How to Answer the #1 Interview Question as an Accountant

In this blog, we hope to provide guidance when you are presented with the dreaded interview question, “Why Are You Interested in Working for this Company?”

This is a question that you should plan for before your following interview! This question can be challenging to answer as an accounting professional. By the nature of your skills and experience as an accountant, there are many career paths, fields, and specializations to choose from. Therefore, it is essential to look at all your experience thus far and match those skills up with the industry and position you have applied to.

Our job as an executive recruiting firm is to help you prep for your interview and make you stand out with your answers.   As recruiters, we want you to be able to express your enthusiasm about the position you are interviewing for. So, here is some food for thought when you are asked, “Why do you want to join our company?” or “Why are you interested in this company?”

Unfortunately, you cannot answer this question, “Because I need a job, and your company posted the job opening.” Instead, do some research to discover what’s unique about the organization. For example, look at their company website and LinkedIn page. These are good sources of information and demonstrate how the company presents itself. In addition, always check their social media profiles for insight and take the time to make sure your professional

When researching the company you are interviewing,  how does the company’s mission align, And for that matter, what are your goals? Is there room for growth in the position? We are here to help you pin down what goals you have and to help filter jobs your way that align with these accounting career goals.

When you pin down what is important to you, you can start to build out your answer to why you are interested in the company. Then, you can begin to incorporate their mission statement’s rhetoric into your solution. This should feel seamless and natural. During our interview prep at Lincoln Group, we will help you work out the kinks in your response. We also will give your insight into the company’s goals for this open position.

So, How Do you Answer This Question In an Interview?

Now you are at your interview, and the hiring manager asks you, “why do you want to work here?”

  1. First, you should show your interviewer that you’ve done your research. You can do this in a simple statement about how your career goal as an accountant is to work with a specific company’s size or industry.
  2. Discuss how you have been fascinated by this organization’s business approach. You can even detail where you could see yourself in their business.
  3. Speak about the company’s mission statement. Are you passionate about their mission? If so, you will want to share that during your interview.

When you are in your interview, you can communicate how your experience is ultimately the best fit for what they are looking for in a candidate.

Reach out to us at Lincoln Group today. We are here to help you answer tricky interview questions. Visit Lincoln Group Career Opportunities for a list of our available jobs. We are the link to your future success!

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