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Accounting Manager Interview Questions

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Ryan Brown
    Job Interviews Careers Business Accounting Manager

13 Accounting Manager
Interview Questions

  1. What would you do in the first month in this job?

    Community Answers

    • "For the first month, my role would be to understand the goings on of this business; what currently works, why things are done in a particular way, and how these are helping the business' goals. I would not attempt to make any radical changes, as I do not assume that what I think is best, would be best for this business."
  2. Give me reasons why you would succeed at this job.

    Community Answers

    • "I am interested with accounts and finance jobs."
    • "I'm very entrepreneurial and take ownership of projects that are assigned to me. I have very high expectations of myself and strive to meet these expectations. I'm very detailed oriented, but love working with others to achieve a shared goal."
    • "I am interested with accounts and finance jobs."
  3. Describe the most difficult scheduling problem you have faced.

    Community Answers

    • "Possibly my one time management and delegation. In my previous role, I would have different projects with different priorities and deadlines attached to them. I struggled to keep my head above the water, with all the work I had assigned to me. I was encouraged by my mentor to come up with a system that would list my current projects and order these in terms or priority. This would then give me a better understanding of what I had on my plate and give me the opportunity to identify what tasks I could delegate to junior teammates."
  4. Have you ever met resistance when implementing a new idea or policy to a work group? How did you deal with it? What happened?

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    • "Yes, I have. I would constantly ask for feedback as to why there was resistance and work out if there was a key influential personal that was causing this resistance. I would sit down with them to discuss their concerns in depth and try to resolve these concerns."
  5. Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.

  6. What personal skills have previous leaders above you, shown, that you hope to recreate if hired in a leadership role?

    Community Answers

    • "Consulting with co ordinators."
    • "The ability to listen and inspire others."
    • "Consulting with co ordinators."
  7. Have you ever trained someone before?

    Community Answers

    • "In my previous role, I would assist new employees in using our software and protocols. I have also got experience in training clients to use particular software programs."
  8. How would you motivate accountants in the middle of a busy audit or tax season?

    Community Answers

    • "I would get them to suggest a reward and a target to be hit."
  9. Why do you want this leadership role?

    Community Answers

    • "I like to lead the people."
    • "This would be a great opportunity for me to stretch myself in terms of leadership and professional growth."
    • "I like to lead the people."
  10. What do you know about our accounting firm?

    Community Answers

    • "Very good firm with good refutation also."
    • "I know that you are one of the top firms in the area, that focuses on client experience and holistic financial advice."
    • "Very good firm with good refutation also."
  11. What goals do you have for this position?

    Community Answers

    • "To get to know the company and team - how everyone ticks. To make a difference in each of my team's lives, help them achieve goals in there careers."
  12. Do you hope to reach partner one day?

  13. Are you comfortable meeting and engaging customers?

    Community Answers

    • "This is my favorite part of being an accountant. I love that we can use our unique set of skills to assist our clients achieve their business and personal dreams."