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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Question 1 of 25
Tell me about the biggest cash flow issue you have resolved.
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Tell the interviewer about the biggest cash flow issue you have resolved in your career, in any position (i.e., it does not have to be in a formal capacity of Treasury Assistant but can be in a position wherein you had treasury duties).

Should you not have experienced such issues, tell the interviewer why that is the case.
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1.
Tell me about the biggest cash flow issue you have resolved.
Tell the interviewer about the biggest cash flow issue you have resolved in your career, in any position (i.e., it does not have to be in a formal capacity of Treasury Assistant but can be in a position wherein you had treasury duties).

Should you not have experienced such issues, tell the interviewer why that is the case.

Rachelle's Answer
"Fortunately, I have never had to resolved cash flow issues. I believe my high degree of meticulousness ensured such situation would rarely occur as I always review my work numerous times before submission to ensure the information is accurate."
2.
What is your preferred industry to work in?
Ensure to do your due diligence before the interview by reviewing the job posting and company website/social media pages to familiarize yourself with the position, services offered at the company, and industry the company is in.

Answer this question by mentioning you wish to work in the same industry the employer is in to demonstrate you have done your due diligence and wish to work for this employer specifically - and that you are not simply looking for just any job. Add the reasons why you wish to work in such industry.

Rachelle's Answer
"I saw on your website that you are in (X industry) and this is precisely the industry I wish to establish myself in because (X reasons why, such as passion for the industry and/or related courses taken in university that sparked your interest)."
3.
Are you interested in obtaining your Masters' degree in Business and/or Accounting (in the event not listed on resume)?
Ensure to review the job posting several times before an interview to familiarize yourself with the qualifications required for a role.

Should advanced degrees be required, the interviewer will assume you are aware of these requirements and that you will be willing to pursue advanced degrees, if required (should there be no master's degrees already listed on your resume). This applies even in the event you only have a bachelor's degree and the position requires a master's degree, yet you were nevertheless granted an interview.

Answer this question by pointing out you are serious about the position you applied for and as such, should you pursue a master's degree as per the position requirements, your education will not interfere with your new position. Employers are looking for seriousness and commitment.

Rachelle's Answer
"Effective (X start date), I will be enrolled in a Master's degree program in Accounting at (X university), however on a part-time basis in the evenings. I am serious about this position at your company and you can rest assured my education will not interfere with my work."
4.
What bookkeeping experience do you have?
Tell the interviewer about your bookkeeping experience in any capacity, i.e., professional (paid/unpaid) or volunteer. The objective is to show the interviewer you have the bookkeeping skills required for this position and as such, will be successful in this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I worked as Volunteer Bookkeeping Assistant for (X company name) during my first summer break from university, and as a Bookkeeping Intern for (X company name) upon graduation from (X university."
5.
Why are you the best Treasury Assistant for us?
Ensure to review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits or profile required for this role. Answer this question by outlining a few of the listed qualifications that you also possess, making you the best candidate for this role.

Alternatively, mention your top qualifications and qualities which will ensure your success in this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"As you can see on my resume, I have the required educational qualifications, holding a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting, as well as years of relevant treasury experience. I furthermore am a hard worker, a team player and work tirelessly."
6.
As a Treasury Assistant it is of utmost importance to have your work done on a daily basis. How do you stay focused and on deadline?
Tell the interviewer about your organizational and time management skills.

Rachelle's Answer
"I use a calendar to be reminded of upcoming meetings and deadlines, as well as daily/weekly to-do lists, by prioritizing the most important duties, to ensure I am on top of things. I review and amend my lists every morning, throughout the day, and in the afternoon before leaving for the day."
7.
How strong are your skills in cash flow and general analysis?
You may answer this question by rating yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, and why.

Should you lack skills in certain areas, ensure to mention you are more than willing to undertake training. This will show the interviewer you are committed and are serious about working for this employer.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would rate myself 9/10 with respect to cash flow, and 6/10 with respect to general analysis. My last roles entailed mostly cash flow related duties, and little general analysis. I am however familiar with general analysis and am more than willing to undertake required training in that area if necessary in order to reach expert level."
8.
In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities every Treasury Assistant should possess?
Always review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits required from the successful incumbent.

Answer this question by mentioning 3 qualities from the job posting, if provided, and provide an example of these qualities in a professional capacity. Alternatively, provide your top 3 qualities, which you believe will highly benefit you in this role, and provide an example of these qualities in a professional setting.

Rachelle's Answer
"The top 3 qualities a Treasury Assistant should possess are time management skills, metiiculousness and hardworking capabilities, which I possess. These qualities served me well in my last position at (X company name) where I was employed as a/an (X position title). In this role, I (X confirmation re: how/why your qualities benefitted you in this role)."
9.
Tell me about your expertise in posting deposits, maintaining financial records, and reconciling bank accounts.
Tell the interviewer about your experience against the position you applied for, obtained in a professional or volunteer capacity. Ensure to respond to all aspects of the question.

It is mandatory to do your due diligence before your interview by reviewing the job description and the company website/social media pages to familiarize yourself with the work involved and services offered at the company.

Example of an answer to the above question: "My experience posting deposits was obtained while working for (X company name) as a/an (X position title). My daily duties entailed (X duties). Regarding the maintenance of financial records and reconciliation of bank accounts, I perform these duties extensively while working for (X company name) as a/an (X position title). My daily duties in this role entailed (X duties)."
Rachelle's Answer
"My experience posting deposits was obtained while working for (X company name) as a/an (X position title). My daily duties entailed (X duties). Regarding the maintenance of financial records and reconciliation of bank accounts, I perform these duties extensively while working for (X company name) as a/an (X position title). My daily duties in this role entailed (X duties)."
10.
Where do you see yourself in 2 to 3 years from now?
Answer by telling the interviewer about your short-term goals, however by ensuring your goals are related to the position and company you applied for.

Should your short-term goals significantly differ from the position or company, the interviewer may assume you will leave eventually the position if hired, for a better opportunity at another company, should one presents itself. As a result, you may be instantly disqualified.

Rachelle's Answer
"In 2 to 3 years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as a treasury expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Treasury Manager or Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."
11.
What is your greatest strength and how does it help you to be a successful Treasury Assistant?
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 Treasury Assistant.

Rachelle's Answer
"My greatest strength is that I am extremely meticulous. I also always review my work at least twice before submission to superiors or colleagues to ensure that my work is accurate."
12.
As a Treasury Assistant you will spend a great deal of time at your desk. Are you okay with being in a sedentary job?
Firstly, it is mandatory to always review a job posting before your interview. Secondly, the interviewer will value candidates who reviewed the job posting before applying for this position, and who did not apply to just any position.

As such, by virtue of the duties outline on the job posting, you should already know whether the position will be sedentary, and the answer the interviewer is seeking in a successful incumbent. It is therefore imperative to answer by saying you reviewed the job posting several times before your interview, are aware of the position requirements, and applied as you are perfectly comfortable being in a sedentary job.

Do not simply provide a yes or no answer. Always elaborate.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am absolutely okay being in a sedentary job. I reviewed the job posting several times since applying online, and understood this was such a position."
13.
What are your long term career goals?
Tell the interviewer about your career goals in ~7 to 10 years from now. Ensure to link your career goals to the company you are applying for to show the interviewer you can be a long-term asset for the company and that you are looking for stability.

Rachelle's Answer
"In 7 to 10 years from now, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as a treasury expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."
14.
What do you look for in an employer?
Ensure to review the job posting and company website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company. Do your best to answer by including something you saw on the job description or website to show you did your due diligence before the interview and that you are serious about working for this employer specifically.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am looking for an employer who values its employees and who will give me the opportunity to grow. I also saw on your job posting that your company is a family environment, which is exactly the type of environment I wish to work in."
15.
Being a Treasury Assistant can be stressful. What do you do to blow off steam, when necessary?
Tell the interviewer about your stress management skills and ability to work under pressure.

Rachelle's Answer
"I thrive under pressure and always remain calm in stressful situations. I sincerely believe that exercising on a regular basis significantly helps me stay calm in stressful situations."
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Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about the biggest cash flow issue you have resolved.
  2. What is your preferred industry to work in?
  3. Are you interested in obtaining your Masters' degree in Business and/or Accounting (in the event not listed on resume)?
  4. What bookkeeping experience do you have?
  5. Why are you the best Treasury Assistant for us?
  6. As a Treasury Assistant it is of utmost importance to have your work done on a daily basis. How do you stay focused and on deadline?
  7. How strong are your skills in cash flow and general analysis?
  8. In your opinion, what are the top 3 qualities every Treasury Assistant should possess?
  9. Tell me about your expertise in posting deposits, maintaining financial records, and reconciling bank accounts.
  10. Where do you see yourself in 2 to 3 years from now?
  11. What is your greatest strength and how does it help you to be a successful Treasury Assistant?
  12. As a Treasury Assistant you will spend a great deal of time at your desk. Are you okay with being in a sedentary job?
  13. What are your long term career goals?
  14. What do you look for in an employer?
  15. Being a Treasury Assistant can be stressful. What do you do to blow off steam, when necessary?
  16. What software or program do you use for tracking financial records?
  17. How well do you get along with your colleagues?
  18. Tell me the accounting programs and software that you are best versed in. What is your level of proficiency in each?
  19. In addition to the degree(s), do you have any certifications, licenses or designations not listed on your resume?
  20. Have you ever lead a team of individuals? In the affirmative, do you enjoy taking on a leadership role?
  21. How would your former employer describe you?
  22. What have you done in the past year to increase your knowledge in treasury?
  23. What do you know about our organization?
  24. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it prepared you for this position.
  25. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
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