Payroll Specialist Interview Questions

Payroll Specialists are in charge of handling payroll and making sure all employees are paid correctly and on schedule. The ideal candidate would have a solid working knowledge of accounting and payroll procedures as well as good numeracy skills. 

Here are some questions to make sure you rightly assess these skills in the potential candidates: 

  • What would your goals be if you were hired for this job, and how would you spend your time during your first week?
  • What is the significance of consistency when doing a payroll specialist job?
  • How do you ensure utmost precision when doing payroll tasks?
  • Explain the primary responsibilities of the payroll specialist.
  • Can you explain your experience dealing with various types of payroll software?
  • What are the most important mistakes that a payroll professional can make, and how can such mistakes be reduced or avoided?
  • In your field of work, technology and legislation are rapidly evolving. How do you intend to keep up with the latest laws and software changes?
  • What is the primary function of IRS, w2 and w4 forms?
  • What exactly is the FLSA?
  • What kind of experience do you have in establishing a new payroll system?
  • Please describe your payroll background.