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Accounting Interview Questions

Author: Moe Harrison /Wednesday, January 29, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, Accounting Now

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A job interview is one of the most important phases of the job search process. An accounting candidate’s resume and cover letter are simply tools to get them to the interviewing stage. The interview is their opportunity to convince an employer that they are the right person for the job. As an employer it is your job to evaluate the match between the job you have to offer and the candidate’s skills and interests.

Developing a set of interview questions can be tough. As the person conducting the interview, you want to be fair and ask complete questions that provide insight into the candidate and their future performance. While some blogs would have you focus time on “trick” or “killer” questions that are deep and thought provoking, I find it best to ask questions that give a potential candidate the chance to communicate information about their experience and abilities. The following are the top seven questions that I use when interviewing accounting candidates:

  1. What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing the accounting profession today?

  2. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different accounting packages you have used.

  3. Describe an accounting process that you have developed or sought to improve.

  4. Describe a time when you helped to reduce costs at a previous accounting job.

  5. Describe a time when you had to use numerical data or a graph to convince a manager.

  6. Describe a time when you had to work exceptionally hard to provide great service to a customer or client. What did you do and what was the outcome?

  7. Describe a time when you had to explain a complex accounting issue to someone with without an accounting background. How did you help your audience understand the situation?

Interviewing is about finding the right candidate for a position. Proper questions reveal the most promising candidate. Interviewing is simply a matching game to see which candidate is the best fit for the position. I hope these questions help you to find the right accounting candidate for your open position.

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Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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2/2/2019 12:10 PM

I recently got my graduate degree. I am very much interested in the accounting field, as I am good at math . Even I got training in accounting field the tips you have mentioned are also very useful for people like me.


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