Interviews Questions by Career
Interviews Questions by Company
Interviews Questions by Topic
Get Started
Interview Coach 1:1
Gain the confidence you need by asking our professionals any interview scenario, question, or answer you are unsure about.
Let Us Review Your Answers
Our interviewing professionals will gladly review and revise any answer you send us. Allowing you to craft perfect responses for your next job interview.
Interview Questions by Topic
Interview Questions by Career
Interview Questions by Company

Senior Accountant Interview
Questions

28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Job Interviews     Careers     Business    
Question 1 of 28
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What particular Accounting designations do you hold?
View Answer
How to Answer
Having the proper designations for the role is very important. Tell the hiring manager about your post secondary experience and accounting designations.
1000s of Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Answer Examples
1.
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What particular Accounting designations do you hold?
Having the proper designations for the role is very important. Tell the hiring manager about your post secondary experience and accounting designations.

Rachelle's Answer
"I attended my post-secondary education at the University of Florida. Completing my Bachelors of Finance in 2009, I returned to part time studies in 2011 to obtain my CPA."
2.
How do you control errors in your work?
While working on a project, errors can happen. Talk to the interviewer about how you manage/control these errors.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am always sure to check in regularly when it comes to the progress of a project. I ensure that my staff members feel comfortable bringing up changes and suggestions to me when they see room for improvement. Having everyone's eye out for required changes and potential errors really helps with controlling any potential mistakes."
3.
Tell me about your leadership skills. Do you enjoy leading and teaching others?
Are you a natural born leader? Do you enjoy leading a team? Discuss any leadership qualities and experience with the hiring manager. Be sure to use examples of times when you have taken on a leadership role. What was the feedback that you received?

Rachelle's Answer
"I am a natural leader and I really do enjoy being a leader. I have taken on multiple projects in my current role. Most recently, I was leading a team of 12 junior accountants. The feedback on the project was strong and I felt that the accountants working under me in this project received my guidance openly."
4.
Why did you choose to pursue a career as an Accountant?
Talk to the hiring manager about how you came to choose Accounting as your career path. You can make the answer a bit personal if you wish.

Rachelle's Answer
"Growing up, my father was an Accountant and my mother was a bookkeeper. I always took an interest in problem solving and numbers. Accounting was a natural career for me to pursue."
5.
Take me through your latest budget preparation.
Take the hiring manager through your budget preparation steps. Be to the point when giving your answer. If the interviewer would like for you to elaborate on particular steps, they will ask.

Rachelle's Answer
"My latest budget preparation was a very in-depth project. I began by updating the budget assumptions. Then, reviewed any bottlenecks. Next, I determined whether any step costs existed and then created a budget package."
6.
What qualifies you for this position, and why should we hire you?
Assure the hiring manager that you are the best possible fit for the role by discussing your qualifications, strengths, and what sets you apart from the others.

Rachelle's Answer
"In addition to meeting all of the educational experience you are asking for, I also have the additional PMP designation which qualifies me to lead accounting based projects for your firm. This is a unique combination and I feel it is just part of what makes me a stand out candidate."
Anonymous Answer
"I have years of experience in various accounting roles. I have always been part of the closing process or being responsible for the closing and doing tasks such as completing the period-end close, monthly balance sheet reconciliations, preparing accurate and timely financial statements, review of financial statements for accuracy."
Rachelle's Answer
It's nice that you offer up the specific tasks that you are experienced in. Be sure they apply to the job description. I also recommend adding in some soft skills so that your response does not begin to sound like you're just listing off accounting tasks.
Was this answer helpful? Yes or No
7.
Tell me about the latest changes in tax laws.
How do you remain up to date on tax law changes? Talk to the hiring manager about how you ensure that you stay up to date on the latest tax law changes.

Rachelle's Answer
"I stay up to date on the latest tax laws through subscribing to a variety of finance and accounting related publications such as money.com, Forbes and time.com."
8.
Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or expert user in QuickBooks?
Tell the hiring manager about your level of comfortability with QuickBooks. Have you been tested recently on your QuickBooks abilities? If so, you can certainly talk about that.

Rachelle's Answer
"Recently I was given the opportunity to test my skills in QuickBooks when I was being considered for an opportunity through a placement agency. They tested me on my QuickBooks skills and I came out as an Advanced level user."
9.
How have you monitored the regulations that affect your accounting position?
Discuss with the hiring manager how you keep on top of new regulations that affect the Accounting industry.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am a member of IFAC and, as such, I am able to stay up to date on new regulations that affect the accounting industry. I am also a strong researcher which helps me to keep on top of the regulations and any changes. "
10.
What has been the most significant decision you made at work this year?
As a Senior Accountant, you will have to make important decisions on a regular basis. Talk to the hiring manager about the biggest work related decision you have been asked to make.

Rachelle's Answer
"The most significant decision I have been asked to make this year was when our firm was downsizing. I needed to make recommendations on who to lay off. It was very difficult but I remained diplomatic when making the recommendations."
11.
Do you work well under pressure?
As an Accountant, you will often be working on high pressure deadlines. Assure the hiring manager that you are able to be productive even under high pressure situations.

Rachelle's Answer
"As an Accountant, I am very accustomed to working under very tight and important deadlines. They don't bother me at all and I work quite well under intense conditions."
12.
Have you ever used an ERP or SAP system before?
Tell the hiring manager about any exposure you have had to SAP or ERP systems. How do you feel that you could improve? Where do you feel your strongest skills are.

Rachelle's Answer
"Yes, I have used both an ERP and SAP system in my previous roles. I would say that I have approximately 8 years exposure in each. My strongest experience comes with data analysis and documentation through SAP."
13.
While attending University, what was your favorite course and why?
What was your best course, and why was it so? Talk to the hiring manager about your best post-secondary course.

Rachelle's Answer
"My best course while attending my post-secondary education was Management Accounting and Control. I feel that I did so well because the Professor was very interesting. I really enjoyed learning about budgeting, organizational architecture, product costing and decision making."
14.
Tell me about a time you handled a complex financial project with a tight deadline that required precise data collection and analysis.
Assure the hiring manager that you are able to meet very tight deadlines on complex projects. Give an example of the project by discussing the clients' needs, any support you have received during the project, what the expectations were, and how you met them.
15.
Describe to me what qualifications you feel a person applying for this position will need, in order to have the most success?
Tell the hiring manager that you are able to understand the qualifications required to be successful in this position and that you personally possess these qualities.

Rachelle's Answer
"I feel the qualifications required for this role would be a strong mixture of education and experience. You would really benefit from a candidate who has experience working on more complicated corporate financial portfolio's, which I certainly do."
More Interview Q&As
Explore expert tips and resources to be more confident in your next interview.
Behavioral
Common
Phone
Tough
Leadership
All Interview Topics
All Career Q&As
28 Senior Accountant Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about your post-secondary education. What particular Accounting designations do you hold?
  2. How do you control errors in your work?
  3. Tell me about your leadership skills. Do you enjoy leading and teaching others?
  4. Why did you choose to pursue a career as an Accountant?
  5. Take me through your latest budget preparation.
  6. What qualifies you for this position, and why should we hire you?
  7. Tell me about the latest changes in tax laws.
  8. Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or expert user in QuickBooks?
  9. How have you monitored the regulations that affect your accounting position?
  10. What has been the most significant decision you made at work this year?
  11. Do you work well under pressure?
  12. Have you ever used an ERP or SAP system before?
  13. While attending University, what was your favorite course and why?
  14. Tell me about a time you handled a complex financial project with a tight deadline that required precise data collection and analysis.
  15. Describe to me what qualifications you feel a person applying for this position will need, in order to have the most success?
  16. Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or expert user in Excel?
  17. Give me an example where you used your skills to bring down costs for a client.
  18. Tell me about your experience as an Accountant.
  19. Do you work well on a team? How do you define teamwork?
  20. How do you stay organized as an Accountant?
  21. What is your preferred industry to work in?
  22. Describe the systems you have in place for keeping track of assignments given to staff members.
  23. What are your short-term career goals as an Accountant?
  24. We require a Senior Accountant with strong technical skills. Are you able to quickly learn new programs?
  25. What are your long-term goals as an Accountant?
  26. How do you prioritize your work when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
  27. If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?
  28. What do you know about our company?
Disclaimer
Our interview questions and answers are created by experienced recruiters and interviewers. These questions and answers do not represent any organization, school, or company on our site. Interview questions and answer examples and any other content may be used else where on the site. We do not claim our questions will be asked in any interview you may have. Our goal is to create interview questions and answers that will best prepare you for your interview, and that means we do not want you to memorize our answers. You must create your own answers, and be prepared for any interview question in any interview.
Learn more about what we believe >
Read our Terms of Use for more information >