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25 Auditor Interview Questions

By: Samantha Hamilton

Question 1 of 25
Have you ever discovered fraud in an audit?
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How to Answer
This is a yes or no question. You shouldn't dig too deep into it because you've likely signed a NDA and providing details would be inappropriate. If they do ask for details, give broad answers that don't disclose major details.

If you've never discovered any fraud, that's something to celebrate.

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Question 2 of 25
If you find a process that's time consuming and frustrating, what would you do?
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This is a way of asking if you'd consider improving a process or suggesting an improvement without being asked. It's important as an auditor to help client companies grow and become independent. To accomplish this, auditors are often frequently required to review and improve the processes.

If you haven't done this, admit it rather than fabricate something. This isn't something you generally learn in school so being honest is the best policy. This could be a good place to show problem solving in different way from personal experience.

Question 3 of 25
Everyone has to bend or break rules sometimes. Give me an example when you had to that in auditing or accounting.
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This is a double-edged sword question. You don't want them to think you're a rule breaker, but if if you need to be flexible, at times it could be necessary. The best way to answer this question is to fall back on your ethics and find a compromise rather than bend or break the rules. It's a violation of SOX compliance to break the rules regarding auditing. This is how CPA's lose their licenses and even go to prison. Be careful how you answer this question.

If you have no auditing experience, this is a much safer question to answer but I'd still be very careful about anything you decide to share. No one wants to hire a criminal but they do want you to play ball.

Question 4 of 25
Why do you want a career as an auditor?
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How to Answer
This is a subjective question. This is basically asking why you want this position. If you don't know why you want to be an auditor, then probably won't enjoy it. Auditing is reviewing the work of others and checking for errors, and finding where the documentation came from and determining if the information provided can be supported by proof for outside auditors to review and accept. It entails many caveats and details that are easily overlooked but must be understood.

This is a field for people who enjoy details and like puzzles. The more difficult the puzzle, the more you'll be paid.

Question 5 of 25
Have you ever had a documentation error occur during the auditing process? How did you handle it?
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How to Answer
This is important because you'll run into documentation errors. Early in your career or even late, you'll miss something. It's human nature to overlook something, which is why most audits have several layers of auditors or reviewers to find these things. When you miss something or have a documentation error slip through that's found by another layer, it's humbling and sometimes discouraging. Use it as an important learning opportunity.

When you make a documentation error, you need to bounce back. Maybe you provided too much documentation and the external auditors are now digging deeper into a direction that you can't answer. You need to adjust and learn from the mistake.

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Samantha Hamilton
Samantha H. is an Accountant with a technology firm in Austin Texas. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and over a year of experience in Auditing she is taking on new challenges in the Accounting world with her firm. She has almost three years of experience in recruiting and loves to help people obtain their dream jobs. With a mix of recruiting and accounting knowledge, we hope she can help you land your dream job.
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/05/2013
Last modified on: 01/25/2019

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About Auditor

January 26th, 2019

Auditors are financial experts who specialize in performing internal financial and risk management audits for companies. They may work in the accounting department of a large organization or they may provide auditing services to smaller organizations as an employee with an independent chartered and certified firm. As part of their job, auditors review companies' financial accounts to ensure that they are legal and valid. Depending on their findings, they recommend measures that would help the company save money and minimize risks.
A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics or a related subject will help you get started in this field as an internal auditor. External auditors are required to qualify as chartered accounts through a recognized accounting body. Experience is a must to be hired by established companies. Doing an internship will help you gain the work experience you need when starting out. Meticulous attention to detail, ability to work to deadlines, a strong aptitude for maths, an interest in financial analysis, and outstanding problem-solving and analytical skills are all essential attributes in this role.
At your interview, be prepared to emphasize your passion for financial analysis and problem-solving. To get the job, your answers must reflect your knowledge, expertise, and interest in performing all auditing-related tasks. The interviewer may give you a mock audit to perform to gauge your competency. Interviews for auditor roles are usually rigorous. You can prepare for your upcoming interview by going to Mock Questions and rehearsing your answers to the questions listed there.