I’ve just had the first interview and wanted to give some info as the structure was slightly different to what I’d read on here from previous interviewees. I don’t know if they’ve changed it recently but I read that there were 5 questions, one for each competency, and a few about KPMG/field chosen questions. This is not the case!
In the first interview they focus on 5 of the 8 competency: Business Focus, Career Motivation, Building Relationships, Drive & Resilience, and Making an Impact.
However, they don’t ask you any questions relating to the Making an Impact competency so I assume they are assessing this competency in how you convey yourself and communicate with the interviewer throughout.
They ask THREE questions per competency, based on the results of your PAPI.
So for instance - they might say:
“Your PAPI results show that you have a tendancy towards working in a team rather than independently. Can you tell me a time when you’ve worked within a team and had to gain insight or advice from another person and how you actioned or responded to the advice given by that other person”
I got some really similar questions on the Building Relationships & Drive & Resilience sections. It was really hard to think of different examples when the questions were so similar.
eg. I was asked - Can you tell me a time when you had to change your approach suddently due to a decision that you had made that changed your direction (I think they’re looking here at whether you can accept if something isn’t working and abandon the current plan of action to best suit the needs of the task)…and then I was asked Can you tell me a time when you had to change your apprach suddenly due to the decision of someone else that made you change direction, and how did you cope with that (I think here they’re looking at how you deal with the frustration of an outside party messing your methodology up and how you handle the frustration and interruption).
I managed to twist another example I’d prepared to address this since I’d only really prepared one examply of a time I’d had to change my approach to something.
So think of lots of scenarios that are flexible and can be tweaked depending on the wording of the question.
Other questions I got on these sections were:
A time when you had lots of different tasks and different time limits and how you coped with juggling the different tasks and pressures.
A time when you had to deal with an issue in a very short space of time and how you coped with the time pressures involved. (again this one and the previous one were very similar!).
A time when you had to handle a conflict or sensitive issue between you and a colleague and how you went about addressing it.
In respect of the Business Focus competency - I was asked:
A story or event (can be on specific business or something to do with the economy that affects businesses in general0 that interested me and why.
What CURRENT event - not something 6-12 months old - something here and now - I felt was affecting businesses in general and why? (I talked about the current issues with the € and eurozone countries losing confidence and the potential knock on effects).
What did I think businesses could do to protect themselves against these issues/risks.
I wasn’t asked to comment on any one company that I thought was underperforming or performing well, but I managed to tie these in as examples of issues affecting businesses (underperforming) how companies can address the issues (performing well).
Career Motivation - I was aksed more than 3 questions i think there were about 5 or 6.
Why the line I’d applied for? What I thought I’d enjoy best about it? What doubts I had about it?
Why KPMG? What I thought I’d enjoy best about it? Was I worried about anything?
What I thought I’d be doing in my first year?
They really just want you to be honest and show them that you know what you’re letting yourself in for, you know it’s not going to be all fun and there’ll be boring/tough bits.
Hope this helps someone else prepare for the interview as I was caught a bit of guard when I was told there’d be 3 per competency.