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Accountant

Specific duties of an Accountant can vary from business to business — along with factors like company culture, work environment, and team dynamics — it’s vital to tailor any template-based description to your company’s needs and expectations.

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Accountant Interview Templates

Why you should hire an Accountant

Accountants help companies achieve success by collecting, tracking, and reporting on finances in order to inform business decisions. They also ensure all financial reports and records are compliant with relevant laws, regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles.

In this hiring guide, we'll provide everything you need to hire a great Accountant.

Top 12 Skills for Accountants

Financial Analysis and Reporting

Financial Statements
Reconciliation
Data Analysis

Business/Industry Knowledge

Business Acumen
Regulatory Knowledge
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills

Collaboration
Adaptability
Verbal Communication

Self-Management and Integrity

Integrity
Attention to Detail
Organizational Skills

Sample Accountant job description

Accountants manage all financial transactions and related matters within a company. Their primary goal is to provide accurate information on financial position, liquidity, and cash flow to help inform business decisions and ensure the company is in strong financial standing. They also are responsible for ensuring the business is compliant with tax regulations. Their main responsibilities vary between positions but generally include auditing financial documents, tracking payments to relevant stakeholders, reconciling bank statements, budget forecasting, and processing tax payments and returns. They may also be required to communicate effectively with senior management by synthesizing and presenting key findings from financial analyses and forecasts.

Sample questions for Accountants

Question 1

Imagine you found out a colleague of yours had engaged in an unethical practice and violated a Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP). How would you respond?

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Alycia Damp, PhD IRHR

What does this question reveal?

Candidate has the ability to uphold ethical standards by ensuring GAAP is adhered to across the organization

Answer tips

  • Ensures their assumption about the violation is correct
  • Privately confronts colleague to inquire about their knowledge of the error
  • Works to understand why the principles were violated (e.g. mistake/intentional)
  • Proposes a solution that follows the relevant GAAP
  • Emphasizes the importance of following GAAP to minimize business risk

Question 2

In your current/former role, have you ever missed a transaction or identified an incorrect transaction? How did you detect it, and what did you do when it was identified?

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Hireguide I/O Psych Validated
Alycia Damp, PhD IRHR

What does this question reveal?

Candidate has the ability to analyze and maintain accurate ledger records

Answer tips

  • Elaborates on their missed/incorrect transaction
  • Explains how they detected and corrected the error
  • Discusses the implications of the error(s)
  • Shares tips for how to avoid errors in ledgers in the future