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Accountant Sample Job Interview Questions


Accountants are trusted professionals that deal with financial information and help employers determine how much money they’re making, how much money they’re spending and so forth. They usually hold an accounting certification such as a certified general accountant or CGA, chartered accountant or CA, or certified management accountant or CMA.

Below are some common Accounting job interview questions used by accounting firms and financial companies to assess the core job competencies of a Accountant position. Accountants ensure that all related and third-party billings and cash receipts are accurate, properly coded, approved, and processed in a timely manner.In addition, most positions are also responsible for the generation and analysis of control reports, the collection of account balances and coordination of work flows.

As such, the tops skills employers look for in the job are a professional designation or actively enrolled in CA, CGA or CMA program.  Also make sure you show your computer skills, like Excel, Word and accounting software packages.  And demonstrate your success in budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning and financial analysis.

Use these questions specifically designed by hiring managers and hr pros to help you prepare your job interview answers.

Sometimes we are required to work with managers or departments who just don’t buy-in to what you’re trying to do. Give me an example of when you had to rollout the financial policy that was not popular.

This job will require really strong interpersonal skills. Tell me about a time when you had difficulty obtaining compliance for financial records?

Sometimes you need to report on financial data, provide advice on business operations through writing reports.  What types of writing have you done in our job as Accountant? Can you give some examples? (Follow up on one or two examples.)

We are looking for somebody who can be creative but it here to accounting policies and principles. When have you had to be creative when preparing financial management reports .

As our company accountant, you will need to contact lenders, government tax departments, and so forth.  In your previous positions, how much contact did you have with governments and regulatory bodies?

How do you establish performance goals for the people that report to you? What approaches to take when setting these goals?

Describe your knowledge and experience in laws, codes and regulations related to accounting.

In your last job, what did you  find most challenging  working in the accounting department?

How do you keep up with the changes in taxation issues?

What experience Do you have with SAP or other financial data bases?

Tell me about a time when you had to deal with the client that did not practice accepted accounting practices and principles.

Describe a time when you faced a particularly demanding deadline (emergency, rush, etc) to prepare a financial statements and reports. How did you react? What was the result? What did you learn to handle the situation better?

When reconciling various balance sheet accounts to subsystems: Tell me about a time when you noticed a source of potential loss for a company or identified an undetected financial error before anyone else. What did you do about it?

Hours of journal entries can be Grueling how do you make sure that you do not make mistakes?

What me about a time when you had to explain a complex accounting issue to someone with without an accounting background? How did you help your audience understand?

As our accountant you will be working with the leadership team and executives in building budgets and financial plans.  Tell me about some the financial planning you have done.

Depending on the employer and industry, here are some titles related to Accountant:


supervisor, accountants

accountants supervisor

branch accountant, bank

bank branch accountant

budget accountant

chartered accountant (CA)

CA (chartered accountant)

chartered accountant (CA) student

CA (chartered accountant) student

CGA (certified general accountant)

certified general accountant (CGA)

CMA (certified management accountant)

certified management accountant (CMA)

cost accountant

claims accountant

departmental accountant

financial accountant

general accountant

industrial accountantmachine processing accountant

management accountant

plant accountant

production accountant

project accountant

property accountant

public accountant

supervisor, public accountants

public accountants supervisor

tax accountant


public accountants chief


chief accountant

manufacturing accountant

intermediate accountant

senior cost accountant

auditor-chartered accountant (CA)

auditor-CA (chartered accountant)