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Give an example of a time when you caught an invoice error before it was paid out.
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Example #1
"At my previous company, before paying any invoices, my manager and I double checked them before submitting them. When my manager was on leave over the holidays one year, I was allowed to approve with the instructions that if there was an error, to contact my manager's supervisor, the Director of Accounting. An invoice came in that was supposed t show a credit, but it hadn't been applied. In the notes for that vendor, there should have been a credit of four hundred dollars and change, but it wasn't applied and they were charging for the entire shipment. I immediately sent an email attaching the invoice and screenshot of the note in the vendor file and escalated it to the Director. We caught it in time and revised the vendor invoice to pay the appropriate amount, which helped our company save money during the holidays."
Example #2
"When I started as the Accounting Manager for my last company, it was in shambles. The previous Accounting Manager had been fired for stealing from the company and there were almost no internal controls. As the company wanted to go public, it needed to have them. I found that invoices were submitted, approved, and processed by the same person. After reviewing their work, it was obvious they weren't actually reviewing the invoices before paying them. The company had been overpaying its vendors for six months and not getting the same amount of product. I quickly instituted internal controls to separate the duties involved with invoice payment and retrained the staff on how to handle these situations. After slight push back and a small turnover, we were back on track. I also contacted the vendors and obtained credits for the over-payments they'd received from us. This saved the company from paying invoices to those five vendors for the next two months."
Example #3
"I've never had professional experience with this but when I bought my current car from a used car dealership, I immediately got an invoice from the toll agency saying I owed then over two thousand dollars. Somehow, the previous owner had convinced them that the debt was mine to pay. I had to prove that I had just purchased the car and hadn't been driving it the previous year. It took a little bit of time and faxing several documents over to them, but we cleared up the situation and I didn't have to pay the invoice that didn't belong to me."
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