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Talk about a time that you successfully educated another individual or group in your area of expertise. What made your educational experience effective?

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  1. 1.

    Talk about a time that you successfully educated another individual or group in your area of expertise. What made your educational experience effective?

      The role that you are interviewing for with EisnerAmper LLP will likely involve providing education to clients in your area of expertise. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are comfortable and effective in providing education by having you talk about a time that you have done so. In the example that you provide, try to point out some key items to making business education successful like developing a plan/goals, respecting differing viewpoints/opinions, making it hands on and making it fun.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Probably the aspect that I love the most about my current job is being the lead for training new hires into our department. Because of my years of experience and my innate ability to effectively orientate new employees, my director asked me to take this duty about four years ago. My approach with any new hire is to customize their training based on their knowledge and experience so the training is effective for them. What works for one person may not work for another and I always need to be fluid with this. I also prioritize the need to make orientation and training a hands on experience for the new hire because classroom learning can only take a person so far in the learning process."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my resume, I've spent the last seven years working in the corporate tax field. While in this job, I worked very independently for a private organization, so I've been out of the training and education side for a while now. During my first job out of college as a CPA though, I was very adept at providing education to the clients that I worked with on a daily basis. What I learned in that experience was the importance of putting material out there in a manner that the person being trained understood. As well, talking to clients and understanding my client's wants and needs were very important for me to be able to best educate them. I really believe that these skills would enable me to hit the ground running with EisnerAmper LLP and your clients would benefit greatly."

  2. 2.

    Which accounting platforms are you familiar working with?

      Coming to work for EisnerAmper LLP as an accountant, your interviewer is looking to hear how fluent you are in working on the technical side of the job. Talk about your experience in working with some of the many accounting programs. No matter which programs you are familiar working with, make sure that your interviewer has the clear understanding that your readily adaptable to working on any program and that you understand the importance these platforms play in your work.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, my experience over the past 15 years has placed me in a few different industries. With each industry has come experience working with many accounting software programs. I have worked in Infor, QuickBooks, Net Suite and Patriot Accounting over the last five years alone. While they all have their features and benefits that are catered to each industry, I've found myself able to learn systems proficiently and adapt my work to the needs of the systems. If hired here at EisnerAmper LLP, you can rest assured knowing that I would pick up any systems with ease."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current role, I work exclusively with SBS Financials Suite. I love its ability to custom create reports that are reusable over time and adaptable to be able to use with different internal customers. I also love the budgeting and electronic invoice approval features of this system. In knowing other systems like Workday and QuickBooks, I am confident in my ability to pick-up and work on just about any system quickly and efficiently."

  3. 3.

    Give an example of a time that you brought an innovation to an accounting practice for an organization. What was your motivation to do this?

      With this being a pretty open ended question, your interviewer is allowing you to have the opportunity to showcase your ability to think creatively and outside the box when it comes to your accounting experience. Whether you implemented a new technology or developed new processes to work more efficiently, make sure that your interviewer walks away knowing that you are an innovator in your work.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Two years ago, I led the charge for my organization to integrate all of our systems together. Of course selfishly, my intent was to positively impact our accounting department by integrating our CRM and ERP systems into our accounting system. After walking through a stringent request for proposal process where we looked at many different vendors, a new interactive system was chosen that every department in the organization could work off of. To this day, we are still seeing the benefits in sales, production and finance. While struggles certainly happened at first with implementing new systems, the small headaches were well worth the benefits we are seeing now."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "When I took my current position six years ago, I began leading a finance department ten people. At that time, my employees were what I considered to be jacks of all trades, but masters of none as they were all doing different accounting and finance tasks with the departments that they worked directly with. Within a couple of months as the manager, it was easy to see that different processes among my employees were causing major troubles. Immediately, I created new job descriptions and placed my staff into task specific roles within the finance department. There were struggles with staff learning to work with new departments at first, but a focused work effort for each individual made our department much more fluent and efficient for our internal and external customers."

  4. 4.

    What logical steps would you take following an internal audit process with our clients here at EisnerAmper LLP?

      If hired for this position, your work as an auditor with EisnerAmper LLP 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."

  5. 5.

    At EisnerAmper LLP, we expect our accounting professionals to be adaptable to working with clients across many different businesses and industries. Why would you say that you have the ability to adapt your knowledge and skills across different industries

      Throughout your career up to this point, you may have experience that falls within one specific industry or your experience could span across many different industries. Your interview has a very good sense of your background based on your resume, so they're ideally looking to hear you explain how your experience can be applied to accounting departments across all different businesses and industries that you'll potentially be working with in this role. Prior to your interview, be sure to do your homework on EisnerAmper LLP and their clients and be able to talk about your ability to work with those clients effectively.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, I have spent time working in both health care and manufacturing and I believe that the 15 years spent between both of these industries have prepared me to consult in any industry here at EisnerAmper LLP. When I look at something like raw materials for an organization, amounts of materials can vary and what is considered a raw material can vary across each industry. But, all businesses and industries have to account for raw materials on-hand on their books. These same principles apply across all aspects of the accounting processes anywhere."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Looking to make this move and work for EisnerAmper LLP, I certainly know where my strengths and weaknesses fall in the accounting world. Having worked in both the legal industry and the wholesale industry, I have a very strong background in accounts receivable and inventory control. While my weakness right now, based on my experience, would be raw assets, I would take the time to get refocused and educated in those areas if hired for this position."

  6. 6.

    Customer service is our top priority at EisnerAmper LLP. What is your customer service philosophy?

      Because EisnerAmper LLP puts so much effort into their customer service reputation, the interviewer needs to be confident that your customer service values align with theirs. Be sure to research the EisnerAmper LLP website and take note of any keywords they use when it comes to their customers. Match your language with theirs.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I noticed on your website that you put a lot of value into your customers by actively listening to their needs. You also survey them regularly while staying on top of industry trends so that you can provide them with innovative new services. To me, customer service goes beyond friendliness and efficiency. You need to understand your customer's business needs and have the ability to analyze their future needs so that you can respond appropriately to their business landscape changes."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As overused as this phrase may be, 'Service with a smile' has always been my customer service philosophy. Very few people can resist a great smile and a friendly interaction! Friendliness warms customers up, makes them more inclined to work with you, and also diffuses a conflict quickly."

  7. 7.

    How do you define working capital and why is it important for our clients here at EisnerAmper LLP to take this into consideration when evaluating their finances?

      While it will be important for you to explain your knowledge of working capital, your interviewer will really be looking to hear your thoughts on why it is important for clients to consider as part of financial decision making processes. Give an overview of your personal thoughts on the importance of considering working capital while hitting on its ability to maximize an organizations efficiency and profitability.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "While working capital is pretty simple in that is simply defined as an organization's current assets minus their current liabilities, many companies fail to see the importance in these simple numbers. My goal with clients here at EisnerAmper LLP would be to work them toward a positive working capital ratio as that allows them to have the finances on hand to grow and prosper in to the future."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Working capital essentially tells me as a financial analyst about the organizations ability to meet financial obligations in the coming years and their ability to grow prosperously into the future. With accurate financial statements, subtracting liabilities from assets shows the overall health of the finances of an organizations and their ultimate direction for the future. I have a lot of great experience helping turn around organizations that have a negative working capital into a position position in a short amount of time. The clients here at EisnerAmper LLP could benefit greatly from that work into the future."

  8. 8.

    With some of our clients here at EisnerAmper LLP being hesitant to run an internal audit, what points would you use to sell them on the importance of conducting an internal audit?

      At some point in your career, you've likely faced resistance to creating and running an internal audit process regarding accounting practices within an organization. It can be a very touchy subject for a variety of reasons. To help curb resistance, you will be relied upon to point out the importance of internal audits. From your own perspective, reiterate the key points that you would use to sell the development of an internal auditing process to the clients at EisnerAmper LLP.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "From my experience, increasing industry regulation and compliance with such regulation is a huge selling point to leaders for conducting internal audits. Oftentimes, leaders are well aware of impacts that regulations have on many aspects of their business, but financial records and book keeping often gets overlooked. With my experience and knowledge across many industries, I can speak knowledgeably to high level leaders about how industry regulations can impact accounting practices and audits are the best way to implement positive change."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Over the past 10 years, the impact of the digitalization of businesses has greatly increased the need for internal audits of accounting and finance departments. Many factors surrounding the digital impact on organizations have made life tough for accountants and educating leaders on these impacts is essential in today's day and age. Recently, I worked with an organization on an audit that revealed significant gaps in their web invoicing systems. Without the audit, the organization was risking losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax money."

  9. 9.

    Here at EisnerAmper LLP, we are often brought in to consult with clients on ensuring accounting accuracy in their practices. What tricks, tips and tools will you be able to bring to our clients to help them ensure accuracy?

      In looking to join EisnerAmper LLP as an accounting expert, their clients will be looking to you to help alter their accounting practices to ensure the best accuracy possible. While there are many ways you can answer this question, ensure that your interviewer walks away knowing that you can bring a unique expertise to the team at EisnerAmper LLP by highlighting some ways that you've helped businesses become more accurate in their accounting practices in your past. As always, keep an open mind to perfecting your craft and learning new things along the way as well.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, I have experience working in accounting in health care, manufacturing and the public sector. While all of these industries brought their own accounting nuances and expertise required, I've learned many great things along the way to help ensure that accounting departments are as accurate and efficient as possible. One top priority I always work on with clients is accounts receivable and making sure that AR is as up to date as possible. Outside of cash and bank accounts, AR is the bread and butter of finance for a company that is selling goods or services and many companies don't put enough time and energy into balancing their AR."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my experience, accuracy in accounting practices comes down to control in the aspect of who has final say in financial statements for an organization. At times throughout my career, I have witnessed high level leaders be too involved in the final financial statements for organizations and truth may have been bent at times to inflate the performance of the company. To combat this, I firmly believe in clearly outlining all accounting processes within an organization and segmenting specific duties within an accounting department to different individuals. This tactic has worked great with many departments I have worked with and I'd look forward to working on this with your clients."

  10. 10.

    If hired for this position here at EisnerAmper LLP, how would you coach our clients to be more detailed in their accounting practices?

      As an accounting professional, you know that a detailed approach to your work is necessary in ensuring that work produced is accurate. Inaccuracy in accounting practices can have significant impact on an organization. As you look to join EisnerAmper LLP, you will be put in a position to teach others the importance of accuracy and methods for ensuring accuracy in their accounting practices. Talk about how you would go about doing this from a high level overview and make sure you give your interviewer the impression that you have the ability to teach accuracy to the clients of EisnerAmper LLP.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Accuracy in accounting practices requires a methodical approach and documented procedures for staff to follow. If hired for this position, my first priority with clients would be to ensure that procedures are in place for staff that entail details on data entry, data confirmation and re-checking work after it is completed. I have a lot of experience creating custom procedures for accounting departments and I would always make sure that department leaders know that they are ultimately responsible for the work that is being put out by their staff."

  11. 11.

    Have you ever had a time where you had to explain accounting processes or practices in layman's terms to someone? Why is the ability to do that important?

      For people outside of the finance and accounting world, methods and terms can often be very confusing and part of your work with EisnerAmper LLP may entail your ability to explain things in the simplest of terms to the leadership staff and employees of organizations that you will work with. If you have a specific time where you had to do this, discuss in detail how you did that and why you felt it was important to do that. Be sure to explain that accounting principles can be hard to grasp and that educating others is a part of your work that you take great pride in.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In our world, financial terms and principles are almost second nature to us and it can be easy to take the knowledge we have for granted when talking with others. Last year, my current organization hired a new CEO that came from the sales side of the business and he was an extreme work in progress when it came to the financial and accounting side of the business. I took the time to sit down and explain our financial statements to him and get him used to the acronyms that are often used in our accounting department's email communications to leadership. He was very appreciative of my efforts and he really did catch on quickly moving forward in his new role."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As I understand the business here at EisnerAmper LLP, I would have the opportunity to work as an accounting consultant with businesses both large and small. Through my career, I've had the ability work with leaders from many departments to talk about and explain accounting processes and how their job impacts the work of an accounting department. During these times, it was very important to relate things to the person's work in the easiest way possible. I have a lot of great experience in explaining things like ledgers and income statements to leaders so they can understand things in a way that is simple for them. This ability would translate nicely to the work I would be doing here with your clients."

  12. 12.

    How do you stay organized and on track when working on a long-term project?

      Working for EisnerAmper LLP in the role you are interviewing for will require an innate ability to manage projects from conception to final implementation. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have the ability to maintain organization to meet deadlines and customer expectations. Talk about your personal methods for organizing project work and give any examples that you have of your methods being successful. In the consulting and advisory industry, customer satisfaction and word of mouth are integral to success and growth of a business and effective project management is key in satisfaction.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I really pride myself on my ability to multitask and my ability to stay organized in key in multitasking. For me personally, organization starts with using technology to my advantage and I do this through the use of my Outlook calendar and tasks functions. I take time each day to update my tasks and project work and use my ability to prioritize tasks to ensure that the right things are being worked on. In looking to bring these skills to long-term project work with your clients, staying organized and on task will be extremely important for the success of both EisnerAmper LLP and your clients."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my work, the ability to stay organized and on track comes down to having a plan of attack for each project and keeping track of the plan as milestones are hit. If you are familiar with the program Trello, it really helps me organize all of the components of the projects that I work on and give me the ability to track who is doing what, what deadlines are coming and what milestones have been hit. But even with a great program like this, I always have the ability to re-prioritize due dates and new tasks as needed with any project."

  13. 13.

    As a consultant here at EisnerAmper LLP, you will have the opportunity to work with many accounting departments on tax filing for their business. When called upon, how would you go about verifying the accuracy of an accounting department?

      No matter the size of the business and their accounting department, human error can lead to costly mistakes down the road if accuracy is not verified on the financial statements and books of a company that you would be consulting in this role. In your answer, talk specifically about your methods for verifying data entry and make it clear to your interviewer that this a step that you do not take lightly or overlook.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In any tax consulting project, data verification and sampling is of utmost importance to me and a step I would ensure happens with every client here at EisnerAmper LLP. Depending on the accounting and finance department's books and how they are kept, my data verification could be as simple as printing documents and verifying samples against filed information or running the data verification through a program. I have extensive experience running both methods of data verification and wouldn't hesitate to use either with the clients here."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I fully realize that my work in advising businesses on their tax filings comes down to verifying their income statements, balance sheet and cash flow statements. To verify, I would have to work with leaders in reconciling their financial statements with bank records, credit card statement, invoices, receipts and any other documents that show physical proof on financial statements. Realizing that this can sometimes be a difficult task with businesses that don't keep accurate records, have segregated finance departments or multiple physical locations, I would leave no stone unturned in this initial verification process with your clients."

  14. 14.

    If a client you were working with here at EisnerAmper LLP 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 EisnerAmper LLP, 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."

  15. 15.

    What steps would you take in creating a new audit process for a client here at EisnerAmper LLP?

      When EisnerAmper LLP 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 EisnerAmper LLP."

      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."

  16. 16.

    Working with our clients here at EisnerAmper LLP often involves some initial conflict with our clients. How would you rate your ability to handle conflict or disagreements in the workplace?

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  17. 17.

    A key component to success here at EisnerAmper LLP 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?

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  18. 18.

    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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  19. 19.

    What interests you in joining the business consulting world here at EisnerAmper LLP?

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  20. 20.

    At EisnerAmper LLP, you will have the opportunity to work with high level executives and leaders from the companies we contract with. What experience do you have in working with people at these levels?

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  21. 21.

    In what ways would our clients here at EisnerAmper LLP benefit from your knowledge and services?

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  22. 22.

    We value accountability at EisnerAmper LLP. If a customer sent a formal complaint about an interaction with you, how would you handle it?

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  23. 23.

    Do you have any experience in financial modeling? What skills in financial modeling could you bring to the clients here at EisnerAmper LLP?

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  24. 24.

    What key skills can your bring to the clients of EisnerAmper LLP in administering their trusts and estates?

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  25. 25.

    At EisnerAmper LLP, our clients look to us to help find new and creative ways to save tax dollars. Have you ever had a unique situation where you helped an organization save tax dollars through your work and insight?

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  26. 26.

    How do you feel that your education and career to this point has prepared you to work in the international tax realm here at EisnerAmper LLP?

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  27. 27.

    Being successful in the consulting industry requires adaptability and the ability to learn a business fast. What would be your approach to help you learn the ins and outs of a new client?

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