Accounting Interview Questions

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Samantha Hamilton is a finance project manager with recruitment expertise. Her client list includes Robert Half's Finance and Accounting department.

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Give me an example of your least favorite Accounting task.

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List of 30 Accounting Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    Give me an example of your least favorite Accounting task.

  2. 2.

    When looking at the COGS on the P&L statement, what are some examples of variable costs?

  3. 3.

    Give me examples of the accounting reports you've prepared.

  4. 4.

    How do you calculate DSO (Days Outstanding)?

  5. 5.

    A start up company needs help understanding GAAP. How would you explain why GAAP is important?

  6. 6.

    Discuss your experience in the financial analysis of your previous company's projects.

  7. 7.

    Describe one of the biggest mistake you've made on the job.

  8. 8.

    Give me an example of how SOX compliance has affected your career.

  9. 9.

    In what instance would you use LIFO compared to FIFO?

  10. 10.

    Give me an example of how your strengths help you in Accounting.

  11. 11.

    Give me an example of a challenging tax situation that you have encountered.

  12. 12.

    Give an example of when internal controls needed to be changed or updated and how you handled the change.

  13. 13.

    Give an example of a time when you caught an invoice error before it was paid out.

  14. 14.

    Tell me about a time you updated or revised an Accounting process.

  15. 15.

    Give an example of when you have seen or corrected the Trail Balance from being out of balance?

  16. 16.

    Describe a time when you had to use numerical data or a graph to convince a manager.

  17. 17.

    Tell me about the financial forecasting you've been responsible for.

  18. 18.

    What cost-cutting initiatives have you been part of?

  19. 19.

    What financial planning have you handled in the past?

  20. 20.

    Give an example of something you'd put on a sub-ledger that wouldn't be included on the General Ledger.

  21. 21.

    How do you stay updated on all the accounting rules and techniques?

  22. 22.

    What is your knowledge and experience using QuickBooks?

  23. 23.

    Do you plan on attaining your CPA?

  24. 24.

    What courses were your favorite in college while preparing to be an accountant?

  25. 25.

    Give me an example of why you chose this career field.

  26. 26.

    Describe to me a time when you faced an ethical dilemma regarding your work.

  27. 27.

    What responsibilities do you have during month-end?

  28. 28.

    How do you ensure that you don't forget details and ensure accuracy when you prepare monthly journal entries a, record transactions, etc.?

  29. 29.

    Give an example of an exciting project you worked on in Accounting.

  30. 30.

    What ERP systems and accounting softwares have you used?