Once you have finished your relevant training at college in Ilford or are in the final year of your top up degree, it will be time to start thinking about preparing for the world of work. Part of this will involve getting interview-ready; nothing is more important in getting a job than the first impression you give and your interview is your time to shine. Being prepared for what is to come will help you give your best performance, and will enable you to come across as the best candidate available.
When it’s come to accounting career path in the UK you need to know some of the things about accountancy interview
1. What previous experience do you have?
If you haven’t got anything that you could answer here, now is the time to start thinking about what work experience, volunteering or internships you could do. Ideally it needs to be related to business, accounting or finance but showing you are a pro-active, hard-working individual is just as important. Working within the community can count just as much.
The goal is to show that you have been actively seeking to better yourself, improve your knowledge and demonstrate that you are serious about the career path ahead. It’ll also prevent any red flags sitting on your file about why you haven’t been pro-active or forward-thinking.
Additionally, it allows you the chance to get a sense of what the industry will be like so that you can know if it is genuinely something that interests you. It’ll ensure you can talk about the key aspects you want to focus on and are keen to pursue further.
You may have a basic level of understanding or know about it based on what has been taught on your college course, but it’s time to thoroughly brush up on your knowledge to ensure you can offer a strong answer to this question. It’s not just about the textbook answers but about knowing what has been contextually happening too.
Read the news, look for key events at large accountancy firms or new government initiatives that are being introduced. It’s not just about what has happened, but also about what is due to happen. Be ahead of the game, show that you have taken the initiative and demonstrate your interest.
This is a great time to use your work experiences to answer a question effectively, but this can also include challenging times you have experienced at college, during hobbies, difficulties in your personal life that you have overcome and examples in which you have succeeded in the face of adversity.
Perhaps you helped resolve a conflict situation, maybe in the workplace you faced an ethical dilemma and had to manage it, or possibly you had a number of deadlines to deal with at the same time and managed to prioritise them to complete everything. Maybe you had to manage your sports team when the captain or coach was away. Employers aren’t looking for you to just focus on negatives, but to show how you turned them into positives – to demonstrate how you could use your initiative and competently think outside the box.