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Question 1 of 28
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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Question 2 of 28
What accounting software packages have you used?
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The interviewer is trying to gain a better understanding of your background to determine the best training you can be provided if you are hired for the position. Go ahead and list the accounting software packages you have utilized, and describe some of the typical day-to-day functions you were utilizing the software for.
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Question 3 of 28
What kinds of management reports have you prepared?
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The interviewer is trying to determine if you have experience working with and preparing data for senior staff members. Begin by sharing if you have experience preparing reports for any staff members mentioning their job titles and the reports that you typically prepared for them. Then, mention how often you have been preparing these reports as well as the purpose of each report. Will it be used for a large presentation or a Board meeting?
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Question 4 of 28
How would your former employer describe you?
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"John has told me that I am a hard worker, and he has told me that he really likes how I am always happy to be at work!"
The interviewer wants to hear that your past employer will describe you in a positive manner. Think about the positive things your former employer has said about you in the past. Instead of listing these things, tell the interviewer what each person has told you. For example, you might say, "John has told me that I am a hard worker, and he has told me that he really likes how I am always happy to be at work!" These concrete examples will be sure to impress the interviewer!
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Question 5 of 28
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 6 of 28
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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Question 7 of 28
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 8 of 28
Are you willing to work overtime, nights, weekends?
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Question 9 of 28
What motivates you to perform your best?
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Question 10 of 28
What do you know about our company?
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Question 11 of 28
Give me examples of the accounting reports you have prepared.
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Question 12 of 28
Tell me about a suggestion or successful contribution you have made in your past job or in college?
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Question 13 of 28
What cost-cutting measures have you been responsible for implementing?
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Question 14 of 28
Do you work well under pressure?
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Question 15 of 28
Give us an example of how you have used your creativity to solve a problem on the job.
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Question 16 of 28
Why have you chosen a career in accounting?
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Question 17 of 28
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the different accounting packages you have used.
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Question 18 of 28
How proficient are you with Excel?
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Question 19 of 28
How do you prioritize your work?
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Question 20 of 28
Are you detail oriented?
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Question 21 of 28
If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?
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Question 22 of 28
How much money have you saved the company and how did you do this?
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Question 23 of 28
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as an Accountant?
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Question 24 of 28
Why are you the best accountant for us?
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Question 25 of 28
What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing the accounting profession today?
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Question 26 of 28
What are your career goals?
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Question 27 of 28
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 28 of 28
How have you implemented recent tax changes in your company?
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Question 1 of 28
If I gave you a ten key pad, and a list of numbers, could you enter them in without looking at the key pad?
User-Submitted Answers
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What do you consider the most ibportant goal of account receivable.
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Yes I can I had practice during the banking course regarding ten key practice.
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Yes, though, there might be a few mistakes.
Question 2 of 28
What accounting software packages have you used?
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Lacerate, quickbooks, quicken, peach tree, sage.
Question 3 of 28
What kinds of management reports have you prepared?
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Customer survey reports, profit and loss reports, sales and inventory reports on a daily and weekly basis.
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What are the most importent goals of account receivble.
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Aged trial balance, bank reconsiliation and finacial package, account reconciliations.
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I have not prepared management reports, but am a very quick and skilled learner.
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Month End reports, Income statements, bank statements, inventory reports, Financial reports.
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Profit and loss statement, reconciliation and comparison of price qoute.
Question 4 of 28
How would your former employer describe you?
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Driven, responsible, honest and loyal.
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My last supervisor will definitely say that I am reliable accurate and quick.
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Accurate and any project can be give to her in a short time notice and will be getting the result just ontime.
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Dependable, hard working, step up to help out however I can.
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Quiet employee that finishes her job and always early.
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Hard working, eager to learn and take on new responsibilities.
Question 5 of 28
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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The professional with improved experience in the growing company.
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In the next 5 years, I will be studying for a masters in tax law.
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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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I see my self 5 years from now as an accounting supervisor of this company.
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Finishing school and getting my accounting degree.
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Accounting Manager/team leader.
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Still in the company hopefully a CPA that time.
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Still in the company hopefully a CPA that time.
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Having my cpa completed and working towards a senior accountant position.
Question 6 of 28
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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I plan on achieving the 150 hours needed to sit for the CPA exam. Also begin the exam. I have graduated from UMHB with 140 lacking 3 upper level accounting courses.
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To be hired in a company wherein I can use my skill and knowledge that I've learned in school, my step to achieve that is 1st be ready and second be the best among other applicant.
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Clear outstanding items by researching in depth and resolve.
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What type of report have you prepared.
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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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Make sure everything balances....
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To find a job and to feel comfortable and excel in my job.
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To get staff accounting position and started applying interviewing for the same.
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To apply what I learn in college and see for myself that all of them are useful. Applying in the company that I think will help me achieve those.
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To set my client up with an organization sheet. They were often falling short on deadlines or missing them all together. So this helps them to profit.
Question 7 of 28
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Fear of public speaking. I joined the oratory team in high school and the leadership course in college.
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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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I have accent in my talk which I need to reduce by talking to every one . By nature I am work oriented not talkative.
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Waiting on other people to do their part so I can finish my job. Keeping myself busy with other things.
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Being nervous when talking to other people,
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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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My biggest weakness is nervousness. I am improving not to be nervous during rush hours and something that is new to me. I am trying to calm and think at the same time for solution to the problem.
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Accent, improving with talking to other people more.
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Asked questions out of the blue that will caught me off guard. Having presence of mind in everything I do.
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Why have you chosen a career in Accounting.
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Allowing constant interruptions without completing assignments. I am finishing projects before starting another one. I am getting back to coworkers instead of stopping what I am doing and not getting back to it.
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Inexperience, I am eager to learn and I like to think I am a quick learner especially with technology and computer programs.
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My greatest weakness is delegation. I tend to take on more work because I strive when I get the opportunity to be a team player and take on more responsibilities, however I do feel the pressure can get to me.
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My knowledge of Federal tax codes; I have taken continuing education course and continue to self educate myself on the matter,
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Having patience. Understanding that everyone won't work at the same pace.
Question 8 of 28
Are you willing to work overtime, nights, weekends?
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I always try to finish my task in time. If necessary I will work overtime, nights and weekends.
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Yes, I am very flexible with my schedule.
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Yes definitely, anything to get the job done.
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Yes but I would like to know in advance so I can make appropriate arrangement.
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I can work overtime and weekends only.
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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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I do not mind in working from home if nay extra hrs are needed.
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Overtime YES. Nights depends. Weekends, hopefully no.
Question 9 of 28
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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A word of appreciation for my good work.
Question 10 of 28
What do you know about our company?
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I'm familiar with your company's work. I like what I see.
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Founded in 1900 and employes 100 people. Listed as best company to work for the last three years with record growth.
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The company creates HVAC equipment and installation, while keeping the customers first and satisfied.
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Has 70% of the market in the area and its been around for for than 60 years.
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It is a cpa firm providing accounting services.
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Home-builder with a variety of sub-companies.
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I know you are a small firm that provides tax planning, assurance, management consulting and litigation support services. This firm's main expertise is in construction and development. This firms has been in service for over 25 years and your Tax Department partner is the former President of the Society of CPA's and holds a position on the Board of Directors of a Non Profit Organization.
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This is privately held and owns several natural gas distribution founded in 1996 Maine and Missouri and Colorado. In Colorado started in 1997 and in Colorado there are more than 20000 customers using natural gas.
Question 11 of 28
Give me examples of the accounting reports you have prepared.
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I have prepared income statements and review balance sheets.
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Labor Reconciiation.. Payroll report vs Payroll related account balance in GL vs 941 for auditors.
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Accounts receivable, payables, bad debt, capital.
Question 12 of 28
Tell me about a suggestion or successful contribution you have made in your past job or in college?
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I suggested I subuggested incorporated the system of printing laser checks utilizing a new accounting system with check writing features and being able to post to the general and could key the charges to the perspective g/l and / or job number.
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I suggested we put a soda machine in the office.
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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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While going to school full time and doing a job part time at Wateen made me well aware of whatI was learning at school and led me to pitch in fresh ideas from the class room at our board meetings.
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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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Several times when I cross check employee payment vs time sheet vs project I noticed error in the payment instead of holy wages for e. G $14.23 it was paid $142.3 per hr which I pointed out and this has been corrected by payroll in one or two cases the concerned employee was inactive and our legal department took action to collect from employee.
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Making the files organize and easy to find.
Question 13 of 28
What cost-cutting measures have you been responsible for implementing?
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I have been responsible with helping with the labor cards and employee costs.
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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.
Question 14 of 28
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.
Question 15 of 28
Give us an example of how you have used your creativity to solve a problem on the job.
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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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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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If project is charged twice with different project numbers and different dates just look in depth both projects and compare with payment made by payroll and check the company and check AP any other payment was made through AP system for any duplication and then correct the project.
Question 16 of 28
Why have you chosen a career in accounting?
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After completing my college.
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I like numbers and I like to resolve any outstanding items and I love reconciliation especially complex recon and accuracy.
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Because it a continuous learning. It is broad and there are so much to learn.
Question 17 of 28
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the different accounting packages you have used.
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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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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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I used oracle which has some plus and minuses like other accounting software. Oracle we have to enter every time the details slow.
Question 18 of 28
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.
Question 19 of 28
How do you prioritize your work?
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I prioritize it by the most important and deadline dates.
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What is required by the supervisor.
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First check emails and any messages then respond accordingly . If anything management needed first concentrate and work on that.
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Taking notes based on when they are needed.
Question 20 of 28
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.
Question 21 of 28
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 try to find any other shorter way to resolve the issues if any which will save time for our team.
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I will only be an addition to help improve the company.
Question 22 of 28
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.
Question 23 of 28
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as an Accountant?
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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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Dedication. It helped me to finish my job on time even if I have to put some extra efforts.
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Numbers and never like to writeoff.
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Being punctual. Accountants are very busy person so time should be allocated intelligently.
Question 24 of 28
Why are you the best accountant for us?
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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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Because I have basic education and a lot of experience in different industries at various levels.
Question 25 of 28
What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing the accounting profession today?
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Keeping up to date with day to day changes in accounting and auditing standards.
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Fair and clear presentation where all the user got the same information.
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Staying current on accounting legislations, rules and policies.
Question 26 of 28
What are your career goals?
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My goals are to broaden my experience to eventually move up in the company.
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To contribute my experience and get an employment with a stable organisation.
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Want to be knowledgeable and helping others and enjoying in working.
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To learn different reports that I was only making in College.
Question 27 of 28
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Sit down and relax and find out by asking questions what is required in the situation and concentrate on my job.
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Be calm and researching in debt hand listening to others and checking with others in the team.
Question 28 of 28
How have you implemented recent tax changes in your company?
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I have made sure sales tax gets completed on time.
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Changes the HST rates for accounts receivables and payables.

About Staff Accountant

August 18th, 2017

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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