What to Expect During Your First Accounting Interview
Posted Friday, Oct 14, 2011 by
After getting your accounting degree, your next step will be to interview with potential employers. If this is your first time looking for a job in the accounting field, this process may seem a bit frightening. But you will be far less nervous if you know in advance what most interviewers expect and what their questions are likely to be.
Here are some of the things interviewers are likely to look for when looking for an entry-level or staff accountant:
• Professionalism. Accountants tend to be fairly conservative by nature. So go to your interview well dressed (including your shoes), nicely groomed and, if you’re a woman, wearing minimal make-up. If you have tattoos, make sure they’re hidden.
• A good personality. The interviewer will likely be looking for someone who’s relaxed and friendly, who is responsive to questions and who look them straight in the eye. Confidence and enthusiasm are a must. Being hesitant, fidgety and worst of all, evasive, can cost you.
• Knowledge of the company. Know something about the company you’re hoping to join. You should be able to get the info you need from the Internet, particularly the company’s website.
• Honesty. Honesty is essential in accounting, and it helps in interviews, too. Don’t “pad” your resume with claims that cannot be substantiated or try to fake answers to questions you don’t understand. “I don’t know,” is always more acceptable than a lie.
In addition, you should be prepared to answer these kinds of questions:
• What accounting applications are you most familiar with? Be prepared to discuss your formal training as well as any other applications you may have learned on your own.
• What are the advantages and disadvantages of these systems? Accounting applications are designed to deal with specific problems and situations. Be able to explain the pros and cons of the systems on which you were trained, where they’re useful and where they are not.
• Can you give some examples of accounting reports you’ve prepared? Bring sample reports to your interview and be prepared to discuss how you created them.
• What’s the biggest challenge facing accountants today? What the interviewer probably wants to hear is: “Accountants need to be effective consultants and managers, not just number-crunchers. Employers don’t want just facts and figure. They want solutions.”
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If you want to begin a career in accounting, Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs that can be completed in as little as two to four years, respectively. Designed for career-minded individuals who may already have a job or who are raising a family and don’t have time to go to a traditional ground school, Everest’s Accounting programs can provide you with the knowledge, skills, experience and support you need to begin or energize your accounting career.
As with all Everest programs, classes are small to ensure you get the individual attention you may need. Instructors are industry professionals who emphasize hands-on learning with group projects and real-world scenarios. Graduates can also take advantage of Everest’s Career Services department, where representatives can help you find employment opportunities in the area.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
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