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.
"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)."
Tell the interviewer why you applied to this particular position and why you would like to work for this employer, specifically. For instance, mention a program or service you saw on their website that really excites you. Make sure to always do your due diligence before an interview. Review the company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company and products/services/initiatives available.
"I applied for this position because I have the required skills and educational/professional qualifications you require; I know that I am a perfect fit. One of the reasons why I would love to work for your company is due to the numerous industries your clients are in such as (X industries you saw on their website), which will enable me to acquire skills spanning various industries."
Tell the interviewer how and why you believed you education has prepared you for this role by emphasizing the skills acquired in school that will be transferrable to this job.
"I have worked on numerous tax related projects while in university and have developed excellent time and project management skills. I am positive these skills will enable me to manage any project successfully by respecting all timelines."
Tell the interviewer about your organizational skills as it pertains to the position you are applying for.
"I use to-do lists to keep track of my duties for the day, and prepare to-do lists for the following day each afternoon before leaving for the day. I also set reminders to be reminded of important meetings and deadlines."
Provide an answer as to the reasons that led you to pursue a career as a Tax Manager, and link this answer to the position you are applying for - so as to demonstrate your chosen career field/original career goal is in line with this role.
"I decided to pursue a career as a Tax Manager because I [X reasons for pursuing that career, such as loving numbers and opportunity to independently manage client accounts]. I sincerely feel the position I applied for is a perfect fit as I will be solely responsible for the success of projects and will be able to use my tax management skills and love of numbers on a daily basis."
Answer this question by providing your strongest areas in tax management and the ones you are the most passionate about, and why.
"The areas of tax management I consider my strongest are [X areas], as I have had a lot of experience in these areas in my last position at [X company] as an [X last position title]. As you can see on my resume, I was responsible for [X duties related to your strongest areas]. I am also very passionate about [X areas of tax management]; I studied these areas thoroughly in school and these are some I would really like to gain further experience in."
Tell the interviewer about your time management skills and your ability to meet all deadlines.
"I pride myself on my excellent time management skills. I always meet deadlines because I am extremely organized and do not wait at the last minute to get started on projects. I use lists and calendar reminders to ensure I do not forget anything and I review these lists daily."
Always do your due diligence beforehand by reviewing the job posting, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the work involved. If technical skills are a requirements, including proficiency in specific programs, they are likely to already be outlined on the job posting. If you applied for this role, the interviewer assumes you already know about these requirements, that you are already proficient and/or that you are currently studying for these programs (i.e., studies in progress).
"I am proficient in (X programs, including some mentioned as requirements on the job posting, if you are proficient). I am also currently studying for (X programs). I additionally read on your posting that you require knowledge of (X program); I am not yet proficient but am absolutely willing to study for this program)."
Answer this question honestly to the best of your ability as this pertains to a specific area of the employment opportunity. If you are inexperienced in that area, say so by putting emphasis on your desire to learn and willingness to train.
"I have not implemented tax changes in any company, however I am a quick learner and am more than willing to receive training in any area requiring advanced knowledge as my employer will deem necessary."
The interviewer wants to ensure you keep yourself updated of changes in the industry to remain current, highly knowledgeable and at the top of your field.
"I follow [X organizations] on social media, subscribe to [X newsletters/publications] and attend conferences and seminars, such as [X]."
Tell the interviewer your strengths including your qualities and educational/professional qualifications and how they will benefit you in this role.
"In addition to my educational qualifications and experience which I believed prepared me for this role, I am a hard-worker, a team player and work tirelessly to get the job done. I thrive on challenges and always remain extremely committed to the success of any project."
Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless benefit you in this position.
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But I came to realize that I am working as part of a team of highly educated individuals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I try to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
Answer by telling the interviewer what your greatest strength is, related to the position you applied for. Ensure to mention how this strength will contribute to your success as a Tax Manager.
"My greatest strength is that I am extremely dedicated. For instance, while employed for (X employer) as a (X position title), I (X further information on your past experience proving dedication to your work, relevant to the job position you applied for)."
Provide an honest answer and do not hesitate to mention you would be open to eventually moving up the ladder should the opportunity arise, i.e., that growth opportunities will be more than welcome. This will demonstrate you have leadership skills, a willingness to learn beyond your original job scope, and a desire to commit to your employer.
"I see myself working for the same employer, being established and having grown with the organization and contribute to the bottom line. I hope to keep learning and being given the opportunity to prove myself as a valuable team member."
Provide the steps you took or would take to ensure you are cost sensitive.
"To stay within budget, I use a strategic approach by anticipating, and keeping track of, all upcoming expenses. I keep a record of all receipts and update my reports on a regular basis to ensure the most up-to-date information is easily accessible, enabling me to be prepared should an unanticipated expense be required. An example of a time I saved my employer money took place while working for (X company) as (X position title) (... further information proving you indeed saved your employer money)."
Answer this question by telling the interviewer what seems great about the company, e.g., their services, initiatives, growth opportunities, and so on. Make sure to answer by providing evidence that you did your due diligence before the interview (e.g., by mentioning something exciting you saw on the job posting, company website or social media pages), which demonstrates you are serious about working for this employer specifically and are not simply looking for any job. Link this evidence to your professional goals proving this position was made for you and it is one in which you will excel. For instance, you can point to their seemingly friendly company culture as per some specific programs or initiatives you came across on their website, and say how friendly and how much of a team-player you are - and that this is exactly the type of work environment you are looking for.
"I saw on your website that your company is participating in [X initiative]. This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I always seek the opportunity to demonstrate my team playing skills and hope to work with colleagues I will consider part of my family."
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.