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Have you ever discovered fraud in an audit?

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  1. Auditor Interview Questions

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    Have you ever discovered fraud in an audit?

  2. 2.

    If you find a process that's time consuming and frustrating, what would you do?

  3. 3.

    Everyone has to bend or break rules sometimes. Give me an example when you had to that in auditing or accounting.

  4. 4.

    Why do you want a career as an auditor?

  5. 5.

    Have you ever faced a documentation overload during an audit? How did you handle it?

  6. 6.

    Have you ever had a documentation error occur during the auditing process? How did you handle it?

  7. 7.

    What do you enjoy most about being an auditor?

  8. 8.

    Have you ever been offered a bribe? How did you react?

  9. 9.

    Do you enjoy traveling?

  10. 10.

    How many times have you run an auditing team?

  11. 11.

    Tell me about a time when you sought guidance, from another coworker who was the same level as you?

  12. 12.

    If you were given documentation that didn't make sense mathematically, what would your next steps be?

  13. 13.

    Are you okay working longer hours certain times of the year or if a job had a deadline?

  14. 14.

    If you could change anything about being an auditor, what would it be?

  15. 15.

    Have you ever been burned out during an audit? How did you regain your focus?

  16. 16.

    Give me an example of a time you pushed back when asked for additional documentation and why.

  17. 17.

    As a CPA, have you ever signed off on an audit and if so, what does that mean to you?

  18. 18.

    Describe a difficult auditing project and how you overcame it.

  19. 19.

    If you were an external auditor, what's the first thing you'd ask for when entering an audit?

  20. 20.

    Describe a time when you had to work with a large team auditing team and how you handled it.

  21. 21.

    Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?

  22. 22.

    By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations, and environments.

  23. 23.

    If you're working for multiple clients at one time, how do you monitor the amount of hours you spend on one compared to the other?

  24. 24.

    Have you ever been overloaded with work, i.e., multiple auditing contracts or clients at once, or just a large amount of auditing work all at once?

  25. 25.

    What platforms have you audited in the past?

  26. Staff Auditor Interview Questions

    26.

    Why do you want to be an auditor?

  27. 27.

    What qualities or skills do you believe a good auditor should possess?

  28. 28.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

  29. 29.

    Why do companies require audits?

  30. 30.

    What are the differences between an audit, a review and a compilation?

  31. 31.

    How do you feel your education has prepared you for the auditor role?

  32. 32.

    Why do you want to work at ABC Public Accountants?

  33. 33.

    How would you deliver excellent customer service to clients?

  34. 34.

    Explain how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act changed the auditing profession.

  35. 35.

    During an audit, you discover one of the firm’s largest clients uses a questionable methodology to value receivables. What would be your course of action?

  36. 36.

    Are you open to travel with this position?

  37. 37.

    Do you have experience handling massive amounts of data? Give an example of how you used data to solve a problem?

  38. 38.

    Identify a time when you made a mistake and the actions you took to correct it.

  39. 39.

    How would you handle working in an increasingly remote environment?

  40. 40.

    What is the purpose of audit documentation?

  41. 41.

    Have you sat for the CPA exam or are you planning to sit for the CPA exam?

  42. 42.

    How do you keep up with the latest developments in auditing standards?

  43. 43.

    What is the difference between fraud and error?

  44. 44.

    How do you mitigate and manage stress?

  45. 45.

    In an audit, who is primarily responsible for the prevention and detection of fraud?

  46. 46.

    What is the auditor’s responsibility when planning an audit?

  47. 47.

    What are some of the ways that you can show professionalism when on an audit engagement?

  48. 48.

    How do you manage your manager? In other words, what steps do you take to make sure you get what you need from your boss and make both your lives easier?

  49. 49.

    In your opinion, why is it important for organizations to have effective internal controls?

  50. 50.

    Explain the steps involved in a bank confirmation process and what it helps evaluate.

  51. Audit Manager Interview Questions

    51.

    What qualities or skills do you believe a good auditor should possess?

  52. 52.

    As an audit manager, what steps would you take to ensure audit fieldwork runs smoothly?

  53. 53.

    Imagine a staff auditor is making mistakes during audit fieldwork. How would you handle the situation?

  54. 54.

    How do you feel past experience has prepared you for the Audit Manager role?

  55. 55.

    As external auditors, how can we rely on the work of internal auditors?

  56. 56.

    How would you deliver excellent customer service to clients in your role as Audit Manager?

  57. 57.

    Explain how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act changed the auditing profession.

  58. 58.

    What would you do if during an audit you found an accounting practice that was suspicious?

  59. 59.

    Are you open to travel with this position?

  60. 60.

    Why do you want to work at ABC Public Accountants?

  61. 61.

    What is your experience with interacting with senior executives at various organizations?

  62. 62.

    How would you handle working in an increasingly remote environment?

  63. 63.

    What is the purpose of audit documentation?

  64. 64.

    How would you describe your management style?

  65. 65.

    How do you keep up with the latest developments in auditing standards?

  66. 66.

    What is the difference between fraud and error?

  67. 67.

    How do you mitigate and manage stress?

  68. 68.

    In an audit, who is primarily responsible for the prevention and detection of fraud?

  69. 69.

    What is the auditor’s responsibility when planning an audit?

  70. 70.

    What areas of public accounting or industries are you most interested in?

  71. 71.

    How do you manage your manager? In other words, what steps do you take to make sure you get what you need from your boss and make both your lives easier?

  72. 72.

    In your opinion, why is it important for organizations to have effective internal controls?

  73. 73.

    What are analytical procedures and what are some examples?

  74. Internal Auditor Interview Questions

    74.

    Why do you want to be an internal auditor?

  75. 75.

    What qualities or skills do you believe a good internal auditor should possess?

  76. 76.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

  77. 77.

    Why do companies require audits?

  78. 78.

    What are the differences between an audit, a review and a compilation?

  79. 79.

    How do you feel your education has prepared you for the internal auditor role?

  80. 80.

    How do external auditors rely on the work of internal auditors?

  81. 81.

    How would you deliver excellent customer service to colleagues within the organization?

  82. 82.

    Explain how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act changed the auditing profession.

  83. 83.

    What would you do if during an audit you found an accounting practice that was suspicious?

  84. 84.

    Are you open to travel with this position?

  85. 85.

    What is the purpose of the internal audit function?

  86. 86.

    What is your experience with presenting to senior executives?

  87. 87.

    How would you handle working in an increasingly remote environment?

  88. 88.

    What is the purpose of audit documentation?

  89. 89.

    Have you sat for the CPA exam or are you planning to sit for the CPA exam?

  90. 90.

    How do you keep up with the latest developments in auditing standards?

  91. 91.

    What is the difference between fraud and error?

  92. 92.

    How do you mitigate and manage stress?

  93. 93.

    In an audit, who is primarily responsible for the prevention and detection of fraud?

  94. 94.

    What are some ways that internal audit interacts with external auditors?

  95. 95.

    What are some of the ways that you can show professionalism when out on an internal audit assignment?

  96. 96.

    How do you manage your manager? In other words, what steps do you take to make sure you get what you need from your boss and make both your lives easier?

  97. 97.

    In your opinion, why is it important for organizations to have effective internal controls?

  98. 98.

    Describe your experience using ERP and general ledger software systems

  99. Internal Audit Manager Interview Questions

    99.

    How will you add value to our company?

  100. 100.

    Why do you enjoy auditing?

  101. 101.

    Tell me about an inefficiency you detected during an audit.

  102. 102.

    Tell me about your most significant career accomplishment.

  103. 103.

    Have you ever discovered fraud in an audit?

  104. 104.

    In your current position, how are inspection reports posted and communicated? Do you agree with the process?

  105. 105.

    Why do you feel you are a good fit for our company?

  106. 106.

    What improvements would you make as the audit manager, if you were awarded this position?

  107. 107.

    Tell me about what areas you audited in your last job.

  108. 108.

    How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?

  109. 109.

    Why do you feel internal auditors have an important role in our company?

  110. 110.

    As a manager, what skills do you possess that help you excel at your job?

  111. 111.

    While attending post-secondary, what was your best and favorite subject?

  112. 112.

    If you had an under performing auditor, what would you say to him or her, to help boost their performance?

  113. 113.

    In your opinion, what qualities make a great leader?

  114. 114.

    What is your leadership style? Are you able to take on a leadership role over others who were once your peers?

  115. 115.

    What do you find most challenging when performing an internal audit?

  116. 116.

    What do you enjoy most about being an auditor?

  117. 117.

    How long have you been an auditor? What has prepared you for the manager role?

  118. 118.

    Have you ever had an employee act unprofessionally towards you? How did you react?

  119. 119.

    Have you ever been offered a bribe at any of your previous positions? What did you do?

  120. 120.

    Tell me about your management experience. Do you enjoy being a leader?

  121. 121.

    How do you remain focused during a day filled with number crunching and paying acute attention?

  122. 122.

    In your most recent performance evaluation what positive feedback did your Supervisor have for you? Did they recommend any areas for improvement?

  123. 123.

    What would you change about an auditors role, if you could?

  124. 124.

    Tell me about your accounting education.

  125. 125.

    Would you consider yourself to be a trustworthy person?

  126. 126.

    Are you clear and detailed when it comes to documentation? How important is accurate documentation to you?

  127. 127.

    Do you have your CPA designation? If not, do you plan on obtaining it?

  128. 128.

    Are you skilled in creating flowcharts, presentations and reports?

  129. 129.

    What accounting software are you familiar with?

  130. 130.

    How strong are your analytical skills?

Position Summary

Financial auditing is the process of examining a company's financial records to determine if they were prepared in accordance with all applicable accounting standards and laws. Some auditors begin their careers at large national firms, while others start at smaller boutique firms. Some professionals may stay in public accounting throughout their career, while others may transition out of public accounting and into accounting or internal audit roles. Obtaining a CPA license is often a goal for recent graduates who enter public accounting.

What Are An Auditor's Responsibilities?

  • Conduct audits in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards
  • Participate in review and compilation engagements
  • Prepare tax returns for clients
  • Conduct assessments of clients' internal controls
  • Obtain CPA license by working required hours on audit engagements and passing all four sections of CPA exam
  • Maintain CPA license by obtaining required number of Continuing Professional Education hours

Audit Specializations to Explore

  • Staff Auditor/Senior Auditor/Audit Manager: Also known as external auditors, these are independent professionals who conduct audits, reviews and compilations of organizations in accordance with the appropriate standards.

  • Internal Auditor: These professionals are employed by an organization. The work conducted by the internal audit teams is intended to give management assurance that the organization's financial statements are free from material misstatement.

How Do I Become An Auditor?

- First and foremost, an auditor must possess several traits. They should be ethical, trustworthy and honest, as they will be responsible for issuing an independent opinion on clients' financial statements.

- An auditor should also have the necessary baseline education to perform the role adequately. Most roles require an associate or bachelor's degree in accounting. More advanced roles in auditing will almost certainly require that the candidate has his or her CPA license.

What is the Interview Process?

When being evaluated for an open auditing position, there can be several rounds of interviews depending how large the firm is. After applying for the role, the interview process may include:

- A pre-screen call with an internal recruiter or talent management specialist from the firm's HR department
- An in-depth first interview with at least the hiring manager for the role and possibly others.
- An in-depth second interview with leaders of the firm, such as directors and partners.
- Subsequent interviews as required.

Interviews will likely consist of technical and behavioral questions, with talent management questions for leadership roles.

Larger firms may ask you to provide references electronically, so it is wise to have your references lined up.

What should I wear for my interview?

The expectation is almost always that the candidate wears a suit and tie or pantsuit to their interviews. Auditors represent the firm when they are on audit engagements, and you will want to demonstrate that you can present yourself professionally.

What is the career for an audit professional?

Auditing is unique in that there are several different paths a professional can take as they advance in their career. Most professionals start their career as an entry level staff auditor.

Some professionals will remain in public accounting their whole career, moving up form Staff Auditor to Senior Auditor to Director, VP and maybe even Partner.

Other professionals will leave public accounting and take on an accounting role, such as Accounting Manager or Controller. Having an auditing background is often desired experience for hiring managers.

A small number of professionals that leave public accounting will join an organization's internal audit team.

As you can see, beginning a career in auditing leads to an attractive list of future career opportunities.