Finance & Accounting

Top Tips to Ace Your Next Accounting Interview

Whether this is your first job or you’re looking for a new opportunity, prepping for interviews can always be a little daunting. With so much information out there, what can you really do to stand out from the competition? When it comes to accounting, you already know you need to prepare for the basic technical questions, know your resume back to front, and give examples of your experience and successes in the field. However, what more can you do to ace your next accounting interview

Recruiters and hiring managers want to see a strong technical side but are also looking for candidates with soft skills such as communication and time management as strengths. You will need to be ready to discuss all aspects of your background and experience to share everything you would bring to the role. Fortunately, we have the helpful tips you need to get ahead of the competition. 

6 Important Tips to Stand Out During Your Accounting Interview 

Here are some important strategies to keep in mind when preparing for your accounting interview. 

1. Research the company and interviewer 

Before you go into any interview, a good rule of thumb is to research the company and understand its history, its position in the market, and its mission and values. Additionally, as you research the company, you also should research your interviewer.

Understanding your interviewer’s experience and background will help you build rapport. Try to blend what you learn into the conversation as you deem appropriate. 

2. Prep the basics 

Regardless of your current position, you need to understand and freshen up on the basics of accounting. This includes knowing the difference between accounts payable and accounts receivable, revenue recognition, EBITDA and accounting processes you are familiar with. You may also be asked to showcase your skills so the interviewer can see what your level and experience is.

Be prepared for any type of question and practice your answers leading up to the interview to stay confident. 

3. Highlight your soft skills 

On top of your technical skills, you will want to show off your soft skills that are useful for managing others and collaborating with a team and other departments. Communication is a very important skill that will show how you work with people. Relationship building is another important skill to focus on as you will work with many teammates on projects. Building relationships will only make your job easier and more efficient.

Additionally, are your time-management skills on par with the industry? There will be many tight deadlines and multiple projects you may have to work on – this is an important skill to have. Be ready with examples of how you have put your soft skills into action and the positive outcomes that resulted. 

4. Demonstrate your wins 

You will want to show the interviewer why you are an asset to the team and the company. Come prepared with a portfolio of all your work, especially projects where you have excelled.

Showcase how you have effectively overcome challenges, where you have brought in money (or saved money) for the company, and any other accomplishments that may set you apart from the competition. 

5. Show your enthusiasm 

Be excited for the role! The hiring manager wants to see that you are interested in the role and company, so talk about why you want to work at the company and why you would be a great fit.

Ask questions about the culture and working environment to understand what the office looks like on a day-to-day basis. Avoid being negative about your previous or current role. 

6. Ask questions 

To further demonstrate your interest, make sure to ask questions to learn more about the company and the role. Wanting to learn more about the day-to-day responsibilities or what your growth path might be like are great questions to understand if this is a good fit for you.

During your interview, stay engaged and ask questions during the conversation to clarify and discuss certain topics further.

Stay confident and know that you have the skills and expertise for this role – that’s why you got the interview! You want to show that you’re excited and that you’re ready to give it your best. It’s okay to ask questions and take your time in answering questions if need be. As a bonus tip, make sure you send a thank-you note after to show your appreciation for the interviewer and further demonstrate your interest. Good luck!

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