Auditor Sample Job Interview Questions

Auditors provide assurance to the financial records of organizations. They must verify financial reports by looking back and researching various sources. In some cases they must interview employees in addition to verifying the paper trail. In addition to working with internal employees, auditors often work with banks, brokers, creditors, CRA or IRS and other external parties who deal with the company.

So make sure your can provide examples of when you handled multiple priorities. The employer wants to see that you are keen to assist in the development and implementation of audit strategies for various clients. The top soft skills managers look for are excellent client service skills, an aptitude to understand the client’s business and the ability to build strong client relationships.

 

Auditors uncover information and as such require discretion and tact.  Tell me about a situation when you had to exercise your discretion on the sensitive issue?

What are the most important things when it comes to reliability and integrity of accounting information?

What kinds of companies have you audited?  Which one was the most difficult for you?  Why?

What was the most complex risk assessment you have to complete?

What sectors you have experience and knowledge in?

Given example of when you had difficulty discussing your findings, for example, when you have had trouble getting agreement on the corrective actions that are required.

 

What is the most complicated problem you’ve had to deal with as an Auditor?

An auditors jobs sometimes very stressful.  How you manage stress?

What do you do to stay current on audit tools, techniques and programs?

You will have to make presentations of audit results to management.  What was the most difficult presentation you have to make?

Describe the time when you had to lead the corporate audit planning, risk assessment processes and strategic planning?

How do you go about determining your top priorities and then how do you decide how much resources should be dedicated?

A big part of this job will require you to influence people, as well as operations to achieve audit goals within budget.  Tell me about your experience leading large, complex audits.

What is your experience with SAS, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and SharePoint?

How do you stay informed of what is going on in your area of responsibility as a Auditor? Give an example.

How would you improve the audit committee?

When you leave an employer, what do you hope is your legacy?

 What work have you been most proud of as an Auditor. What did you do?

We are looking for someone who can improve our processes.  How did you improve the audit process with your last employer?

Describe the most successful strategic plan you created. How did you define success in this plan?

Which college courses gave you the most trouble? What did you do about them?

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Bonus Questions


  • What is your dream job?
  • We don't always agree with evaluations of us by managers, instructors or professors. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a particular professor's evaluation. How did you handle the situation?
  • Describe a situation in which you spent a lot of time developing a presentation to meet a client's need, and your presentation was met with a lukewarm reception. What did you do?

Daily Interview Tip

When asked to talk about your weakness admit responsibility and accept constructive criticism. Say as many positive things about the company as possible, show your interest in whatever products/services they sell and explain why the position fits with your career goals. Don't be afraid to pause and think. You don't need to fire back an answer in the first millisecond