Management Accountant qualifications to look for
Management accountants prepare financial data for critical decision making within the firm.
Your top candidates will hold a bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, although other backgrounds may work too. Professional credentials are a plus and a good way to narrow down your top players.
The best management accountants will have deep accounting knowledge, and industry-specific knowledge may come into play when vetting your new hire.
Keep an eye out for candidates who are:
- Big-picture thinkers
- Team players
- Critical thinkers
- Strong presenters
- Excellent leaders
Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.
Problem-solving interview questions
- How would you assess if an investment is a good idea, and then present your findings to management?
- You need to reduce a specific cost. Where would you start and how would you make a decision?
- Explain the parts of an accounting equation.
- Explain discounted cash flow (DCF) and how it’s used?
- What information do you need for different types of forecasting models?
- You need to present a report to a non-financial audience. How do you prepare?
Role-specific interview questions
- What’s your experience with cost-accounting?
- What budgeting projects have you worked on?
- Do you have a specialty area that is beneficial to our company?
- How do you maintain attention to detail when on a tight deadline?
- What is your continued education standard?
- How proficient are you with Excel?
- Can you explain six sigma?
Behavioral interview questions
- Tell me about a time you helped reduce costs.
- What’s a key decision you made that helped your company?
- Recall a time you helped senior management assess a decision that could have gone wrong if you didn’t intervene.
- What’s your biggest accomplishment so far? How has it helped your career?
- Tell me about a time you improved the proficiency of a process at your job.
- Have you ever faced an ethical dilemma in your job? What was the outcome of your response to it?