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FAQs / General Questions

FAQs / General Questions

Have a question about applying to work for KPMG as a graduate?

Have a question about applying to work for KPMG as a graduate?

Have a question about applying to work for KPMG as a graduate? Check out the list below with answers to the most commonly asked questions.

General questions Applying Assessment test
Interviews The offer stage Starting your new job

General questions

  1. What are KPMG's selection criteria?
    We welcome applications from graduates who have good academic records, demonstrate strong communication skills, have a real interest in business and possess a desire to learn about the industries in which KPMG operates. The ideal candidate is someone who is hard working, enthusiastic and a real team player. Regardless of your degree, we are looking for people who are willing to put in the time to become highly-skilled young professionals and do their best to grow at KPMG.
  2. Which positions are available?
    KPMG is recruiting staff for all practice areas – audit, tax and advisory. To help you decide which area is best suited to you, take a look at our careers website where you can learn more about what these different functions do and what you can expect in your daily work.
  3. Can I apply to work in a particular city even if I am not currently located there?
    As long as you are a PRC national, we can process your application for any of our locations in the PRC. For our Hong Kong office, you will be eligible to apply if you hold a permanent Hong Kong Identification Card or a valid work permit. For the Macau office, you will need to be a Macau Identification Card holder.
  4. Which degree majors does KPMG prefer?
    Although KPMG is a professional services firm providing audit, tax, and advisory services, we do not only look for accounting/finance related majors. Graduates with a degree in any discipline are welcome to join us, as a diverse workforce with a wide variety of skills can offer a lot to our clients. You may be surprised to learn that one of our audit partners has a degree in chemistry! Also, many of our professional staff majored in science, technology and humanities.
  5. Does KPMG give more credit to students who do extracurricular activities?
    We do not automatically give credit to such students simply because they are involved in many extracurricular or social activities. The only way that such experience comes into play is when it provides evidence of the skills and behaviours required within KPMG globally. Those involved in fewer extracurricular activities may be able to prove themselves in other ways if their area of interest is relevant to KPMG.
  6. Does KPMG have a preference for postgraduates as opposed to undergraduates?
    No, we treat all graduates equally. Our selection process does not favour those who have studied for longer, though this does not mean that we will ignore the extra two/three years’ study for postgraduate applicants.
  7. Does KPMG prefer to recruit male/female students?
    Gender is definitely not a selection criteria and KPMG prides itself on being an equal opportunities employer.
  8. Does KPMG recruit people with work experience?
    If you have work experience which is related to audit, tax and advisory, we welcome your application through the experienced hire programme rather than the graduate recruitment programme. Please visit the Experienced Hire section of this site for more information.
  9. Does KPMG require a high level of English proficiency?
    As a firm that operates on a global scale, English is important to us. A high level of English proficiency is necessary for the job as we have staff with diverse backgrounds and you will have the opportunity to work with clients from all over the world. However, we will provide you with the training and development to support your improvement over time. In the meantime, we encourage you to use simple English in your application and during interviews and be yourself.

 

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Applying

  1. When can I start applying?
     • Local students: each year from September to December.
     • Overseas students: year round.
  2. Do applications have to be submitted online?
    Yes, we will only accept applications submitted through our website. We regard this as the best and most effective way for you to be considered in a timely manner.
  3. Are there any specific guidelines for the application form?
     • The form must be completed in full with correct and up-to-date information.
     • You must show a positive attitude and a real interest in the business.
     • You must express yourself sufficiently and make an effort to answer all the questions properly.
     • You must hold the relevant passport/ID to work in your chosen office.
  4. How is my application screened?
    Your details will be viewed by KPMG recruiters. We guarantee all applications will be screened thoroughly and carefully.
  5. How will KPMG get in touch with me?
    After you have submitted your online application, a confirmation and thank you email will automatically be sent to you. We will mainly contact you via email or sometimes by telephone regarding the aptitude tests and interview schedule. Please ensure the email address and telephone number you provide are accurate and that the email address is one you access regularly. In some cases (for Hong Kong campus recruitment) we may contact you through your careers office. Should you have any enquiries, please contact our local KPMG office HR hotline.

    Please note that due to some problems with certain email servers, emails from KPMG may be blocked or treated as spam. We have tested the email addresses with the following accounts and have confirmed that they can receive emails:
     • Beijing: QQ, Hotmail and Gmail.
     • Shanghai: QQ, Hotmail, and Yahoo.
     • Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Fuzhou: QQ, 163 and 126.

 

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Assessment tests

  1. Why does KPMG use assessment tests as a selection method?
    An assessment test measures the ability to acquire further knowledge or skills in a specific area. KPMG asks you to sit this test to ensure that all candidates are treated EQUALLY. It will give us a fair and objective assessment of a candidate in numerical, verbal, logical reasoning and situational judgement ability. The test has proved extremely reliable and valid. It assesses abilities relevant for the post for which you have applied; research shows those who did well in the tests were high performers in their future work. We also find that we gain information from these tests which cannot accurately be gained from other parts of the selection process, such as the interview.
  2. What is the assessment test about?
    The test consists of four parts: verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, deductive-logical thinking and situational judgement tests. 
  3. What are the numerical, verbal reasoning, deductive-logical thinking and situational judgement tests assessing?
    The numerical reasoning tests are designed to measure your ability to make correct decisions or inferences from numerical or statistical data. The tests are intended to measure a candidate's ability to cope with figures in a practical and realistic context.
    The verbal reasoning tests are designed not only to measure the application of English ability in a realistic context, but also to measure the ability to evaluate the logic of various kinds of arguments.
    The deductive-logical thinking tests are designed to measure your problem solving and decision making skills.
    The situational judgement tests present candidates with realistic, hypothetical and challenging situations that employees might encounter at work. 
  4. What methods does KPMG use to score candidates? Do you count the rate of right and wrong answers? Will marks be deducted for wrong answers?
    Unfortunately our scoring methodology is confidential. Try not to worry about this when taking the test – just relax and do your best.
  5. When will the assessment test be arranged?
    The assessment tests will be in online assessment format. Detailed test arrangements will be sent to you by email or by telephone.
  6. Will I be notified if I am not successful in my application?
    Please note that there will be no email notification if you were not short-listed for our assessment tests.

    Please find the Mock Assessment Test here.

 

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Interviews

  1. When do interviews take place?
    Those who are successful in the aptitude tests will be invited to attend the first round manager interview.
  2. How long will it take me to get the results of my interview?
    Normally, you can expect the result in one to three weeks.
  3. What should I wear for the interviews?
    You should wear formal business attire. This refers to business suits for both males and females. Shirts and knee-length skirts are also acceptable for females. Deep colors are preferable. Revealing clothing and extravagant accessories are discouraged.
  4. If I cannot attend the test/interview at the scheduled time, can I have a different slot?
    If you must reschedule, please give us as much notice as you can – we will be happy to set a new interview time for candidates who can provide valid reasons.
  5. How should I prepare for the interview?
    The most important thing is to be yourself. It is normal to be nervous, but try to get a good night's sleep beforehand and relax as much as you can. Make sure that you prepare for the interview – research KPMG and understand our values and think of how you currently live these values. The interview is not a trick – we want you to be successful!

 

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The offer stage

  1. When can I expect an offer?
    KPMG’s HR Department will typically send out final offers after all second-round interviews are completed.
  2. How will I receive my offer?
    Successful candidates will typically receive a formal offer in writing, by email or SMS. Please note that we do not usually make verbal offers over the phone.

 

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Starting your new job

  1. How will I be allocated to a department?
    You will be placed in a specific department depending on a number of different factors such as your degree/qualifications, graduation dates and skill sets in order to maintain a balance between departments. While we always try to accommodate any specific requests, the final allocation will be subject to department requirements.
  2. What kind of training courses will be provided after I join KPMG?
    KPMG understands the importance of training and personal development, so every staff member will dedicate a certain amount of time in training every year. As a new graduate joiner, you will attend our KPMG Academy Induction Programme, which normally lasts for 1-2 months. The programme covers both orientation and technical training.
    Also, KPMG encourages all professional staff to obtain the most appropriate professional qualification to enable them to perform their work effectively. Therefore examination assistance, such as study leave, exam leave and exam training, is also provided.
  3. How can I register for the relevant Certified Public Accountancy qualification?
    The KPMG Training Department will contact you for registration and answer your questions regarding your professional qualification.
  4. What kind of compensation and benefits will I receive at KPMG?
    KPMG believes employees are the most important investment for success and our comprehensive compensation and benefits programme reflects this. The programme's purpose is to attract, retain and reward the people responsible for the company's long-term growth and profitability. You may be interested in finding out more on the rest of our careers website.

 

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