Getting Ready For An Accounting Interview

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Guy Atkinson

Getting ready for interviews after passing the CPA exam can be quite a stressful time as the time for student loans to be paid back finally rears its ugly head. There will be some poor interviews so it is important to not get discouraged as interviewing is an art that becomes better with practice. Nailing an interview can put you on the fast track to wealth so it is important to be prepared. The following are some tips to get ready for an accounting interview.


Dressing for the job that you want rather for the job you have is a common saying in the workforce. After just getting out of accounting or business school it might be tough to purchase a new outfit for every single interview. Boden now has coupons on Groupon that make dressing nicely more affordable for the postgrad who has limited funds. Being overdressed for an interview is far better than being underdressed. Underdressing can be a sign of disrespect or simple ignorance of how the hiring process goes.

Interviewing for jobs that you don’t even want can be great practice at answering common interview questions and being confident in yourself. Some people try to play down their accomplishments but an interview is the place to be proud of these accomplishments. This is the most common error that many interviewees make so when going to these practice interviews, it is essential to nail it and experiment with different answers. Finding the interview style that fits you is something that only practice will be able to help with.

Doing some research about the person who is going to be interviewing you is important. For example, if the interviewer played sports in college it could be wise to talk about team building activities you have done or even mention that you played a college sport. Finding common ground with the interviewer can help you stick out in the sea of applicants.

A great interview could change your future for good so it is important to be confident and sure of yourself. Not every interview is going to go as planned so it is important to not be rattled if the interviewer does something new. What are some thing you wished you knew about interviews?

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Time management for Finance Professionals

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I’ve just re-read Richard Denny’s fantastic book ‘Selling to Win’, in which he mentions a time management technique that I learnt many, many years ago from an old boss of mine.


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