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Top 20 Tax Manager Interview Questions

Question 1 of 20
What differentiates you from other Tax Managers?
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Question 2 of 20
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Tell the interviewer what you do to handle situations calmly despite the high stress level by providing an example to support your position.

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"I always remain calm and look for ways to be more efficient. For instance, if there is an unexpected deadline, I will determine what can be done to ensure the deadline can be met, I will write down the steps to take to ensure successful completion and will delegate a few tasks if necessary. In brief, I am always ready to adjust my approach because stressful situations are bound to occur in a professional environment."
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Question 3 of 20
Tell me about your professional qualifications.
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Provide an overview of your professional experience while putting emphasis on your tax management experience as per the advertised position, proving you indeed have the qualifications required for this position.

Review the job description before your interview and answer this question by selecting some of the main duties on the posting and telling the interviewer you have performed these duties in the past, when and how.

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"I pursued a Bachelor's degree in X at [X university] and upon graduation I worked as an Intern for [X company] where I was responsible for [X tax management duties ]. Since this internship, I have gained considerable tax management experience working for [X company] where I managed [X tax management duties] and for [X company] where I was responsible for [X tax management duties]. These are some of the reasons I believe I am a perfect fit for your position."
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Question 4 of 20
What motivates you to perform to the best of your abilities?
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Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.

Review the job posting and company website before your interview to familiarize yourself with the company and duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview.

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"What motivates me the most is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale and contribute to the company's long-term success. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to (X newly acquired duties that will enable you to help the company be more successful, as per the job posting)."
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Question 5 of 20
What do you know about our company?
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Tell the interviewer about your knowledge of the company you applied for. It is imperative to always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company and work involved. It is also important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this company specifically.

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"I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know you are a company specializing in (X services you noticed on the company website). I am particularly excited about (X programs/initiatives) that I saw on your (website/social media pages) as I (X reasons you are excited about these programs/initiatives, such as passion or similar initiatives undertaken in school or volunteer capacity)."
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Question 6 of 20
Tell me in what capacity your education has prepared you for this position.
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Question 7 of 20
Why did you decide to pursue a career as a Tax Manager?
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Question 8 of 20
What areas of tax management do you consider your strongest and which are you the most passionate about?
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Question 9 of 20
Tell me about your time management skills.
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Question 10 of 20
Tell me about your technical skills, and the programs in which you are proficient.
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Tell me about your organizational skills.
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Question 12 of 20
Have you implemented tax changes in your current or last company?
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Question 13 of 20
How do you stay on top of regulation changes in tax laws?
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Question 14 of 20
Why should we hire you?
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Question 15 of 20
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
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Question 16 of 20
What is your greatest strength, and how will it help you as a Tax Manager?
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Question 17 of 20
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
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Question 18 of 20
How have you saved your past or current employer money, and how to your stay within budget?
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Question 19 of 20
How will working for us help you reach your professional goals?
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Question 20 of 20
Why did you apply to our job posting and why do you wish to work for us?
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About Tax Manager

December 23rd, 2014

Responsible for managing tax reporting and compliance within an organization. Ensures tax returns are completed and accurate to minimize tax obligations. Responsible for tax planning in preparation for future filings.

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