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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
Tell the interviewer about your post-secondary education by mentioning knowledge and/or experience acquired throughout your studies, such as courses taken, group projects, and so on.
"As you can see on my resume, I graduated from the (X university) with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Throughout my studies, I acquired advanced accounting knowledge, such as (X courses). I furthermore gained some hands-on experience while working on projects such as (X projects that helped you develop accounting skills)."
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.
"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."
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.
"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)."
Tell the interviewer about your stress management skills and ability to work under pressure.
"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."
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the software and programs required for this role, and try to mention one (or several) of the software or programs listed (should you be knowledgeable in any of those listed). Should none be listed, mention the ones you use the most by emphasizing that you will remain willing to undertake training as required by the employer. This will show commitment to the employer and that you are serious about this position.
"I use (X software/program) for tracking financial records. However, I read on your job posting that you require knowledge of (X software). I am not very familiar with this software but am absolutely willing to undertake training."
Tell the interviewer about your organizational and time management skills.
"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."
Should the interviewer ask you about team playing skills, these are likely to be required in this role, e.g., having to work on collaborative projects. As such, tell him/her about such skills by providing an example in a past role.
"I thrive in a team environment and consider myself a team player. For instance, in my last role of (X position title) at (X company), we had to work on numerous collective projects on a weekly basis, such as (...) (X description of collaborative projects and how you contributed to the team's success)."
Ensure to review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the accounting programs and software required for this role. Should none be listed on the job posting, answer this question by mentioning the most relevant accounting programs and software you are proficient in, on a scale of 1 to 10.
"I would rate myself 9/10 in (X accounting program) and 9 1/2/10 in (X software)."
Tell the interviewer the certifications, licenses and/or designations that you have, even those not related to the position you are applying for - for the sake of full disclosure. Mention the year of obtention and name of the educational institutions.
"I obtained (X certification) in (X year) from (X university), and (X license) in (X year) from (X institution)."
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.
"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."
Tell the interviewer about your team management experience, should you have any, in a professional, volunteer, or educational capacity (alternatively). Should you have none, mention that you are more than willing to gain leadership skills and would love to take on a leadership role - and why you are a good leader. If the interviewer asks such a question, it is likely that the position entails leadership duties - current or future, which will most of the time already be outlined on the job posting. As such, he/she will assume you applied to this role upon having adequately read the job posting, and that you have an interest in team mananegement and/or team management experience. Try to provide an example related to treasury as much as possible. If you cannot do so, provide any example by telling the interviewer you are positive your skills will easily be transferable.
"I lead a team of individuals in a volunteer capacity when working as (X position title) for (X organization). In this role, I was responsible for 10 sales representatives and (X further related responsibilities). I realize this particular experience is not related to treasury, however the team management skills acquired in this role will highly benefit me in this position at your company. I thoroughly enjoyed taking on a leadership role as I love leading team members to success."
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 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.
"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."
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.
"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."
Always review the job posting before an interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits the employer is seeking. Answer this question by mentioning some of the familiarity traits listed by providing an example in a professional setting.
"My former employer would say that I am a highly meticulous individual and a very hard worker. I always review my work at least twice before submission and am one of the first employees in the office every morning."
Tell the interviewer about the courses you took (or are taking), seminars/conferences you attended or will be attending, or past/future volunteer experiences that increased or will increase your knowledge in this field.
"I am currently enrolled in (X course), which I am pursuing on a part-time basis online. I am also planning to attend (X upcoming conferences)."
Tell the interviewer what your greatest weakness is, however by ensuring that this weakness can be a strength in this position.
"I am a very hard-worker and find hard to stop working at the end of the day, resulting in numerous long days at the office. To improve in that area, I did my best to do lists every morning by prioritizing the work that needs to be done by the end of the day, and the following tasks that are not as urgent. Doing this significantly improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."
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.
"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."
Treasury assistants help senior financial managers to help organizations meet their financial goals. These professionals are typically employed by large corporations and government agencies. The exact tasks of a treasury assistant may vary widely depending on the type and size of the company they are employed by. In general, they prepare written reports and statements, schedule meetings, create presentations, update protocol manuals, and handle assorted administrative work related to the company's financial matters.
A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, business management, or a related field is the minimum requirement to get hired as a treasury assistant with an established firm. Treasury assistants must be extremely organized and have a flair for numbers and accounting. The tasks are largely clerical in nature.
At your interview, the interviewer will ask you various questions to determine whether you have what it takes for this job. Are you organized? What are your strengths as they apply to this job? What are your weaknesses and how do you intend to overcome them? Have you had any experience in this field? What tasks did you handle during that time? These are just some of the typical questions that are asked at treasury assistant interviews. You can find many more at Mock Questions.