Payroll Manager Interview Questions

Payroll Managers make sure employees are paid accurately and on time, and manage insurance, tax and bonuses.

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Payroll Manager interview questions

Your ideal candidate will be qualified (think: HR/Accounting degree), experienced and organized with an awesome attention to detail. They’ll handle sensitive info with confidentiality, stay calm in any situation and be up-to-date with the latest labor law changes.

Top tip: Diversity is key for 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

  • How would you deal with a payroll complaint? 
  • If you accidentally underpaid an employee, would you compensate the difference ASAP or add it to next month’s payroll?
  • How would you forecast for next year’s payroll expenses?
  • What would you do if an employee claimed a coworker in the same role had a higher salary?
  • How would you explain the payroll process to your team?
  • If you identified a departmental gender pay gap, would you notify HR? Why?

Role-specific interview questions

  • What payroll software do you use?
  • Are you familiar with any HRIS systems? 
  • How do you ensure accuracy in the payroll?
  • What’s the best way to timekeep for shift workers?
  • What’s included in local taxes withholdings?
  • What’s the overtime pay rate for nonexempt employees according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?

Behavioral interview questions

  • How do you cope with tight deadlines? 
  • How do you keep up-to-date with new labor regulations?
  • Have you ever introduced a new system to help streamline payroll? 
  • How do you explain financial and insurance details in simple terms?

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