Accounting Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Accounting interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Give me an example of your least favorite Accounting task.

This is a variation of the old 'what are your weaknesses' question. The problem is that it asks for an example, so turning this into a positive 'I'm too detail-oriented' type of thing won't work. You have to be honest. You can't say that your ethics get in the way without them asking what would challenge them. Being honest with your interviewer is the best policy. I'd advise not saying that your least favorite task is what you're applying for. Saying you hate Auditing but you're applying for an auditing role would be a mistake.

Try to pick something that has nothing to do with what you're applying for.

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30 Accounting Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Give me an example of your least favorite Accounting task.

  • 2. How do you ensure accuracy when you prepare monthly journal entries, record transactions, etc.?

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

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

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

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

  • 7. What ERP systems and accounting softwares have you used?

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

  • 9. What responsibilities do you have during month-end?

  • 10. How do you calculate DSO (Days Outstanding)?

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

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

  • 13. In what instance would you use LIFO compared to FIFO?

  • 14. What financial planning have you handled in the past?

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

  • 16. What is your knowledge and experience using QuickBooks?

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

  • 18. Do you plan on attaining your CPA?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 27. What cost-cutting initiatives have you been part of?

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

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

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