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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Question 1 of 25
Tell me about your education.
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Since you are working in a data, financial and administrative function, focus on the aspects of your education that will support you in this role. Starting with your college experience, explain how you became interested in doing this type of work. What topics did you enjoy most in school? How did your training prepare you for this role? You can share an example of some of the work you learned to do during training and talk about your technical skills. Share any continuing education or certifications you have received.
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1.
Tell me about your education.
Since you are working in a data, financial and administrative function, focus on the aspects of your education that will support you in this role. Starting with your college experience, explain how you became interested in doing this type of work. What topics did you enjoy most in school? How did your training prepare you for this role? You can share an example of some of the work you learned to do during training and talk about your technical skills. Share any continuing education or certifications you have received.
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Why have you chosen this career?
What do you enjoy about managing financial information? Why did you choose to be a treasurer rather than a financial adviser? Considering there are so many different career paths within the realm of finance, what led you to where you are now?
3.
What are your future goals?
It's important to think about how this position fits into your long term goals even as you apply for jobs. Review your options, career-wise, before your interview. What could you do within the next five years within this role? Would you want to work towards management or moving into another realm of the financial world? If you have plans for trainings, educational courses or projects that could help you grow your career, share those. Think critically about what you really want for your future and share how this role will benefit you by helping you get to the next step.
4.
How do you ensure that confidential information is secure and private?
As you know, you'll be handling confidential information all the time! It's your job. Give an example that proves you are reliable and trustworthy. Your knowledge of how to manage and navigate the software system, contracts and financial documents will instill confidence in your future employer. They want to hear about concrete ways you have handled this type of information so that they know they can trust you with theirs.
5.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
Start from the beginning. What's the first thing you do when you get to the office? Explain the tasks you focus on. How do you stay organized? How do you prioritize? You may want to think these questions through in case your interviewer follows up to delve deeper into your answer. The interviewer is looking to make sure you have a clear understanding of the responsibilities. They want to see how you put them into practice on a daily basis.
6.
What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
You will need to be able to make decisions regarding the financial future of the company. The interviewer is looking for insight into your decision making process. Why are certain decisions more difficult than others? Sometimes the most difficult decisions are the ones you need to make quickly without much time or thought. Do you weigh the pros and cons? If you have been faced with challenging decisions at work, how did you make those decisions? What are the factors you consider?
7.
What is your ideal work environment?
Describe the aspects on an office environment that you enjoy most and why. Are you motivated by the positive attitudes of others? Do you thrive when your boss empowers you by giving you autonomy over decisions? It's important to know what you need and what you want out of a work situation. Share some qualities and attributes of the people and environment that you thrive in. Sometimes it's hard to know if the past places you've been employed were not the best for you. Think about an environment where you feel you will learn and grow best and describe that to the interviewer.
8.
Why should we hire you?
Consider the challenges of your future role. How will you go above and beyond to tackle the most difficult tasks? Sharing your accomplishments, skills and characteristics will demonstrate your extensive knowledge and expertise. How have you successfully managed and limited risks? How have you proven yourself reliable and trustworthy to oversee budgets? What qualities do you offer that make you stand out? Review the job description and your resume side by side once more to help you highlight your relevant experience.
9.
How would you rate your leadership skills?
You are a strong leader with a desire to make a positive impact on others. You have are an influencer in many aspects of your life, but how do you talk about? Working as a treasurer requires you to maintain relationships with creditors, bankers and other financial staff members. In order to influence decisions and earn trust, you will need to set an example. Are you consistent? Do you show up on time? How do you build those important relationships? Give an example of a recent time you successfully led a team or took initiative to solve a problem.
10.
Do you work well under pressure?
Tight deadlines and a manager looking over your shoulder are sure to raise your heart-rate! Stress management and having the ability to calmly and confidently deal with pressure are important skills. Give an example that demonstrates your ability to do this. Here's a sample example:

"Yes, I'm motivated by pressure. Sometimes it helps give me that extra push to complete projects. I stay motivated by setting deadlines on my calendar and milestones for goals I want to achieve, so that I can maintain my momentum each step of the way."
Rachelle's Answer
"Yes, I'm motivated by pressure. Sometimes it helps give me that extra push to complete projects. I stay motivated by setting deadlines on my calendar and milestones for goals I want to achieve, so that I can maintain my momentum each step of the way."
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Tell me about your work experience.
Although it may be tempting, try not to list your past jobs in chronological order with all of your responsibilities. Your resume maps out your work history, but it's up to you to highlight your greatest accomplishments. As you prepare for this question, keep the qualifications for this role in mind in order to focus on relevant experience. If you don't have a lot of relevant professional experience, take some time to review your work history. Think about those transferable skills that you got from a volunteer role or administrative job. You can share your last jobs, focusing on the three most recent, and then talk about what you learned, your skills and your achievements.
12.
Tell me about a time when you fell behind your work. How did it happen and how did you catch up?
Be careful not to play the blame game. If you fell behind due to an unexpected circumstance or perhaps your boss piled on a few extra projects, that's okay. As you know, these things happen. Focus on what you did to make up time. Were you willing to work longer hours? Did you recruit extra help?
Rachelle's Answer
"I got behind on a project due when I got the flu, because I had to miss a couple days of work. I asked a coworker to handle a couple of tasks while I was sick so that when I came back to work I didn't miss any deadlines. I worked late for a few days in order to catch up."
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What interests you about finance?
What excites you about working in the financial industry? Do you enjoy problem solving and using research and insight to influence financial decisions? Share some of the aspects of the industry that you particularly enjoy. Explain how it allows you to demonstrate your skills and strengths.

"I've always loved math and statistics. It just always made sense to me. I enjoy problem solving and helping companies grow to their potential."
Rachelle's Answer
"I've always loved math and statistics. It just always made sense to me. I enjoy problem solving and helping companies grow to their potential."
14.
Tell me about yourself.
What do you want the interviewer to think about you when you leave? Making a good impression will definitely increase your chances of getting a call back. When preparing for this question, consider your past experiences and successes. Think of a few examples you could share. You can also draw upon your strengths, abilities and your current position. What projects are you working on that relate to this new job? What initiatives have you taken to make improvements or motivate your team? This is also a good time to mention any future goals that are relevant to the position.
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Give an example of a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle it?
No one wants to admit weakness in an interview. And you know what? You don't have to! You can explain a situation where you did something wrong or incorrectly. Try to stay detached from it by explaining in a calm manner, "I accidentally pushed "send" on an email before proofing it." Now, what did you do once you realized you did something wrong? "I knew there were typos and I may have phrased something in a way that could be confusing. I called my manager and explained to make sure they didn't take the message the wrong way." Show you took initiative in handling it. If the consequences were greater than frustrating your boss or having to apologize, show you handled it by being humble and calm. Next talk about what you learned from it and the actions you will take to make sure it never happens again.
Rachelle's Answer
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Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about your education.
  2. Why have you chosen this career?
  3. What are your future goals?
  4. How do you ensure that confidential information is secure and private?
  5. What does a typical work day look like for you?
  6. What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
  7. What is your ideal work environment?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. How would you rate your leadership skills?
  10. Do you work well under pressure?
  11. Tell me about your work experience.
  12. Tell me about a time when you fell behind your work. How did it happen and how did you catch up?
  13. What interests you about finance?
  14. Tell me about yourself.
  15. Give an example of a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle it?
  16. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
  17. What is the most important rule of a treasurer?
  18. What do you know about our organization?
  19. Give me an example that demonstrates your attention to detail.
  20. Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Treasurer?
  21. What type of accounting/financial experiences do you have?
  22. If I were to ask your previous employer, what would they say about your job performance?
  23. How do you ensure accuracy when making projections based on financial data and performance?
  24. How do you like to be managed?
  25. Tell me about your management experience.
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