Top 25 Treasurer Interview Questions
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Treasurer
March 1st, 2017

A treasurer is responsible for the management of an organization's finances. Typical tasks including overseeing the funds allocated for various purposes, signing checks, handling all bank-related work and making wise investments using excess funds. The exact details of the job would depend on the type and size of the organization you are employed with. While the task may be pretty straightforward in a smaller organization, it is likely to be very elaborate and highly challenging in a larger company.

You must be passionate about finance if you want to take up a job as a treasurer in any organization as you be required to oversee all kinds of financial transactions and dealings such as payment processing, managing cash and investment portfolios and formulating and implementing investment policies,

Most companies will prefer to hire someone with a strong treasury background. This means you need to have a Bachelor's degree in mathematics or economics and at least 7 to 10 years experience in finance and treasury. Knowledge of accounting, tax, finance and currency markets will give you additional points.

At the interview for a treasury job, your interview will ask you tough treasury-related questions to determine your suitability for the job. You may be asked questions about debts and loans, governance and treasury policies, payment processing or capital and currency markets. Demonstrating your extensive knowledge in this field by answering all questions accurately and confidently is the key to getting hired as a treasury.
Treasurer Interview Questions
2 of 25
Tell me about your education.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I was working in a finance department.
 
2.
I was the treasurer for my 4H club when I was still in high school.
 
3.
No, but I was working hand in hand with someone who was.
 
4.
I was the treasurer for my Sorority.
 
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I have never been a treasurer at the college, but I have abundance of experience for running a treasury section not department because I have been able to run the same here since the day I jointed these organisation, and I am proud to say, under my stewardship, we have never incurred drive this organisation to any liquidity stress while still optimising return on excess liquidity which was available for landing. I have been able to categories customers according to their perceived volatility. I have been able to develop operational framework, for liquidity risk, interest rate risk as well as operational manuals for forex, SIRESS and RTGS systems. I have lead successful projects when RTGS, SIRESS and Vantage Systems were being introducted in here.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have strong organisation, prioritisation and interpersonal skills in each and every job I have high pressure to meet the demanding deadlines. This was achieved because I planned activities in advance identify any issue in advance and resolve it before they surface. I have very good interpersonal skills I communicate effectively at all level with all type of people. I have very strong can do attitude I always like to take on new challenge and new task I never say no to any that was given to me. Icomplete all the tasks to client expectation. I also have good team spirit provide and help to member of team and department. I have professional qualification and experience these all matches to your job description hence in my opinion you should hire me and your decision would not be wrong. I will do everything that I can to add value to 20% growth forecast.
 
2.
I am very dependable and have the schools best interest in mind.
 
3.
Because I am very organized, I know how to manage my time efficiently, and I will invest alot of my time and effort to make the club run smoother.
 
4.
I am capable of handling financial assets and liabilities of a society.
 
5.
I am a team player, have the skills for the position but more importantly I have integrity and is passionate about assisting the lives of our children through the administration in a school district.
 
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How would you rate your leadership skills?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Probably at the junior level however I am good a recognizing the strengths of co-workers and believe I could assign tasks that would compliment their strengths.
 
2.
I rate my leadership skills a 9 out of 10. I know there is more to learn but I realize I am a strong leader .
 
3.
I think I am at the junior level with leadership skills. I can manage a small group of 3 people to work on a project. I can figure out the plan and assign the task for each individual and collect the final outcome.
 
4.
Very.
 
5.
Strong quite type.
 
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Do you work well under pressure?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes as I had mentioned before I used to be a debator and I have been through the struggle between debate practice which required for long hours and limited time for me to do revision.
 
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I have always worked under pressure in meeting up the deadline. As accountant I always have a dead line to achieve from time to time and to do so I preparemy timetable and allocate my task accordingly.
 
3.
I work best under pressure.
 
4.
I am the best for this job.
 
5.
I do. I am still able to think through the situation and seek help if needed.
 
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Tell me about your work experience.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Sorry I used to be secretary.
 
2.
Bookkeeping and and office controller.
 
3.
I have leaderdhip skills.
 
4.
I have worked in the accounting field my entire career with the most recent 10 1/2 years for Bryan City School district with the last 6 years as the Assistant Treasurer.
 
5.
Controller of bank, controller of small business, office manager.
 
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How do you ensure that confidential information is secure and private?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I used to be a librarian and help the teacher to handle all those paperwork which involved secret information.
 
2.
I used to managed the companys bank account and documents.
 
3.
My current position requires confidentiality on a regular basis and I do not discuss school business outside of the office or with any co-worker who is not privy to that information or involved in the conversations regarding that info.
 
4.
All my years in banking I have been trusted with personal account information which is strictly confidential.
 
5.
That was when my boss told me about the plan of the headquarter to do the business in the local or not.
 
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Tell me about a time when you fell behind your work. How did it happen and how did you catch up?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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To certain extend, I would.
 
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I worked the additional time needed to catch up on work that needed my attention and asked for help on work that could be re-assigned.
 
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Had to attend a training and my back up had to leave. As soon as I was back at my desk, took stock of the situation, gave a heads up to stakeholder about possible delays, delegated and prioritized few tasks.
 
4.
It happened when suddenly it felt like there was so much to do with school work and other commitments but I am the kind of person who can work well under pressure. With such pressure I organised the things I needed to do and ticked off slowly.
 
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I fell behind my work when I returned from leave and realized my colleagues could not completely handle my schedule. I had to work extra hours in order to catch up.
 
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What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Decisions about who to call for assistance; routing of forms, ordering supplies, budgetary questions are easiest for me to make. Questions relating to contracts, staffing and legal issues are most difficult.
 
2.
Easy -work related, most difficult- related to people.
 
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Necessary decisions are easy that don't necessarily affect people's lives. Those that do are difficult but I will do what needs to be done.
 
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Most difficult are those who are connected with people and the easy ones are with fugurs.
 
5.
Decision which would benefit the organization in the long run us easier whilst is difficult to make decisions for personal benefits.
 
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What three words would you use to describe yourself?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Ambitious reliable team player.
 
2.
Motivated, efficient, hard working.
 
3.
Talented - senior - Modern treasurer.
 
4.
Organized, trustworthy, and proficient.
 
5.
Team player, integral and focused.
 
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Give an example of a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle it?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Thinking quickly how can I rectify the mistakes side effects as first priority by consulting others especially the person who advice me earlier and I missed his recommendations in addition It will be a good lesson to me to listen carefully next time for anyone.
 
2.
Not preparing in advance.
 
3.
When I had an interview with the Head of a team that I dream of becoming a member, I did not focus on his words. I asked him to repeat and as a result I failed that interview.
 
4.
I never did make a mistake, my instructions are normally plain and straightforward.
 
5.
When I was a student at the University. I prepared a presentation on the wrong topic because I've missed the topic assigned to me.
 
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What interests you about finance?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I enjoy understanding the "big picture" and how a decision now may impact a program later.
 
2.
I am interested because no one in my family has a clue about it . They are all in the medical field.
 
3.
Because finance requires a lot of efforts, challenge and intelligence if you work in the industry and in return it pays you deservedly.
 
4.
I really like to challenge myself on making sure everything is in order.
 
5.
My interest in finance is to the extent of it having the power to help others, make them better by improving their lives.
 
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What is the most important rule of a treasurer?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Gate keeper of the efficient cash and funding with mitigating all financial risk associated and max the profit.
 
2.
To pen your signature on all monetary aspects.
 
3.
Understand how to budget and do so with confidentiality.
 
4.
I believe it is understanding how to budget and finding a balance between spending and saving.
 
5.
Providing cost effective programs while retaining quality staff.
 
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Why have you chosen this career?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I want to learn something new.
 
2.
I have always been drawn to anything to do with math and computers and all of my job experience required strong abilities in both of these areas.
 
3.
Interest led me to handling finance.
 
4.
I enjoy accounting and finance especially when the outcome helps or services others.
 
5.
It was not intentional, its more like this chose me, I am good at it so I stick with it.
 
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Tell me about yourself.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Married with 2 kids a boy and girl love my family very much and like reading and thinking and green natural ares.
 
2.
I am a mother of two, a crafter and financial guru.
 
3.
I am full of integrity and hardworking.
 
4.
Well, I was born and raised in San Diego. Graduated high school in 2011 on as a member of the Principle's honor role. I worked for Sea World parks and Entertainment for 4 years. For the past 2 years, I attended Grand Canyon University. I have been playing golf since I was 3 years old and I currently play for the team here at SNC. I've taken two missions trips to Nicaragua and one to Costa Rica. In my spare time I like to practice photography and I also have a sizeable instagram following.
 
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I am organized, dedicated, and efficient. I like to get things done as soon as possible, and I don't give up.
 
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Give me an example that demonstrates your attention to detail.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Very much.
 
2.
I make my schedule beforehand, I make my schedule as tidy as possible.
 
3.
I am very detailed oriented. I have been asked to be on several committees because of it.
 
4.
One of my basic role is to advice market trends and where the market of money market and derivatives instruments is going therefore I am monitoring everything worldwide hourly and keep my eye on everything even small news and this gives you idea of my detailed oriented skills. This is actually my daily work skill.
 
5.
Very detail oriented but still, I try first to see the whole pictures.
 
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What do you know about our organization?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Is about 7 years now and working diligently in all manner of life.
 
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Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Treasurer?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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BCs in financial and commerce. CMA from ICMA Australasia CFM from FCR UK CTP from AFP Many strategic training and leadership courses. IFRS training CFO practitioner in the financial community.
 
2.
It has not prepared me at all. I have learned everything by myself.
 
3.
I've always been at the top of my math class, and math requires a lot of organization and meticulous work. I believe my years of math have prepared me for this job.
 
4.
Started well in mathematics which helped me to gain grounds for this financial role.
 
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What are your future goals?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes as long as the organization offer the opportunity to me where I can gives more support and efforts.
 
2.
I would love to grow with the organization moving only when the time is right where I learned as well as given back.
 
3.
Possibly, but the same fundamentals of Treasurer will be maintained, such as the requirement of being well-kept and having the ability to make decisions for the good of the company. I will continue to give support and effort.
 
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What does a typical work day look like for you?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Everything at work to happen as I have planned it. To leave early and to have time with my family.
 
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All appts kept, all meetings run smoothly all tasks are completed.
 
3.
When am able to work efficiently as expected of me.
 
4.
When I get all my work done in time for me to go home.
 
5.
Everything is prepared and I can see things clearly. I don't have to clear my way out of murky situations, and all the expenses are well-documented.
 
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What type of accounting/financial experiences do you have?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Well I have eight years at walkers doing things ike cheques, accounts recievable, accounts payables etc.
 
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If I were to ask your previous employer, what would they say about your job performance?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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They'd say I had a great performance reputation and that I worked hard to get my jobs done well and thoroughly.
 
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How do you ensure accuracy when making projections based on financial data and performance?
 
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How do you like to be managed?
 
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Tell me about your management experience.
 
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