by Nick Benson

Accountants are in high demand, with job growth projected at 8-10% over the next 10 years. That means you can afford to be selective as you look for your first job. How do you decide which accounting firm is a good fit for you? By doing a little research and making the most of your job interview.

Before the interview – check out the firm’s website

There’s a lot you can learn from the website. Is it well-designed or does it look dated? How easy is it to navigate? The answers may shed light on the firm’s overall style and management. Here are some specifics to look for:

Interview the Interviewer

Job interviews go both ways – while the firm is evaluating you, you need to evaluate the firm. The best way to do that is with targeted questions. The answers will tell you a lot about whether this is a place you can see yourself working. Let’s look at the topics you’ll want to cover. 

Work Culture 

Understanding the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that shape daily life at a firm is essential. This can encompass everything from leadership practices to employee behavior to organizational policies. Here are questions that get at the personality and character of a firm:

Work Logistics 

You also need to know what the firm expects from you and what you can expect from the firm. Be specific and don’t be afraid to ask a follow up question if you get a vague response.

Post Interview Analysis

Immediately following the interview, have a list of questions ready to ask yourself while everything is fresh in your mind. The list should reflect what’s most important to you. Possibilities include:

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