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28 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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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How to Answer
Be candid with the interviewer sharing if you would be able to accomplish this task. Your candid response will help the interviewer understand what training will be necessary if you are selected for the position as well as what workload you can be expected to complete during a given week. If you have extensive ten key experience, share it! Explain how long you have been using it as well as how often you were using it each day.
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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?
Be candid with the interviewer sharing if you would be able to accomplish this task. Your candid response will help the interviewer understand what training will be necessary if you are selected for the position as well as what workload you can be expected to complete during a given week. If you have extensive ten key experience, share it! Explain how long you have been using it as well as how often you were using it each day.
Anonymous Answer
"I excel at ten keys. I am above average."
Rachelle's Answer
Wonderful! If appropriate, you can offer to do some testing as well.
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What accounting software packages have you used?
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.
Anonymous Answer
"I used QuickBooks during my accounting internship. Also, I used an ERP system called Banner when I was working at College."
Rachelle's Answer
It sounds like you have some exposure to accounting software. If you are not sure what is used in this role, it is certainly okay to ask. This way, you can gain a head start in learning the program if it's one that is new to you.
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What kinds of management reports have you prepared?
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?
4.
How would your former employer describe you?
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!
Rachelle's Answer
"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!"
Anonymous Answer
"My former employer would describe me as a hard-worker. Also, I am someone who always stays positive and goes the extra mile."
Rachelle's Answer
Good for you! These are excellent qualities that any interviewer should appreciate.
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Interviewers want to hear that you will be actively involved in the accounting department! Tell the interviewer that you see yourself actively engaged in the organization as a professional member of the accounting team in five years. Explain how you hope you have grown professionally in the department and are viewed as a top-notch leader for the team. If you have aspirations to be promoted within the department, now is a great time to share them mentioning that you understand it will take several years to accomplish this goal.
Anonymous Answer
"My dream is to become a staff accountant. I still want to develop my skills, but I want to involve more volunteer work outside and grow personally."
Rachelle's Answer
These are very nice goals! You could also include more details, such as which skills you want to develop and where you would like to volunteer.
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