Payroll Specialist Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Payroll Specialist interview, here are 34 interview questions and answer examples.

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

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List of 34 Payroll Specialist Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

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

  2. 2.

    What is retro pay?

  3. 3.

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

  4. 4.

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

  5. 5.

    Give me examples of the payroll reports you have prepared.

  6. 6.

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

  7. 7.

    What are your salary expectation?

  8. 8.

    Why are you interested in this Payroll Specialist position?

  9. 9.

    Walk me through your payroll experience.

  10. 10.

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

  11. 11.

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

  12. 12.

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

  13. 13.

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

  14. 14.

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

  15. 15.

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

  16. 16.

    What information do you require before you approve payroll?

  17. 17.

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

  18. 18.

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

  19. 19.

    How would you familiarize yourself with our payroll system?

  20. 20.

    Describe a typical payroll day in your current position.

  21. 21.

    What is a general ledger?

  22. 22.

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

  23. 23.

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

  24. 24.

    What are your future plans with the company?

  25. 25.

    What is a fiscal year?

  26. 26.

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

  27. 27.

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

  28. 28.

    How does higher management benefit from payroll reports?

  29. 29.

    What experience do you have implementing a new payroll system?

  30. 30.

    Have you had responsibility for state and federal tax payments?

  31. 31.

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

  32. 32.

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

  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.

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