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3 More Questions to Ask Before Working With an Accountant 2020

Accountant Interview Questions and Answers

Whether you are preparing to interview a candidate or applying for a job, review our list of top Accountant interview questions and answers. 

Which accounting platforms have you worked with?

Experienced accountants have often worked for several accounting or corporate resource planning programs. This query helps the applicant to show their experience with popular packages of accounting and business software. Look for answers that include the name and version of the software, as well as the features the applicant is most familiar with. What to look for in an answer:

  • Familiarity with popular software packages
  • Learning how to make use of simple features
  • Willingness to learn new platforms

Example: "While I worked in a small company, I used QuickBooks, and Microsoft Dynamics GP in larger businesses. I’m familiar with QuickBooks Online the most and have helped my former employer track and categorize their expenses and invoices.”

How have you used automation or workflow streamlining to improve your accounting processes at previous jobs?

Experienced accountants are learning how to use specialized tools or software features to do their work more effectively. The candidate shows that they are seeking to find ways to continuously develop their processes and how to use resources to accomplish that goal. What to look for in an answer.

  • Creative concepts
  • Consist of accounting market processes
  • High competencies in the accounting solution

Example: "To minimize how much I had to type manually, I synchronized the company bank accounts and corporate credit card statements with our accounting solution. I used the additional time to investigate inconsistencies in the accounts and to follow up on expense reports for employees."

What do you do when you have a tight deadline and multiple accounting projects to finish?

Most accounting projects have a strict deadline, and accountants can work on several projects at a time. This critical question gives you insight into how the job seeker prioritizes the tasks and reacts to circumstances of high pressure. What to look for in an answer:

  • Time management strategies for entering transactions efficiently and reliably
  •  Effective target setting to focus on the most critical accounting duties 
  • Multi-task for completing different types of reports at the same time

Example: "First of all, I will concentrate on the most time-sensitive projects, as well as those that other people depend on for the project to move forward. When I wanted extra support, I would ask the correct department to remain on track."

How do you answer questions from clients who don't have any background in accounting?

Accountants may need to explain processes or concepts to other people in your organization who don't know anything about accounting. Look for an answer that conveys a willingness to explain and present complicated details in an easily understandable manner. What to look for in an answer:

  • Teaching skills
  • Fundamental understanding of accounting concepts
  • Patience

Example: "I'd be using analogies to help the individual understand the details I'm trying to pass on. I wouldn't use any accounting-specific jargon, as it would make it hard for this individual to follow along. I spent a lot of time talking to the software development team about what our applications expect of the accounting department. I framed it in terms of technology, such as making reference to a general ledger as a database."






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