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Accounting Interview Questions

Listed below are possible interview questions you may be asked in job interview for various accounting positions.  

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Job Interview Questions

Accounts Payable

  1. How many invoices have you handled on a monthly basis?

  2. What steps would you take before approving an invoice for payment?

  3. What items of information do you need before you can approve an invoice for payment?

  4. Tell us about your experience in accounts payable.

  5. Tell us about an invoice discrepancy that you discovered and how you resolved the discrepancy.

  6. Tell us about an invoice dispute that you were involved in and what your role was in resolving the dispute.

  7. Tell us about your experience in accounts payable.

  8. What is the difference between billable and non-billable expenses?

Accounts Receivable

  1. To what extent were you involved in collections?

  2. You’ve been asked to prepare a bill for services. What information should be included in the bill?


  1. Tell us about your experience in conducting audits.


  1. What experience have you had as a cashier?

Cost Accounting

  1. Tell us about your experience in cost accounting.

  2. Describe some of the methods used to allocate support costs.

  3. What is chargeback?

  4. What is the purpose of chargeback?

  5. Have you implemented or administered a chargeback system?

  6. Name some components of an effective chargeback system.

  7. What are fixed costs?

  8. What are variable costs?

  9. What is marginal cost?

Fixed Assets

  1. What experience have you had in fixed assets accounting?

  2. What are the various means of calculating depreciation?

General Ledger

  1. What experience do you have with general ledger?


  1. Based on Internal Revenue Service rules, what criteria distinguish a consultant from an employee?

  2. What experience have you had in payroll?


  1. How might quality problems manifest themselves in an accounting department?

  2. What cost-cutting measures have you implemented?

  3. Which accounting systems are you familiar with?

  4. Identify some important steps to take during the conversion of an accounting system.

  5. What percentage of discounts lost did you have in Accounts Payable?  Did the percentage increase or decrease under your supervision?

  6. You been asked to prepare a training class for completing expense statements.  What points will you emphasize to insure accurate expense statements are submitted?


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