What Was the Toughest Accounting Task You Had to Solve?


Accountant is working on a difficult taskInterviewers try to understand two things:

  • Your real level of experience. (Everyone with some experience in accounting have solved difficult tasks. Oppositely, people who did accounting only at schools will struggle to come up with any difficult tasks they faced.)
  • The way you think about problems, and about solving them. (Once you describe the toughest task, interviewers will ask you to elaborate on it with your solution of the problem.)

Choose a task you solved

Think about it for a moment. If you presented a task that you failed to solve, it would create a bad picture about your accounting skills. You should always talk about the problem that you managed to solve at the end.

No experience with difficult tasks?

If you have no experience, you can research on “difficult accounting problems”. You will find many tough to solve (our interview guide offers a few as well, with solutions). You can design your own case situation according to them and then you can talk about it in your interview.

At the end of the day, if you apply for an entry level job, you can be honest and say that you have no experience with very difficult tasks. However, do not forget to say what you would do if you were facing one:

I have no experience with tough accounting tasks. I was able to solve everything so far, using my knowledge and IAS. However, if there was a difficult task I was not able to solve, I would consult one of my colleagues, or I would try to find the solution on the internet. I know the places where to look for an answer.

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