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Conducting a successful interview relies on large part on asking the right questions. Read our list of 20 essential interview questions to use when hiring accounting and finance professionals. Get more hiring and management tips on the Robert Half Finance & Accounting blog at https://www.roberthalf.com/finance/blog.

Conducting a successful interview relies on large part on asking the right questions. Read our list of 20 essential interview questions to use when hiring accounting and finance professionals. Get more hiring and management tips on the Robert Half Finance & Accounting blog at https://www.roberthalf.com/finance/blog.

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20 Effective Interview Questions for Accounting and Finance Professionals

  1. 1. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance for Accounting and Finance Professionals Effective Interview Questions20
  2. 2. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 2 “What do you consider the top three skills of a great accountant?” 1
  3. 3. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 3 “Can you give me an example of how you would explain a complex accounting process or finance data to a staff member?” 2
  4. 4. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 4 “When you buy a piece of equipment for a company, what is the impact on the three financial statements?” 3
  5. 5. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 5 “How do you define big data, and why is it important for finance teams to have expertise in big data?” 4
  6. 6. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 6 “What is the difference between accounts receivable (AR) and accounts payable (AP)?” 5
  7. 7. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 7 “When a company is using double-entry accounting, what elements of a given ledger must be equal?” 6
  8. 8. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 8 “If a company has three bank accounts for processing payments, what is the minimum number of ledgers it needs?” 7
  9. 9. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 9 “What are two or three types of special journals?” 8
  10. 10. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 10 “What methods have you used for estimating bad debt?” 9
  11. 11. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 11 “Describe a time you’ve made an accounting error and how you handled it.” 10
  12. 12. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 12 “How do you differentiate between accounting and auditing?” 11
  13. 13. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 13 “Why is it easier for someone to perpetrate fraud using a journal entry than with a ledger?”   12
  14. 14. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 14 “Which enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have you used?” 13
  15. 15. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 15 “What accounting software are you most familiar with?” 14
  16. 16. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 16 “What is your experience with developing business metrics?” 15
  17. 17. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 17 “If a private company with break-even operations received a $10 million investment, how would you develop a strategy to spend or invest that money?” 16
  18. 18. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 18 “What challenges have you faced in leading a team through an analysis project?” 17
  19. 19. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 19 “What criteria do you use to evaluate the reliability of the financial information you receive?” 18
  20. 20. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 20 “How do you minimize the risk for error in your work?” 19
  21. 21. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance 21 “What do you think of the most recent updates or changes in the accounting standards?” 20
  22. 22. © 2016 Robert Half Finance & Accounting. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. roberthalf.com/finance Let Robert Half Finance & Accounting help you hire finance and accounting staff. CALL US TODAY 1.884.361.6755

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