Interview questions - portfolio

Baker Tilly
Mazars LLP
rsm tenon

Basically I have been using this site for a number of years whilst at university and since to try and get a job. I have recently been offered an accounting job but have been to a vast number of interviews on the way. I thought it was about time I gave something back. This is my list of potential interview questions (based on interviews for firms such as PwC, Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG, Baker Tilly, RSM Tenon, Mazars etc), if you have answers to these I believe you will be prepared for pretty much anything they can throw at you.

Potential Interview Questions

Tell me about your self.

Tell me about your degree

What are your strengths?

What can you bring to this company?

What are you weaknesses?

Why have you chosen ‘FIRM’

Why have you chosen Audit?

Why have you chosen this location?

What do you know about ‘FIRM’?

What do you know about the services ‘our FIRM’ offers?

Who are our clients?

Tell me about your last job, what were your responsibilities and what did you learn?

When have you shown passion to excel? (Gone the extra mile)

Do you have a ‘can do’ attitude? (meet challenges and excel)

When have you worked successfully as part of a team?

When have you shown respect and integrity?

When have deadlines changed?

When have you had to break bad news?

When have you lead a team?

When have you had to flex your leadership style?

Tell me about the last time you had to do a presentation?

When have you had to plan and organise a project?

When have you had to solve a problem/ use initiative?

When have you had to resolve a conflict?

When have you had to adapt to a new environment?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

What will you be doing as a graduate/ on a daily basis?

What will be your responsibilities?

What do you know about performing an audit? How would you carry out tests?

What testing would you do?

What controls would you test?

What do you know about the ACA (ICAEW) qualifications?

What have you learnt from your (something from CV ie travelling) experience?

How would you chair a meeting? (Baker Tilly)

Commercial Awareness – Can you tell me a story that’s going on in the paper?

How has accountancy changed over last 10 years?

Remember to have questions to ask!
E.g. What training support is offered?
Why have you stayed with the firm?
What makes your firm different?

I’m not saying other question won’t come up because often question are asked relating to current events or something specific to do with the company. But this is pretty much what I have collected over the years from internships to grad scheme applications.

Hope it helps!


Great post cheers.