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POSITION SUMMARY

An Accountant’s primary job is to document the financial transactions of a business. They make sure that records are being kept accurately and that the business is paying their fees and taxes on time. Typically smaller companies will only have one Accountant while larger companies will have an Accounting Department where duties are split between specialized teams.

Accounting positions are one of the most important roles in a business. Aside from documenting financial transactions, an Accountant will also act as a financial advisor when needed. They must have the ability to audit a business and identify weak areas in order to draft a plan to help that business run at full financial capacity.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Accountant responsibilities may include:                  

  • Preparing financial statements into quantifiable data for employers.
  • Reconciling financial discrepancies as they arise.
  • Performing a full audit of a business in order to identify weak points.
  • Creating a financial plan that will optimize business efficiency.
  • Creating policies and procedures that comply with state and federal laws.
  • Creating and organizing financial records.
  • Making sure that taxes are filed and paid on time.

 

SKILLS

Accountants are expected to optimize finances within the business. To effectively organize, improve, and maintain finances, a skilled Accountant will need to be able to:

  • Maintain a system that will keep track of financial statements.
  • Manage their time well in order to stay on top of all of their duties.
  • Have a keen eye for detail to catch discrepancies within the business.
  • Conduct research and analyze data to provide accurate financial feedback.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Depending on the position, jobs in accounting can be found at a myriad of levels. Entry level jobs can be found with just an Associate’s degree while positions within larger companies will require at least a Bachelor’s degree. Regardless of degree, however, most companies will require that their Accountants be CPA certified and take continued education courses to maintain their certification.

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SAMPLE ACCOUNTANT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • If a company has four bank accounts for processing payments, what is the minimum number of ledgers you would recommend it have?

  • What accounting software do you have knowledge in?

  • There is a major accounting report due the next day. You have almost completed the report near the end of your shift and find an error. What would you do?

  • What are some strategies you use to organize yourself?

  • What process do you use for developing business metrics? 

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