Be Prepared For A Range Of Questions In An Accounting Job Interview

You are an accountant.

You might already be fully qualified or perhaps studying for your professional exams.

You may have a little or a lot of experience.

What’s important is that you are prepared for a range of questions in an accounting job interview.

Gone are the days when it was just about finding out if you are technically competent in accounting.

Often technical competence will only make up about 50% of the decision.

In accounting these days you are expected to do so many different things over and above the technical aspects of the job, including:

  • Working with colleagues outside of Finance.
  • Running projects.
  • Potentially managing areas like IT and Estates.
  • Negotiating with suppliers, customers and lenders.
  • Influencing strategy and decisions.
  • Presenting financial reports.
  • Manging or leading a team.
  • Analysing data.
  • Process re-design
  • Automating repetitive tasks
  • Using technology.
  • Business performance measurement and KPIs.
  • Working in a team

The list really is endless.

What this means for you as a candidate is that you need to be ready to demonstrate a whole range of skills, attributes, behaviours and knowledge in the job interview.

If you haven’t put the time in to be really well prepared it is going to be a struggle

So make sure that ahead of a job interview that you have identified and rehearsed a really broad range of potential questions.

Doing this will give you the edge in job interviews over other candidates.

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About the Author Duncan Brodie

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.

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