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Question 1 of 35
Why should we hire you?
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I believe my hard working will bring profitable and reputation to the company.
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I believe my hardwork will be profitable to the company. I can still multitask while under stress and work independently.
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I can handle multiple task under stress in the same time without loosing priorities, persistent to solve problem, work independently with minimal supervision, and I have vever missed deadlines.
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Because I have a lot to offer, I. Have experience in book keeping and record keeping.
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Question 2 of 35
What bookkeeping services have you performed in the past?
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Accounts receivable, payable, journal entries, sales and use tax, payroll,
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Paying bills, keeping the records of accounts receivables and payables, prepare, finacial statements such as income statement, balance sheet and cash flows.
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Posting ledgers to trial balance and Statement of financial position.
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Basic QuickBooks entries, data entry of invoices, disbursing payments and reconciliation.
Question 3 of 35
Tell me about your last Bookkeeping position?
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Postion was great I gotta chance to dealt with amazing people and farming organization in alberta.
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My current job is accounting and HR, I take care of all aspects of accounting and at the end of the year we give copy of our books to outside CPA firm and work with them to have our annual taxes filed, make adjusting journal entries etc.
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Bookkeeping is what I currently do in my day to day job. We create invoices on a daily basis and our supplier does the same. So invoices issued need to be tracked as well as what has been invoiced to us. Invoices received need to be checked and either accepted or rejected and give reason for rejection.
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I do the recording of invoices, keeping records in every bank ang client transactions.
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I have worked for a fastfoods company as bookkeeper for 2 years with a supportive responsibility to produce monthly financials and operation packs, that means I would take care of the payroll, petty cash, asset register, stock valuations and controls, creditors recons and so on posting to the trial balance and balance sheet.
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Finance officer Mahlane high school.
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I counted the daily cash, made deposits, prepared daily cash reports, assisted staff and vendors, checked the daily cash against sales reports, entered invoices in QuickBooks and disbursed payments.
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No. I've never experience being one.
Question 4 of 35
How would you build your supervisor's confidence about yourself?
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By following orders and asking the right questions.
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I would do my job timely and accurately, be always on time and willing to learn new tasks as needed.
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Performing to the best of my ability and being willing to adapt to whatever the needs of my position would be.
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It is very easy to tell someone about how you can do certain tasks, but it is even better to show your supervisor that all you dont only propose that you may preform certain tasks but you also can implement your knowledge.
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Never miss a deadline, get organised, work hard, be predictable.
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I will do my job right and accurate, prove him at he did the good choice of hiring me.
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I will have to work smart by showing extra grit.
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I will make sure I submit my work and time and have ethical relationship with the clients.
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I would do my work well and always ask what needs to be done.
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Make sure I meet all the goals that are given to me, never leave a task undone and be as dependable and punctual so that the supervisor never has to worry about the task that has been presented to me.
Question 5 of 35
What type of accounting systems are you most familiar with using?
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In previous company Vodacom, we started working on Oracle and we later changed to SAP. With my current employer im working on Sage Simply Accounting Premium 2012. I am very comfortable with working on all those systems.
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I am very familiar with excel although I know a little bit of quickbooks but in comfortable using excel.
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Pastel Accounting and Accpac.
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Quickbooks Desktop and Online. Although online version and desktop are slightly different then each other but anyone has used one should be able to use the other. I have used open source erp system called Oodoo and netsuite.
Question 6 of 35
What motivates you to perform your best?
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My positive attitude to do the things right and learn from mistake motivates me to perform my best.
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I take pride in what I do, I like to feel good about what I do at the end of the day. I enjoy what I do and completing tasks timely and accurately feels great.
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I have a can do attitude and I want to be the best at every aspect of my life. My career is very important that I give it 100% of myself because it should be done right.
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Contributing to the successful operation of a nonprofit's mission.
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A previous success story makes me want to push myself even further and challenge myself further.
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I am motivated by meeting set target within deadline, so it gives me sense of accomplishment and its something which I can look back on and say, I achieved it.
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I assisted my manager in clearing the books for a company she overlooked on an informal agreement. We had to close off the companys Debotors and Creditors account, their payroll Reconciliations were incorrectly done, that is mostly where I got my payroll experience and I now help my manager with it at work.
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My desires keeps me motivated always. They are never ending which is common for every human being. So they motivated me to complete my degree and now to do a good job.
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To do my job acurately and in timely manner.
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I am fond of finance and I am particular with my work and I prefer being judged according to my ability and not my appearance.
Question 7 of 35
Give me reasons why you would succeed at this job.
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Multitasking and organizing skills moreover my attitude.
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Having done this job many years, familiar with all aspects of accounting and GAAP, I am confident that I am a self starter and be able to handle this job on my own. I stay current with online resources for changes in and keep current with it.
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Because I will do my very best. Give my whole effort to do my job accurate and in time.
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I am very well experienced as a bookkeeper and I am quite aware of what is expected of me and can go at length to excel.
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I'm persistent, diligent and have passion for this job.
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I am dedicated to whatever job I undertake and enjoy being a team player. My career goal is to work in the legal field and I need to maximize my secretarial experience by gaining the knowledge needed to be successful and working as a part of this team will accomplish that goal.
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I'm can handle multipletask under stress in the same time without loosing priorities, I can maintain a busy agenda schedule, organize travel logistics, events, take over a lot of my manager tasks in addition I work independly with a minimal supervision and i've never missed a deadline.
Question 8 of 35
What position in a team environment, do you normally take?
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I sometime do the role of a team player, I play volleyball so I know how to interact with the team.. I can also work by my one cause im a self starter.
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I am more of hands on person so I am comfortable with cleaning the date and lead by example.
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It all depends, if it is related to accounting I could take the lead therefore, it depends what the team is working with, I am great working independently and alone both.
Question 9 of 35
What motivates you to perform your best?
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I love invoicing, revenue is my favorite part of accounting, keeping records and finishing work timely. The responsibility itself -if I have taken to do something consider it will be done.
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The idea of doing my job right and accurate.
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The challenge of a job and time given to make sure it's done on time.
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I am really fond of finance and its been my passion. I enjoy work that involves figures and calculations so much and also when I start something I love to see it through because I pride in my work.
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My drive to be successful in whatever I do; I do not procrastinate and everything I do is reflects me and my employer.
Question 10 of 35
Which federal, state and local legal bookkeeping requirements are you familiar with?
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Highly ethical, having an accredited qualification with a recognised institution and knowledge of tax returns.
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California, and Texas but I am member of AIPB, I get free help if needed.
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Payroll and expenditure, it has to be balance/matched so they can be reconciled easily inorder to propeely record it and pay taxes quarterly and yearly.
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Payroll and business expenditures. Records must match the expenditures so that they can be reconciled in order to properly record and pay taxes quarterly and annually.
Question 11 of 35
What do co-workers say about you?
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That I am funny, dedicated and hard working.
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That I am funny, hard working and very attentive.
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They love my work and enjoy working with me.
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They think I am articulate and smart.
Question 12 of 35
Do you manage your time well?
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Yes I do, I have a to do list job, on my day to day routine I have to make sure to give extra time on the most inpirtant thing thab to the less.
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Yes, time management is essential when functioning as a bookkeeper.
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Time is one important thing that can not be recovered when lost so yeah. In finance we say a dollar today is more than a dollar tomorrow meaning one can lose a lot by mismanaging because a fortune would be spend to recover it.
Question 13 of 35
Why bookkeeping?
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Love number, it interesting and helps keeps things in place and check. I love revenue, maybe that is the driving reason behind.
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Bacause I love numbers and I do love keeping records.
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Because its interesting and I gain skills necessary to change the way I achieve my own financial security.
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I love being accountable for people's books and help them to improve their financial spending as I review their books.
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Bookkeeping enriches one with the foundation knowledge and nit grits in finance that will enable one to make informed decisions when one becomes a finance director.
Question 14 of 35
What is the most rewarding part of being a Bookkeeper?
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Keeping the books and records up to date, recording all sales and ensuring all critical items are done timely so nothing is missed. I like to see my reports very organized and if anything is out of the ordinary fixing it.
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When you help with the company achieve their goals.
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That you get To have and share a helping hand in the economy of our country.
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Its can be self fulfilling and it opens more opportunities to grow in finance.
Question 15 of 35
Do you have previous experience in managing?
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Yes, I have managed few people that worked under me at Bay Materials. Right now I have two people working under me at my current job.
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Yes. I was a manager at community workers programme.
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Not much, but I have had the opportunity to train intern students.
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Yes, I was previously employed as a Supervisor and managed 2-3 word processors daily.
Question 16 of 35
How much interaction have you had with vendors and clients?
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A lot of interaction, I was the face or to say point of contact at Bay Materials, LLC.
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Everyday since when I am a data enrty clerk, my job is to place orders from suppliers.
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Daily interaction; it was my responsibility to contact them regarding any billing or payment issues, payment or payment arrangements and deliveries.
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Lot of times and its being challenging and interesting.
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An accounts clerk and bookkeeper I worked quite extensively with suppliers averaging 50 at a time doing reconciliations and issuing remittance advices. Debtors I only worked with them on a minimal basis.
Question 17 of 35
Are you a detail oriented person?
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Yes I am very detail oriented. Person I worked with numbers. Every single datail should count.
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Yes I love to find everything there is about a person or the job at hand.
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I like doing my work accurately as possible and as such I put much attention to detail so that I wont miss the important issues which might be overlooked.
Question 18 of 35
How are your computer skills?
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Advanced uses of all office applications.
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Excellent, I work with computer. Since 2012..'we also. Have computer subject. In school since highscholl.
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I'm very good at computer skills.
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Excellent, I have successfully and accurately created and typed documents, correspondence, reports and completed data entry.
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Am well vexed with excel spreadsheets and other microsoft office programmes.
Question 19 of 35
What do you know about this company and our services?
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This company sells baby monitors and fairly new this industry.
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Your company is a assisted. Living where you offer services to the elderly and make them feel. Comfortable about your services.
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This company is known for offering excellent service and producing the books to the clients on time.
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This company well known for its real time service delivery and personal touch to its clients that is each client is treated like its their one and only.
Question 20 of 35
Would you be available to work extra hours if needed?
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Yes, I would be able to do overtime here and there as needed.
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Yes I would be available.
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Of course I will. If the company needs me I am willing to work extra hours..
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Am always willing to take an extra mile when it comes to deliver the right and satisfactory results.
Question 21 of 35
What motivates you to perform your best?
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The thingking that I have to do my best to prove my superior that im trustworthy.
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The challenge and amount of work at hand.
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I am passionate about finance and doing it in practice is even more exciting and the results are always a motivation to even do better.
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My work ethic. I like to put my all in whatever I do, it reflects me as an employee and team member.
Question 22 of 35
In the past year what have you done to better yourself as a Office Manager Bookkeeper?
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I usually stay current on what available and what makes my work easier, few years back we had to manually enter credit card and bank transactions from the bank, now it can be downloaded, huge timesaver and reconciliation becomes less time consuming, stuff like that, staying organized.
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Gone from corporate to small business with secuss.
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I periodically review the steps necessary to navigate through QuickBooks and become more familiarized with the different areas.
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I always try to learn new things. I have been taking lessons on a new pay roll system different to the one I am used to and also I am taking course on another accounting software.
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I have done teaching major in accounting and mathematical literacy and became finance officer and financial administrator.
Question 23 of 35
Why should we hire you?
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I am a self starter, reliable and honest. I know what it takes to do this job and I am confident that I would be the candidate to fulfill all tasks outlined on the job posting.
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I have all the qualifications that youbare looking for.. Also I am very attentive to datails can work underpressure and in timely manner.
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Because I am willing to learn and apply my experience to the task at hand. I enjoy being a team player and would be a great fit for your company.
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I am already a finished product, and all I would require is familiarisation with the company. So I am ready to provide value without further cost to the company be either monitory or in kind.
Question 24 of 35
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Office Manager Bookkeeper?
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I was a customs office in my home country, I emigrated to USA in 1996, I wanted to continue in that field but the reality was I had to be a citizen which would be another 3 years. I had to work. My first job was at Hyatt Regency in Palo Alto which is where I realized I was good at numbers. I slowly progressed and this became my profession and I enjoy it a lot.
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As a book keeper not a manager.
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This position is a great focus to be come a young leader it gives its unique passion.
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To me a step closer towards achieving my utmost goal of running a company in the future.
Question 25 of 35
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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If hired then working here.
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I see my self as a superior, training an entry level book keeper just like me..
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I see myself as a Legal Assistant or Paralegal. I will begin attending BCC in May 2015 towards the attainment of a AS Degree.
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I am looking forward to become a member of the Association for Certified chartered Accountant.
Question 26 of 35
How do you prioritize your work when your have multiple deadlines to meet?
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Time management, reminders etc.
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I make sure that finish them. Before deadline have a plan, and target to achive that plan.
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Urgent (do immediately), Important but not urgent (do later) and Later (schedule a time to review and complete).
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I think it is more important to do work systematically in order to meet deadlines.
Question 27 of 35
Are you efficient with your time?
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Yes, I am which is another of my strengths.
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Yes, I prioritize and manage my workday according to the tasks importance and urgency.
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I am good at managing my time as I have learnt it the hard way when I was working in a busy financial environment.
Question 28 of 35
Do you work well under pressure?
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Yes I am., when my superior give me work that has deadline I. Make sure I do. My best to meet it.
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Pressure has been a day day expectation where I used to work with the bosses expecting high quality work at all times as we would do flash statements which only required a margin of error of not more than 3%
Question 29 of 35
How do you handle stressful situations?
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I exercise, stress is always there but I manage to keep calm. I try not to think of something too much that is out of my control, workload has stress but time management helps.
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I take a deep breath, close my eyes, think of a good things and move forward..
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I take a deep breath, analyze the situation and move forward.
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I firstly come my self down, narrow the pro and cons of my stress and try to establish if its gonna help me or not if its not at my best interest or for the company I serve then I live it.
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I like sharing ideas and l don't hesitate trying things out which bring solutions that could be beneficiary to the company.
Question 30 of 35
What are your career goals?
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I want to become a nurse. Who knows in the futer I will be just like you, having own homecare facility.
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I would like to own a financial services business in the future.
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I am working towards certification as a legal transcriptionist and within two years as a Paralegal.
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I want to be a successful accountant in 5 years.
Question 31 of 35
Tell me about your previous Office Manager Bookkeeper experience.
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I was in charge of running the day to day operation. All purchasing, selling, payroll, accounts payable, new vendor and customer set up. Banking, reconciliations etc. Filing sales and use tax, year end audits and scrubbing the books before giving it out to the CPA. Maintain office kitchen supplies by ordering online, buying all lab chemicals etc.
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I dont have experience as an officer manager.
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It was a bit demanding in terms of loads of work. I would work quite long hours in order to finish timely but it was also exciting and challenging and was good for my experience and resilience.
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In the absence of the Owner, I ensured that the restaurant was opened for the kitchen staff, counted the daily draw, made sure the POS software was properly maintained for the day, assisted vendors and building maintenance personnel with supplies, deliveries and payment, and purchased supplies for restaurant staff.
Question 32 of 35
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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When there are too many things to do and they have deadlines, now it is better with technology I set reminders. Time is managed better and project is done timely and accurately.
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Actually my greatest weakness right now is transportation cause I dont have car, but I wake up early im an early person, just to make in the office on time.. I never be late.
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My weakness is transportation but I make sure I wake up early to get to the job.
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Sometimes routine work can become insipid and I would love new experience more often than not.
Question 33 of 35
What is your greatest strength?
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I have an excellent ability to identify and maximize each of my staffs strengths.
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My being accurate and focus to details since im working with numbers.
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I am quite flexible and can easily adapt to change.
Question 34 of 35
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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I am self starter and will be able to do the tasks without any training. Be available in two weeks notice.
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Because I have experience and a lot to offer, I even have a customer service skills.. :)
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Because of my work experience and I because I strive to do the best at whatever task I undertake, and am always willing to learn something new.
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I have a lot to offer, good communicator and I have your company's best interest at heart and I'm a target goal driven.
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I have the required experience and qualifications and besides l am a finished product ready for use.
Question 35 of 35
What do you know about our company?
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Not much, browsed little. it has few products for sale, specializes in baby monitors for new and all moms with little ones, seems a big helper to keep an eye on the baby while moms have to go back to work.
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Your company is an assisted living care. Where you offer services in elderly people and make sure that they are in good hands and make them feel that they are taking care of.
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Excellent services, hospitality and accountable to your clients.
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I know the company is quite successful and renowned for excellent service provision, more or less a market leader.
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Company started approximately six years ago. The attornies and associates represent Fortune 400 and 500 companies in civil ligation and trial, security liability, personal injury, insurance coverage to name a few.

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