I imagine you have arrived at this page because you have an interview coming up for a Job in Accounting or Finance. Indeed this is a highly competitive sector especially in the current economic environment where there are maybe over 50 applicants chasing each opening.
If you have already got an interview then well done and if you are still looking then well done also as you are very rightly taking your preparation seriously.
I have completed many job interviews within the Accounting and Finance sector helping organisations to recruit the best staff. I have seen what works and what doesn’t and in this article I will share with you a sample of the types of questions you will encounter in Accounting and Finance jobs whether in private practice or in a corporate environment.
These can be asked at any Accounting and Finance job interview and for jobs such as:
Most interviews will follow a standard structure which includes:
Questions will vary depending on the employer, the level of job you are applying for, the amount of accounting experience you have, the recommended recruiting policy and the personal preference of the interviewer.
Training and Qualifications
You should expect questions exploring your accountancy training, study plans to become an accountant, qualifications and your understanding of accounting terminology and practice.
Skills and Experience
The interviewer will ask questions based on your experience as shown on your CV.
This relates to key skills required such as your ability to have good analytical and numerical skills, ability to work to tight deadlines, to demonstrate effective communication and ability to deliver quality and accurate output.
Personality and Motivation
Your reasons for applying or for choosing the accounting and finance sector and this employer, how you see your accountancy career developing and the steps you will take to develop your finance skills.
For more senior Finance positions, you should expect questions exploring your ability to motivate and develop a team of accountants or clerical staff, your ability to build relationships and to generate income streams.
Many interviews in the Accounting and Finance sector are now Competency Based and Behavioural. Questions will be structured so as to discover how your behaviour in a past activity can influence your performance in the job going forward.
These questions can be very tricky to answer however they can be mastered with some training and practice.
These Accounting and Finance interview questions can be very specific or can be very general however your answer will need to demonstrate a broad range of skills. This will be even more important the higher you progress on the career ladder.
While the Job Description and Person Specification will give you the exact skills required, you may find interview question exploring the following competencies:
For qualified accountants and senior managers competencies can include:
Take a moment to see how you would answer these questions?
* Questions taken from the InterviewGOLD™ Interview System.
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About the Author
Annette Lewis Google+ is an accredited interviewer and has recruited for many organisations within Healthcare, Education, Customer Services and Banking.