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Top 30 Project Accountant Interview Questions

Question 1 of 31
What steps do you take to keep a project within budget?
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Question 2 of 31
How have you monitored, or would you monitor, the performance of your team?
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Tell the interviewer what you have done or would do to monitor and ensure your team's performance.

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"I haven't monitored the performance of any team, however, I would meet up with them on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting all expectations, and would conduct performance reviews should expectations not be met. The performance reviews would address areas needing improvement and a timeline for the employee to prove himself, at which date I would meet with him/her again to assess his/her improvement."
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Question 3 of 31
How do you stay organized as an accountant?
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Tell the interviewer about your organizational skills as it pertains to the position you are applying for.

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"I use to-do lists to keep track of my duties for the day, and prepare to-do lists for the following day each afternoon before leaving for the day. I also set reminders to be reminded of important meetings and deadlines."
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Question 4 of 31
How will working for us help you reach your professional goals?
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Answer this question by telling the interviewer what seems great about the company, e.g., their services, initiatives, growth opportunities, and so on.

Make sure to answer by providing evidence that you did your due diligence before the interview (e.g., by mentioning something exciting you saw on the job posting, company website or social media pages), which demonstrates you are serious about working for this employer specifically and are not simply looking for any job. Link this evidence to your professional goals proving this position was made for you and it is one in which you will excel.

For instance, you can point to their seemingly friendly company culture as per some specific programs or initiatives you came across on their website, and say how friendly and how much of a team-player you are - and that this is exactly the type of work environment you are looking for.

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"I saw on your website that your company is participating in the Run for the Cure benefiting the Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I always seek the opportunity to demonstrate my team playing skills and hope to work with colleagues I will consider part of my family."
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Question 5 of 31
Describe the systems you have in place for keeping track of assignments given to staff members.
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Question 6 of 31
To confirm I have the most updated copy of your resume in hand, please confirm your highest degrees granted and the years of obtention.
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Question 7 of 31
How would you handle disputes with other employees in different departments about costs?
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Question 8 of 31
Where do you see yourself in 2 to 3 years from now, or where would you like to be?
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Question 9 of 31
What differentiates you from other accountants?
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Question 10 of 31
What areas of accounting do you consider your strongest and which ones are you the most passionate about?
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 09/24/2010
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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Question 11 of 31
Tell me what your greatest weakness is, and what you are doing to improve yourself in that area.
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Question 12 of 31
Please provide an example of a situation you were in with a difficult and/or dissatisfied client and how you resolved the situation.
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Question 13 of 31
How do you determine accurate labor costs for a particular employee that has worked on several projects?
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Question 14 of 31
Provide an example of a project you had to complete in a short period of time, and what you did (alternatively, would do) to successfully complete the project in a timely fashion.
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Question 15 of 31
How would you come to a resolution disputing material costs for a project that you shared materials with?
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Question 16 of 31
How do you prioritize when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
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Question 17 of 31
How do you stay on top of regulation changes in the financial industry?
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Question 18 of 31
What is an audit query?
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Question 19 of 31
Why did you choose to pursue a career in accounting?
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Question 20 of 31
Tell me about yourself generally and your accounting experience specifically.
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Question 21 of 31
Have you ever worked on a project that lasted multiple years?
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Question 22 of 31
How have you implemented the recent tax changes in your company?
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Question 23 of 31
Tell me about your experience with a difficult superior. How did you handle the situation?
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Question 24 of 31
Are you planning to obtain your masters' degree (where applicable, i.e., if not already listed on your resume)?
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Question 25 of 31
What is the largest portfolio you have been responsible for, preferably in a project accounting capacity?
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Question 26 of 31
Please confirm when you received your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation, or alternately when you plan on receiving one of these designations.
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Question 27 of 31
Tell me whether you ever had a project go over budget, and how you managed the situation.
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Question 28 of 31
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now, or where would you like to be?
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Question 29 of 31
On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your proficiency level with respect to Quickbooks, Sage and Simply Accounting.
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Question 30 of 31
Please tell me a few of your greatest strengths.
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Question 31 of 31
What do you do to improve the communication channels within a team?
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About Project Accountant

August 14th, 2018

Project accounting (sometimes referred to as job cost accounting) is the practice of creating financial reports specifically designed to track the financial progress of projects, which can then be used by managers to aid project management.

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