may require years before getting near to implementation)?
tks a lot for your advice.