7 Interview Tips for Accounting Students

Fall is a busy time for many of us. The kids are going back to school, businesses are gearing up for year-end, and college students are getting ready to interview for their first post-grad jobs. Here are my top 7 tips for how to prepare for and conduct yourself during an interview.

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1. Research the company – impress the interviewer by taking the time to learn about their organization

Utilize the following resources to research the organization:

    • Newspaper and magazine articles
    • Recruitment/employment literature (often available in school library or career service office)
    • Call the company & ask them to send you some company literature prior to your interview
    • Annual reports
    • Internet (visit the company’s web site, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
    • Talk to others who work for the company

Below are recommendations on the type of information you can research about the organization:

    • When was the company founded?
    • Where are their corporate offices located?
    • What does the organization do?
    • What are its products and/or services?
    • Has the organization been growing?
    • What are some of the organization’s latest achievements or awards?

2. Know your skills and qualifications and how they relate to the position for which you are applying

    • Take time to identify your individual strengths
    • Write down your strengths and think of how these strengths can benefit the company
    • Create a list of things you have accomplished in your career to date (or accomplishments from school) that you are particularly proud of

3. Prepare a brief list of questions to ask the interviewer about the organization and position to convey your interest

Examples of questions to ask during the interview:

    • What are some goals for someone in this position?
    • What would you expect one to have accomplished in the first 3 months on the job?
    • What computer systems/programs would this person work with daily?
    • What is the company culture like?
    • What do you enjoy about working here?

4. Be prepared for questions an interviewer might ask

Behavioral-Based Questions

    • In your current position, what would be one accomplishment that you are most proud of and why? What specifically did you do to accomplish this? What obstacles did you run into?
    • In your current/last position, give me a specific example of how you dealt with a recent customer service issue/complaint? How did the customer react? Was the customer satisfied?
    • Tell me about a more challenging team project that you were involved with. What was the project? What was your role? How did the team function? If you had the chance to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

Fact Finding Questions

    • Tell me more about X?
    • What specifically did you do?

5. Practice, Practice, Practice

Role-play interview questions with a friend or conduct a mock interview with a college career service professional. It may seem awkward at first, but it will definitely help you to become more comfortable in the interview process.

6. Pay attention to your appearance

    • Dress professionally & conservatively – a suit is always best
    • It is always better to be over dressed than under dressed
    • Avoid displaying visible body piercings or tattoos
    • Keep your nails neatly trimmed and clean and avoid flashy nail polish or nail jewelry
    • If you wear a coat to the interview, hang it up (do not wear it during the interview)
    • Do not chew gum during the interview

7. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes

What hiring Managers are looking for in a candidate:

    • Verbal and written communication skills
    • Willingness to learn new skills (flexibility)
    • Evidence of achievement & participation
      • Community involvement – sports, clubs & organizations
      • Work experience
    • Personal qualities
      • Ability to get along with others
      • Positive approach
      • Confidence, neat, professional appearance, motivation
      • Clear & realistic goals, enthusiasm
    • Computer Literacy (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Email, Internet)

Factors which may lead to rejection:

    • Overbearing, overaggressive behavior
    • Too soft spoken, timid, poor grammar/slang, swearing
    • Lack of interest/enthusiasm
    • Overemphasis on salary/job hopping
    • Being unwilling to start in entry level position
    • Speaking negatively about past employers & supervisors
    • Lack of eye contact
    • Arriving late for interview (Things happen – if you are late, explain tardiness upon arrival)
    • Poor personal appearance

I hope you have found these tips helpful, and look forward to a busy fall full of successful interviews!

 

Infographic: 8 Reasons to Work for Insero

In recent years, Insero has consistently been named one of the Best Accounting Firms to Work for by Accounting Today and Best Companies Group. This annual list recognizes 100 top firms across the U.S. We have also been selected as one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces by the Democrat and Chronicle and WorkplaceDymanics and one of the Best Places to Work for Millennials by The Center for Generational Kinetics and Best Companies Group.

With locations in Rochester, Ithaca, Corning, Cortland, and Watkins Glen, we cover much of the state of New York, but rest assured that at Insero you’re not just a number, you are an individual with aspirations. We work with you to craft your career to match your interests and future plans. Don’t just take our word for it, hear what our employees have to say!

Need a few more reasons? Check out the infographic below, and visit our website at www.inserocpa.com/career to take your career to The Highest Standard.

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Revised Form I-9 Required in January 2017

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Changes to the form are intended to help employers reduce technical errors and facilitate electronic completion. Employers may continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 through January 21, 2017. By January 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. Employers should continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for all previously completed Forms I-9.

Most of the revisions to the I-9 operate to allow for easier electronic completion, while others aim to streamline the employment eligibility verification process.

What This Means to You

All U.S. employers should review their I-9 policies and procedures to ensure they are up to date with the new changes to the form. Human resources professionals and others responsible for the completion of Form I-9 should become familiar with the changes immediately to ensure timely transition to exclusive use of the revised form. Compliance by January 22, 2017, will be critical as Form I-9 enforcement audits are expected to increase.

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At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

The federal overtime rule scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016 has been blocked by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III, who issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday. The Department of Labor (DOL) rule would have essentially doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) salary threshold for overtime pay exemption.

To learn more about what this recent development means for you and your business, click here for an informative article from the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

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At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Insero Named Best Accounting Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year

Insero & Co. CPAs was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Accounting Firms to Work for by Accounting Today for the fifth consecutive year. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. Insero is the only firm in New York state to have been named to the list each of the last five years.

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“We’re thrilled to receive this honor for the fifth year in a row,” said David Mandrycky, Director of Human Resources at Insero. “We owe many thanks to our entire team for upholding our focus on our people and building an environment where people are fulfilled and excited to come to work each day. Because of this focus, our reputation across the state has grown, employee turnover rate is well below the industry average and we are an employer of choice on the college campuses. That, in turn, benefits our clients, who appreciate being able to work with the best people. It’s truly a win-win.”

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best 100 employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking, which will be announced in November of this year.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

For more information on Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmsToWorkFor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Co. CPAs is one of the largest accounting and business advisory practices serving New York state with offices in Rochester, Ithaca, Corning, Cortland and Watkins Glen. A full-service public accounting firm, Insero provides attest, tax and consulting services to corporations, individuals, government agencies, colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations and businesses ranging from privately held family businesses to multi-national corporations. These clients represent many industries, including service, manufacturing, distribution, high-tech, telecommunications, education, social services and real estate. For more information, visit www.inserocpa.com.

Insero & Co. Named one of the 2015 Best Accounting Firms to Work for

Insero & Co. CPAs has been named one of Accounting Today’s 2015 Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees.

“As the only firm in Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region to be named to the list, everyone in the firm is very proud of this accomplishment,” said Managing Partner Nancy Catarisano. “This is the fourth straight year we’ve received this honor, and we are looking forward to reviewing the input from the survey and carrying on our tradition of making the firm an even greater place to work.”

Our Partners

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best 100 employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The final ranking will be announced in December of this year.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

For more information on Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmsToWorkFor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Co. CPAs is one of the largest accounting and business advisory practices serving New York state. A full-service public accounting firm, Insero provides attest, tax and consulting services to individuals, government agencies, colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations and businesses ranging from privately held family businesses to multi-national corporations. These clients represent many industries, including service, manufacturing, distribution, high-tech, telecommunications, education, social services and real estate. Insero also specializes in outsourced staffing solutions and employee benefit plan audits. For more information, visit www.inserocpa.com.

Insero Named a Best Place to Work for Millennials

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. has been named one of the best places to work for Millennial employees in America, David Mandrycky, Director of Human Resources announced today. The list, which comes on the heels of news that Millennials are now the largest workforce in America, is the first of its kind to identify companies that excel at recruiting, developing and retaining top millennial performers.

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The full list of the Best Places to Work for Millennials and accompanying paper Unlocking Millennial Talent is available at BestPlacesToWorkMillennials.com. (more…)

Insero Ranked No. 1 Small Business Employer

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces for the second year in a row, and was ranked first in the small business category.

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“Everyone in the firm should be very proud of this accomplishment,” said Nancy Catarisano, Managing Partner of Insero. “It takes a commitment from everyone to foster the type of environment we have here. We are truly honored and would like to thank all of our employees for making Insero such a great place to work.”

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Insero & Company Ranked 4th Best Mid-Sized Accounting Firm to Work for

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. was recently ranked 4th in the medium-sized firm category of the 2014 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The list, which consists of 100 companies, recognizes the best employers in the accounting industry. Insero is the only firm in New York State to have been named to the list in 2014.

“This is the third straight year we’ve made the list, and each year our ranking has increased. It wouldn’t have been possible without our entire team working together to create the environment that exists today,” said Nancy Catarisano, managing partner. “We are looking forward to reviewing the input from the survey and carrying on our tradition of making the firm an even greater place to work.”

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Companies from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking, which was announced Monday at the Growth and Profitability Summit in Boca Raton, Florida.

For more information on Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmsToWorkFor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. is one of the region’s premier accounting and business advisory practices serving western, upstate and the southern tier of New York. A full-service public accounting firm with tax, audit and outsource accounting practices, Insero specializes in working with small businesses and middle market companies, employee benefit plan audits, and outsourced and virtual accounting services. For more information, visit www.inserocpa.com.

Insero & Company Named one of the 2014 Best Accounting Firms to Work for

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. was recently named as one of the 2014 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. Insero is the only firm in New York State to have been named to this year’s list.

“This is the third straight year in which Insero has been named to the list, and everyone in the firm is very proud of this accomplishment,” said Nancy Catarisano, managing partner. “We are looking forward to reviewing the input from the survey and carrying on our tradition of making the firm an even greater place to work.”

Our Partners

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 100 companies.

Companies from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking, which will be announced in early November at an awards presentation in Boca Raton, Florida.

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For more information on Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for program, visit www.BestAccountingFirmsToWorkFor.com.

Rochester-based Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. is one of the region’s premier accounting and business advisory practices serving western, upstate and the southern tier of New York. A full-service public accounting firm with tax, audit and outsource accounting practices, Insero specializes in working with small businesses and middle market companies, employee benefit plan audits, and outsourced and virtual accounting services. For more information, visit www.inserocpa.com.

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