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May 20, 2024

How To Demonstrate Your Accounting Skills in an Interview

Showcasing your accounting skills in an interview effectively requires a blend of preparation, confidence, and the ability to relate your skills to the needs of the employer.

When it comes to applying for accountancy jobs, possessing the competencies that are valued in the workplace is not enough. You need to be able to identify and demonstrate them throughout the interview process.

Understand the Job Requirements

  • Carefully review the job description to understand the specific accounting skills and experiences the employer is seeking.
  • Tailor your responses to highlight how your skills align with these requirements.

How to Talk About Your Skills

Follow  three steps to get skills savvy before you make your interview:

  • Identify the skills the employer you're interested in is seeking.
  • Identify situations where you’ve used those skills (TIP: Never dismiss a job or activity because it had nothing specifically to do with accountancy!).
  • Prepare how you’re going to talk about these skills during the interview. It’s not enough to say ‘I have numeracy skills’ – you have to describe a situation in which you used your numeracy skills, with a good outcome.

How Can You Highlight Your Accounting Skills During an Interview

Emphasize Key Accounting Skills:

  • Attention to Detail: Provide examples of how your meticulous nature has helped you avoid errors and ensure accuracy in financial reports.
  • Analytical Skills: Discuss how you analyze financial data to identify trends, variances, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Problem-Solving: Share instances where you solved complex financial issues or improved processes.
  • Handling tight deadlines: Explain how you completed the task on time, ensuring accuracy and compliance with reporting standards.
  • Proficiency with Accounting Software: Explain your command over the accounting software and how you leverage it to provide comprehensive reports to management for example detailed analysis of expense reports and identified areas where costs could be reduced.
  • Showcase Your Knowledge of Industry Standards: Demonstrate your understanding of relevant accounting standards and regulations (e.g., IFRS, GAAP) and how you ensure compliance in your work.

How Can You Highlight Your Soft Skills During an Interview

During an interview, you will be asked a series of questions and given the chance to describe your skills. Use this time wisely by focusing on ways to make your skills the focus of the discussion and to show how your skills and expertise distinguish you from other candidates.

So how can you highlight your soft skills during an interview in a way that stands out? Follow these simple tips to showcase the four of the top vital skills most accounting recruiters are seeking in candidates.

How to answer interview questions about your ability to work in a team

Think about any job or experience you’ve had where you’ve been part of a group working together to achieve a particular goal. You may have been part of a sports team, club, or society. You may have worked on a project with other students. Or you may have worked in a restaurant as part of a larger group. Bear in mind that it’s not enough just to say ‘I was part of a team’ or I am a good team player – you need to outline your personal contribution to any situation you describe, no matter how small. Did you have to adapt or make compromises while working with others? Motivate or support others to do better? Encourage a group atmosphere?

How to demonstrate communication ability at an interview

Explain how you present financial information to non-financial stakeholders or work collaboratively in a team.

Think about any situation where you have had to interact with other adults and how you can illustrate your skills – anything from written work, oral presentations, or negotiating the use of college facilities to retail customer service or working with other adults in a voluntary setting. Have you ever had to issue written or verbal clear instructions for others to follow? Or had to use your powers of persuasion to get funding, or to persuade someone to think differently? Have you ever resolved a situation through the use of good communication skills?

Showcase your innovation during the interview.

Think of a time when you have taken what could be considered an atypical approach to a problem; what was different about your approach and how was it successful? Have you ever come up with a new and better way of doing something? 

Show you are commercially aware at the interview.

You can demonstrate commercial awareness at an interview even through talking about a casual job. If you’ve worked stacking shelves in a supermarket, for example, be able to identify the issues facing the supermarket industry. Who owns the company? How is it structured?  Did you notice any losses during stocktaking, for example, or items consistently selling well? Give the recruiter answers that demonstrate an insider’s – not a customer’s – perspective.

Demonstrate Your Commitment to Continuous Learning

Highlight any continuing education, training, or professional development activities you’ve undertaken to stay current in the field of accounting.

Show Professionalism

  • Emphasize your organizational skills, time management, and ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Display professionalism, integrity, and ethical behavior, which are crucial in the accounting profession.

Talk About How Your Skills Will Benefit the Company

It’s imperative throughout your interview that you not only talk about your skills but also showcase how your skills and attributes will benefit the company. Help the interviewer understand exactly how you’ll be a great asset to the company and the team.

Ensure while you’re describing your skills that you also talk about their impact. Illustrate how you used specific skills in your current or past jobs to get results or to drive change. Describe how you used a particular skill to collaborate with a colleague or how you used your skills to motivate your team. Or if you know any particular issues or problems the company is currently facing that you think your skills can help them with, showcase this. For example, if you’re naturally good at budgeting, you might discuss how you could reduce costs across your department and save the company a considerable amount of money.

Closing the Interview

  • Summarize your key skills and how they align with the job.
  • Express your enthusiasm for the role and the opportunity to contribute to the company.
  • Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration.

By effectively highlighting your accounting skills and relevant experiences, you can demonstrate your suitability for the role and leave a positive impression on the interviewer.

Need More Help?

If you need any assistance in preparing your resume or you need more specific interview guidelines that best suit your personal requirements to have a breakthrough in the Canadian job market reach out to Gettrainedgethired.com to book a free 30-Minute career counseling meeting. At Gettrainedgethired.com we provide you with the necessary training to learn practical skills to become an accountant. Our training is based on practical real-life cases.  After the training, we work on your resume and try to place you in accounting firms through our network. You will also get access to like-minded individuals who are looking for jobs through our WhatsApp group. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Or call us at 647-275-7150.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is intended to provide general information. The information does not consider your situation and is not intended to be used without consultation from professionals. Salman Rundhawa and Gettrainedgethired.com will not be held liable for any problems that arise from the usage of the information provided on this page.


Salman Rundhawa

Salman has a strong desire to help others succeed and believe in passing on the knowledge. He likes to mentor others and wish to play part in other people success.
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