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Internal Audit Manager Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Internal Audit Manager interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

Internal Audit Manager was written by and updated on September 19th, 2016. Learn more here.

Question 1 of 32

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

How to Answer

Tell the hiring manager about a time that you have had to handle an under performing auditor. How did you feel about your method of managing this situation and would you do it the same way again?



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List of 32 Internal Audit Manager Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

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

      How to Answer

      Tell the hiring manager about a time that you have had to handle an under performing auditor. How did you feel about your method of managing this situation and would you do it the same way again?



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      1st Answer Example

      "I have handled situations previously with under performing auditors. I follow a particular schedule when it comes to coaching, documenting, and then taking corrective behaviour if needed. I try to be an encourager first and will get to know why the auditor is struggling. I like to make a plan of action with the auditor so they are accountable for their own performance."

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      Community Answer

      "In my current job, I had an underperforming auditor. I asked why she was not performing well, but she had no reasons. She had a social media addiction which affected her performance. To help her boost her performance, I laid down rules and consequences of non-compliance with those rules regarding the use of the internet during work hours. Her performance improved soon after that"

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      The fact that you used a real-life example is great! I have positioned the response to sound more positive. Terms such as "laid down...consequences...non-compliance...rules" are all very harsh when discussing human resource manners. This wording could give the interviewer an idea that your leadership style leans towards autocratic, which is rarely effective.

      "In my current role, I had an underperforming auditor whose performance was directly related to her social media addiction. I approached her with my concern, and she agreed to discontinue using the internet for personal reasons, during work hours. Her performance improved soon after that."

  • 2.

    How strong are your analytical skills?

      How to Answer

      As an internal audit manager it is very important to be analytical. Tell the hiring manager the ways in which you showcase your analytical skills.



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      1st Answer Example

      "I am a highly analytical individual and consider it a vital skill for being a successful internal audit manager. I would consider myself most analytical when I am presented with a brand new case, or client. I always want to start the audit process with the correct foundation."

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  • 3.

    What accounting software are you familiar with?

      How to Answer

      You will likely have your tech/software skills listed on your resume. Start with the programs that you are most knowledgable in and work your way down. Be sure to ask the hiring manager which programs they prefer to use in their company so that you have the opportunity to speak to those as well.



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      1st Answer Example

      "I am an expert level user in QuickBooks, SAP and Simply Accounting. I have used PeopleSoft a little bit as well. Can you share with me which programs you use most in your office?"

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      Community Answer

      "I'm familiar with Tally ERP which is used regularly in India. It's just like QuickBooks.

      It processes accounting entries in a faster way and generates reports quickly."

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      That's great that you're familiar with Tally ERP and that you've made a direct connection between Tally's features and QuickBooks, which is more widely used in the United States. To strengthen your response, I suggest adding a closing sentence that indicates your willingness to learn new software. For example, "While I am familiar with Tally ERP and QuickBooks, I am a very quick learner, and I am eager to learn new software as well."

  • 4.

    Are you skilled in creating flowcharts, presentations and reports?

      How to Answer

      As an internal audit manager, it is very important that you are able to take complicated data, analyze it, and turn it into easy to understand flowcharts and presentations.



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  • 5.

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

      How to Answer

      CPA designation is important to have as an internal audit manager but not always a requirement of the position.

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  • 6.

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

      How to Answer

      Tell the hiring manager about your documentation style. Have you ever received a compliment from a supervisor on your strong documentation?



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  • 7.

    How will you add value to our company?

      How to Answer

      Assure the hiring manager that you will immediately add value to their organization. Speak briefly of your plan to make a difference right away.



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  • 8.

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

      How to Answer

      When hired, the company would like to know that there are measurable results right away. Assure the hiring manager that you have already thought about a variety of ways that you will make an impact on their organization,should you be the successful candidate.



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  • 9.

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

      How to Answer

      Are there aspects to your role that you feel could be passed to a more junior position, in the interest of time and efficiency? Perhaps you have a particular responsibility like this in your current position. Remain positive when answering this question and avoid being critical of the company's internal structure.



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  • 10.

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

      How to Answer

      Being an audit manager can be tedious, detailed work. Tell the hiring manager how you manage to keep your focus on even the most mundane and repetitive days.



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  • 11.

    What do you enjoy most about being an auditor?

      How to Answer

      Generally speaking, your favorite part of being an auditor will also be the part that you are most skilled in. Tell the hiring manager what you enjoy the most in your career.



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  • 12.

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

      How to Answer

      What type of feedback have you received on your leadership style in your most recent managerial roles? Tell the hiring manager what you feel is your greatest strength in leadership.



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  • 13.

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

      How to Answer

      Tell the hiring manager what has prepared you to take on a management role at this junction in your career.



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  • 14.

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

      How to Answer

      As an internal audit manager, what skills do you feel are most important in order to be successful? Do you possess these skills? Demonstrate to the hiring manager that you are able to excel in this role.



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  • 15.

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

      How to Answer

      Tell the interviewer if you have ever been in a situation where you have been offered a bribe for a positive audit result.

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  • 16.

    Would you consider yourself to be a trustworthy person?

      How to Answer

      Assure the hiring manager that you are a trustworthy person. Talk a bit about how you see yourself and confirm this by referring to previous feedback from a manager or supervisor.



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  • 17.

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

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      Explain to the hiring manager where you excelled the most in your post-secondary courses and why.



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  • 18.

    In your opinion, what qualities make a great leader?

      How to Answer

      Talk about any leaders or mentors that you have had, and they similar qualities they had. How do you fit in as a leader? Do you emulate these qualities?



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

      How to Answer

      Have you been a leader in the workplace or in a volunteer situation? Take the hiring manager through your experience as a leader and why you find leadership an enjoyable experience.



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  • 20.

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

      How to Answer

      Talk to the hiring manager about your most challenging experience during an internal audit and what you do to push through that challenge to complete the audit successfully.



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  • 21.

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

      How to Answer

      Talk to the hiring manager about why you feel your job function is important to their company.



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  • 22.

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

      How to Answer

      An an internal audit manager you will be responsible for managing a variety of personality types. Tell the hiring manager how you handle that kind of task.

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  • 23.

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

      How to Answer

      Think back to your last couple of meetings with your supervisor. What positive and constructive feedback did they provide for you? Even if you do not receive formal performance evaluations, you can answer this question.



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  • 24.

    How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?

      How to Answer

      This question is intended for the hiring manager to get to know you on a personal level just a little bit better. You can keep the answer brief and be sure to remain positive.



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  • 25.

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

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      What makes you the best fit for this organization? Talk to the hiring manager about the areas that are the best fit for you, and how that will benefit them should they choose to hire you.



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    Tell me about your most significant career accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      The hiring manager is able to learn more about your personality through this question. You can make the answer a bit personal.



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  • 27.

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

      How to Answer

      Talk to the hiring manager about the process for posting and communicating reports in your current position. Whether you agree or disagree, keep your answer positive and brief.

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  • 28.

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

      How to Answer

      Bring your last experience to life for the hiring manager, talking about your areas of focus.



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  • 29.

    Why do you enjoy auditing?

      How to Answer

      How you answer this question could help the hiring manager to determine where you best fit within their organization.



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  • 30.

    Tell me about an inefficiency you detected during an audit.

      How to Answer

      Talk to the hiring manager about how you came across the inefficiency and how it impacted the company you were working for at the time.



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  • 31.

    Have you ever discovered fraud in an audit?

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      Tell the hiring manager about a time that you discovered fraud in an audit. Talk about your course of action and what the result was.



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  • 32.

    Tell me about your accounting education.

      How to Answer

      Walk the hiring manager through your educational background. Be sure to discuss any awards or recognition.



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