This question is designed to test your level of experience and your ideas and strategies to solve accounting problems. As you know, job is not just about working and handling the day to day affairs, but is also about handling the difficult situations sometime occur during the day. Focus and highlight an example based on your professional experience, even if it’s limited to an internship. Don’t share the challenges you faced in your college or school, it shows that your ability to face the problems is limited to academic and you don’t possess any adequate knowledge in the real world scenario. Focus on how you solved rather than detailing the problem. The question about the challenging projects will reveal your level of skill, effort to complete tasks, teamwork, enthusiasm and determination.
Note – General Tips:
– Once you describe the toughest task, interviewer will definitely ask if you were able to solve it and how did you proceed. So backup your answer with few solution and sucess stories.
– If you don’t have this experience yet then explain what you would do if you did come across such a situation. Create a situation yourself and elaborate them.
– Select a tough work situation that was not caused by you.
– You can create your own problem according to it and try to solve it and later talk about it in your interview.
– Be honest, but show the interviewer that you’re knowledge, competent, and capable to handle the job role you are applying for.
– Don’t say “No, I don’t have any” ” I have not faced any toughest task yet” ” I don’t have such experience” etc. It shows that you are not fully motivated and challenged to your work.
– Don’t forget to mention what you have learnt from that specific task.
– Explain where you had problems and difficulties in getting this done, what did you do to conquer them and what other changes you’d make if you were in a similar situation now.
Sample Answer: Since I have freshly graduated from college, I haven’t deal with a lot of tough accounting task. However, once we had an Error of partial Omission in my previous work. Since one of my coworkers failed to include the transaction from the accounting entries. Later I find out that a transaction of credit purchases from supplier was recorded in the journal but was posted only on the debit side of purchases account and not on the credit side of suppliers account in the ledger. So, I recorded the transaction in the both sides and finally we got the work done.