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KPMG Analyst (it advisory) interview

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Anonymous2-3 yr work ex.Selected
Interview Process
Technical Interview Group Discussion HR Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions on cloud computing
Interview Experience
I work on redhat and openstack cloud. And I got all questions on VMware. I couldn't answer one.
Interview Tips
When you know nothing. Throw all you know out. See there is no other way. Tell what you do and what problems you have faced at work and how you resolve them. And shift the interview to what you are good at
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
1 Hours
Group Discussion Topic
Government and data security.
Interview Experience
Sounds simple but hard to put good points.
Interview Tips
Read newspaper. Know what's going around in the country.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Renumeration
Interview Experience
Wasn't offered what I wanted.
Interview Tips
Don't budge, not at the first time. If they need you they will hire you. If they don't why do you want to join?
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Technical Analysis
  • Negotiation Skills
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KPMG Analyst interview

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Bhavya KhannaFresherNot Selected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at Dyal singh college for Analyst role at KPMG in Aug, 2016
Interview Process
Group Discussion Test HR Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Group Discussion

Duration
10 Hours
Group Discussion Topic
MBA v/s CA
Interview Experience
I was quite nervous initially but den slowly gradually i realised that everyone is giving their best so i raised my hqnd and started speaking about the topic.
Interview Tips
Should be confident
You should try to start gd by yourself.
You should not interrupt when someone else is speaking
Round 2

Test

No. of Questions
20 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Accounts
Interview Experience
It was all related to course so i just did what all i have learnt
Interview Tips
Your concept should be clear
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It was very easy they asked very general questions. And i was very confident during this round
Interview Tips
Be truthful
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
It was related to the firm that i want to join it . And some technical questions.
Interview Tips
You have to be confident and should be well dressed you should not look that you have a casual attitude towards company.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Communication And Confidence
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KPMG Risk analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Risk analyst role at KPMG in Aug, 2016
Interview Process
Online test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Online test

Interview Experience
I had to give an online test at home by keeping my web cam on.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
Olympics
Interview Experience
I had to give an online test at home by keeping my web cam on.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
I was grilled regarding my course subject and other general knowledge stuff
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
I was grilled regarding my course subject and other general knowledge stuff
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KPMG Staff accountant interview

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Harshim Malhotra0-1 yr work ex.Selected
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion HR Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
2 Hours
No. of Questions
50 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude
  • Section 2: Accounts
  • Section 3: Tax
  • Section 4: Political Affairs
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
20 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Should animal testing be allowed or not?
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me something about yourself?
  • Question 2: Why do you want to join KPMG?
  • Question 3: Why should we select you?
  • Question 4: Why audit?
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Rent Equalisation Reserve
  • Question 2: CARO
  • Question 3: AS-15
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KPMG Analyst interview

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Anonymous2-3 yr work ex.Selected
Interview Process
Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions on cloud computing
Interview Experience
Well I worked on redhat cloud and openstack and all the questions I got were on VM Ware. I didn't answer a lot. So at the end of it told all about what I do and what challenges I have in day to day work.
Interview Tips
If you know nothing the interviewer is asking don't just let it go. Pitch yourself in. You need to know what you are good in and shift the interviewer towards that.
Round 2

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Renumeration
Interview Experience
I wasn't being given what I wanted financially.
Interview Tips
Never budge from what you think you should get. In multinationals there is nothing like a wage structure. If they need you they will hire you. If they don't and it's a generic hiring drive I wonder if you should join. Join a company that absolutely needs you. Only then you grow professionally
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Technical Analysis
  • Negotiation Skills
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KPMG Audit associate interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Audit associate role at KPMG in Dec, 2015
Interview Process
Group Discussion Technical + HR Interview
Round 1

Group Discussion

Duration
10 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
GST
Interview Experience
We were a group of 10 people and all of us spoke for about 1 minute
Interview Tips
Do not speak too much,or too less
Round 2

Technical + HR Interview

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KPMG Associate consultant interview

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Krishna TejaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Delhi for Associate consultant role at KPMG
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Guesstimate Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
There were many profiles in KPMG for which they wanted to recruit - Strategy and operations consulting, Edu Analyst, etc. Since there was no test conducted for any of these profiles, they directly shortlisted through resume. There seemed to be a CGPA cutoff of 7 looking at the list of candidates who have been called for further rounds.
Round 2

Guesstimate Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell us about yourself?
  • Question 2: Some Questions on the work i did in my college, which is there on my resume?
  • Question 3: Estimate the no. of affordable homes (according to New govt. project) that will be needed to be constructed in Andhra Pradesh?
Interview Experience
This interview was taken by 2 people. People generally prepare for puzzles, case studies, guesstimates, etc through out the semester. But frankly i went on to sit for these campus placements with very less preparation on any of these.So i was a bit worried on how i can pull of an interview without all of that! What i did realize from the entire experience - from mine and that of my friends, is that the questions given in the interviews are not really tough. One can solve them if he just thinks through the problem there and then itself- without thinking that I have not done this earlier, i didn't prepare, etc. I did do some mistakes while solving the problem, but they helped me to correct them in the process and arrive at the solution.
Interview Tips
Here again as everyone say, YES, What they are looking at is the way you are structuring or solving the problem. How much are you comfortable with numbers, pulling off simple calculations with that, etc. Having said all of that above, about preparation, BUT it does help and a bit of practice earlier only makes one feel more confident for the interview!
Good communication skills is always a plus for any interview. The way you tell about yourself, the work you did, etc. And this is something that any company expects now in the age we live in.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell us about yourself?
  • Question 2: Why do you want to choose consulting now as your career option?
  • Question 3: What kind of skills do you think you have suitable for that? Tell us 5?
  • Question 4: Having said perseverance as 1 quality, they asked me to tell 10 components of a mobile tower? I can use my mobile connection and tell in 3 min!!!
  • Question 5: Do you want to do MBA after this?
  • Question 6: You seem to have done a lot of Marketing? What have you done here when you worked as ......?
  • Question 7: Discussion on my love for travelling? Where have you been, etc!
  • Question 8: What is so special about Delhi since you have been here since 4 years?
  • Question 9: Preferred place of posting? Will you even go to Calcutta?
Interview Experience
This interview was taken by 3 people, which is enough to make anyone a bit nervous when you have a panel interviewing rather than a single person. Even i was! Also they were trying to create a STRESS environment by countering most of the things i said or questioning them even more. They were also friendly at the same time. I didn't have prepared answers for any of the questions asked, i was just very honest with them on what i really felt about each one of them. And if there is one thing i learnt from all the interviews - 3 in total that i faced, being honest and confident is the key to crack to the interviews. I think that way i sort of started building a connect with them with the really HONEST answers that i gave them - something that i believed in truly! So they liked me that way.
Interview Tips
Being prepared again with a few basic questions about yourself will help. Like knowing your strengths, why do u want to do that job, etc. It will anyways be helpful to know about yourself through these questions. But be prepared to get any kind of question in this kind of HR interview. Just be Honest. I very much believe in this " Dil ki baat dil pe hi lagti hai" :) :P
Look into the eyes of the panel when you are speaking. Helps build connect with them. Present yourself just the way you are. I m sure, They ll love you! One easy technique to get over these nervousness and all of that is start feeling the panel as someone like your friend, family, etc whom you are just meeting and telling YOUR STORY in those 30-40 min, that will ease out of a lot of things.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Problem solving
  • How you are structuring a problem!
  • Mental Math
  • Number crunching
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • CAT books,
  • Case in Point,
General Tips
Although this company didnt take a test. But generally most of the companies did take a test. So prepare for them. Prepare through CAT books, it is enough. Practice can be done on the net as well.For interviews prepare for Guesstimates, Case study and look into some standard puzzles. For case study prep, "Case in point" is the best and will suffice! Others- Guesstimates and puzzles can be looked up for on the net. <br />
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Preparation (which will help you be confident as well) + Honesty + Communication skills is the key!!!
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KPMG Analyst (it advisory) interview

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Ashwini KolteExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Campus placement drive for Analyst (it advisory) role at KPMG
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Other Interview Other Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
KPMG visited my college campus for the placement drive and our resumes were sent to the firm prior to the actual placement drive. The criteria they were looking for was not known to us, however almost everyone above a decent score (around 65% aggregate) and an internship or any co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in the resume got through this round.
Interview Tips
Mention internships and important achievements separately in a separate section to highlight them. Keep the format of the resume simple and consistent.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
10 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Smart work vs hard work
Interview Experience
Groups of approx. 10 were made. Topics given were very general. Mine was ‘Smart work versus hard work’. Midway, they asked a group of 5 among us to speak for the notion and other 5 against the notion. After 5 minutes, we were asked to switch the sides and speak accordingly. At the end of GD everyone was asked to conclude individually. In all 12 were shortlisted for the interviews from a group of around 45.
Interview Tips
Speak enough to get attention of the panel. Concluding the discussion in just one sentence is very challenging and important.
Round 3

Other Interview

Interview Experience
The first question is usually “Tell me about yourself”, and this is the most important question. It determines where your interview will go. I told them about my education, extra curricular and stressed on my awards and internship. I had an internship in finance, Trade Finance to be specific. So my interview was majorly based on it. They asked me to tell everything that I learned in the internship. Whichever terms I mentioned, I was asked to explain them in the next question.
KPMG also conducts a competition and I had participated and won in a similar competition by another institute. I was asked to give details about it. Whatever you tell them, be sure that you know each and every term that you mention.
They gave me a scenario and asked to find solution for it. It was finance related since I had mentioned an internship in that field. Also, at that time, rupee was in a bad state, they asked me why is it so and what are the reasons.
They also asked about my final year project. No technicality, but you should be able to give them a clear idea. What is my role in the project and other general questions.
Interview Tips
Know your resume thoroughly. Speak fluently and in a convincing manner.
Round 4

Other Interview

Interview Experience
Only two of us were shortlisted for second round. It was not an HR round. A person with higher position in the firm usually takes this interview, in my case, it was the Director. All resume based questions were asked. What all did you organize and what were your positions of responsibility. Internship related questions were asked. What did I learn. He asked me about my family, where do I stay, where do my siblings stay n what do they do. He asked me whether I read newspaper, I said no, since I am not really fond of it. But keep myself updated now and then. He then asked about my hobbies. Be careful with what you say. You should know all the latest news about the particular thing. I said cooking, so I was asked ‘Do you know who passed away recently?” I didn’t know. But since I had earlier said I don’t read newspapers, it saved me. Be honest, the company is very particular about it.
Interview Tips
Be honest and confident while you speak
Skills

Skills Tested

  • English fluency
Skill Tips
The job profile demands a lot of interaction with people outside the firm. It is important to speak clearly and fluently in both group discussion and interview. You don't have to be good with big words, but definitely good with basic English.
General Tips
Try for an internship while you still can in any company. It will surely give you an edge. If not, your profile must have something different apart from just academics. We didn’t have Aptitude test.<br />
Know what is happening around, it will help you in group discussion. Work on communication skills, since the profile will be client facing. <br />
Motivation for applying
KPMG being one of the Big Fours is a major motivating factor. <br />
Another reason was a non technical job profile.
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KPMG Consultant internship interview

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Rashik GuptaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Lucknow for Consultant role at KPMG
Interview Process
Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself.
  • Question 2: Do you know about the work that KPMG does?
  • Question 3: Experience at IIM Lucknow.
  • Question 4: Describe the project that you did at ZS Associates.
  • Question 5: Personal goals in life .
Interview Experience
Case: Samsung has come up to you with a business proposition i.e. they want to start an insurance company for electronic goods. How will you help them?
Analysis: The only thing they were looking was how you structure your analysis and your line of thinking.
I started with asking questions about the new business model to extract some information like target customers,, how is the value proposition different from a warranty, how much can Samsung expect to charge its customers for insurance.
My first step was to analyze the business model and establish the financial feasibility. This was followed by target customers – who are the target customers and are they sufficient to justify investment and why will they be interested in our product. Third step was to deal with operational issues of providing this product.

Case 2: A foreign bank wants to open its branch in India. They have hired you as a consultant. How will you approach this?
Analysis: My first step was to inquire about the bank. So I asked them about their current scale of operations, countries where they are operating, their market share and reputation among clients.
I then explored what are the different areas of banking where the bank can start its operations and based on the answers to above questions, narrowed down on 1 area.
Next step was to deal with operational issues, how they will start operations. I focused on 2 questions in this:
1. Who will be the customers immediately after starting?
2. How will be getting those customers and build trustworthy relationship with them?
After an approach was finalized to start operations, I also briefly discussed how they will proceed in short term to expand their business in India.
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
Case: You want to open a petrol pump. Proceed.
Analysis: In this case, my questions were not answered and I was told that it is your business, make necessary assumptions. So I took up 3-4 options like highways, a busy market in a city and similar other options. Then I followed a guesstimate approach for calculating the demand in these locations. Comparison of demand or revenues with investment gave me the best possible option for the petrol pump.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
Case: A US car manufacturer wants to setup a plant in India. You are hired as a consultant. Help them.
Analysis:
I started with stating my assumptions to make sure that all of us are working in the same framework. My assumptions were:
1. They already export their cars to India: This helped me to simplify my case as now I am aware of my target customers and what is my position in the market. Also I know how my product is viewed in Indian market.
2. It is amongst the biggest car manufacturers of US: This simplified the problem of establishing trust among customers as the company was a big brand name and enjoyed a good position in the market.
So I started with the reasons of investing in India. Possible reason can be increase in demand and lost sales because imports are not able to meet demand or increase in competition and therefore for reducing costs, I have to operate in India rather than import my cars. I stated all the possible reasons and assumed one reason to be the valid one for further analysis. Let‟s say the reason is increase in competition.
So we have decided that the motive of investing in India is to reduce costs. Now next step was to decide on a location that will help me in this regard. So I looked at 2 possibilities for this.
1. My customers are uniformly spread throughout India. In this case, my only concern about the location will be investment costs i.e. cost of land, cost of setting up a plant etc. and the tax rebate that I will get from state government.
2. I have most of my customers located in a particular area. In this case, I must strike a balance between above mentioned investment costs and my logistics costs i.e. plant must be located close to my biggest market.
Since the reason for investing in India is increased competition, my last step was to analyze how I will use my cost savings to deal with competition. I analyzed pros and cons of different options mentioned below:
1. Increase my marketing budget to attract customers
2. Decrease prices by passing on the savings in manufacturing to customers
3. A mix of both the strategies
Interview Tips
Case analysis is very important. Make sure that you prepare a structure and show them the structure of analysis before starting.
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KPMG Analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Analyst role at KPMG
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview Other Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
There was no aptitude test, only resume screening, out of that 120 people were shortlisted.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
100 days of NAMO headed in right direction or not.
Interview Experience
General topics were given. Everyone was praising NAMO so just to stand out, I decided to go against the motion and it worked. The main catch in the GD was each group had 8 members but time allotted for discussion was only 5 minutes so you might get only a few opportunities to speak so prepare solid concrete points so that you stand out from the others, lay them out effectively and you will clear the round easily. After GD 12 people were shortlisted for forensics
Interview Tips
Take the center seat if possible. If you start the discussion, do so with proper topic(it may seem stupid now but people do make mistakes in that as well). Don’t try and dominate from early stages of discussion. Give everyone a chance to speak(not at a cost of your own turn though). Your nature in the discussion(aggressive or a team player) should depend on the type of job description. At the end you should have stated one concrete point don’t just talk without any sense it does not help at all.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: what do you know about networking?
  • Question 2: what do you know about virtualization?
  • Question 3: what is cloud?(i assumed he meant cloud computing here)
  • Question 4: Tell me about any one of your projects or internships?
  • Question 5: How proficient are you with MS excel?
Interview Experience
There were no 'ice breaker' questions straightaway tech questions.
Interview Tips
Select one language you want to be perfect at, know the basics of others as well. I had selected C asmy language.In general I was preparing from the standard textbooks (Let us c,Test our C skills and others)Solve each and every problem in the book clear your concepts thoroughly. I preferred leaving the coding part for the later stages of my preparation as I had focused first on clearing my aptitude test and then on my interview(coding was required at the interview and not for aptitude test).
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about your family background?
  • Question 2: Given a choice between KPMG and a company X How likely is it that you will take up the job here?
  • Question 3: Sell me this pen?
  • Question 4: There is a lot of travelling involved are you comfortable with it?
  • Question 5: This job will involve interacting with clients who might be very rude...how comfortable are you dealing with such people?
Interview Experience
The interview kept on shuffling between the Tech guy and the HR lady so that was a good sign.5 people were shortlisted after this round.
Round 5

Other Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about your technical project in 1 minute?
  • Question 2: why KPMG?
  • Question 3: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Question 4: What is software licensing?
Interview Experience
Interview with the director. This was a telephonic interview since the director was unable to reach the campus.Most of the questions were repeated from the previous rounds.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Soft Skills
Skill Tips
It doesn't matter how good the product is you can't sell it. Your soft skills help you present yourself in front of the recruiters. This cannot be developed overnight, you need to have consistent practice for the GD and the interview. Some of the tips for Interviews: Never Say ‘NO’ or ‘I don’t know’ in an interview, say you don’t remember or are not clear on the concept a direct ‘NO’ places you on the defensive. NEVER LIE, this is an interview not our viva,the person sitting in front of you is much more experienced in spotting liars and much more smart then we are. Show some respect. Prepare the answers to standard questions Be prepared to be grilled on anything and everything on your resume so don’t give false facts in that.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • R.S. Agarwal,
General Tips
Your resume introduces you to the interviewer before you do it yourself so work hard onit.DO NOT copy some templates from the internet, design one for yourself. Avoid cluttering it withuseless facts. Design one for each profile accordingly.
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