Senior Accountant Interview Questions

Ready to hire your next highly-qualified Senior Accountant? These interview questions will help you find the best candidate for your team.

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Senior Accountant qualifications to look for 

Your Senior Accountant and accounting manager candidates should know the ins and out of high-level accounting processes like budget preparation and financial forecasting. 

Experience is high up on the list of qualifications, and they should feel comfortable explaining financial data to non-financial staff, especially senior executives. 

Your best hire will keep current with accounting and auditing standards. 

Keep an eye out for candidates who are:

  • Strategic and analytical leaders
  • Goal-oriented
  • Strong leaders 

The right candidate will be thrilled to coordinate complex projects involving data collection, data analysis, quality control and planning future work. 

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

Problem-solving interview questions

  • Walk me through your budget preparation process.
  • Describe financial forecasting and projections. 
  • How do you stay current on accounting and auditing standards? What publications do you read? 
  • How do you keep track of the work your team is tasked to do?
  • How do you monitor your team’s performance and help them set goals?
  • How do you direct internal and external audits?
  • How do you present financial data to non-financial staff?
  • Describe a time you helped senior leadership to make a decision based on financial data. What was the outcome? 
  • How do you explain complicated processes to staff members who have no financial background?
  • Describe a time you were dissatisfied with an accounting process. What did you do to improve it?
  • Have you executed a complicated financial project on a tight deadline? How did you coordinate your team in collecting and analyzing data? How did you ensure accuracy?

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