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1. If I gave you a ten key pad, and a list of numbers, could you enter them in without looking at the key pad?
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Responsibilities include preparing journal entries, account reconciliation, as well as documenting and evaluating current procedures. Areas of focus include general accounting, fixed assets, and trend analysis.
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Staff Accountant Interview Questions
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What accounting software packages have you used?
 
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Lacerate, quickbooks, quicken, peach tree, sage.
 
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What kinds of management reports have you prepared?
 
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Profit and loss statement, reconciliation and comparison of price qoute.
 
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Month End reports, Income statements, bank statements, inventory reports, Financial reports.
 
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How would your former employer describe you?
 
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My last supervisor will definitely say that I am reliable accurate and quick.
 
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Dependable, hard working, step up to help out however I can.
 
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
 
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With the gaining of more Canadian experience and completing my CPA I wold like to see me working as controller of some organisation.
 
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Finishing school and getting my accounting degree.
 
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What work objectives did you set for this year and what steps have you taken to ensure you will achieve them?
 
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To find a job and to feel comfortable and excel in my job.
 
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To learn as much as I can in accounts payable, asked questions when I didn't understand.
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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Too critical on my self, which has lead me to cut deadlines close so I have managed my time better to account for extra time for me to recieve criticism and make sure that my work is according to company procedures and requirements. Some examples I use is to create lists of the different assignments.
 
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Start working on the new project as soon as I get the instructions. But now I realized that it is better to sped the required time to find out exactly what is required by the management and focus on those aspect of the job.
 
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Are you willing to work overtime, nights, weekends?
 
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In accounting it is very important to produce the reports on time. If it is required by the situation I feel obliged to put in extra time to complete the job in time.
 
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Yes, I am very flexible with my schedule.
 
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What motivates you to perform your best?
 
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The feeling of completeness and correctness.
 
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Meeting deadlines and building success with a great team.
 
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What do you know about our company?
 
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The company creates HVAC equipment and installation, while keeping the customers first and satisfied.
 
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It is a cpa firm providing accounting services.
 
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Give me examples of the accounting reports you have prepared.
 
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Accounts receivable, payables, bad debt, capital.
 
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Labor Reconciiation.. Payroll report vs Payroll related account balance in GL vs 941 for auditors.
 
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Tell me about a suggestion or successful contribution you have made in your past job or in college?
 
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Moved the utility bills to prepaid arrangement because we were missing the due dates and paying over due charges on them.
 
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I have helped modify systems in the serving positions that I have had when other options were not working to be able to follow codes to a tee.
 
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What cost-cutting measures have you been responsible for implementing?
 
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Analysis of utility and gas bills.
 
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I avoid printing unnecessarily and try to save with supporting in a folder.
 
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Do you work well under pressure?
 
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There is always some kind of pressure in accounting. Make sure you finish your job on time.
 
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Yes when I go on vacation all my work will be pending and I used to finish them ontime by working more hrs.
 
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Give us an example of how you have used your creativity to solve a problem on the job.
 
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There was quite a few vendors who were not happy with the payment practice of the company. The main reason for the late payment was missing invoices. The person opening the mail distributed the invoices to the concerned person where they got stuck under the piles. I suggested that I the invoices should come to the accounts payable and get entered in the system and than goes to the required person for approval. So we can keep the track where those invoices are.
 
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When the cooler broke, I realized where to put everything while still having room for the current items in there.
 
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Why have you chosen a career in accounting?
 
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After completing my college.
 
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Because it a continuous learning. It is broad and there are so much to learn.
 
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Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the different accounting packages you have used.
 
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In ACCPAC you have to post the corresponding inter-company entries in all the company. Where as in Dynamic GP you only need to enter at one place and system will do the rest.
 
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Macola is very difficult to cut checks as well as searching for items. While syspro is more user friendly in those areas.
 
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How proficient are you with Excel?
 
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I will rate myself as advance excel user.
 
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Very. In my last it is what I am always using together with MS Word.
 
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How do you prioritize your work?
 
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I prioritize it by the most important and deadline dates.
 
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Taking notes based on when they are needed.
 
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Are you detail oriented?
 
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In the beginning I try to find out what is required of me and try to make sure I am providing the correct answers by checking it with different angles.
 
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If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?
 
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Complete the work on time and suggest any improvement if I feel can improve the flow of the information.
 
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I will only be an addition to help improve the company.
 
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How much money have you saved the company and how did you do this?
 
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Saved the money to the company by paying the utility bills on time.
 
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What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as an Accountant?
 
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Dedication. It helped me to finish my job on time even if I have to put some extra efforts.
 
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My greatest strength is my organization and analytical skills which helps as an accountant to be accurate.
 
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Why are you the best accountant for us?
 
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Because I have basic education and a lot of experience in different industries at various levels.
 
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I am the best accountant for you because I have had experience in the the responisibilities for the position and I catch on quickly so my knowledge from school will expand and mold to the company well.
 
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What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing the accounting profession today?
 
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Fair and clear presentation where all the user got the same information.
 
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Keeping up to date with day to day changes in accounting and auditing standards.
 
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