Senior Auditor Interview

25 Questions and Answers by

Brian Schuchart is a CPA and Senior Finance Business Partner. His professional experience includes senior management roles with NBC Sports, Virtual Health, and the Children's Hospital of Philadephia.

Senior Auditor was published on January 4th, 2021. Learn more here.

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What is the difference between fraud and error?

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Senior Auditor Interview

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    What is the difference between fraud and error?

      How to Answer

      This is a technical topic covered in the auditing standards under AU-C Section 240. The key difference between fraud and error is that the former is intentional and the latter is unintentional. There are two main types of fraud that an internal auditor should be concerned with: fraudulent reporting and misappropriation of assets (ie theft).

      Brian's Answer

      "The main difference between fraud and error is that fraud is intentional and errors are unintentional. As auditors, we are primarily concerned with financial misstatements that are caused by fraudulent financial reporting and misstatements that are caused by theft and other misappropriation of assets."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Fraud is an intentional act to deceive a person. For instance - An employee embezzles inventory from the warehouse and reports this transaction as a cash sale without recording the cash into the cash balance, leading to misappropriation of assets. Whereas an error is an unintentional act. For instance - Failure to record expenses under the correct accounting head."

      Cindy's Answer

      Very good. Do you have an example you can share where you drew a distinction between the two and took appropriate action? This will help show an application of your knowledge in action.

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