Payroll Specialist Interview Questions

34 Questions and Answers by Christine Pasqueretta

Question 1 of 34

Can you describe the use of forms W2, W4, and 941?

Payroll Specialist Interview Questions

  1. 1.

    Can you describe the use of forms W2, W4, and 941?

  2. 2.

    Describe a typical payroll day in your current position.

  3. 3.

    What experience do you have implementing a new payroll system?

  4. 4.

    What information do you need to properly set up an employee into a payroll system?

  5. 5.

    If an employee called in with a payroll complaint, how would you handle it?

  6. 6.

    Each of our buildings has a designated payroll timekeeper that reports biweekly. Two reports are late. How would you approach this situation?

  7. 7.

    What are your salary expectation?

  8. 8.

    How do you remain up-to-date on payroll rules and techniques?

  9. 9.

    What is the largest payroll run you have been in charge of?

  10. 10.

    What are your future plans with the company?

  11. 11.

    Describe to me any payroll process that you have developed or revised.

  12. 12.

    What have you done to improve your written and verbal communication skills?

  13. 13.

    What are the most important attributes a Payroll Specialist should have?

  14. 14.

    Give me examples of the payroll reports you have prepared.

  15. 15.

    What is a general ledger?

  16. 16.

    How would you familiarize yourself with our payroll system?

  17. 17.

    How does higher management benefit from payroll reports?

  18. 18.

    What is a fiscal year?

  19. 19.

    Why are you interested in this Payroll Specialist position?

  20. 20.

    Have you had responsibility for state and federal tax payments?

  21. 21.

    How do you ensure that payroll is paid correctly and on time?

  22. 22.

    Would you ever pay an employee through accounts payable rather than payroll?

  23. 23.

    Do you plan to open up your own accounting or payroll firm?

  24. 24.

    Have you performed bookkeeping for small businesses? If so, walk me through your experience.

  25. 25.

    Describe your familiarity with the administration of 403b and 457 plans.

  26. 26.

    Tell me about the payroll forecasting you have been responsible for.

  27. 27.

    What is retro pay?

  28. 28.

    How did you get started in a payroll-related career?

  29. 29.

    We spend considerable time editing our timesheets to ensure no errors are present. How do you approach finding and fixing an error?

  30. 30.

    What information do you require before you approve payroll?

  31. 31.

    Walk me through your payroll experience.

  32. 32.

    What cost-cutting measure have you been in charge of implementing?

  33. 33.

    There are times when we are placed under extreme pressure on the job. Tell about a time when you were under such pressure and how you handled it.

  34. 34.

    What courses did you enjoy most while completing your accounting/payroll education?