Why Do You Want to Become an Accountant?


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“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 recruiters use the questions, what you should focus on in your answer, and will show you a few brilliant answers.


Speak about the present, and the future

A job of an accountant is a routine job, and it can get boring sometimes, especially if you work in a big company… That’s why the recruiters try to understand your motives, if you go only for money, or if something else drives you to get this job.

You should not refer to the past while answering the question. To say that you want to become an accountant because you studied the field would be like saying you had to do it, instead of wanting to. I suggest you to speak about the future, your career goals, your motivation and skills.

 Sample answers:

I really like to work with numbers. To discover ways of cutting tax expenses in a legal way has always fascinated me. Basically I love to do this job, recording transactions, analyzing it, and looking for legal ways of saving some money for my employer.

My goal is to become a financial manager one day. But I need to understand the financial processes in a company before I can even apply for this role. I hope to acquire the needed knowledge as an accountant in your company.

Every one has some skills and is good in doing something. I am good in accounting. People like to do what they do well. That’s a simple reason for my job preferences.


Remember: You should know why you want to become an accountant. If you did not know it, how could an employer find it out? Do not refer to your past. Refer to your skills, abilities, career plans, and love for the job. 

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