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28 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published October 1st, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
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What would you do in a situation where you just didn't have all of the information you needed from a client? What would be the steps that you took in ensuring you had all of the information possible in creating a financial analysis for a client?
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Consulting with clients at BDO Global will likely put you in a situation where you need to put on your investigative detective hat and do some extra digging to be able to provide great results to a client. For this question, talk about your interpersonal skills with your ability to work with others when needed. As well, talk about your ability to research and understand different financial statements and software programs to get the information that you need to solve a problem.
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1.
What would you do in a situation where you just didn't have all of the information you needed from a client? What would be the steps that you took in ensuring you had all of the information possible in creating a financial analysis for a client?
Consulting with clients at BDO Global will likely put you in a situation where you need to put on your investigative detective hat and do some extra digging to be able to provide great results to a client. For this question, talk about your interpersonal skills with your ability to work with others when needed. As well, talk about your ability to research and understand different financial statements and software programs to get the information that you need to solve a problem.

Ryan's Answer
"Through my experience in working in corporate finance across many industries during my career, I am confident in my ability to troubleshoot issues I may have along the way when working with new clients. If I ever came across this situation when on a project with a client, I would start be using my best judgement and analytical skills to search for the information on my own in financial statements and accounting software of the client. If I was still left scratching my head, I wouldn't hesitate to sit down with employees in the finance department or leaders of the organization to pull the information that I would need."
2.
How do you feel that your education and career to this point has prepared you to work in the international tax realm here at BDO Global?
With the rise of corporations taking their businesses to a global level, firms like BDO Global are often brought in to be the experts on international tax. Prior to your interview, your interviewer can tell a lot about your education and career and whether you have direct experience in working with international tax laws. Not having experience doesn't exclude you from candidacy for this experience, but if that is the case, your interviewer will be hearing how you'll apply what you've already experienced in your career to international practice. Put some thought to this question ahead of your interviewer to be able to paint the picture of yourself being well-versed in how to get educated in the field if you don't have direct experience.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As you can see from my resume, I've spent the last 10 years working in private business for a large manufacturer that sees profits from a few countries from around the world. While this has somewhat exposed me to international tax laws, I know that I would be working much more in depth in this realm here at BDO Global. If hired for this position, I know that I would face a learning curve with each new client I worked with that had to file and deal with tax laws from other countries. Because of that, I would take it upon myself to read and network with other professionals to become as knowledgeable as possible in the laws in different countries."
Ryan's Answer #2
"My experience in advising on high level tax law changes to corporate boards and c-level suites in the United States would be a great benefit to your international clients here at BDO Global. As I have always had to stay on top of and educate myself in the laws here at home, I would continue to do the same at a much higher international level if hired for this position."
3.
At BDO Global, we often work with both small and large businesses on their tax preparation. What common deductions would you recommend for small businesses?
As a trusted adviser at BDO Global, you will be relied upon by clients to help them find every way possible to minimize their tax burden. To prove your expertise to your interviewer, try to talk about one or two common tax deductions that are often overlooked by small businesses. Explain why the deduction is important to consider and what impact that can have on a future client you would be working with in this role.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In my experience in working with small businesses, the most commonly overlooked deductions that they could take advantage of are vehicle and fleet expenses. While many businesses know this is possible, many fail at maintaining proper documentation of vehicles costs and usage as part of the job. I take it upon myself to walk clients through the proper documentation for future use and they have all appreciated this insight."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I see a lot of business owners overlook items that I would consider maintenance or facility costs that they can deduct at the end of each year. Repairs on equipment and property are deductible and business owners often fail to keep proof of payment for such repairs. On top of repairs, most utilities like electricity are deductible as well for a business. For small business owners, a huge part of my responsibility is educating them on these deductions. For your clients here at BDO Global, my education would help build trust and a long lasting working relationship."
4.
A key component to success here at BDO Global is building solid relationships with new clients. How do you effectively get to know new people and lay the groundwork for a long lasting relationship?
The fast paced world of business consulting requires the ability to build relationship after relationship with all of the clients that you will potentially be working with. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to gain insight into how you build relationships with new people from the first time you interact with them. In your answer, talk about how you gain and build trust with new people and explain how the little things in your initial interactions go a long way toward building long lasting working relationships.

Ryan's Answer
"I am a firm believer that success in any role I've played in my career was due in part to the relationships that I've built in those roles. Whenever I have the chance to work with a new colleague or a new customer, my approach is to create an initial connection with them to build trust. After that point, my interpersonal skills take over through active listening. I use my listening skills to learn about the motivating factors and needs of the person that I will be working with and this helps mold that respect and trust between us even more. I think this approach would be very critical in working with new clients on a regular basis here at BDO Global and I'd love the opportunity to bring these skills to the table for you."
5.
To ensure you are qualified to work for BDO Global, do you have a preparer tax identification number (PTIN)?
As a professional tax preparer, you are likely aware that a PTIN is required for professionals that submit federal tax returns in the United States. Being that BDO Global and the person for this role are compensated for their tax preparation services in the United States, this is a simple screening question that your interviewer is asking to make sure that you are qualified to work with the clients of BDO Global. Ensure that your PTIN is up to date and if not, make sure to complete all steps for renewing prior to your interview.

Ryan's Answer
"Having been a professional tax preparer for over 12 years, I have held my PTIN since 2007 with no lapses in the number since first obtaining. Every November, I ensure that I am good to go for the coming tax season by renewing."
6.
What tax preparation programs do you familiarity working on?
While there is a large variety of tax preparation software available to tax professionals with each having their own specific niche markets and benefits, your interviewer is really looking to hear that you can be fluent in learning and utilizing any system. To reiterate that to your interviewer, talk about the different programs that you have worked on and efficiently learned and mastered throughout your career. Let them know that you are willing and able to work off of any system.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Currently, I've been using Lacerte for over five years and I love its ability to integrate with other programs and online versions of QuickBooks. Prior to Lacerte, I have worked on simple programs like Turbo Tax and other web based programs. Having what I would call great computer skills, I am able to learn new programs with ease to be able to use them effectively. As an organization, what program do you use here at BDO Global?"
Ryan's Answer #2
"Through my career to this point, I have worked on both Drake and CCH Axcess. When making the conversion to Drake a few years ago, it was a learning process that mostly involved applying the functions that I was used to in CCH Axcess to Drake. After just a few hours of playing with the system and preparing a few returns, I would have considered myself very fluent with the system."
7.
What steps would you take in creating a new audit process for a client here at BDO Global?
When BDO Global is asked consult with an organization on their audit processes, you will be looked upon to be the expert in creating a solid auditing process for them. To get an idea of your knowledge and experience, your interviewer is asking you how you would go about creating a new process from scratch for an organization that you are consulting. While your discussion will certainly be high level without knowing much detail about the specific organization you are hypothetically working with, make sure that you hit the important aspects of creating an audit process.

Ryan's Answer #1
"If asked to consult with a new client on their audit process, my first goal would be to determine the overall purpose of the audit. I would have to ask questions about any regulating bodies for the industry and internal quality perspectives that would guide my work. Only when those questions are answered can I move forward with assembling an audit team, giving the team purpose and setting expectations for the new process. With this great start, my leadership skills in the audit process would take over and greatly benefit your clients here at BDO Global."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Any solid auditing process starts with great planning. Planning includes outlining the scope of the audit, clearly defining what data and information is required to successfully perform the audit and selecting a team of individuals to be a part of the audit process. If hired for this position, you can rest assured knowing that I have great experience in planning for and creating auditing processes across many businesses and industries."
8.
What logical steps would you take following an internal audit process with our clients here at BDO Global?
If hired for this position, your work as an auditor with BDO Global doesn't end when the audit is done. Clients expect follow-up in the form of written reporting. Talk about your ability to write a follow-up report clearly and concisely and do so in a timely manner. To really have an impact on your interviewer, talk about how these steps in your work would hopefully make a repeat client out of those that you work with.

Ryan's Answer
"Through my time working with different financial auditors, the follow-up to an audit is often overlooked as most people look to move onto the next project. In reality, clients look for the follow up report to learn and grow from their audit experience and this is a part of the process that I take great pride in. My writing skills are tailored to be to the point and clear in my findings. Without having my head get too bogged down in other work, I write and submit reports to leadership in a very timely manner following the completion of an audit."
9.
If a client you were working with here at BDO Global purchased a large asset, how would you explain to them the impact of that purchase on their financial statements?
When an organization purchases a large scale asset, like new equipment or property, it has an impact on their financial statement. As part of your role working with clients of BDO Global, your job will be to explain the impact of that purchase on cash flow, income statement and the overall balance sheet. For this question, walk your interviewer through how you would educated clients on large asset purchases to show you have a solid understanding of their impact on the finances of the company.

Ryan's Answer
"I have a great example of this just happening recently with my current organization that purchased a $1,250,000 piece of manufacturing equipment. With our leaders, I explained that since the equipment was purchased in cash without financing, it would directly impact our cash flow statement immediately. On the balance sheet, it ended up being a wash with the cash side going down by $1.25 million and the asset side going up by that same amount with new equipment. The biggest thing that I had to reiterate to leaders was the impact of depreciation on the overall income statement in the coming years."
10.
Give an example of a time you used data in analyzing risk for an organization. Did you utilize any tools in this process?
Gathering and analyzing data is an important step that any risk management professional must take during their evaluation processes. What's even more important than gathering and analyzing is putting the data to use to achieve results. For this question, talk in detail about a time that you used data in a working situation. Explain the tools, whether it was specific software or a spreadsheet, to help analyze and get results out of the data you collected.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As you can see from my resume, I've spent a good portion of my career working in the manufacturing industry. In that industry, a good deal of my risk focus was on employee safety and lost time prevention. When I took my current position, I analyzed data over the past ten years to find trends on workplace injuries that led to work comp claims. By using a very intricate Excel spreadsheet that I created, I was able to find a few different problem areas. From there, I worked with management and our safety coordinator to implement new work practices and policies moving forward."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In my current role, I am using the Resolver risk management software and it has really been an effective tool in storing and analyzing data and then helping put the data to functional use. Last year, I was tasked with leading a team of individuals to assess risk of potential defective products that my organization was putting to market. My job was to research and gather data on potential lawsuit risk that the organization could be looking at while others focused on the internal pieces that would fix the problem. Resolver was a great tool for our whole project and luckily, my organization didn't face any lawsuits based on our quick work."
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