Complete Guide to Accounting Job Interviews

CyFIR, LLC. - Ashburn, VA 

Complete the receipt, coding, and tracking of vendor invoices. Complete month and year-end closing activities, including journal entries, account analysis,…

Estimated: $76,000 - $97,000 a year

Core One - Sterling, VA 

Process all subcontractor and independent contractor invoices and vendor accounts payables. Process mid-month and month-end billing and invoices for all…

Estimated: $37,000 - $47,000 a year

PackagePulse - Fairfax, VA 

They pick up documents and packages from customer´s offices or houses and then deliver them to final destinations within the same area.

$200 - $250 a day

Public Interest Registry - Reston, VA 

Ensures that all financial obligations, payouts, invoices, employee expense reports and other disbursements are processed in a timely and accurate manner.

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

KP Insights, LLC - Leesburg, VA 

The hours will be flexible, but we are looking for someone to work mornings (until 1pm). We help companies focus on what they do best by taking care of the…

$18 - $22 an hour

Amazon.com Services, Inc. - Seattle, WA 3.6

CPA) and certifications (e.g., CIA, CISA), and develop a broad set of skills and experience within Accounting & Auditing through a 2-year rotation program.

Estimated: $52,000 - $71,000 a year

US Department of Defense - Springfield, VA 4.3

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. Position Subject to Drug Testing.

$140,000 - $170,000 a year

Core One - Sterling, VA 

Process all subcontractor and independent contractor invoices and vendor accounts payables. Process mid-month and month-end billing and invoices for all…

Estimated: $71,000 - $100,000 a year

SuprTek - Ashburn, VA 3.8

Review invoices for labor rate, category, and spend accuracy. Assist with status reports, metrics reports, reviews, briefings, invoices and other deliverables.

Estimated: $86,000 - $120,000 a year

At-Risk International - Chantilly, VA 

Suitable candidate must possess minimum of 5 years of accounting experience. Prepares asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing…

$35 - $45 an hour

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Cincinnati, OH 4.3

Throughout your career, be available for temporary duty assignments, anywhere in the world, on either a temporary or a long-term basis.

Estimated: $48,000 - $64,000 a year

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) - Ashburn, VA 

Assist in Accounts Payable process for subcontractor and other major vendor invoices related to assigned projects. Process client billings in CostPoint.

Estimated: $68,000 - $86,000 a year

IntegrityRisk International - Reston, VA 

Process accounts payables and receivables including coding and entering vendor and expense invoices, compiling supporting documentation, and recording bank…

Estimated: $51,000 - $64,000 a year

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV 4.1

Now hiring at 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las…

Alight Solutions - San Juan, PR 3.3

Prepare bank reconciliations from comparison of payroll data vs. banking data leading to recognition of adjustments/actions needed to clear reconciling items.

Estimated: $58,000 - $79,000 a year

Serco Inc. - Herndon, VA 3.6

Lead analysis and preparation of required technical accounting memos Analyze and lead projects necessary to streamline accounting processes for revenue, leases,…

Estimated: $100,000 - $140,000 a year

TECHNICA CORPORATION - Dulles, VA 3.8

Process mid-month and month-end billing and invoices for all assigned business units. Responsibilities include customer billing, accounts receivable, accounts…

Estimated: $71,000 - $96,000 a year

Northrop Grumman - Herndon, VA 4.0

Reconcile invoices to SAP cost reports. Prepare automated invoices for government customers using SAP and following established guidelines and checklists.

Estimated: $39,000 - $51,000 a year

Mossman Advisory Group, LLC - Remote 

Experienced with Investment Portfolio accounting and transactions (JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, EFG, Merrill Lynch, etc). Minimum 10 years relevant experience.

Estimated: $69,000 - $95,000 a year

Martin County Schools - Stuart, FL 4.1

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree, CPA, or Masters in Accounting with a minimum of six (6) extensive years of experience in governmental accounting and…

$61,000 - $81,000 a year

Complete Guide to Accounting 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.