Handy tips

Making your application

For our trainee applications we ask each candidate to complete the same online form. You are able to set up a login so if you get to a question and think you need more time to think about your answer, save your application and have a go at writing down your answer to the question, then go back to your application later. This way you will ensure you have answered the question to the best of your ability.

Once your application is complete, read through and double check for any spelling or grammar mistake. Research Moore Kingston Smith and the Role of a Trainee.

Before applying I’m sure you will have done your research but the further down the recruitment process you go the more you’re going to be asked. Google would come in handy!
Interview Tips


Remember you are applying for a job in an accountancy firm not to be an aerobics instructor. Dress smartly at all times, whether you are attending the assessment day or meeting the HR Partner for a final interview. First impressions count!

Travelling to your interview

Check the exact location of where you need to be. Check train/bus times and leave yourself enough time to arrive at least 10 minutes early. If you are having transport trouble ring and let someone in HR/Reception know that you are running late and the reason.

Once you have arrived

Please remember to turn off your mobile phone.

During the interview

Moore Kingston Smith is looking for trainees that are positive, enthusiastic, hard working and motivated. Ensure you can validate all your skills, work experience and achievements that are stated on your application with strong, factual examples of where you have demonstrated these.

Questions for the interviewer

It’s not just about us asking you all the questions, throughout the recruitment process we will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. A good time to also have some prepared and relevant questions is at the end of the interview. You will have received a lot of information during the process about training at Moore Kingston Smith but this is a chance to clarify something and be confident this is the right programme and firm for you.

Selection Process

At Moore Kingston Smith we pride ourselves in the quick response we give to candidates who apply during all stages of the recruitment process, whether this is via email or over the phone. You will need to pass each stage of the recruitment process in order to progress, but at any stage if you are unsuccessful we will be happy to give you constructive feedback.

What’s the process?

Once we have received your application, if it is shortlisted you will be invited to take some online verbal and numerical reasoning tests. These will take approximately one hour to complete and you will be allowed to use a calculator.
If you successfully pass both of these tests then you are through to the next stage for a ten minute telephone interview with a member of HR.

Telephone interview went well? You can then look forward to an invite to one of our assessment days held at our London office in Barbican. The assessment day consists of a series of tests including a team exercise, a three minute presentation and an interview with a member of the HR team.
Once the results are back from the assessment day and its all good news you will be invited back to the City office for a final interview with a partner.

We aim to complete the whole process within three weeks. If you are successful and accept an offer to join us we do keep in touch with you by emailing any updates relating to Moore Kingston Smith, including a monthly newsletter, which covers all the latest news from Moore Kingston Smith. Nearer the time we will also invite you to join HR and some current trainees for a few drinks in a ‘Getting to know each other’ evening.

Good luck! And we hope to see you soon.