Accounting interview questions will vary depending on the employer,
the level of the accounting position, the requirements of the
accountancy job and your career history.
You will get a mix of general job interview questions, including questions about technical and current accounting issues, your accountancy skills and experience and behavioral interview questions that explore your accounting job competencies.
Typical accounting interview questions that explore your general technical accounting skills and knowledge include:
Which accounting applications are you familiar with?
Discuss the applications you have worked with. Focus on how you implemented the application, the steps taken during the conversion and integration of the accounting system and the training of staff to use the application.
Highlight your familiarity with the application by discussing what specifically you used it for.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the different accounting packages you have used.
Focus on how the packages supported and simplified company specific processes, and how they met your exact business requirements. Display your knowledge of how the packages differ in areas such as price, complexity and functionality.
Give me examples of the accounting reports you have prepared.
Demonstrate your experience in maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements and reporting. Discuss your ability to meet tight deadlines and undertake a multitude of accounting activities. Show your understanding of generally accepted and statutory accounting principles.
Describe any accounting process that you have developed or revised.
Highlight how you have monitored and analyzed work processes to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while still maintaining accurate and quality work outputs.
What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing the accounting profession today?
A sample answer to accounting interview questions like this is:
In response to the changing market accountancy professionals have to provide more management and consulting services, in addition to financial management. They have to assume a greater advisory role and develop more complex and flexible accounting systems.
Then continue to explain how you can meet this challenge.
List of common accounting interview questions
What cost-cutting measures have you been responsible for implementing?
How much money have you saved the company and how did you do this?
What aspects of hands-on accounting did you participate in?
Give examples of internal control procedures that you have developed and maintained.
What was your interface with the budget process?
Discuss your experience in financial analysis of company/ad hoc projects.
Tell us about the financial forecasting you have been responsible for.
What role did you play in the audit process?
What processes did you use to evaluate financial risk?
Which management reports have you prepared?
Discuss your experience in tax planning and preparation.
How do you keep updated on all the accounting rules and techniques?
What are your strengths as an accounting professional?
Refer to this list of strengths to answer this accounting interview question.
Finance interview questions that explore skills that are key to success in finance jobs.
Show your professionalism by preparing insightful questions to ask about the company and the job. Examples include:
"How is your finance department structured?""What are your current financial and accounting projects?"
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