Hi and congratulations!
I actually really enjoyed my final partner interview. The partner I interviewed with was very relaxed and made me feel very comfortable. We had a pretty informal chat, but there were some specific questions he asked. If I remember rightly, they are testing 3 key things at this stage, which cover your knowledge of the business world/opportunities, your career motivation/ knowledge of the job, and “makes an impact”. The last one is pretty simple in that it’s about how you come across in the interview. Are you confident and relaxed? Are your answers clear and succinct? Are you answering the questions being asked or going off on a tangent? This kind of thing. I’m sure at this stage this won’t be an issue for you, as you have shown you have these sorts of qualities at the AC, particularly with the client and manager meetings.
For me, the “awareness of/seizes business opportunities” strength was covered by the partner asking me about a business I thought was currently facing a tough time. I used Tesco, and gave a few examples of where I thought things were going wrong. He pushed me on this to suggest ways in which I thought they could turn things around.
For the career motivation/awareness strength, I was asked what I thought I would be doing on a day-to-day basis, and why audit was important for a company. I was also asked why I wanted to work in assurance, why KPMG, and which other firms I had applied to.
I was also presented 2 scenarios. The first was about a presentation I would have to give with a couple of other more senior trainees to attract new business from a client. I was asked what I would include in the presentation and how I would approach it. The second was about a colleague who was being given high levels of responsibility and good opportunities compared to me. I was asked how I would feel in this situation and how would I respond. I guess these scenarios could conceivably cover all three of the strengths they are looking for, but again, you clearly have the right skills to approach these scenarios in a way KPMG would approve of, or you wouldn’t be at this stage, so try not to worry!
Overall, the interview lasted about one hour and seemed heavily geared towards giving me a better understanding of the company and the role. It was definitely the most enjoyable part of the process, and was the key step in convincing me that KPMG was the right company for me. The partner explained his career path and described some of the clients I might interact with. In that sense it was a great help. There was also an opportunity to ask questions at the end, which I took full advantage of. I think it all lasted roughly an hour or so, and I heard back on the same day that I had been successful.
Hope all that helps, and very best of luck!