KPMG Global Strategy Group Summer Internship – Final Round Interview

by Mai Le | Sep 17, 2016

*** Report ON KPMG INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND DETAILS OF THE SESSIONS FROM Cover Letter Library MEMBER’S EXPERIENCES. THIS IS BASED ON KPMG FINAL ROUND INTERVIEW FOR GLOBAL STRATEGY GROUP KPMG SINGAPORE IN 2016. ***

KPMG interview questions

  • Who’s the lucky company?
    KPMG Global Strategy Group
  • For which division at KPMG Global Strategy Group?
    Strategy
  • And for which office?
    Singapore
  • Which year was this KPMG Global Strategy Group interview?
    2016
  • What’s the formal title of the position you interviewed for?
    Summer Intern (Strategy)
  • How was you informed of this KPMG Global Strategy Group interview?
    HR emailed
  • Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?
    No
  • And this interview was therefore…
    In the morning
  • Was this a … ?
    phone interview
  • How long was each interview?
    About an hour
  • Which stage was this KPMG Global Strategy Group interview?
    final round interview

Let’s talk about this final round interview in some details

 

    • Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
      Yes
      They asked me which subject I was most passionate about at university and why

 

    • Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
      Yes. They asked the basic questions such as why KPMG, why strategy consulting and why you

 

    • Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
      Yes. It was mostly brain teaser questions.
      1. Market sizing – How many street lamps were there in Singapore.
      2. Basic calculation – If you travel by plane from Singapore to London or travel from one point of Singapore to the other by cab, which is cheaper on a per km basis
      3. Basic accounting question – e.g what happens when you over estimate depreciation. Which components of the balance sheet and income statement is affected?

 

    • Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
      If you are applying for the Singapore office, be prepared to answer certain questions in Mandarin

 

    • What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
      For market sizing questions it’s all about breaking the problem down into simple steps. They do not really care about your answer. For the street lamp questions, just take an estimate of total sq km of Singapore, how many % of this sq km is made up of roads and finally estimate how many street lamps are there in an average sq km basis.

 

    • What was the most unexpected thing about this final round interview ?
      To answer a question in Mandarin

 

    • Did you progress to the next round?
      Yes

 

    • How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about this outcome?
      1 day

 

    • Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
      Phone

 

    • Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to this final round interview at KPMG Global Strategy Group?
      Brush up on your accounting knowledge

 

    • Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience of this final round interview with KPMG Global Strategy Group?
      8

 

  • Before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates ace this final round interview at KPMG Global Strategy Group?
    Other than preparing for the usual case questions, do not forget to brush up your basic finance and accounting knowledge

About KPMG

Website  :  kpmg.com
Headquarters  :  New York, NY, United States
Size  :  10000+ employees
Founded  :  1987
Type  :  Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry  :  Accounting & Legal
Revenue  :  £2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
Competitors   : PwC, Deloitte, EY

KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm, operates from 90 offices with more than 26,000 employees and partners throughout the U.S. Our purpose is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, our people, and the capital markets.

KPMG delivers a globally consistent set of multidisciplinary services based on deep industry knowledge. Our industry focus helps KPMG professionals develop a rich understanding of clients’ businesses and the insight, skills, and resources required to address industry-specific issues and opportunities.

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Written By Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate. When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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