Accounting Manager qualifications to look for
Accounting Managers design and carry out systems for collecting, analyzing and reporting financial information. They also head up the accounting staff to ensure day-to-day operations run smoothly.
These candidates should have a degree in accounting or finance, plus a solid accounting work experience. Your top hire will have a deep understanding of accounts payable/receivable processes, reconciliations and budgeting activities.
This senior-level position puts your hire in charge of an accounting team. Ask about previous experience with leading a team to identify their abilities to coordinate projects and delegate tasks.
Keep an eye out for candidates who are:
- Solid under tight deadlines
Top tip: Diversity is key to a thriving workplace. Keep an eye out for management and exec-level candidates from varying backgrounds and aim to eliminate bias from your hiring process.
Problem-solving interview questions
- What are three types of special journals and how do you use them?
- How do you estimate bad debt?
- What accounting software have you used and to what capacity?
- What ERP systems have you worked with?
- How do you track your team’s progress and goals? Do you use any specific tools for this?
- You have to prepare an annual budget. What information and metrics do you need?
- Can you explain SFAS (Statement of Financial Accounting Standards)?
- Walk me through the process you use to analyze fraud.
- How do you ensure data accuracy and avoid errors in your reports?
- You find an error in a customer payment. What’s your next step?
Behavioral interview questions
- What resources do you use to stay current with changes in legislation? Do you subscribe to any publications?
- Can you share any examples of how you supported and motivated your team to meet ambitious goals and deadlines?
- Did you implement improvements to accounting procedures at your last company?
- What’s the most challenging analysis problem you’ve managed to overcome?