Candidates asked for video applications for top accountancy firm
By Suzi Dixon, Community Editor
The war for talent is hotting up and using new technology to find the best candidates. KPMG says that 10,000 graduates are expected to apply for jobs with them in the first quarter of 2015. Applicants will be asked to traverse an online game environment, overlaid with psychometric tests developed by Revelian, which it expects will filter 60 per cent of candidates before they even look at CVs.
Social networks such as LinkedIn can also narrow down candidates and be used to cross-check against their CV. It is the sort of streamlined, modern recruitment process we are constantly keeping tabs on here at Bond Williams.
KPMG says graduates applying to KPMG in coming weeks will need to make a four-minute video ‘selfie’ of themselves as part of their application process. Around 300 positions are up for grabs.
“We turn a lot of people down. Every candidate will become a client or a competitor so it’s important everyone of them has a great experience with our brand whether they get a job or not,” KPMG National head of recruitment Nikki Harrison said.
“These young people are digital natives. To get a true understanding of their potential we have to immerse them in an assessment where they will respond naturally,” KPMG Head of human resources, Susan Ferrier said. “We want candidates who demonstrate business critical competencies that are relevant to our evolving business, with its emphasis on innovation and agile working,” Ms Harrison added.
The big-four accounting firms, PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG, are among the nation’s top graduate employers.