Post # 1
So Ive applied to some bookkeeping jobs here in town and Im hoping ill hear back soon for one of them. The trouble is I have never had a “real” bookkeeping job. I helped bookkeep at a restaurant a few years ago and it was brief because I just couldnt get the hours I really needed there so I didn’t really get to LEARN the style as I could have if I stayed at that job longer.
Anyways, my questions is IF I do get an interview with one of these places, how does a bookkeeping interview go in general? Im REALLY bad at doing things on the spot and being taken off guard, maybe Im scared that he/she will ask me to do math and Ill freeze and fail haha (which actually happened to me once before when I was a teenager). Dont get me wrong im GOOD at math its just anything on the spot I get scared and freeze up.
So any of you have any experience bookkeeping? Do you have any suggestions/advice/tips? : ))
PS: Just incase you wanna know Im 23 years old
Post # 3
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!!!!