What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear the word “interview”?
If your answer is anything but “preparation”, you need to figure out the dynamics of your thought process.
Preparation is key to successful interviews. When you leave out this basic element when appearing for an interview, you end up being disappointed with your efforts at the time of the interview.
Acing an interview begins before the actual interview. This means that you must start preparing for the interview well in advance if you want your status to be converted from applicant to employee. All this is not too difficult. If you know the work that you may eventually be hired for, you are in a good place. If you don’t, a little research will go a long way in helping you.
To see what questions you may be asked at an interview for the position of a chartered accountant, refer to the set below:
What motivated you to work so tirelessly to train as a chartered accountant?
I have been in awe of the inner workings of the financial sector, and how it affects business decisions since the time I was enrolled in a business degree. This interest led me to obtain training and certification in this field, and I have been working diligently to peruse this work ever since.
What have been your main duties in the role of a chartered accountant in your present position?
As a chartered accountant, I have been responsible for auditing company accounts and providing information about records, including financial reporting, taxation, auditing and forensic accounting. In addition to this I have been playing a strategic role by providing advice to maximize profitability and provide continuous management of financial systems and budgets.
What type of skills set does one need to work as a chartered accountant?
As a chartered accountant, one needs to possess general business interest and awareness, along with deep insight into liaising with clients to provide financial information and advice. In addition to this, it is imperative for chartered accountants to possess exceptional ability to perform tests to check financial information and systems. Moreover, it is imperative for chartered accountants to be able to handle counseling activities where business improvement and insolvency are concerned.
What is the one skill that you have that towers above others?
I take a methodical approach to everything, which makes it easy for me to handle the strategic work that my role expects me to perform. I believe this is the one skill that tops others.
What does tight deadlines mean to you?
Working as a chartered accountant means that you have to work on tight deadlines all of the time. I take deadlines very seriously as some of them are the law and cannot be tweaked.
Tell us of one accomplishment that you have to your name, which you are extremely proud of.
Last year, I managed to reveal a series of fraudulent activities that had been going on for months, and had put the organization in grave danger. Through implementation of forensic accounting procedures, I detected the source of this fraud and rectified the solution immediately, before it could cause harm.