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Give me an example of an accounting goal you set for yourself and achieved.

1 of 25 Accounting Clerk Interview Questions and Answers Written by Samantha Hamilton

Updated on February 4th, 2019 | Samantha H. has almost three years of experience
in recruiting and loves to help people obtain their dream jobs.
How to Answer

This is a variation on the standard question of goal-setting but with an accounting focus. They want to see that you can overcome obstacles and set your goals high. If you think that you haven't set or achieved goals in this area, then look to your education. You set the goal to become educated and take on this career, so you achieved whatever level of education you have.

If you're self-taught, that's also a goal. Discuss a project you took on or how you became interested in the field.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"When I was in college, I worked as a receptionist at a dental clinic four days a week. Their accounting clerk walked out on them in the middle of month end. They asked for help because at the time, I was an economics major and somehow they thought that tied together. I dug in and learned a lot about accounting on the internet. When I got stuck, I went to YouTube and found these walk-through videos that taught me so much. Shortly afterward, I changed my major to accounting because I fell in love with the process."

Entry Level
Answer example

"The biggest accounting goal I set for myself was obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Accounting. I started school with no idea what I wanted to do, but after a lot of research and development, I was able to narrow the field to accounting. I set the goal of achieving my Bachelor's degree early to start my career. I was able to double my class load a couple semesters in a row and graduate a year early."

Experienced
Answer example

"When I started working for a company that was newly public, they had no structure for a lot of their departments. I was tasked with finding a way to help structure the accounting department. I was a business analyst so I did the majority of the grunt work of compiling who did what and documenting everything. My goal was to document in such a way that everyone could understand the details of their job functions through the documentation with no surprises. From my understanding, the company took my documentation and use it as job descriptions when they post for open positions."

Written by:

Samantha Hamilton
Samantha H. has almost three years of experience in recruiting and loves to help people obtain their dream jobs. With a mix of recruiting and accounting knowledge, we hope she can help you land your dream job.
First written on: 06/12/2014
Last modified on: 02/04/2019

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Give me an example of an accounting goal you set for yourself and achieved.
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Landing an interview with the city of fll. I applied for open positions and excelled on exam.
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We have contest each month weather it is getting credit cards on auto pay or having customer sign up on ETF. That way it keeps up the moral and the other employees have competiveness that comes out and everyone wants to do better. We achieve bigger goals.
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What do you enjoy the most and the least about this kind of work.
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One important from the past would be getting my Masters and Graduating with Honors.
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I was not doing quite well in my class, so I failed my class. As a result, I changed my major and ever since then I was improving in all my classes.
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My important goal in the past was to stay home and raise my kids. I worked part time jobs. All of my children have graduated high school and now living their own lives as adults. That was my goal.
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My goal was reaching the office manager position at my current. I've managed to learn a lot in the last two years and achieved my goal after only working one year with the company.
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I accomplished to develop costing, pricing and budget report. This report helps my company to have good margin in our sales and not to exceed in our budget expenses.
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Stay positive and insistence.
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I made a promise to myself to get my degree no matter how difficult it was so I looked for temporary jobs saved money and paid for my school fees.
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Doing payroll for over 100 seasonal employess and doing correctly.
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As I left my career in 2007, now I want to back in my field so I join intern to get more experience and confidence in my self so now I have the whole accounting cycle in my mind.
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To have a great career in life.
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My goal was to get my bachelo'rs degree in accounting which I thought I didnt have the patience to do, I believed in myself which gave me the courage to pursue this goal.
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To take a board exam. Before I take.
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My goal was going back to school and further my education in the accounting field.
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Enhancing my skills and learning new things.... My former supervisor told us that she wants her staff to be flexible.. That each of us knows the job of each other... So to do that you need to be open.... Help each other...
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I wanted a work/life balance and got it by planning my work.
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I decided to go to a private college about 10 years ago. It was an accelerated 18 month program. I had two children at the time, and a full time job, however I still made my best effort to attend class and receive a good grade. I ended up graduating with honors due to my determination and commitment.
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Important goal is to go back to school to obtain my masters degree to obtain the skills necessary to succeed as a leader in today's changing and global market.
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To get A+ in my 3rd year. Worked harder than normal.
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I managed to get a PA role working school hours and term time only when I had my daughter, that was a massive acheivment having had no experience in schools previously. I was also promoted to my managers role when she left.
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How do you react when asked you to do something beyond you'd capability.
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I had a goal to study to be an accountant when I was younger I sid I wanted to start when I was 26 and I did.
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My important goal in the past was to stay home and raise my kids. I worked part time jobs. All of my children have graduated high school and now living their own lives as adults. That was my goal.
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An important goal that I set int he past was to establish a more efficient process for staff to.
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While I was working for Clint Riddin I was always fascinated by the Secretarial work how certain things need to file with CIPC and other documentation that needed to be kept up to date per the Companies Act. I start voluntary with just doing Annaul return of submission. I end up learning everything from setting up corporation to updating the MOi.
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TO learn army lingo took home material and studied.
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To go to the gym, I made sure I got up at 5 am.
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I was wanted to earn a master degree in finance. Therefore after my undergraduate studies, I worked part-time and kept money to achieve that goal and today I have completed it.
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Being happy when I reach my dead line before time and being able to do more and learn more.
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Getting into university at the age of 16 was an important goal to me and I reached it by studying twice as hard so I could take higher level exams to get into university earlier.
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I set an important goal in my past to get my degree and I have achived it .
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I want to continue learning new techniques that will make me a better technician. I also want to use the knowledge that I gain to help others reach their top potential. I could see myself being a great leader and manager who push the employees to be better and therefore make the company better.
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Getting my finance degree. Studied hard, got it in less than 3 years. I was an honor student and was able to finish it within 3 years.
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My goal in the past was to become a good role model for my daughter, and to show her that anything is possible. My success in reaching that goal was great. To be a successful independent women.
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Going back to school. Received associate degree in accounting.
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My goal I long term to make career in government jobs at higher and higher position.
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To complete college now I have one semester left.
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Getting my Accounting company, I am planning to go back to school and finish my bcom and get my article start.
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Review and audit the church books and correct any discrepencies. Work on it for weeks and start a new bookkeeping book to have a clean and fresh copy. Old books are still kept on file.
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When I was working as sales lady I dream that I will finish my study in college and I was fulfill it and now I dream again to get a better job and I think if will get hired and I think I will reach my success in my life.
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In my previous job, the inventory was in the amount of 250000, my goal was to get it down. In a year I manage to bring the inventory to 50000. My manager was impress.
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To attain a masters in accounts and Acca. I am currently saving money and searching for some experience in that area.
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What percentage of your time is spent doing each function.
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My important goal was to be the best in my duties.
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I started working at the law office as a receptionist and after I mastered that specific position, I wanted to challenge myself and grow in the company. So I applied to another position once one was opened and got it.
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A goal that I set for myself was to learn a video editing program, I successfully learned how to edit videos in a few weeks. It was a challenge but I was determined to learn the program.
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I am continuing my education which is important to me since my brother and I are the first in our immediate family. And it is important to show my son that education is a important part of life.
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Set up online accounts for most challenging haulers that allows us to get their invoices sooner and process them to avoid stop services.
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