Why Do You Want to Become an Accountant?


“Why did you choose this career?”, “Why accounting?”, “Why do you want to become an accountant?” – You can expect one of these questions at the beginning of your interview. We will help you to understand why the interviewers ask the questions, what you should focus on when answering, and we will show you a few good answers.

Speak about the present and the future

A young job applicant is sitting in front of an interviewing panel. People are in a good mood.

A job of an accountant is a routine job. It can become boring, especially if you work in a big company on an entry level accounting position, taking care of a limited number of tasks every day. The interviewers try to understand your passion for accounting (if there is any), and what motivates you to pursue this career.

You should not refer to the past. To say that you want to become an accountant because you have studied the field would indicate a must–but you should show the desire. Speak about the future, your preferences, what you expect from life, and about the value you can bring to their company working as an accountant for them.

 Sample answers:

I love to do this job, recording transactions, analyzing them, and looking for legal ways of cutting tax expense and saving money. I find the filed fascinating, and that is the main reason why I have chosen career in accounting.

My goal is to become a financial manager in five years time. But I need to understand the cash flow  in the company, and how things relate to each other, to have a chance to get this role. I believe that the position of an (entry level) accountant is a perfect first step on this journey.

Every one has some skills and is good in doing something. I am good in accounting. People enjoy doing things they do well.


Remember: You should know why you want to become an accountant. If you did not know the answer, HR managers would hardly find the reasons on their own. Refer to your skills, abilities, career plans, and love for the job of an accountant. 

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