How to Apply: The Application Process

This is an important moment in your career. Show us you have the skills, aspirations and experience we’re looking for and you’ll join a diverse community of bright minds at KPMG. We’ve designed an application process to support you in showing us your best.

We’ve outlined what to expect below. If you have any special requirements for us to consider, please let us know within the appropriate sections of your application, or please get in touch with our Student Recruitment team on 0800 328 5764 or email us at

* please note, the application process may vary for a small number of routes

Stage 1: Online Application Form

This is your chance to tell us about your academic background and any work experience you may have undertaken. This should take about 20 minutes to complete and you won’t need to upload a CV.

Stage 2: Situational Judgement Test

After submitting your application form, you’ll receive a link to a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) within one working day. We’ll ask you to consider hypothetical, challenging situations that you might encounter as a trainee with KPMG. You’ll have a choice of possible responses to each one.

Although the test is untimed, the recommended time to complete it is 30 minutes and you will need to take this in the same sitting. You’ll need to do so within seven days, so please don’t apply until you know you’ll have time.

Stage 3: Online Numerical and Verbal Reasoning Tests

If you’re successful in your SJT, you will be asked to complete online verbal and numerical reasoning tests. Designed especially for KPMG, they look at your ability to analyse numerical and verbal data – skills that you’ll need on the job. 

Each test will take around 20 minutes and is timed, so make sure you have enough time before you begin as each test will need to be taken in the same sitting. As with the SJT, you’ll need to do so within 7 days. We strongly advise that you practice similar tests before you complete the KPMG ones. 

Practice 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.
  • Don't expect to finish the tests. They’re designed to put you under time pressure.
  • Sometimes the practice tests can seem easier than the real thing.
  • Make sure that you’re in an environment where you can concentrate and feel comfortable
  • Let us know beforehand if you need any adjustments

Stage 4: Digital Submission

If you’re successful in the reasoning tests, you’ll be invited to a complete a digital submission in audio format. This 120 second audio submission is an opportunity for you to demonstrate both your communication skills and your motivation towards a career at KPMG.

In your digital submission, we will be assessing the KPMG behavioural capabilities, ‘Career Motivation’, ‘Seizes Business Opportunities’, and ‘Makes an Impact’.

You will have three days to submit your recording, so please make sure you have time to complete this.

Stage 5: Launch Pad Recruitment Event

If your digital submission is successful, you may be invited to attend a Launch Pad event, this is the final stage of the recruitment process.

Launch Pad will combine assessment with the opportunity for you to learn more about the fantastic career opportunities available at KPMG. During the day we will be looking for you to demonstrate the KPMG behavioural capabilities that will give us the confidence that you will be successful in our Firm.

Throughout the day, you will also have the opportunity to meet lots of our people, including those within the area you have applied to, from Partners to Graduate Trainees.

If successful you will have your job offer within two working days!

If you are unsuccessful you will be offered the option to request feedback.


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Please note

We want to warn you that any companies offering to support you through the KPMG recruitment process are not supported or endorsed by us in any way. We advise that you do not use these channels. 

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