Whenever you go for a job interview for an accounting role, you are going to have to be interviewed in addition to any other assessments and presentations you might be asked to do.
To deliver the best performance in a job interview you need to be ready to handle a wide variety of different questions.
Questions to find out if you plan and prepare
The organisation wants to know that you do your homework, do your research, your due diligence and really care enough to spend some time learning about the organisation and/or sector.
Questions to find out what you have to offer
This is your opportunity to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, experience and expertise that you have to offer a potential employer. Another way to think about this is that it is your opportunity to demonstrate what you can contribute. After all what employers are looking for is contribution.
Questions about whether you are competent in your technical field
Even when you get to a more senior level the employer will still want to know that you can handle the technical aspects of the job.
Questions to find out what style of leader or manager you are
We all understand that you have to adapt your leadership or management style to the situation. Yet in truth we all have a default style that we tend to prefer. By asking you questions about how you handle a situation, when you got a result, an employer can get some great insights.
Questions to learn what type of person you are
We are all different. What really fires up one person might be a huge turn off for others. Questions about the role you like to take, motivators, best achievements provide valuable insights to an employer.
Questions to see how you react under pressure
People often talk about killer questions in job interviews. Yes you are going to get tough questions and in my experience these are not designed to catch you out but to see how you react under pressure.
Questions to learn about your aspirations
Sometimes employers want people who are going to be in the job for a few years and then move on or up. Others will want someone who is going to stay around for the longer term. Finding out about your career aspirations helps get that insight.
Questions to find out how you work with others
In most jobs you have to work with at least one and usually several colleagues. Learning about the roles you like to take on teams and how you deal with differences in views lets the employer get some insights.
The Bottom Line: Recruiting an accounting professional is a major investment. In order to be the successful candidate you have to be able to master responses to the different interview questions.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and business professionals to perform more effectively in job interviews. He invites you to sign up for his free audio masterclass.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.