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Question: Is there an age limit for applicants?

No, we encourage applications from all ages.

Answer expanded: No, we encourage applications from all ages.

Undergraduates

Question: What do you look for other than good grades in candidates?

In addition to your academic qualifications, we look at your behavioural competencies in nine key areas. By ‘behavioural competencies’ we mean the skills and behaviours you’ll need to be successful at KPMG.

There’s no single type of person who succeeds at KPMG. Our business thrives on diversity.  What we look for is people with something special to offer. So we’re just as interested in other aspects of your experience and other parts of your character. Overall, we’re looking for people with a strong awareness of business, a curiosity to find out more and the ability to think of new ways to solve problems. We’re also interested in people who take pride in their work, have integrity, strive to improve themselves and can build strong relationships that bring out the best in others.

When preparing for your interview, you should think about these areas carefully and consider how you’ve demonstrated these behaviours in your life. This could have been through academic work, hobbies, part-time jobs or extra-curricular activities.

We value any experience you’ve gained so far and are interested in hearing about it. Try to think about specific examples of things you’ve done in the last two to three years which relate to our behavioural competencies. Spend some time remembering what you did, what role you played and what challenges you faced. To find out more about our behavioural competencies, click here.

Answer expanded: In addition to your academic qualifications, we look at your behavioural competencies in nine key areas. By ‘behavioural competencies’ we mean the skills and behaviours you’ll need to be successful at KPMG. There’s no single type of person who succeeds at KPMG. Our business thrives on diversity.  What we look for is people with something special to offer. So we’re just as interested in other aspects of your experience and other parts of your character. Overall, we’re looking for people with a strong awareness of business, a curiosity to find out more and the ability to think of new ways to solve problems. We’re also interested in people who take pride in their work, have integrity, strive to improve themselves and can build strong relationships that bring out the best in others. When preparing for your interview, you should think about these areas carefully and consider how you’ve demonstrated these behaviours in your life. This could have been through academic work, hobbies, part-time jobs or extra-curricular activities. We value any experience you’ve gained so far and are interested in hearing about it. Try to think about specific examples of things you’ve done in the last two to three years which relate to our behavioural competencies. Spend some time remembering what you did, what role you played and what challenges you faced. To find out more about our behavioural competencies, click here.

Undergraduates

Question: I’ve got an interview – what can I do to prepare for it?

To find out what to expect at your interview and how to prepare for it, take a look at the section on our Application Process page.

Answer expanded: To find out what to expect at your interview and how to prepare for it, take a look at the section on our Application Process page.

Undergraduates

Question: What practise would you advise for the online numerical tests?

Practise as much as possible before taking both the numerical and verbal reasoning tests, even if you’ve taken them before, by:

  • Visiting your careers service and trying some sample tests. They may provide feedback, helping you to focus on areas that can be improved.
  • Checking out any books available. Many have practical examples and answers, so you can see what you need to learn before the real thing.

Some other things to consider if you’re invited to sit the online tests:

  • Make sure you're relaxed and prepared before you start.
  • Take the tests yourself. You could be chosen as part of a random selection of applicants who will be re-tested later in the selection process.
  • Don't expect to finish the tests. They’re designed to put you under time pressure.
  • Sometimes the practise tests can seem easier than the real thing.
  • Make sure that you’re in an environment where you can concentrate.
Answer expanded: Practise as much as possible before taking both the numerical and verbal reasoning tests, even if you’ve taken them before, by: Visiting your careers service and trying some sample tests. They may provide feedback, helping you to focus on areas that can be improved. Checking out any books available. Many have practical examples and answers, so you can see what you need to learn before the real thing. Some other things to consider if you’re invited to sit the online tests: Make sure you're relaxed and prepared before you start. Take the tests yourself. You could be chosen as part of a random selection of applicants who will be re-tested later in the selection process. Don't expect to finish the tests. They’re designed to put you under time pressure. Sometimes the practise tests can seem easier than the real thing. Make sure that you’re in an environment where you can concentrate.

Undergraduates

Question: Who will have access to the information provided on my application form?

KPMG treats any information supplied by you during the application process with the utmost confidentiality. By completing the online application process you’ll be deemed to have agreed to the processing of your data in this manner. 

No information supplied will be passed to non-contracted third parties. See our privacy policy for more details.

Answer expanded: KPMG treats any information supplied by you during the application process with the utmost confidentiality. By completing the online application process you’ll be deemed to have agreed to the processing of your data in this manner.  No information supplied will be passed to non-contracted third parties. See our privacy policy for more details.

Undergraduates

Question: Will my personal details remain safe and secure?

KPMG takes online security very seriously and we use technology to help ensure your application is not accessible to anyone outside the application process.

Answer expanded: KPMG takes online security very seriously and we use technology to help ensure your application is not accessible to anyone outside the application process.

Undergraduates

Question: What happens after I’ve submitted my application form?

You’ll receive a link to a Situational Judgement Test within one working day. Once you’ve completed this test, we’ll look at your application and typically get back to you within one working day to let you know if you’ve been successful. If you have been, you’ll be invited to sit online numerical and verbal tests. If you pass these, the next stage is a telephone interview. You can find full details on our Application Process page.

Answer expanded: You’ll receive a link to a Situational Judgement Test within one working day. Once you’ve completed this test, we’ll look at your application and typically get back to you within one working day to let you know if you’ve been successful. If you have been, you’ll be invited to sit online numerical and verbal tests. If you pass these, the next stage is a telephone interview. You can find full details on our Application Process page.

Undergraduates

Question: What happens if my computer crashes halfway through completing the application form?

It’s not a problem, as long as you remember to save your answers as you go along. Even if it crashes in the middle of a test that you can take only once, the technology is sophisticated enough to know what's happened and should let you start again.

However, if you have any problems when taking the tests, please contact Technical Support (see your test invitation email for contact details).

Answer expanded: It’s not a problem, as long as you remember to save your answers as you go along. Even if it crashes in the middle of a test that you can take only once, the technology is sophisticated enough to know what's happened and should let you start again. However, if you have any problems when taking the tests, please contact Technical Support (see your test invitation email for contact details).

Undergraduates

Question: When is the deadline for applying online?

KPMG recruits on a rolling basis, and some routes fill faster than others, so we’d encourage you to apply as early as possible. Typically we open for applications every year around August time and KPMG’s Launch Pad recruitment events usually take place between October and December. Be the one of the first to hear about new jobs, upcoming events and opportunities by joining KPMG’s Smart Network.

Answer expanded: KPMG recruits on a rolling basis, and some routes fill faster than others, so we’d encourage you to apply as early as possible. Typically we open for applications every year around August time and KPMG’s Launch Pad recruitment events usually take place between October and December. Be the one of the first to hear about new jobs, upcoming events and opportunities by joining KPMG’s Smart Network.

Undergraduates

Question: I have studied overseas – will you be able to understand my academic details? (International Students)

If you’ve studied overseas, you’ll need to have qualifications equivalent to our UK requirements. On your application form, you simply need to state your qualifications as they were awarded to you. If you'd like to work out what the equivalent grades are, please click here.

Answer expanded: If you’ve studied overseas, you’ll need to have qualifications equivalent to our UK requirements. On your application form, you simply need to state your qualifications as they were awarded to you. If you'd like to work out what the equivalent grades are, please click here.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If you didn't find the information you needed in our FAQs above, you can contact our recruitment teams using the details below.

Graduate and Undergraduate enquiries

graduate@kpmg.co.uk

0800 328 5764

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