Questions to Ask Employers in an Interview by decree


                                  Questions to Ask Employers in an Interview
                                 AICPA Web Cast: Next Generation Accountant

Ask questions about the culture and philosophy of the organization:

          Training and learning environment. Do they have…?
              Training facilities
              Individual training syllabi
              Ongoing and frequent evaluations
              Mentoring program/buddies
              Non-technical training

              Virtual office capabilities
              Flexible schedules. Can you work from home?
              Paperless
              Research Tools
              Technology training

          Leadership development
              Executive coaching programs
              Women’s leadership programs

             Flow of information
             Intranet
             Suggestion box
             Dress code
            (Make note of how people are greeted who visit office, including yourself; are there
            staff photos; recruiting methods – is a partner/executive involved?)

          Social, work/life balance
              Is there some fun in the organization? Sports teams, parties, etc…

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Interview Questions from Employers Who Hire VCU Accounting Students

         What salary range are you ideally seeking?
         Why are you interested in public accounting versus private or governmental?
         How did you first become interested in public accounting?
         Tell me what you know about our firm.
         In your accounting curriculum which classes have you enjoyed the most and least?
         Tell me about a risk you have taken. What was the outcome and how did you assess
          whether the risk was worthwhile to take notwithstanding the desired outcome? What
          factors did you consider in this process?
         Describe a situation where you went above and beyond what would normally be expected
          to accommodate the needs of others or exceed their expectations.
         Describe a situation in which you faced a sharp learning curve. What steps did you take
          to develop your knowledge? How did you apply what you learned?
         Tell me about a time when you were able to work effectively on a team where people
          held conflicting opinions. What was the situation? Describe your role.
         Have you ever been a role model for someone? If so, please explain who the person was
          and what you did.
         What do you do to make the people around you feel important, appreciated, and
         What do you expect from us?
         What relevant experience do you have?

Accounting Employers’ Interviewing Tips

         Don’t say, “I don’t know.”
         Answer the question, even if you don’t want to (ie. Salary range – don’t just say,
         Be prepared to give a salary range. Do your research.
         Be prepared to discuss/explain your GPA.
         Some questions are designed to require you to think fast and speak about personal
         Be prepared to interview with more than one person. Answer repeat questions
         Display confidence in your skill sets.
         Exhibit eagerness and a willingness to learn.
         Let your personality come through in the interview.

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Accounting Interview Questions from AICPA
    Tell me about yourself (e.g., your accounting experience, your schooling, your
      extracurricular activities).
    Why did you choose the study of accounting?
    Where do you see yourself in five years?
    Why are you interested in a job in public accounting? Why industry? Why government?
    Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.
    Do you have any computer skills?
    What did you like and dislike about your accounting classes?
    When will you be sitting for CPA exam?
    Do you belong to any clubs, organizations, or societies?
    Why should I hire you?
    How have you dealt with conflicts/problems in school?
    Why do you think you would like to work for our company?
    What type of position most interests you?
    If you were entirely free to choose, what job in our company would you most like to do?
    What kind of supervisor do you prefer?
    Do you prefer any geographic area?
    How do you spend your summer vacations?
    What do you do during your leisure time?
    What types of books do you read?
    What percentage of your college expenses did you pay on your own?
    What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives? What and why did you
      establish these goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
    What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
    How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well, would describe you? How
      would you describe yourself?
    What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful?
    In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
    What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
    Why did you select the college you attended?
    What led you to choose your major/field of study?
    What college subjects did you like best? Why? The least? Why?
    Do you think your grades are a good indication of your abilities?
    What have you learned from participating in extra-curricular activities?
    In what part-time or summer jobs have you been most interested? Why?
    Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization?
    What do you know about our company?
    What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
    What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
    Will you relocate? Are you willing to travel?
    What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
    What have you learned from your mistakes?

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