Bookkeeper Job Interview Questions & Answers

Got an interview coming up where you’re applying for the role of a Bookkeeper? No worries! Listed below, you’ll find some of the most common Bookkeeper interview questions along with sample answers. Read on!

What experience do you have as a Bookkeeper?

A straightforward question that requires an honest answer – list experience you have as it pertains to the position you’re applying for. Of course, on the off chance you don’t have any experience in the role, plan ahead and have some examples of tangentially related experience. In this way, you can turn a simple ‘no’ into an opportunity to demonstrate your awareness of related skillsets.

Answer Sample:

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

Things are changing quickly in our industry. What do you feel are the biggest challenges within the role of Bookkeeper?

There are a variety of ways to answer this one. Try discussing ‘buzzworthy’ topics like AI, software, and inexpensive labor. Regardless of your answer, be sure to have something to backup your responses.

Answer Sample:

Like many things, I belive that with change comes opportunity

How do you minimize the risk for errors in your work?

While we all make mistakes, accountants can afford no such luxury. No, the company you are applying to isn’t expecting their employees to be flawless. What they’re looking for here is some sort of system of checks and balances.

Answer Sample:

Rain or shine, I always make sure that x is reviewed 3 times over and referenced against y before it goes out the door

Tell me about a time you used numbers to tell an effective story?

Numbers don’t lie. What’s being asked for here is an example of when you were able to prove a point by providing truth through the data. A great example here would be anything relating to a decision where your data made a difference.

Answer Sample:

Our department had been struggling for years, but by clearly illustrating the relationship between x and y, we corrected and showed record improvements in the next quarter

Tell me about a time when you received difficult feedback. How did you react?

We all love praise, and we all dislike hearing our work criticized. Any competent interviewer in the accounting profession understands that mistakes happen. What you’re going to want to do here is be sure to let the interviewer know what you did in reaction to this feedback. How accountable were the parties involved? Your ability to navigate though difficult situations will place you high on just about any accounting employer’s list.

Answer Sample:

Ive been on both ends of critical feedback, and clear, consice presnetation of facts is paramount, as is accountability

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! As an accountant, this is a serious requirement. Like many non-valid responses, your statement ‘yes I am a detail oriented person’ is not going to cut it.

Answer Sample:

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?

Every modern accounting practice will require some level of proficiency when it comes to software. If your experience is limited, make sure you at least have a basic understanding of industry standards prior to the interview. Take some time to ensure you are able to to name popular applications, and have a solid idea of their purpose.

Answer Sample:

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. Simply put, culture fit means that your values are in alignment with your prospective employer’s. While you may be a chatty extrovert, be mindful of your response here and how it may be perceived by the interviewer.

Answer Sample:

I succeed when expectations and accountability are in place, and equally enjoy a balance of working solo / working as a team”

Without revealing too much info – why are you leaving your last job?

An innocent question, but deadly if answered improperly. Seeking more money or mentioning the ‘terrible management’ at your last job may leave your interviewer with the wrong impression of you. Even if you were subject to downsizing or let go for other reasons, keep it short and concise, and avoid drama regardless of how tempting it may be.

Answer Sample:

Working at x was a great experience for a vareity of reasons, but now its time to seek out new challenges