Your Senior Accountant and accounting manager candidates must possess high-level accounting experience with tasks such as budget preparation and financial forecasting. They must also have experience and comfort with explaining financial data to non-financial staff, especially senior executives.
They should possess thorough and current knowledge of accounting and auditing standards. Finally, they should be strategic and analytical leaders, as they will advise senior executives on major financial decisions and play an active role in setting goals for the entire department.
The Senior Accountant you hire may also be called upon to manage a team. In this case, the accounting interview questions you ask should determine whether or not they have experience with hiring, training, monitoring, and delegating staff. This person must be able to coordinate their department’s efforts toward complex projects involving data collection, data analysis, quality control, and planning future work. Consider these accounting interview questions and answers as a first step in determining whether your candidate has the confidence, experience, and personality to move forward with the position.