Accounting Clerk Interview Questions

Want to find an Accounting Clerk who’s got the right skills for your finance team? These questions will help you find the best candidate for the job.

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Accounting Clerk qualifications to look for

Accounting Clerks are administrative whizzes who support the accounting department by performing a variety of tasks. 

Tasks vary depending on the company, but they often include:

  • Reconciling bank statements
  • Maintaining accounting databases
  • Keeping accurate document records

A well-qualified candidate will have all the right certifications to bolster their bookkeeping duties, though they may not have a ton of experience since this is an entry-level gig.  

Your top accounting clerks will be detail-oriented and thrive in an organized work environment. 

Keep an eye out for candidates who are:

  • Analytical thinkers
  • Big on ways to improve procedures
  • Motivated even when things get repetitive

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Problem-solving interview questions

  • As an Accounting Clerk, what do you feel are your biggest responsibilities?
  • How would you define the Accounting department’s role in a company?
  • Are you familiar with any accounting software?
  • What Excel projects have you worked on? 
  • Have you designed a spreadsheet to keep track of accounts payable? If so, what was your process? 
  • Accuracy is important in this role. How do you double-check your work?
  • If we needed you to improve the invoice keeping process, how would you go about it?
  • What do you identify as confidential information and how do you secure it?
  • How familiar are you with SFAS (Statement of Financial Accounting Standards)?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Give an example of a goal you had in your previous position. What did you do to reach it?
  • Describe a situation where you had multiple deadlines. How did you handle them?
  • Have you ever implemented a change to speed up an accounting process?
  • What would you like to learn more about?

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