Being fully prepared for your next accounting interview will achieve two things: First, it will boost your confidence and second it will impress the interviewer. Through preparation demonstrates that you are a proactive individual that focuses on getting the details right; two essential qualities for any accounting position.
Take on board the below interview tips, this coupled with practicing your answers to the typical accounting interview questions in this site, will undoubtedly give you the competitive edge in your next job interview.
Accounting Interview Tips
1. Know the Company
Take the time to research the mission, vision and financial status of the organization you are hoping to join. With the availability of the internet today it is relatively easy to find articles, press releases, and financials on the company. Make sure you are prepared for questions around the organizations goals and challenges of the company.
2. Know the Job
Make sure you have a thorough understanding of the skills and behaviours they will be exploring during the interview. In a typical accounting interview you can expect some of the following behaviors to be explored: Financial acumen, analysis, problem solving skills, resourcefulness, ability to work as part of a team or lead a team, commercial acumen, communication skills and flexibility.
3. Mock Interview
Practice a mock interview and get some feedback on your interview skills. It’s always best to do this with a professional interview coach who can give you on-the-spot feedback about what you are doing that is working and techniques to improve any areas of weakness.
Family or friends can also help and some practice is better than none, but bear in mind they aren’t trained to spot the critical errors you are making to the same degree as an expert. Leaving it until the interview itself is probably going to be too late.
4. Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
As an accountant you know all too well the importance of planning ahead.Make sure you prepare all the documentation you will need to bring in advance, i.e copy of your resume, copy of the job description and any company information you have researched.
Being late for an interview is a classic interview blunder, it says that your disorganized and not really that keen on the job, this is not how you want to start your next job interview. Make sure you know how to get to the interview, if possible visit the company in advance and know the transport links.
5. Know your Career Goals
At some point in your accounting interview expect to be asked questions related to your career goals. Make sure that you are very clear on why you want the position. Be able to talk specifically about what attracted you to that particular company and why it is the logical next step in your career.
Mention your interest and focus on continuous professional development. This will not only demonstrate you are focused and goal oriented, but that you are a self motivated individual with aspirations to stay and develop with their company long term.
6. Showcase your Experience in a Professional Manner
There is nobody that can state your experience better than you. You don’t want to be a braggart but you do need to provide lots of evidence of what makes you a great accountant.
Take the time before the interview, to write out success stories of pivotal moments in your career history that you are most proud of. Doing this will make them easy to recollect when called to do so during the interview.
7. Be Prepared to Talk About Your Strengths & Qualifications
It is very common in the accounting interview to be asked questions related to your qualifications. In advance of the day review your qualifications and write out specifically why they make you a valuable asset.
In addition do a complete inventory of your strengths; you should aim for 8-10 personal selling points strongly related to the job. These types of questions provide opportunities to shine at your best, so be prepared!
8. A Pristine Resume Tells Them You Focus on Getting the Details Right
While the interviewer might have a recent copy of your resume, you should take steps to carefully review and tidy it up again before your interview.
Particularly in the first stage process, the interviewer will without a doubt focus on pivotal moments in your career in order to explore previous experience you have gained and relevancy to the role you are now interviewing for. Anything on your resume is fair game for the interviewer, so make sure you are fully prepared for questions on your career history.
9. If You Look the Part – You’ll Get the Part – Dress for Success
As an accounting professional, it will be crucial to present an immaculate appearance. An interviewer forms an impression of you within the first 30 seconds, so make sure your interview dress, speaks volumes about your professionalism.
With this in mind you should carefully select your outfit. Regardless of the professional level you are interviewing for, you cannot go wrong with wearing a dark, well pressed suit. Keep accessories subtle or consider doing without them altogether. Find more tips in what to wear for interview success.
10. Demonstrate Enthusiasm
Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm at the potential of a new opportunity. Excitement is contagious; showing you are genuinely motivated for the position will create a connection between you and the interviewer, we all warm to people who are positive and enthusiastic.
At the same time, it is important to not downplay your current position. You can let the interviewer know that you are looking for a position that will allow you more growth and opportunity.
11. Prepare Interview Questions to Ask
It is common courtesy to be invited to ask questions at the end of the interview. This is an acknowledgement by the interviewer that the interview is a two-way information gathering process, so it is important to have questions of your own.
Stick to questions that give you insight into the company, particularly goals and objectives. If you get inside knowledge about what the company wants to achieve and are called back for a second interview, you can align yourself with this and automatically be seen as a good fit for their needs.
12. Write a Thank You Letter
Write your interview thank you letter immediately following your interview. Writing a thank you note achieves two things; first it makes you stand out from the crowd as very few candidates will bother to do this and secondly, it is another opportunity to remind the interviewer why you are the ideal candidate for the position.
When writing your thank you note, reflect back the conversation you had about a particular organizational challenge that you have the answer to. This reminds the interviewer that you are someone who is likely to be a solution oriented individual and an asset to their company.
Click here for further guidance on how to write a memorable thank you note.
A huge confidence booster going into your accounting interview is knowing that you are fully prepared to answer even the toughest interview questions on the day. If you follow the tips above and rehearse some practice questions in advance you will have an excellent chance to prove yourself during the interview.
Just remember, your goal is to understand the company and show them the value of your experience, qualifications and motivation for the position.
Originally posted 2016-09-06 19:13:49.