Complete Guide toAccounting Job Interviews

Getty Images - Remote 

Prepare routine month-end close journal entries (credit card expense, Accounts Receivable, Inter-company cash transfers, Bank fees, Accrued Taxes, Accounts…

Estimated: $62,000 - $78,000 a year

ActiveProspect, Inc. - Remote 

Excellent knowledge of accounting and financial processes (accounts receivable, payable, budgeting, financial closure, reporting etc.).

Estimated: $79,000 - $110,000 a year

State of Connecticut - Department of Revenue Services - Hartford, CT 

Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting.

$53,000 - $64,000 a year

PepsiCo - Plano, TX 

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader operating in more than 200 countries and territories with a product portfolio that includes 22 world-famous,…

Estimated: $48,000 - $61,000 a year

PepsiCo - Atlanta, GA 

Supervise period close financial activities for the plant, ensuring all necessary journal entries are processed accurately and timely.

Estimated: $91,000 - $130,000 a year

PepsiCo - White Plains, NY 

Prepare journal entries in SAP and EPM. The Foodservice trade spend team handles all accounting functions for more than a dozen GL accounts and over $1B of…

Estimated: $45,000 - $65,000 a year

Botkeeper Inc - Remote 

The platform easily integrates with a client’s bank accounts, credit cards, HR system, and POS system, and makes appropriate entries and adjustments to their…

Estimated: $43,000 - $59,000 a year

Beech Valley Solutions - Remote 

The right person has a detailed understanding of accounting and bookkeeping and must have experience managing multiple ERP implementations/migrations at once.

$50 - $65 an hour

Beech Valley Solutions - Remote 

The right person has a detailed understanding of accounting and bookkeeping and must understand the differences between cash and accrual accounting.

$15 - $25 an hour

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO 

Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that…

$4,500 a month

US Department of Justice - Guaynabo, PR 

In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting…

$49,000 - $62,000 a year

Project Lead The Way - Remote 

Post and review recurring and non-recurring accounting journal entries. The Assistant Controller will delegate to and oversee a team of accounting coordinators…

Estimated: $82,000 - $120,000 a year

PepsiCo - Lynchburg, VA 

Our Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting…

$45,000 - $47,000 a year

CONFIDENTIAL - High Profile Family - Palm Beach, FL 

§ Maintain bank relationship and oversee bill payment. Supervise payment of employees and manage other accounts payable. Develop and monitor internal controls.

Estimated: $120,000 - $160,000 a year

PepsiCo - Purchase, NY 

We believe that acting ethically and responsibly is not only the right thing to do but also the right thing to do for our business. Ad Hoc analysis as required.

Estimated: $75,000 - $100,000 a year

Mason Tax - Remote 

If you feel stymied by the accounting industry's stuffiness in general and feel like I might have written this job description specifically for you then let's…

$50,000 - $65,000 a year

Complete Guide toAccounting Job Interviews

If you’re looking for employment opportunities, our guide to interviewing for an accounting job can help you have the perfect interview.

What does an interview for an accounting role look like?

You will typically interview for an accounting position in an in-person interview. Accounting jobs involve a high level of trust. For that reason, hiring managers like to conduct interviews in-person so they can see the applicant’s body language. Hiring managers tend not to like phone and video interviews as much due to their impersonal nature. High-level jobs of the C-level often have a panel interview. The panel may include the current C-level accountant and the hiring manager.

Example interview questions

If inventory increases by $10, what is the effect on the income statement?

This is a trick question that tests an applicant’s knowledge of accounting. Nothing changes on the income statement because the balance sheet and cash flow statement are the two reports that would reflect the increase. This is a good question because it tests your knowledge of accounting as well as your ability to explain it.

What happens to cash collected from customers but not immediately recorded as revenue?

Until the revenue can be officially considered earned, it is recorded under “Deferred Revenue” on the balance sheet as a liability. This is a good question for entry level positions because it tests your knowledge of accounting as well as your ability to explain it.

Define working capital.

Working capital equals the organization’s current assets minus current liabilities. The banking industry uses a more narrowly defined working capital formula. It uses working capital equals current assets excluding cash minus current liabilities excluding interest-bearing debt. This is a good question for entry level positions because it ensures you have a firm understanding of basic accounting formulas, reports, ledgers, etc.

What are three different types of special journals?

You should respond with three of the following seven possibilities - purchase journal, sales journal, cash receipts journal, cash payment/disbursement journal, purchase return journal, sales return journal and journal proper/general journal. This is a good question for entry level positions because it ensures you have a firm understanding of basic accounting formulas, reports, ledgers, etc.

Which accounting applications have you used regularly? Tell me the advantages and disadvantages of each.

You are not expected to know them all, but it is beneficial if you can name a few big ones like QuickBooks and Peachtree. The interviewer needs to assess your knowledge and familiarity with accounting software. You should be able to relate specifics of each program’s advantages and disadvantages and compare them to one another. This is a good question for entry level positions because it ensures you have experience with common computer software used in the industry, and it exhibits your assessment skills and critical thinking abilities.

Describe an event in a previous accounting position that you noticed helped to develop a cost reduction.

Part of the accountant’s job is cost reductions. This question tests your ability to innovate and your diligence to your duties in analyzing journal entries, ledger data and reports. Prepare to provide details if prompted. This is a good question for mid-level positions because it shows your ability to connect basic accounting knowledge with its application in the real world.

When in the past have you had to develop a graph or use numerical data to convince management of a needed change? Describe it in detail. Focus on your ability to create communicative graphics, to negotiate and to present. Tell the result: how the change benefited the organization. This is a good question for mid-level positions because it determines your ability to develop explanatory products and communicate with both peers and those without knowledge of your field.

How do you explain complex accounting issues to people with no accounting background? Provide a specific example. In your response, include who the audience was – whether they were clients, other employees from other departments, etc. Focus on your ability to create, using your storytelling talent and your communication skills. This is a good question for mid-level positions because it determines your ability to develop explanatory products and communicate with both peers and those without knowledge of your field.

Provide an example of the investment strategy you use when funding departments during the annual budget cycle. This personalized answer shows your application of investment strategy to departmental budgeting. You should convey your ability to determine how to allocate funds in a manner that best benefits the company. This is a good question for C-level positions because it helps evaluate the candidate’s ability to merge accounting and finance skills with critical thinking and strategizing.

Name one thing you would change at this company today. Your answer exhibits your familiarity with the company you’re applying to. It shows the candidate’s research efforts before the interview and their readiness for the job. The thoughtfulness of the answer goes a long way. This is a good question for C-level positions because it shows how much thought and research the candidate put into the interview and how well they would represent the business professionally. It also helps evaluate the candidate's leadership skills.

Pretend we are in a sales meeting and pitch this company to me. The CFO represents the company outside the workplace. The executive financial officer should be capable of effectively describing the company’s products, services and delivery points. They should relate how the company does business. This is a good question for C-level positions because it shows how well a person could represent your business professionally.