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Internal Auditor

Your ideal Internal Auditor candidate is experienced, qualified (think: accounting or finance degree/CIA/CRMA certification) and knows their stuff when it comes to risk management, compliance, corporate governance, control principles and audit planning.

Internal Auditor interview questions

They are organized critical-thinkers with awesome communication and negotiation skills. Plus, they’ll have important qualities such as ethics, thoroughness and attention to detail. 

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

Problem solving interview questions

  • What process would you follow if you identified a case of fraud? 
  • If you suspected a company was exposed to a major risk, what risk management procedures would you use?
  • Have you ever dealt with conflict with upper-level management or an employee? What happened and how did you resolve it?
  • Describe a time you successfully made a system change.
  • Have you ever struggled to persuade your team to take on your suggestions? What happened?
  • Describe a serious operational issue you’ve come across. What happened?
  • How would you deal with uncooperative colleagues? 
  • What would you do if someone asked you to do something unethical like covering up a fraud?

Role-specific interview questions

  • What drew you to apply for this role?
  • How has your experience prepared you for this role?
  • How do you develop an audit plan?
  • What do you do after you finish with an audit?
  • What are the most important elements of internal control systems? How would you review them?
  • Have you ever used audit software or CAATs (computer assisted audit techniques)?
  • What do you know about information technology controls?
  • Where and how do you gather and analyze important raw data? 
  • Are you familiar with IFRS?
  • How do you keep up-to-date with regulation and law changes?
  • How can internal auditing add value to a company?

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