Finance and Administration Manager Interview

When we move from college to professional careers, we need a role model or a professional person who is trying to get into the field. Information interview is a very useful tool for us to obtain information and professional skills. By interviewing them, you can check whether you’re in the right direction or not. They can tell you their real life experiences to inspire you or to give you a better choice. Interviewing for information will certainly enrich your experience and insight.

The Contact

  • Name: Xiumei Chen
  • Title/Position: Manager of Finance and Administration
  • Company: TASK, Inc
  • Industry: Tax exempt Non-profit Organization

Questions about the Contact

Question 1: How did you get your job? What jobs and experiences have led you to your present position?

Through job hunter company. I have Phd. In science and MBA degree, and over ten years management and accounting experience.

Question 2: What parts of your job do you find most challenging?

Because of my knowledge and experience, I don’t feel challenging at my current job.

Question 3: What do find most enjoyable?

I like working with people, I am team player.

Question 4: How many hours do you work in a typical week?

I tend to be working 35 hrs in a week.

Question 5: How would you describe the working atmosphere and the people with whom you work?

It is a very friendly working environment to work in a higher education institution.

Question 6: If your position was suddenly eliminated, what kinds of jobs would your skill transfer to?

Our working environment is friendly, like a family, respectful, cooperated.

Question 7: How important are grades/GPA for obtaining a job in this field?

For a fresh graduation, higher grades and GPA will absolutely help you landing a job, however, the working experience and personal skill is important for you to land a decent job.

Questions about Communications Practices and Writing

Could you please describe the typical kinds of writing you do and tell me a bit about each?

I write a lot of e-mails. Usually the e-mail between company employees is less formal. Sending mail to clients, however, takes more time, especially for initial contact with email. Other types of writing include letters, memoranda, and contract descriptions.

What do you find most challenging about your day-to-day writing? What challenges do recent graduates face as they move from “academic writing” to “workplace writing”?

I’ve found that converting between writing formats, such as e-mail, memos, and letters, helps is chanlenging. For graduates, I think the most difficult challenge is the form of writing. It’s hard to measure how you need to formally write from one person to another or need a little.

How would you describe the balance between written and oral communication in your workplace?

I use written communications to deal with day-to-day tasks such as reminders, assignments, deadlines, follow-up, and visual descriptions of data. And I communicate with my employees in difficult conversations.

Questions seeking Advice for you

Question 1: Can you recommend any courses I should take before proceeding further with my job search?

I suggest a study plan like Becker’s Vocational education. You should try to finish the class within a year after graduation because you’ll eventually thank yourself and it will relieve your stress when you start your first job. Becker CPA classes to help the studying process.

Question 2: What educational preparation would you recommend for someone who wants to advance in this field?

I suggest that continuing education is essential to the success of the accounting profession. We are fully aware that our industry has developed rapidly in recent years and is expected to continue to develop rapidly to meet future business needs.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

I’m really surprised that writing is part of the daily routine. I know the email will be sent regularly, but I’m not aware how many it will be. Communication seems to be one of the most important features the company is looking for. That makes sense because you often interact with clients or team work. I really like her answer, I think a distance interview is to participate in as many activities as I can. Whether it’s a club, a sport, a volunteer, or a trip, I should take these opportunities.