So, I have been lurking around here for a few weeks to help me prepare for all the stages in the recruitment process. It’s been massively invaluable and quite honestly I don’t know how I could have survived without all the great advice that is available on here, and I just want to really thank the people on here who have taken the time out to relay their experiences in such great detail. I had my assessment centre today and on the way home I got a call from the partner that interviewed me informally offering me the job and to tell me that the formal documents will be on their way to me soon! (I had to stop the car to do a little celebratory dance…)
I don’t think its really worth me relaying my full experiences because the other threads on here tell you EVERYTHING you will need to know to succeed. My only advice to you is to RELAX and to remember that nobody is out to get you and in my experience the assessors at KPMG will give you every opportunity to shine. The partner presentation and interview part was actually my favourite bit and it’s nothing to worry about at all (contrary to the near nervous breakdown I had whilst waiting to go in!). If you are at that stage in the recruitment process, they just want to check that you are not some abrasive, crass individual and that you are affable, well spoken and enthusiastic. The e-tray isn’t anything to stress over either, just don’t panic and keep an eye on time. For me the group exercise was the most problematic - theres a lot of information that’s given and I got a bit lost in it and lost track of what it was that we were discussing. Plus, I felt very under pressure knowing four people were analysing our every move. I advise that you do your best to ignore them and concentrate on the task at hand, and even though I thought I didn’t do very well I clearly did well enough, so don’t fret too much about it!
The day is long and tiring but in all honesty it was really enjoyable on the whole, and being taken for a slap up lunch (calamari for starter and a rib-eye steak for main) all expenses paid is a definite bonus
If anyone has any questions about anything feel free to ask, I’ll help with what I can from my experience of the process.
Good luck everyone, and again - thank you to everyone who has contributed.
Oh, and I applied for Tax in Leeds.