“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 start of your interview.
I will help you understand why the interviewers ask the questions, what you should focus on when answering it, and I will show you some good answers.
Focus on the present, and on the future
A job of an accountant is a routine job. It can become boring, especially if you have an entry level accounting position, and take care of a limited number of tasks every day.
The interviewers try to understand your passion for accounting (if it exists a all), and the things that motivate you to pursue career in this field.
You should not refer to the past in your answer.
To say that you want to become an accountant because you have studied the field would indicate a must–but you should show us your desire.
Speak about the future, your preferences for this role, what you expect from your life, and about the value you can bring to the company, working as an accountant.
I love to do this job, recording transactions, analyzing them, and looking for legal ways of cutting tax expense. 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 be a financial manager one day. I believe that the position of an (entry level) accountant is a perfect start 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.
* (Check the Accountant Interview Guide to see great answers to all 20 most common interview questions for accountants (updated in 2019).)
Remember: You should know why you want to become an accountant. If you did not know the answer, the HR managers would hardly find the reasons to hire you. Refer to your skills, abilities, career plans, and love for the job of an accountant.