4 accounting interview questions you should know the answer to

Taking part in an interview for an accounting job is often an intimidating task. The pressure to impress can be immense, and you may worry about giving the right responses to the interviewer. By being prepared with answers ahead of time, you can make the process a lot less stressful and boost your chances of getting an offer. To help you, here are some of the most commonly asked questions for an accounting interview. 

1. The technical question

Understandably, the hiring manager is going to want to check if you have the right accounting skills to do the job. Finance student resource Wall Street Prep highlights some of the possible technical questions you may be asked, which include "walk me through the process of creating a cash flow statement," and "what accounting software are you familiar with?"

Brush up on your technical expertise before the interview, and you'll be well prepared for this type of question.

2. The personal question

The personal question is designed to provide insight into your character and personality, as these things have as much of an impact of your employability as your technical abilities do. The interviewer may want you to describe your biggest weaknesses, discuss a situation where you had to handle conflict, or talk about a time when you worked well in a team environment. 

Your answers can reveal a lot about your interpersonal skills and qualities, so it's important that you give a candid but positive response. 

3. The potential question

This is where the hiring manager will ask you about your long term goals. Questions such as "where do you see yourself in five years?" and "what is your dream accounting job?" can give the interviewer a idea of your future potential and whether you are likely to stick with the company for the long haul. You don't have to commit to a decade of service then and there, but do ensure you show your eagerness to learn and advance in your career. 

4. The question of fit

The deciding factor for employers recruiting for their finance team will be the cultural fit of the candidate. Financial services site eFinancialCareers says it's likely that you will be asked about the kind of company culture you believe you'd thrive in. Even if you meet the skill requirement perfectly, a vacancy may still not be right for you if you are not compatible with the existing staff and values of the company. Be honest and remember this question is as much for you as it is for the interviewer.

For more help in navigating the path of your accounting career, talk to the team at Durno Recruitment. 

Alex Harrison