Finance and Accounting Interview Questions

“When you say journal entries, you mean my diary right?” – Me in a finance & accounting interview.

When it comes to interview preparation for finance & accounting positions, for your sake, I leaned on the experts here at Atrium. Our Recruiters leveraged their industry experience and expertise to compile the most frequently asked finance & accounting interview questions by job title.

Have an interview coming up in one of the following roles? Be sure you know how to answer these questions.


If you’re in a Finance and Account Interview, always be prepared to discuss your experience with Accounting Software. Examples include NetSuite, QuickBooks, Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains, SAP, Hyperion, Oracle, ADP and Workday. Also, don’t forget to prep for these common interview questions.

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General Accountant
Have you performed or assisted with the month end close process?
Have you done bank & credit card reconciliations? At what volume?
What has been your involvement in financial reporting?
How would you rate your excel skills?

Accounts Payable
What is the volume of invoices you have processed? How many per week?
Do you have experience with matching, batching and coding?
Do you have experience with 3-way matching process?
Is your role stand alone or are you part of team?

Accounts Receivable
Did your role involve collections and billing?
Did you do full cycle AR? What was the volume?
Was your role client facing? Did you do vendor management?

Payroll Specialist
How many employees have you processed payroll for?
Are you processing the payroll A-Z or just preparing it and sending it out?
Do you have experience with multistate payroll?
Do you have experience with union payroll?
Is your role stand alone or are you part of a team?

Financial Analyst
Do you have experience with budgeting and forecasting?
Do you have experience with FP&A?
Have you done variance analysis?
How would you rate your excel skills? What specifically can you do? (Pivot tables, V-Lookups, Sumits, Modeling, Macros, Coding)
What industry do you ideally want to be working in?