At KPMG, we strive to provide the best in class application process that is accessible to all our candidates. With your candidate experience at the forefront, we have integrated inclusion, technology and integrity throughout the process.

We’ve embraced the digital age through our new virtual interview process. This process includes an interactive game based assessment application to objectively approach each application and online interviews.

We value the diversity of our candidate and vast experience that comes with it, we’re looking forward to seeing you shine. We’ll be with you through each step of the way!

Let’s do this!

The Journey

Wherever you are, your next journey starts here.

Step 1: Information and networking sessions

Attend your local office’s virtual information and networking sessions.

  • Learn about the firm and discover where a career at KPMG can take you
  • Meet our recruiters and discover Life at KPMG

Step 2: Application submission

Browse the open positions at our firm. To find your desired role, use the search function which enables you to find the function, location and timing of opportunities. Be sure to read the job description for further instructions.

  • If you require any accommodation with regards to the application process, please contact your local office campus recruiter
  • You will need to upload your resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript
  • Make sure you are applying to your preferred office location
  • You can only apply to one position each recruitment cycle

Step 3: Game-based assessment

If you have successfully advanced to the interview stage, you will have to complete the interactive game-based assessment within 48 hours of receiving your invitation to the interview.

What is the game-based assessment?

  • Provides sophisticated data-mapping of your personality traits and cognitive ability
  • Removes any potential bias to get to know you on a deeper and broader level
  • Sends you a personalized report providing you with insight to help shape your personal development
  • There are no right or wrong answers, we simply want to get to know you better!

Step 4: Interview

Our interview and onboarding process have remained relatively the same, except that interviews and onboarding sessions are conducted through video. New employees will be starting remotely, and all necessary equipment will be shipped to them.

All interviews will be virtual. You will receive details on how to access the virtual interview platform and download it before your interview, along with more information on some available features through the platform.

  • Ensure you’re in a quiet space
  • Check that your audio and video capabilities are working
  • Relax and be yourself!

Step 5: Offer

Congratulations! If you were successful in the interview process our recruitment team will call you with the news and then send your official offer letter. Welcome to KPMG!

Preparation

How to prepare for a virtual interview.

Test your technology

  • Check your computer’s audio and webcam
  • Ensure your webcam is on
  • Familiarize yourself with the platform
  • Ensure you have a strong internet connection

Set your interview space

  • Find a quiet, private space
  • Make sure you have good lighting
  • Get a glass of water
  • Have your resume on hand to refer to during interview

Dress appropriately

  • We encourage everyone to dress for their day, but please be mindful of proper interview attire

Interview notes

  • Feel free to write down interview notes

Technical issues

  • If technical issues arise the interviewer will call the phone number listed on the resume
  • You can also contact your campus recruiter to reconnect

Resume Tips

The primary purpose of a resume is to create interest in your candidacy so that you are selected for an interview. You are unique and we want to see that. Help your resume stand out by focusing on a simple and clear snapshot of your experiences and what you have to offer. Here are some tips to ensure you stand out.

There is no standard format for your resume, but make sure you include the following key areas:

Heading

  • Include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. 
  • Your name should stand out.

Education

  • Include school(s) attended, major(s), minor(s), GPA, and graduation date.
  • Relevant coursework and academic awards are helpful, but not critical.

Experience

  • Include work experience and activities where you developed skills that are applicable to the opportunity.
  • Include the position held, name and location of organization, and dates of employment.
  • Use action verbs to describe your responsibilities with emphasis on specific skills and achievements, and quantify experiences and accomplishments (e.g. led a team of 4; increased sales by 5 per cent).

Activities, leadership roles, and interests

  • List volunteer positions, extracurricular activities, professional organizations, honour societies, and leadership roles.
  • Include all honours, achievements, and skills (foreign language fluency).
  • Recruiters are typically looking for a certain set of competencies, such as: leadership, teamwork, communication, organization and conflict management skills.

General resume tips

  • Be concise.
  • Keep it neat, attractive, organized, and easy to read.
  • Ensure formatting is consistent.
  • Deliver on the firm’s expectations: address your application to the correct contact, submit only the number of pages the firm requests and submit your application before the deadline
  • Be professional and appropriate.

Interview Tips

Your career should be as unique as you! That’s why job interviews are so important. Not only is it a time for you to show how your unique experiences and skills make you a great candidate, it is also an opportunity for YOU to determine if the firm is the right opportunity for you. Below are some helpful tips on the interview process.

Preparation

  • Research the firm to learn more about the environment, culture and career paths available. Preparing questions in advance is important, as it shows your keen interest in the firm.
  • Perform a Self-Assessment by reviewing your resume thoroughly, noting your strengths, weaknesses, and key skills, and how they relate to the opportunity. Know the image that you want to portray to the interviewer. There is no need to be nervous as the topic of conversation is YOU!

Interview attire

  • Dress confidently and comfortably, but always maintain a professional image.

The Interview
A good interview allows both the interviewer and the candidate the opportunity to gather information they need to make an informed decision. Remember:

  • Highlight key accomplishments and experiences
  • Listen to the interviewer and the questions being asked.
  • Don’t use prepared examples if they don’t relate to the question.
  • If you need to organize your thoughts, pause; silence is better than stumbling over words.
  • Know your strengths and identify areas of improvement.
  • Ask questions, including the hiring timeline and next steps.
  • Thank the interviewer and ask for a business card.

After the interview

  • Send a personal thank you to your interviewer no later than one day after the interview. Be concise, gracious, and reaffirm your interest in joining the firm.

Second-round interviews/office visits
The firm may conduct a second interview or invite you for an office visit. Be honest with the firm, as at this point in the process they have a strong interest in you. Other considerations:

  • Be fair to the firm and other candidates and accept an interview ONLY if you are serious about the opportunity.
  • Once you commit to an invitation, do not cancel. You may have a conflict in dates, so choose wisely.
  • Continue to research the firm and prepare questions that will help you differentiate between opportunities.
  • Communicate with your recruiter as questions arise.

Frequently asked questions

How do I search for career opportunities?
Use the search function to locate roles by function, location and/or timing of the career opportunity you are interested in applying for at KPMG. Be sure to read the job description for more details regarding the application process.

 

Can I apply to multiple campus roles during the same recruitment cycle?
You may only apply to one campus role each recruitment cycle.

 

Can I apply to multiple roles in different locations?
Within KPMG Canada, you can only apply for 1 role each recruitment cycle. If there are roles at KPMG offices outside Canada, you can apply on their career site.

 

If I applied to a role in the past but didn’t get an offer can I apply again?
You are welcome to apply again regardless of what stage of the recruitment process you reached during your previous application.

 

How does KPMG support the CFE writing process?
KPMG offers one of the best training programs in Canada. As a firm, we are committed to providing support and mentorship to our employees planning on writing the CFE. Please contact your local office campus recruiter to learn more about the support KPMG has to offer.

 

Do you encourage employees to move around within the firm?
One of the advantages of working at KPMG is that we provide you with choices in where to build your career. You have great flexibility to move throughout the organization as a part of KPMG’s network of 40 Canadian offices as well as 154 member firms globally.

 

Does KPMG offer any programs for students who are not yet finished university?
KPMG has several programs designed for post-secondary and graduate students who are not yet ready to begin work with KPMG full time, but who are eager to get a glimpse into the life of one of our employees. Speak to your Career Centre to get more information on our events and other opportunities to learn more about a career with KPMG.

 

Does KPMG offer any opportunities to enter directly into any departments other than Audit?
KPMG hires recruits directly into our Tax and Advisory practices in select offices. To learn about the countless opportunities available, speak to one of our Recruiting Team members.

 

I'm an international student interested in a co-op / summer internship with your firm. How do I apply?
Foreign students enrolled in selected publicly-funded, post-secondary institutions in certain provinces and territories are now eligible to work off campus while completing their studies if they hold a student work permit in conjunction with their study permit. However, students are required to meet specific eligibility criteria.

We recommend that you check with your university career centre to determine if you are eligible to work off campus during your co-op terms. If you are eligible, please apply directly to KPMG using our on-line application system. You must present the appropriate work permit before you will be allowed to start work.

 

If I require assistance to make the interview process more accessible to me, who can I contact?
Reach out to your local recruiter so we can accommodate you for the recruitment process.

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