Accounting Manager Sample Job Interview Questions

Accounting companies and top employers look for an Accounting Managers who is integrally involved with the operations and who enjoys walking onto the shop floor and being intimately knowledgeable about all aspects of the business.

So remember that in you cannot impress them by just telling them about your professional accounting designation (CGA/CMA/CA). Be prepared to talk about your solid track record in a senior management role. Show them that you are a hands-on individual and have experience developing and leading change. Explain how you have proven that you are a strong business advisor, that you are an independent and what you have done in past jobs to improve your environment.

Here are some fantastic job interview questions designed specifically for an accounting
Sometimes you will have to explain financial information to individuals without a financial background.  Described a time when you had to explain accomplice accounting issue to a manager who had difficulty understanding.

What was the most complex statistical report, information and analysis that you had to prepare?  What made this financial report so complex?  What did you learn?

In this position, you will have to lead a team of over 25 accounting professionals.  Describe a time when you had to deliver an unpopular idea, program, message to your direct reports.  What was the message?  How did you handle it?

As accounting manager you will need to interpret various accounting data look at reports and give advice to managers based on this information.  Sometimes the managers or your clients are not receptive to your message.  How do you go about securing cooperation?

In this position, you will have to collaborate with other finance department managers.  Describe a time when you had difficulty working with another manager to support overall department goals and objectives.  How did you resolve this issue?

We are looking someone with an ability to build a strong accounting team.  What do you think is the most important ingredient in building a strong team?

We defined leadership in our company is getting people on board with your vision. When have you had to do this?

Part of your job will be to present financial data to the senior management team.  Of all the presentations you’ve made, which one stands out in your mind?

What have you done differently as a Accounting Manager than your predecessors in the position? Why?


For the biggest challenges you face will be HR issues within your team. When have you had a difficult conversation  regarding performance with your employee?

As mentioned, coaching is a key skill in this position because you’ll be leading a team of to 25 direct reports.  When have you have to advise staff on how to handle non-routine reporting transactions?

How have you worked with government taxation departments?

You will need to work with the controller on the year-end audit.  Give me an example of when you disagreed with the auditor, what was the disagreement about?

This position reports to and will work closely with the director of finance.  She will be your boss, and sometimes you may not agree with her direction. How do you think you will respond? We

Tell me about the most difficult personnel issue you have to deal with.  For example conflict between direct reports, performance issues, and absenteeism.

How do you set priorities for the department?

What have you done to improve the workflow process in your previous jobs?

What were some of your biggest disappointments at your last job? How did you cope with them?

Give the most memorable example of how you knew things were going well with the details of a project or assignment.

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Bonus Questions

  • Describe a conflict with an employee and how you handled it.
  • What did you spend most of your time doing in your last job?
  • How much experience do you have operating a computer, PDA, printers, word, drill press, etc.)? How proficient are you?

Daily Interview Tip

Show the interviewer your understanding, motivation and ability, most often through examples of your experiences that showcase the attributes the job requires. A good interviewee will memorize a 60-second commercial that clearly demonstrates why he or she is the best person for the job. If asked, "What do you feel are your weaknesses?" Make sure that you never want to give any indication of any weaknesses that you have. Turn you weaknesses into strengths by working it to the employer's advantage.