Got a big interview where you’ll be applying as a Treasury Manager? No worries! Listed below, you’ll find some of the most common Treasury Manager interview questions with advice on how to reply. Check them out below (and good luck!)
What experience do you have (if any) as a Treasury Manager?
A straightforward question that requires an honest answer – list experience you have as it pertains to the position you’re applying for. Don’t get caught off guard by this question should you not any actual experience. Plan ahead and have something relatable to share. In this way, you can turn a simple ‘no’ into an opportunity to demonstrate your awareness of related skillsets.
I believe that in order to be an effective x you really require a great deal of y. In college, I worked with z for 2 years and really belive I gained a strong sense of what its like to succeed in x
What are some of major challenges the accounting industry faces looking ahead? How will it impact the role of Treasury Manager?
There are a variety of ways to answer this one. AI, automation, and inexpensive labor are all interesting items to bring up. No matter what you answer here, do some research ahead of time and be sure you can back up your answer.
Its hard to know for sure with industry factors such as x and y changing so many things – all I can say is that Im excited for the challenges that come with that
What systems have you developed to reduce/eliminate errors in your work?
To err is human, but not when it comes to accounting. While you may be a caped crusader with superhuman error-free work skills, your interviewer won’t buy it. What your interviewer seeks here is a process for quality control.
While it sounds quirky, Ive developed my own system for QA that I call the x – its bailed me out more times than I can remember!
Tell me about a time you used numbers to tell an effective story?
While it may be the epitomy of ‘nerdery’, story telling through data is a critical skill for those in the financial profession. The key to answering this question is focusing on the outcome of data you furnished – and why it mattered.
In a recent client meeting, by clearly visualizing some key figures we were able to save them $10s of thousands in tax payable.
Tell me about a time when you received difficult feedback. How did you react?
Difficult feedback is difficult for a reason. Your interviewer realizes that everyone makes mistakes, and they’re not looking to hang you out to dry. The interviewer here is looking for one thing in particular: how you reacted in the situation. Was there ownership of a mistake, or deflection? By showing your cool in the reaction itself, you demonstrate leadership characteristics that employers love.
No one likes these situations, but Ive found that dealing with it factually and without predjudice tends to be the best approach
Give me an example of when your attention (or lack of attention) affected the outcome of a project. Why?
The devil is in the details – and even more so with accounting! No matter what your role in the accounting industry, this one’s important. Like many non-valid responses, your statement ‘yes I am a detail oriented person’ is not going to cut it.
By ensuring that x and y were carefully reviewed, the organization was able to save immensely on z
Which software and/or applications are you proficient in?
These days, your mastery of accounting software is practically expected. If your experience is limited, make sure you at least have a basic understanding of industry standards prior to the interview. Spend a night and compile names of cutting edge platforms, and mention these along with their purpose to your interviewer.
Most of my experience is with x, but I downloaded a demo of y and really think it warrants a closer look
Culture is important to us here. Which style of work enviornment do feel most productive in?
Culture is king these days, and for good reason. Many studies prove that hiring for culture first and ability second yields far superior results. While you may be a lone wolf, be careful how you answer this question should it fall out of alignment with the organization.
I succeed when given clear, consise direction and find a balance of solo effort and working alongside a team is when Im most productive
Why are you leaving your last financial industry / accounting position?
Tread lightly! This question can be a dealbreaker if answered improperly. Your desire for better compensation or venting about the ‘terrible leadership’ at your last job may leave your interviewer with the wrong impression of you. Regardless of the reason your employment ceased to be, keep it on point and do not get negative here.
My last position came to an end rather organically, and its now time to seek new opportunities