The Truth About Why You Failed Your Accounting Interview


Last week, I wrote an article on whether you should re-apply to companies after being rejected.

Mueed shared an interesting comment which you need to understand this fall if you will be interviewing…

So are you saying, once you land the interview, you pass all these tests?:

-Your timing to start didn’t work for the firm
– The office you chose didn’t have a need
– You happened to have a bad interview with someone
– The culture wasn’t a fit at the time (maybe you’ve matured)
– You don’t have a good GPA
– You don’t have work experience
– You aren’t involved on campus
– You could also – just plain suck

Are you saying, once you land the interview, it’s all about how the interview goes?

If you have made it to the interview stage, they like you.
You probably don’t need a new resume, to get another job, or to be more involved on campus.
They met you at the career fair, on-campus, or read your resume and they were intrigued!
So what went wrong?
In general: you didn’t connect with them. 
Simply put – they didn’t feel you would fit in with the firm.

Solving this problem is a huge challenge and it’s different for all of us.

These are some of the questions you need to be asking yourself:

How do others perceive me?

How do others think of me?

If I were in their shoes, would I want me on the team?

Do I bring enthusiasm to the room?

Am I asking questions and curious about the firm and the people?

You need to empathize with the interview and the company to imagine:

Who would I want to hire?

And be that person.

The truth is that once you’ve made it to the interview stage, it is your job to lose.

It’s easy to join a new community service project, apply to another internship, or try to get out GPA up.

It’s hard to look yourself in the mirror and ask:

“Why am I not connecting?”

Sometimes this has to do with personality differences.

If you are naturally introverted, you shouldn’t expect to change your entire personality.

But you should be prepared to push yourself in ways you maybe haven’t before.

You may have to keep up a conversation for an hour with someone you don’t know.

If you are extroverted, you need to allow others to speak at dinner.

Talking over other people going for the same job can be a huge red flag for firms looking for someone that can handle the natural competition with co-workers in the workplace.

The point is: self-reflection and self-improvement is key.

It’s not that there is something fundamentally wrong with you. But what could be better?

P.S. I wrote this article earlier this week, people love it! Don’t miss it!

P.P.S. If you feel this article doesn’t apply to you, maybe you literally just need to prepare a bit more and know the questions they will ask. If that’s you, you must read this post with 28 interviews questions you are guaranteed to get!

  • Mueed Kumandan

    Thank You Andrew!

    I found this article and #6 from “22 Reasons You Won’t Find A Job This Fall” to be truly resourceful.

    Would it be possible to meet up one of these days or speak on the phone? Would be greatly appreciated!

    Mueed Kumandan
    Undergraduate Senior
    Baruch College
    1(347) 907-1146

    • TheBeanCountercom


      Send me an email and we’ll set up a time!

      Talk soon!


      • Mueed Kumandan


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