/ Asked by Dean
I graduated from college in 2010 and I didn't work in Accounting because I wasn't a good student . Fast forward to today, I'm working on my CPA certification and I was just offered a job. However, I'm considering not taking it, because I don't remember everything from college and I'm afraid I won't pick up everything quick enough. What do companies expect from you in a entry level accounting job?
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
That is a tough situation.  It is critically important that you are honest with yourself and your capabilities.  Look at what you have done and are doing with regard to your CPA certification.  How are you at picking that information up?  Have you been able to truly be successful at passing the practice material?  What is different about your professional style now vs. when you were in school 5 years ago.  You do not want to misrepresent your capabilities to a future employer but you also do not want fear to cause you to sell yourself short either.
Answered by Cassie, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, March 26, 2015
I would make sure you re-read the job description carefully and see if you truly think you can meet the qualifications. If they asked you in the interview if you could do certain things make sure you answered them accurately because those are tasks you will most likely be doing. I think it’s also safe to ask the Recruiter/HR Contact what type of training plan will be in place when you start. For an entry level role, there is most likely some sort of training plan, but you do want to make sure you meet the basic qualifications and feel comfortable going into it. Starting a new job is always a bit scary and you are not going to know everything, but again you need to make sure you feel comfortable that after a little training you can pick it up quickly and know the basics going into it.
If you have any professors you could contact from school or anyone you know in an Accounting job it may be good to reach out to them as well to get there thoughts on expectations going into this type of a role. If you know someone in a similar role reach out to them and ask their experience when they first started.
Ultimately, you went through the interview process and you won the job, so they must think that based on what they heard in the interview you were the best qualified candidate for the job. It sounds like this is the type of role you’ve been wanting, so again if you feel that you meet the basic qualifications and there is a training plan to get you up to speed, it sounds like a good opportunity. I would continue to study/research as much as you can before starting as well if you do accept the offer. Perhaps you can even take a course at a local college or an online refresher course to build your confidence before starting.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Thursday, March 26, 2015
Congrats on all your accomplishments! You have an accounting degree; you are working on your CPA! That is fantastic! I think that you should accept the entry level position! These firms have very structured training programs that will help you learn all the things that you need, and provide you all the resources that you need to be successful. This will also give you hands on accounting experience that will help be prepared for your CPA exams! I say go for it! You will do great!
-Nell
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