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1. Tell me about your experience as an Accountant.
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Senior Accountant
December 18th, 2014

The senior accountant is responsible for applying accounting principles and procedures to analyze financial information, prepare accurate and timely financial reports and statements and ensure appropriate accounting control procedures.
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Senior Accountant Interview Questions
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Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or expert user in Excel?
 
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Give me an example where you used your skills to bring down costs for a client.
 
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By the way of the making budget paln & reduce the cost of the expenses.
 
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Depends for buyers wants.
 
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Do you work well on a team? How do you define teamwork?
 
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Yes, Team work reduces the work & make it perfect on time, team work make reduces the work burden.
 
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Yes, I do. I understand accounting is a team work, we have to get along with others.
 
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What qualifies you for this position, and why should we hire you?
 
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Accuracy of reports, delivering the same on time & hardwork & sincerity.
 
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I checked all requirements for this position, I think I meet all of them.
 
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Take me through your latest budget preparation.
 
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I have prepared budget for the current period.
 
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We prepared budget by the way of previous quarter expenses & based on the market.
 
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How do you stay organized as an Accountant?
 
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By working hard and timely.
 
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Its depending on experience.
 
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Why did you choose to pursue a career as an Accountant?
 
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Accounts is My passion & My dream is to be CFO, accountant & sr accountant its the way to reach the goal,
 
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We all tend to work towards something that we like doing. I like numbers and have enjoyed working in the accounting field right up till this day. As a Junior accountant to further my career and experience a Senior accountant position will be the next step.
 
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What is your preferred industry to work in?
 
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It is a good & successful growing organisation, Powerful & supportful management.
 
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I have been working at the school for the past 3 years and I know it provides quality christian education.
 
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Describe to me what qualifications you feel a person applying for this position will need, in order to have the most success?
 
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A qualification in the business and accounting field will be an advantage, also knowledge on debt collecting will be of benefit.
 
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An eye for detail and how it relates to the business flow of revenue, expenses, and the flow of business.
 
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Describe the systems you have in place for keeping track of assignments given to staff members.
 
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This should be chain management to watch. Manger, assistant manager, executives, supervisors, team leaders, skilled labors and unskilled labours.
 
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I have implemented a signing off register when handing statements out to teachers to hand out to the children. Then if a parent enquires on why their child have not received a statement I can confirm when I have given it to teachers and if the teacher has it if the child was absent.
 
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What are your short-term career goals as an Accountant?
 
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Good team player, co-ordinate with co-workers, problem solving ability.
 
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My career goals is also to better myself in the accounting field. I want to enroll this year in a financial management course and would like to further my career to become a successful financial manager.
 
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Tell me about a time you handled a complex financial project with a tight deadline that required precise data collection and analysis.
 
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About 2 weeks ago I did my first Cash flow projection, under supervision on our SB Chairperson. All the information needed to be as accurately projected, as close to the budgeted figures as possible. I used all the resource from Pastel as well as the 2016 budget to do projections in a very limited amount of time. I double, triple checked all information before forwarding it to the relevant praties.
 
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Seasonal export business of fresh produce.
 
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Tell me about the latest changes in tax laws.
 
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Tax laws change on an constant basis, but the latest tax law implemented in South Africa is to bring provident fund pay outs in line with pension payouts.
 
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No idea. Because the country which working now (United Arab Emirates) have no tax on income.
 
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We require a Senior Accountant with strong technical skills. Are you able to quickly learn new programs?
 
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Tell me about your post-secondary education. What particular Accounting designations do you hold?
 
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What are your long-term goals as an Accountant?
 
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Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or expert user in QuickBooks?
 
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While attending University, what was your favorite course and why?
 
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How do you control errors in your work?
 
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Every step of production should have quality checking unit till the final destination.
 
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Mistakes happen. I try however to not make uneccessary mistakes. I finish one thing at a time in the order of urgency ( Deadline )first then importance. I control the time of work to times when I am bound to have less disturbances like after school and try to finish urgent work long before the deadline.
 
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Tell me about your leadership skills. Do you enjoy leading and teaching others?
 
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Gradual improvement and some exiting achievements.
 
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I see myself successful in wherever my career path has lead me.
 
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Do you work well under pressure?
 
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It is always easier to work under pressure when doing familiar work so it helps to know as much as you can to get the job done right as quickly as possible when necessary.
 
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Yes I do. I see myself as more focused and perticular when pressured. However I try to work to finish urgent tasks before deadlines to avoid working an a constant pressured enviroment.
 
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What has been the most significant decision you made at work this year?
 
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Try to change perfect software for operation.
 
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I can prepare the financial reports in my dead lines.
 
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How have you monitored the regulations that affect your accounting position?
 
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Cross checking of all major asset & liabilities movement.
 
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Standards and regulation change on a constant basis. I want to register online with the Accounting Standards board and familarise myself with the Generally Recognised Accounting Practice in South Africa to keep myself informed and up to date.
 
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How do you prioritize your work when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
 
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When I have multiple deadlines I rank my work in levels of urgency and importance.
 
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If it is necessary to finalized so important work can see which one is need ti finished on as per management information.
 
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