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Accountant Interview

Review the description for an Accountant position. The underlined keywords are either key job responsibilities/qualifications or Interview Question Key Words with links to possible interview questions.

Description:  This position is assigned to the benefits delivery team responsible for health care and medical benefits.  Responsibilities include: evaluate and develop necessary controllership processes; reconcile claims information; intra-company billing of health care claims to the business organizations; accounting projects to increase data accuracy, efficiency and reduce costs.

Qualifications required include a four year degree in accounting or equivalent experience; experience in account reconciliation preparation and analysis; project leadership skills; interpersonal and communications skills; work effectively with diverse business organizations; resourcefulness, flexibility, creativity, team focus; personal computer skills.

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  • cost measurement and pricing

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  • internal control

  • auditing

  • financial accounting and reporting

  • corporate financial management


Practice Accountant Interview

  1. Take me through your resume.
    Tips on your interview opening.

  2. If we were to call your current supervisor, in which area of accounting would he or she say is your strongest?  

Follow-up:  Which area would he or she say is your weakest?

  1. What unique skills or knowledge can you contribute to our company?
    What makes you unique?  What sets you apart from the other candidates?  Industry specific experience?  Depth or breadth of experience?  Accomplishments?

  2. What additional training or experience will we need to provide you with in order to perform the duties of this position?

  3. Tell me about your experience in reconciliation.

  4. When do you plan on attaining your CPA?  

Follow-up:  What steps will you take to prepare yourself?
Be specific.  Saying that you've been "thinking about it" won't get you the job.

  1. Give us an example of how you have used your creativity to solve a problem on the job.  
    Provide an example that is related to the job that you're interviewing for.

  2. Tell us about any accounting process that you've either developed or revised. 
    Provide an example that is related to the job that you're interviewing for.

Follow-up:  How would you evaluate the effectiveness of your work?  Provide quantitative measures.

  1. Why have you chosen a career in Accounting?

  2. What aspect of accounting do you dislike the most?
    If the Accountant position that you are seeking is in audit, don't use audit as the aspect that you dislike the most.  The aspect of accounting that you dislike the most should be unrelated to the job that you are interviewing for.

  3. What salary are you seeking?
    How does your experience and qualifications match up to the job?  Do you know how much other companies are paying?  

  4. Do you have anything to add?
    Tips on your interview closing.


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