Our application process

Our process is made up of four key stages. On this page you will find information on what to expect and how to prepare.

No one should face barriers when applying to work at MKS. We’re keen to make sure our application process is accessible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you have questions, email Natalie Hannan, Early Talent Manager, at earlytalent@mks.co.uk, to find out how we can support you.

Stage one: online application form

Our online application form consists of some eligibility questions to ensure you are able to join our programme and then four questions which are designed to understand your motivation for wanting to join MKS, why you want to become a chartered accountant, the skills you have that are relevant to the role, what motivated you and your commercial awareness.

Stage two: online testing

If you score well in the online application form you will be invited to complete a digital assessment which helps us understand your potential across applied numerical intellect, applied verbal intellect and your behaviours. This helps us understand your strengths and is also a very useful way for you to better understand yourself and gain insights into how to develop your skills. You will have the opportunity to practice and get comfortable with the process before you get started on our questions.

Stage three: assessment centre

If you pass the first two stages you will be invited to an assessment centre which will take place either online or in one of our offices. During the assessment centre you will complete a presentation exercise, group exercise and interview with a member of our People team. It is also a chance for you to meet a variety of people from MKS and get to know us better.

Stage four: Partner interview

The final stage will be an interview with a Partner based in the office you are being considered for. They will look to understand a little more about you, your motivations for wanting to join MKS and where you can add value.

At Moore Kingston Smith we pride ourselves on keeping you up to date on the progress of your application and making sure you get feedback at every stage.

If you are successful and accept an offer to join us we will keep in touch with you by emailing any updates relating to Moore Kingston Smith. We will also introduce you to the rest of your cohort in advance of starting and, closer to your start date, we will invite you to join the Early Talent team and some current trainees for a ‘getting to know each other’ evening.

A little more about the online application form

For our trainee roles we ask candidates to complete an online application form. If you have applied to us before you will probably find that the new form takes a little longer to complete than the previous form. It is designed to help you understand and research the things that matter to us at the earliest stage and to set you up for success in later stages of the process. When applying you will have the opportunity to give us feedback so do tell us if there is anything you don’t like.

We are using a system called Applied which is designed to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process. Each application is anonymised and scored question by question. We want to get to know you better and understand your potential and ability to enjoy and commit to the role. This is much more important than where you studied, what you studied or what previous work experience you have had. We will ask you about your university education in the eligibility questions but this is only for reporting purposes, we will not see this information when we are reviewing your answers to the questions.

Advice for completing the online application form

We encourage you to access the application form as soon as possible and give yourself a good amount of time to research the questions and make sure you are happy with your answers. You might find it useful to copy and paste the questions into a Word document so you can spell check it and make sure you stay within the word limit.

To help with your application we have offered some advice on what to include in your answers and where to go for further information so please do take this advice into consideration. Please note that questions are reviewed question by question so please avoid saying ‘as referred to in my previous answer’.

Once your application is complete, read through and double check for any errors. We would also suggest you ask someone else to have a read through and make sure your answers fully deal with the question asked and that there are no spelling mistakes.

If you are invited to further stages of the process we will provide more information and guidance in advance.

Good luck, we hope to meet you soon!