Senior Accountant Interview Questions

A senior accountant is responsible for making important financial decisions, forecasting tax returns, assisting in audit and budget preparations and more. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and decision-making skills along with deep knowledge of the domain.

Below are questions to help you find the right person for the role.  

  • Why do you want to work for us? 
  • What according to you are the qualities a senior accountant should possess? 
  • How do you define yourself? 
  • How do you think the company will be affected positively by hiring you? 
  • What do you think are the major challenges of this job? 
  • How do you think your past experience has helped you for your present role? 
  • How do you prioritize work? 
  • What do you think are your prime duties? 
  • What is the first thing you’ll focus on if you’re hired? 
  • Do you consider yourself a team player? 
  • What is your management style? 
  • What is your leadership style? 
  • How do you deal with conflicts in team? 
  • How do you stay updated with latest tax laws and accounting standards? 
  • Which type of accounting systems have you used in the past?  
  • Tell us about a time you made a significant accounting error. How did you rectify it? What did this mistake teach you? 
  • How do you go about preparing a budget? 
  • How do you monitor your team’s work and performance? 
  • Tell us about your experience in presenting and explaining financial data to non-finance staff. 
  • Tell us about a project where you had to execute a complex financial process with a tight deadline. 
  • Tell us about your comfort with tight deadlines. 
  • Tell us about your experience with a team project.  
  • Tell us about a time when you felt fulfilled with your job. 
  • Defend the remuneration package that you want.