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?

We've all had friends or colleagues come to us for help on assignments/projects that they were expected to complete on their own. Has this ever happened to you? How did you respond?

Have you been absent from work more than a few days in any previous position?

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Bonus Questions


  • What's the most difficult decision you've made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
  • Describe a situation in which you negotiated price/terms/delivery with a difficult customer. What happened?
  • When making decisions, how much consideration do you give the needs/feelings/opinions of team members? Give examples.

Daily Interview Tip

Before your interview, think about whether the job is one you want. Could you do it well from day one, or would you need extensive support? Does it offer the chance to develop skills and experience? Is it a logical step for your career, whether that's a promotion, or a career change? Successful job seekers keep track of your progress consider writing a journal about your learning; At the end of the interview you'll probably be asked if you have any questions and this is another chance to show what you know.