(Closed) Bookkeeping job interviews? How do they go?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have my degree in accounting. When I was in college, it was impossible for me to find a job where I could learn the tricks of the trade. I managed to get a bookkeeping job at my university paper and learned everything there. Then got an accounting internship before I graduated.

First, they aren’t going to ask you to do any math or anything like that. They will more than likely ask you what accounting software you are familiar with…the most common one I’ve seen is Quickbooks. If you’ve never used it before, do NOT say you have. But if you know how to use computers and software in general, you will likely grasp it easily.

I’ve trained many people on QB and it’s easy. I have my own issues w/QB and prefer other accounting software but that is what most small businesses use. 

When I was responsible for hiring new accounting staff (bookkeepers) I was more interested in whether or not they were quick learners than if they had used our software (we used 2 and had to merge them.) If you are, mention that. 

I used to do books as a side job in addition to my accounting job and each business has their priorities….some are more concerned w/labor or supply costs, while others it’s all about the “bottom line.” 

Please don’t let your age or inexperience deter you….you have to learn somewhere. Trust me, I’ve learned way more post-college than I did while in college. GL on the job!!!!


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