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.

This is an important moment in your career. 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 designed an application process to support you in showing us your potential.

Our application process is a virtual process from your application through to securing an offer with KPMG. If you are successful in obtaining an offer to join us, then we will be in touch to arrange a time for you to meet us in person at one of our offices. We also run many virtual and in-person events for those considering making an application throughout the year. You can find out more here.

As you progress through each stage of the recruitment process the Student Recruitment team will be in touch to explain the next steps. If you have any adjustments for us to consider, please let us know within the appropriate sections of your application, or please contact the team on 0800 328 5764 or email us at You can find out more around the support we offer here.

To help you prepare for each stage of our recruitment process, our Student Recruitment team have created some useful videos below to guide you each step of the way. From your application form, online assessment, Virtual Launch Pad assessment centre and considering your strengths - our Student Recruitment team will guide you through all the different stages. Click here to view these helpful videos.

Please note, the application process may vary for a small number of routes.

Stage 1: Your application 

This is your chance to tell us about your academic background and any work experience you may have undertaken. This should take about 30 minutes to complete, and you won't need to upload a CV.

Our general entry criteria for each of our programmes can be found on the relevant programme pages. These have been carefully considered based on ongoing evaluation of how prior achievements and our selection process predict future performance at KPMG. If you do not meet all of these, and are a few grades or points short, then we would still encourage you to apply, as you will be given the option to provide information that enables us to assess your application and potential in the context of your socio-economic background and/or any extenuating circumstances. Supplying us with this information will not negatively impact your application, but it may provide a positive uplift on your academic achievements through contextual recruitment. You also have the option to opt out of sharing it. You can find out more here.

Stage 2: Transforming Small Businesses 

After submitting your application, you will be automatically invited to our first online assessment, Transforming Small Businesses. This assessment will require you to consider a range of material relating to three fictional small businesses, each with their own business challenges.

Throughout the assessment, you will be asked how you might respond to certain scenarios by ranking what you'd likely do, say or feel. You will also be asked to analyse some information and provide responses. You will need a pen, paper and calculator (your phone calculator will be sufficient).

Although the assessment is untimed, we suggest that you allow 90 minutes for completion, and we recommend that you complete it within one sitting. You will need to complete the assessment within five calendar days from the date of your invitation.

We would encourage you to familiarise yourself with what to expect ahead of completing your live assessment by exploring our practice assessments here. You can access the assessment using the majority of browsers, however we recommend using Chrome for optimal functionality. Please ensure you have a good and stable internet connection before starting the assessment. You should also complete the assessment on a desktop or laptop.

Please let us know before you start the live assessment if you need any adjustments. Once you have completed the assessment, you will receive a personalised feedback report based on the KPMG strengths assessed.

Stage 3: Delivering Outcomes

If you are successful at Stage 2, you may be invited to our next online assessment.

This stage provides you with an insight into your chosen business area as you are taken through a fictional project, linked to one of the small businesses introduced in the previous Transforming Small Businesses assessment.

Throughout the assessment, you will be asked; how you might respond to certain scenarios by ranking what you'd likely do, to record video responses via your webcam, and provide written responses to information provided.

Again, this assessment is untimed, but we suggest that you allow 60 minutes to complete it and that you do so in one sitting. You will have 5 calendar days to complete the assessment from the date of your invitation.

Make sure you let us know before you start the assessment if you need any adjustments.

Stage 4: Virtual Launch Pad 

If you are successful at Stage 3, you may be invited to attend a Virtual Launch Pad. This is the final stage of the recruitment process.​

Virtual Launch Pad will combine assessment with the opportunity for you to learn more about the fantastic career opportunities available at KPMG. We will be looking for you to demonstrate the strengths that will give us the confidence that you will be successful at KPMG.​

The assessed activities will be conducted virtually. You will also have the opportunity to meet lots of our people virtually, including those within the area you have applied to, from Partners to Trainees.​

If successful you will have your job offer within 2 working days!​

If you are unsuccessful you will be offered the option to request feedback.

Please note

We want to warn you that any companies offering to support you through the KPMG recruitment process (including taking assessment tests for you) are not supported or endorsed by us in any way. Please note that any KPMG assessment material provided by these companies has not been obtained from us legitimately, and we advise that you do not use these channels. Anyone found to have acted dishonestly in any part of the assessment process will be withdrawn and further action may be taken (including reporting to professional bodies, law enforcement or relevant fraud databases) as deemed appropriate.

If you become concerned that a KPMG candidate may be acting dishonestly, please let us know either by contacting or via our confidential whistleblowing hotline. The hotline is independent of KPMG and anything reported will remain confidential.