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  1. Do you enjoy working with deadlines?
  2. You may have multiple deadlines to complete your tasks. When have you been in such an environment and how did you handle it?
  3. In your current or former position, what were your long and short term goals?
  4. Give an example of an important goal that you set in the past. Tell about your success in reaching it.
  5. What made you decide on a career in bookkeeping?
  6. Name three positive traits you already have and would most like to build upon.
  7. What motivates you to perform your best?
  8. What is the toughest group that you have had to get cooperation from?
  9. When given a new bookkeeping assignment, how do you approach it?
  10. What do you know about our company?
  11. What do you do when priorities change quickly? Give one example of when this happened.
  12. When a mistake is made by you, who is usually the one to notice? The auditor, or yourself?
  13. Are you proficient using the 10 key pad?
  14. What do you believe is an area of weakness for you, and what have you been doing to improve upon it?
  15. How do you stay focused during a long day?
  16. Outside of inputting sales and expenses, what other accounting tasks have you completed before?
  17. How proficient are you with Excel? Please share with me some projects you created, and regular accounting tasks you completed on excel.
  18. What is your personal method for double checking your work?
  19. If I were to look at your home office, or previous work station before you left, what would it look like?
  20. What accounting tasks did you perform at your former job?
Accounting Clerk Information
August 17th, 2017

Bookkeeping is the recording of financial transactions. Transactions include sales, purchases, income, and payments by an individual or organization. Bookkeeping is usually performed by a bookkeeper. Bookkeeping should not be confused with accounting. The accounting process is usually performed by an accountant. The accountant creates reports from the recorded financial transactions recorded by the bookkeeper and files forms with government agencies. There are some common methods of bookkeeping such as the Single-entry bookkeeping system and the Double-entry bookkeeping system. But while these systems may be seen as "real" bookkeeping, any process that involves the recording of financial transactions is a bookkeeping process.
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Accounting Clerk User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 20
Do you enjoy working with deadlines?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes, because I'll make sure to finish may works before deadlines.
2.
Yes as it gives me a sense of accomplishment.
3.
I do. I work very well under pressure.
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Yes I do because it will help me work effectively.
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Yes I do , because you wont get behind.
Question 2 of 20
You may have multiple deadlines to complete your tasks. When have you been in such an environment and how did you handle it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I just keep my head down and worry about my self and get down whatever that task might be.
2.
Yes. Until I learn the art of planning and prioritizing I used to run like a headless chicken try o finish 20 things at once. I remember one of the big client in my previous firm requested a set of management accounts early before they are due for bank loan approval and I had 35 vat clients that needed to be done and checked. I firstly allocated hours to do management account and ask a collegue to review it as it short notices and continue do my vat.
3.
I will categorized in term of priorities which are classified as urgent it should be done first and it goes according how you have planned to do it.
4.
I work well under pressure because I use the pressure to help me work more efficiently and I believe it helps me grow. I always worked well during deadlines, and I always learned how to work more efficiently afterwards. Also I maintain self control and work as efficiently as possible. In all my experiences, I did well and I always enjoyed the experience.
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Every week and I do my work in time so that it wont be much and if it too busy I remain calm so that I can do my best.
Question 3 of 20
In your current or former position, what were your long and short term goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Short term goals are to be able to handle all my tasks effectively as an accounting clerk asap. Learn new things and reach middle level of accountant within one or two years. long term goal is to be able to do financial and accounting analysis hopefully.
2.
What percentage of your time is spent doing each function.
3.
Long position, build a career stable. Short term pass the exams.
4.
My short goal was to keep everything up to date . Long goal was to achieve more knowledge in accounts.
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To get more more experience in accounting. To learn a new set of skills and to get a higher position in your industry.
Question 4 of 20
Give an example of an important goal that you set in the past. Tell about your success in reaching it.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Landing an interview with the city of fll. I applied for open positions and excelled on exam.
2.
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.
3.
What do you enjoy the most and the least about this kind of work.
4.
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.
Question 5 of 20
What made you decide on a career in bookkeeping?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I love to work with numbers, keeping a nice well organized filing cabinet.
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As an accounting student, bookeeping will help me to utilize my skills and I believe that it will prepare to the world of accounting.
3.
Change career back to accounting since the prospective of newspaper industry which I currently work in gets worse and worse, and I have bookkeeping and accounting knowledge as well as some experiences.
4.
I love office work and I like working in an office environment.
5.
I have experience in analysis.
Question 6 of 20
Name three positive traits you already have and would most like to build upon.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Accuracy, organized, motivated would like to build new positive traits such as more knowledge, skilled in accounting software, thinkable.
2.
Hard working; Detailed Oriented; and Honest but I want to build my Confidence because once I get nervous my confidence is very low.
3.
Dedicated, efficient, organized.
4.
Accounts skills, Microsoft application skills, organizing.
5.
Loyal, friendly, innovative.
Question 7 of 20
What motivates you to perform your best?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Knowing that whatever I am doing it will help someone else in their job. Knowing that I am doing my best makes me feel great. I am not a slacker, it just isn't in me.
2.
I like to always give my 110 percent at all times. I want to show and prove my boss and myself I can do my job efficiently and be capable of doing more. I have always been an over achiever.
3.
My motivation is to always learn new things.
4.
Motivates me to give my best I give my 100% so the organization would succeed then I can succeed. I like accuracy and getting things done in a timely manner.
5.
I strive for excellence for myself and for the organization. I want to leave my mark.
Question 8 of 20
What is the toughest group that you have had to get cooperation from?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Men - EX: Welders at the container shop. I had to be consistent in asking them to write down the part numbers and the quantity used for inventory purposes.
2.
The toughest group I had to get cooperation from was couple of the team members insisted their own opinions.
3.
A big group of adult men. We have about 36 technicians and on Tuesday mornings we have meetings to over the month and anything else that needs to be tended to. To get everyone to sit down and listen can be a challenge., but it always helps when you brig donuts and coffee.
4.
Stock controllers oftenly delayed to send through documents for processing.
5.
From other members of staff.
Question 9 of 20
When given a new bookkeeping assignment, how do you approach it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I open the database and start inputting the numbers.
2.
First, I will read the assignment carefully to make sure I have understood the transaction involved, and determine which accounts to be used. Then make accounting entries.
3.
Review the data that has been given, Creating a simple spreadsheet, continue to add on and ask/research and document any additional data that may be useful/helpful.
4.
I listen to the guidelines of task to done, take verbal and mental notes during training. I always follow the company policies and procedures when doing assignments.
5.
I will go over it a few times just to see what it entails, and then once I understand what I am doing I tackle it and get it down.
Question 10 of 20
What do you know about our company?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Gary Job Corps is a nationwide network of campuses that offers a free education and training program and a comprehensive array of career development services to at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, to prepare them for successful careers.
2.
Founded in 1985 by eamonn daly, based in rathkeale, with franchise outlets thru the region. Wholesale, general public, alloys,
3.
Its a training and developing company.
4.
I just know that this is the City of Sacramento. There are many different departments and agency's everything has to run and cooperate together. I am looking forward to learning more about what your company has to offer.
5.
The Fire Service was established in 1871. The first fire station was located on Suttin Street, Downtown. The first fire vehicle was a horse drawn pump operated by a small number of men under the command of Scotsman Alexander McFarlane. The current head of the service is Laurie A. William. The Fire Service is divided into two branches, namely: Administrative Branch and Operations Branch. There are 33 fire station and 3 fire boats. The Vision Statement is a citizen centered fire and rescue service that provides high quality emergency response.
Question 11 of 20
What do you do when priorities change quickly? Give one example of when this happened.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Just want to sort out this happened when our company changed its nature from trader to manufacture.
2.
This has never happened to me but I would finish what I was doing then get to do the task as soon as possible.
3.
One example is when the call volume is maxed during the summer. At this time delegation is key, so as to take in calls quicker and not focus so much time covering all duties yourself.
4.
I work from a to do list in order of priority, the list changes constantly depending on what is going on at the time. I am often required to provide last minute figures for use during meetings,
5.
Then we have to quickly adapt to changes. And make sure the work continue as efficiently and effectively to get no complain which is completely out of my principles.
Question 12 of 20
When a mistake is made by you, who is usually the one to notice? The auditor, or yourself?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Me... But sometimes we don't know it... So auditor should notice it.
2.
It would definitely be myself because my goal is not to make mistakes that are passed on unnoticed. Also, I am not too bold to think I will not make mistakes.
3.
I take my time to go through my works over and over again so I can correct my mistakes so it is usually me that notices my mistakes.
4.
About 90 to 95 % is myself and the other 5% would be the auditor.
5.
I catch my mistakes and am really good at double checking and triple checking my work. I am human so there are times one can gets passed me, but that is very far and in between.
Question 13 of 20
Are you proficient using the 10 key pad?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am proficient. I gross around 40 keystrokes per minute.
Question 14 of 20
What do you believe is an area of weakness for you, and what have you been doing to improve upon it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to take a step back and ask for assistance. I've learned that I need to look around for capable and willingly personnel to delegate work to others to be as effective as possible.
2.
When I am anxious I find it hard to express myself correctly.
3.
I would have to say I have trouble slowing down. If I have work that needs to be done I do it. Even if it isn't due for a day or so, if it is on my desk it will be done.
4.
My communication skills.... I'm not good in that.
5.
Work and never stop trying.
Question 15 of 20
How do you stay focused during a long day?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I concentrate on the tasks at hand. I take some breaks in between times.
2.
Do creative work first. - Check off the tasks that require creativity or concentration first thing in the morning, and then move on to easier work, like deleting emails or scheduling meetings, later in the day. 2. Allocate your time deliberately. - 3. Train your mind like a muscle.
3.
I think of all the things I want to accomplish for my family and this keeps me on track.
4.
I generally try to take at least a 10 mins break or so and walk around get away from my desk and just try to clear my head. Exercise my eyes a little because they can get blurry when working for long periods of time. Then I can go back and continue my tasks at hand.
5.
I prioritize the more urgent tasks are split between the more less important tasks. I also take short breaks from the computer.
Question 16 of 20
Outside of inputting sales and expenses, what other accounting tasks have you completed before?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
All incoming payments go through me and I post each payment to each account weather it is check, credit card, cash, or even money orders. I also order products and send out any payments for our office in regards to office supplies or events.
2.
Tax returns, profit and loss and balance sheets.
3.
I have imported files from microsoft word to create an excel document.
4.
Financial Analysis, Ledger Entry, Financial Reports.
5.
Assisting in vat returns and assisting the auditing company for the annual closing.
Question 17 of 20
How proficient are you with Excel? Please share with me some projects you created, and regular accounting tasks you completed on excel.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Very Well. EX: Health Check spreadsheet.
2.
Keeping up to date bank information, creditors making invoices and quotations.
3.
So one of the big projects I have done was going through all of our account and changing any phone first customer over to an email, card, or anytime service. I had to keep track of every account and noted into out pestpac system and also into a excel worksheet.
4.
I am quite efficient I have completed budgets and cash flows on excel.
5.
89 percent I can creat the formulas.
Question 18 of 20
What is your personal method for double checking your work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Review and analyze entries.
2.
Sometimes I check what I did before and make sure I did all good.
3.
By reviewing if I follwed step by step procedure.
4.
I like to do a spell check read through my work and double check all numbers.
5.
Go through my work twice.
Question 19 of 20
If I were to look at your home office, or previous work station before you left, what would it look like?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Clean, Organize with note details of pending tasks to do.
2.
Organized and tidy with some papers left in front of my computer.
3.
Every has it's place. I am very organized and I know where everything is at a drop of a hat. If someone ask for it I will have it in a second.
4.
Neat and tidy papers all in piles stationary all together.
Question 20 of 20
What accounting tasks did you perform at your former job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Data Entry, Cash Handling.
2.
Working on sage, payment to creditors, invoices.
3.
Many. I would go through delinquent accounts and send out letters or call if needed. I would have to discuss each account with the customer is they had questions. I would take payments of all forms and post to the correct account. Something I would have to send out invoices and ledgers to customer for their records and billing. Even with termite reports we would do work and would have to send out work agreement to be singed and collect payment. Also doing real estate transactions with Section reports was very important to get all escrow information for the billing purposes.
4.
Inputting sales and expenses... Bank reconciliation...
5.
Record keeping and filing.
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