Accounting clerks deal with data, records, and documents, as well as provide front-desk customer service. It’s their duty to compile, calculate, and sort documents, post receipts, tally deposits, and file and maintain accounting records with financial data.
To do all this effectively, accounting clerks have to be professional in appearance and behavior, and be detail oriented, agile, and good with numbers.
Let’s review a job interview for this position.
Job Interview Questions and Answers
for an Accounting Clerk
Question: Please introduce yourself. What are your general qualifications for the job?
Answer: Review your employment experience. Try mentioning qualifications which are probably the most vital: numeric agility, ability to use computers and calculators, typing skills, ability to maintain files and records with impeccable attention to detail, etc. Mentioning people skills can also help, even if you think the job will be all backroom.
Question: Are you computer literate?
Answer: Specify computer applications you are proficient with (Microsoft Office, Adobe, PowerPoint, Linux, Notepad), specific experience working in a computerized environment, and any projects you might have done using computers (presentations, etc.). Typing speed is also relevant.
Question: Do you think you can provide the highest possible attention to detail as an accounting clerk in our company?
Answer: Answer in the affirmative and provide detail. Describe specifics of filing, record keeping, and calculating, verifying which of those require close contact with other departments. Show that you understand that typing requires maximum attention to detail.
Question: Would you describe yourself as a responsible person and employee?
Answer: Talk about experience doing tasks which required responsibility, such as problem solving, research, and tracking documentation problems and discrepancies.
Question: How effective are your communication skills?
Answer: Mention front desk customer service as well as regular communication with the management (representations, proposals, etc.). For example, talk about your ability to sense requirements before they are said and how you’ve resolved complaints effectively.
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