As everyone always says, wikijobs was my saviour for this whole interview process and I want to help anyone who like me just 24 hours ago is sitting there panicking about their partner interview. I had my partner interview this morning and found out by lunchtime, I can’t say how happy I am!
I wanted to give you guys a bit of a run through.
Don’t really remember too much about this one, mainly competencies, business awareness, and why kpmg. A few questions I can remember are: Tell me about a time that something didn’t go to plan? How did you solve the problem?,* ell me about a time when you delivered excellence? Situational: When another graduate has more exciting roles than you, and how I would manage huge amount of information and data for a project, how would I work through it? What makes KPMG different from the other big 4? They really did delve in on this one, make sure you emphasise that KPMG has a culture of people first, things like the Professional Qualifications Team and new investments they’re making. Tell me about a company that’s doing well at the moment? What are the challenges it faces? What difficulties might a company have when wanting to expand internationally? What would be the most important one? sorry I can’t remember a huge amount more.
*Main tip, definitely divide it into four headings, strengths, weaknesses, challenges and recommendations. Everyone says it but definitely get recommendations down first. I started writing straight away rather than reading first. As I found points I put them down and then came back to expand on them later. This was SO helpful because it meant you didn’t have to read things twice and immediately began to get a fairly full report.
- Definitely do the two timed activities first, they will come in fairly quick succession, you WILL have time to do the rest. There is one question where you have to suggest how a company might solve the problem of an overcrowded car park in a town centre, so maybe have some ideas ready for this.
- Really fun! I definitely panicked a bit too much about the timings, my meeting was over by 10 minutes, you do have enough time to ask everything and more. Make sure you acknowledge the previous issues your team members had straight away. Also they are likely to mention that they are having a meeting with someone about a service that AAA provides, definitely use this opportunity to sell your integrated service! You can offer them solutions for this too.
- Very relaxed, just be honest.
So many helpful tips on all of these forums so definitely read as many posts as you can I wasn’t asked a lot of things others were, so do read up! I was so stressed about this part, but immediately my partner made me feel very relaxed
I was initially asked about career motivations, why hadn’t I gone straight into accountancy, and why I wanted to join them now. Where I saw my career going, in 5 years but also in the long term. I was then given two situational questions 1) You’re giving a business presentation to 1st year graduates on bringing in new business, what would you include in the presentation? 2) Again one of your colleagues who started the same time as you got more interesting work, what would you do? Then my business awareness, speaking about a current event in the news, I spoke about the grexit, I was asked what could happen if they leave, how Germany felt, what are my thoughts on Britain leaving the EU. Then it came to my questions for him where I asked about the Mclaren partnership, the impact of audit rotation on the firm and also what he enjoys most about working there.
There was a lot of general chit chat throughout the interview but honestly don’t fret, when you’re in there, as long as you’ve prepped and really know motivations and know your business motivations you will be absolutely FAB! It all flows a lot more smoothly than you might expect!
Any questions feel free to ask!,