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How to apply

How to apply

Our application process is designed to get the best from all kinds of people. Show us you have the skills, aspirations and experience.

Our application process is designed to get the best from all kinds of people.

Our application process is designed to get the best from all kinds of people. 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 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 email us at

Behavioural capabilities

Your attitude and personal qualities are the most important things we want to see from you when you apply. While we don’t look for people that fit any particular definition, there are general behaviours that we look for in applicants, and we call them behavioural capabilities. We have identified a number of behaviours that fit in with our values. Before you apply, you may find it helpful to think about how you’ve demonstrated these capabilities in your life, using recent examples covering things like hobbies and academia, part-time jobs and extracurricular activities. Find out more here.

You can begin your application here.

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.

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 apply when you know you’ll have time to take the test.

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 with similar tests before you complete our 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 doing 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 reasonable 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 2 minute 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 make 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 in the UK. This is the penultimate stage of the recruitment process.

Launch Pad combines 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 our 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 our people, including those within the area you have applied to - from Partners to Graduate Trainees.

Stage 6: Final Interview

If you are successful at Launch Pad, then you may be invited to a final interview in our Gibraltar office. This is the final stage of the recruitment process.

In your final interview you will be assessed against KPMG’s behavioural capabilities including your career motivation to join us. This is also a great opportunity for you to see our offices and meet some of the team.

If successful, you will then receive a job offer!

If you are unsuccessful, then you will be offered the option to request feedback from us.