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Preparing for interviews involves doing your homework and having questions that will aid you in determining whether a candidate is a "good fit" for your job posting.
These sample interview questions provided by Monster below will help your interview preparation when you're interviewing candidates for a bookkeeper job description. These questions are just examples of questions you could use in your interviews and you should select and use those you feel will aid you in your interviews.
Work and Experience Questions
- Tell me about your previous work experience as a bookkeeper.
- What were your primary responsibilities?
- How much interaction did you have with vendors and clients?
- What type of accounting systems are you most familiar with using?
- Tell me about your computer skills in general.
- What sort of financial reports were you responsible for preparing?
- Are you familiar with federal, state or local legal requirements?
- What type of reporting structure did you work within in previous jobs?
- What skills do you consider your greatest strengths?
- Tell me about a complex project you were tasked with completing under deadline.
- What have you done at your present/last company to increase revenues, reduce costs, or save time?
- What have you done recently to become a better bookkeeper?
- What do you know about this company and our services?
- What type of schedule are you looking to work?
- Would you be available to work extra hours if needed?
General, Work Related, and Personal Questions
Question 1: Tell me about yourself?
Question 2: What are your biggest strengths?
Question 3: Why did you leave your last job?
Question 4: What are your career goals?
Question 5: Why do you want to work here?
Question 6: What is your greatest weakness?
Question 7: What do co-workers say about you?
Question 8: Are you applying for other jobs?
Question 9: What do you know about our organization?
Question 10: What kind of salary are you looking for?
Question 11: How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Question 12: Do you know anyone who works for us?
Question 13: Why should we hire you?
Question 14: What Is Your Dream Job?
Question 15: What are you looking for in a job?
Question 16: Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
Question 17: What experience do you have in this field? or Do you have any actual work experience?
Question 18: Do you consider yourself successful?
Question 19: What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Question 20: Describe your work ethic?
Question 21: Are you a team player?
Question 22: Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
Question 23: What is your philosophy towards work?
Question 24: If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Question 25: Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
Question 26: Explain how you would be an asset to this organization?
Question 27: Tell me about a suggestion you have made?
Question 28: Why do you think you would do well at this job?
Question 29: What irritates you about co-workers?
Question 30: What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Question 31: What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Question 32: What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
Question 33: Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor?
Question 34: Tell me about your ability to work under pressure?
Question 35: Explain what has disappointed you most about a previous job?
Question 36: What motivates you to do your best on the job?
Question 37: Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
Question 38: How would you know you were successful on this job?
Question 39: Would you be willing to relocate if required?
Question 40: Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
Question 41: Describe your management style?
Question 42: What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
Question 43: Do you have any blind spots?
Question 44: If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Question 45: Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
Question 46: How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
Question 47: What qualities do you look for in a boss?
Question 48: Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.
Question 49: What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
Question 50: What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
Question 51: Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
Question 52: What are the most difficult decisions to make?
Question 53: Give some examples of teamwork?
Question 54: Do you prefer to work Independently or on a team?
Question 55: How would you describe your work style?
Question 56: Describe a typical work week?
Question 57: How Will Your Greatest Strength Help You Perform?
Question 58: Describe a time when your workload was heavy?
Question 59: How will you achieve your goals?
Question 60: What can you contribute to the company?
Question 61: What challenges are you looking for?
Question 62: Who was your best boss?
Question 63: Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
Question 64: What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
Question 65: How do you deal with conflict?
Question 66: How would you tackle the first 90 days?
Question 67: Tell me about a time you faced an ethical dilemma?
Question 68: What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
Question 69: What was the biggest accomplishment in this position?
Question 70: What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
Question 71: Give me an example of a time when you had to think out of the box?
Question 72: Tell me about your proudest achievement?
Question 73: Tell me about a project you worked on that required heavy analytical thinking?
Question 74: Tell me about a time when you failed?
Question 75: Do you have any questions for me?