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Senior Accountant Interview Questions

1. How do you stay organized as an Accountant?
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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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Give me an example where you used your skills to bring down the costs of the company.

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In controlling the purchasing in low price good quality, and good margin with sales and recovery with in ageing period and more credit facilities with creditors.
 
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I have not yet have experience with regards to cost saving however working at a school, a project orientated approach will limit funds raised for a certain project to that specific project, doing a proper cost analysis will keep us in the budget of the funds raised which will lead to not using extra funds from the school to use for day to day running.
 

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#3 of 25

Take me through your latest budget preparation.

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Close out PO budget sheet.
 
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1. Compare expenses and revenues for two simultaneous periods. 2. Take the averages of the expenses and revenues to create a budget.
 

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#4 of 25

Do you work well on a team? How do you define teamwork?

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Yes very perfectly. Teamwork is an avenue where the organisation enjoys the best results from diverse group of people with different initiatives.
 
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I do work well within a team. A team looks out for one another in their highs and lows. A team draws skills and knowledge from each other's experience to produce a well qualified job to the satisfaction of the employer and the client.
 

Education Requirements

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelors degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

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#5 of 25

Tell me about your experience as an Accountant.

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I have over 7 years of progressive experience in this industry.
 
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I have 7 years of progressive experience in this industry. I started as a staff accountant and I am currently a senior financial reporting accountant.
 

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#6 of 25

What qualifies you for this position?

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I think that my experience in the oil and gas industry and my ability to work autonomously make me a good match for this position.
 
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My experience and qualifications.
 

Work Environment

Most accountants and auditors work in offices, although some work from home. The work tends to be fast-paced and can be stressful. Although they complete much of their work alone, they sometimes work in teams with other accountants and auditors. Accountants and auditors may travel to their clients places of business.

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#7 of 25

How do you handle stressful situations?

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I will handle stressful situation in smoothly. Avoid stress and look forward to solve the situation.
 
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No pressure on duty hours.
 

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#8 of 25

Why did you choose to pursue a career as an Accountant?

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To add value to the organisation I work with.
 
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I'm pursuing a career in the field of accounting because I not only enjoy the work but also find it challenging and I also like the diversity of the work itself.
 

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#9 of 25

Why should we hire you?

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Its because I have experience in managing risks and improving processes.
 
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Bad answer: “I graduated four years ago from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor’s in Biology – but I decided that wasn’t the right path for me. So I switched gears and got my first job, working in sales for a startup. Then I went on to work in marketing for a law firm. After that, I took a few months off to travel. Finally, I came back and worked in marketing again. And now, here I am, looking for a more challenging marketing role.” Instead of giving a chronological work history, focus on your strengths and how they pertain to the role. If possible, illustrate with examples. Good answer: “I’m really energetic, and a great communicator. Working in sales for two years helped me build confidence, and taught me the importance of customer loyalty. I’ve also got a track record of success. In my last role, I launched a company newsletter, which helped us build on our existing relationships and create new ones. Because of this, we ended up seeing a revenue increase of 10% over two years. I’m also really interested in how companies can use web tools to better market themselves, and would be committed to building on your existing platform.”
 

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#10 of 25

What is your preferred industry to work in?

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the company engaged to sold the car
 
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Yes,your company provide service in india of software.
 

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#11 of 25

Describe to me what qualifications you feel a person applying for this position will need to have the most success?

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What is the journal entry of credit note?
 
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Financial Accounting Background and vast experience in Managing reports at senior level.
 

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#12 of 25

Tell me about the latest changes in tax laws.

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Tax laws are ever changing.
 
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I can follow the ready recon er of taxaction.
 

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#13 of 25

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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While Working for EASSI, I had to report on the transaction of 25 billion in the span of 4 months and we have categories of Restricted funds and non restricted and we had just lost a colleague in the department and the second one on maternity leave yet I had to beat the deadline.
 
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I often made many financial report for top boards, I focus that the key.
 

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#14 of 25

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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To be a worldwide Financial Consultant.
 

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#15 of 25

Why are you the best candidate for us?

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Job advert just put what I do daily as the job responsibilities, So this makes me the best contender for this postion.
 
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I have thoroughly researched this company and I believe in the core values and mission of the company.
 

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#16 of 25

How have you monitored the performance of your team?

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Yes, I have always had suprise visit to their desk and see how people perform.
 
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With professional and with company policies and procedures.
 

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#17 of 25

Describe the systems you have in place for keeping track of assignments given to staff members.

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Accounting manual, Designed the excel based software to monitor the loans, Vouching system.
 
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Stander house keeping system and tracking data in Ms Excel.
 

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#18 of 25

How have you monitored the regulations that affect your accounting position?

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As per company policies and procedures with in time limit.
 
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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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#19 of 25

Tell me about your post-secondary education. What particular Accounting designations do you hold?

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#20 of 25

While attending University, what was your favorite course and why?

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#21 of 25

We require a Senior Accountant with strong technical skills. Are you able to quickly learn new programs?

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#22 of 25

Would you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or expert user in Excel?

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#23 of 25

Can you perform v-lookups and pivot tables in Excel?

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#24 of 25

How do you control errors in your work?

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After completing the work imminently I will and correct the erorr.
 
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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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#25 of 25

What are your long-term goals as an Accountant?
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