Clerk Accounts Payable Interview Preparation Guide
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Clerk Accounts Payable related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with job experience as Accounts Payable Clerk. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job interview and quickly revise your concepts

129 Accounts Payable Clerk Questions and Answers:

1 :: Do you know what is VAT (Value Added Tax)?

Value-Added Tax (VAT) is a tax on consumer spending. It is collected by VAT-registered traders on their supplies of goods and services effected within the State, for consideration, to their customers

2 :: Do you know what is PO invoice?

For material/Goods Purchases, the Po is required. In the Po, QTY, Product Name, Where is delivery price, Terms and Conditions. In the po there is no matter of final amount. It is just the approximate amount.

3 :: Tell me what is pro forma?

A pro forma invoice is a price quote and subject to change. Accounts Payable Services does not pay from pro forma invoices, statements, quotes or estimates.

4 :: Explain the process for creating a Purchase Order?

Procurement & Travel Services provide instructions for creating a Purchase Order.

5 :: Explain can it’s possible that I approve my own reimbursement?

No. Someone other than the individual getting reimbursed must approve reimbursements. The electronic RFP system automatically checks for invoice approval.

6 :: Explain me do you know about separate responsibilities?

The employee responsible for making payments to vendors should never be the same person that reconciles your company’s bank accounts.

7 :: Tell me what are your strengths as an accounting professional?

Try to make your strengths relevant to the job requirements. This list of strengths is a useful resource for answering interview questions about your strengths.
Identify your top transferable competencies from your previous work and life experience and provide the right answer to the frequently asked interview question.

8 :: Tell me what unusual questions an interviewer can asked?

► What would I find in your refrigerator?
► What’s the last book you read?
► What animal are you most like?

9 :: Tell me what organizational skills you have?

Accounts payable clerks must have strong organizational skills. A pre-screening interviewer likely will ask, “What organizational skills do you possess?” Or, “How do you keep up with invoicing demands?” Focus on your organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to pay invoices in a timely manner and communication strengths. Employers want accounts payable clerks who diligently keep up with invoices and don’t let payments slip through the cracks. Discuss previous work situations where you had to contact vendors personally, communicate with upper management about invoicing concerns, or make important financial decisions that required organizational or problem-solving skills.

10 :: Explain me what is the meaning of invoice?

Invoice is a statement which contains the under mentioned details compulsorily.

❀ 1. Invoice Number
❀ 2. Invoice date
❀ 3. Name and address of the person
❀ 4. Name and address of the person to whom invoice is made. ( Buyer of goods and service)
❀ 5. Description of goods / services involved
❀ 6. Applicable rates and taxes with percentages
❀ 7. Rate of the goods / services
❀ 8. Quantity of the goods and services
❀ 9. Quality or any other specifications
❀ 10. Price / Value of the goods and services
❀ 11. Invoice must be signed by the person making it
❀ 12. Terms and conditions of making the payment

11 :: Tell me what is an IFA?

Institute of finance & accounts

12 :: Tell me what information do you require before you approve an invoice for payment?

Focus on your monitoring and checking skills. Demonstrate your understanding of the documentation required for verification before payment is made.

13 :: Explain me what information is included in a bill for services?

List the information, make sure you cover everything and highlight your attention to detail. Include a sample of a bill for service that you created in your interview portfolio.

14 :: Explain what is the difference between EFT & Wire?

EFT and WIRE are the most popular form of electronic payment method. EFT stands for electronic fund transfer and it is one of the fastest mode of electronic payment after WIRE. EFT is a batch oriented mechanism for transfering funds from one bank to another because of which clearing & settlement takes around 2 to 4 days. On the other hand, WIRE is a RTGS i.e. real time gross settlement system of making the fund transfer on real time and gross basis. Clearing and settlement happens on the same day. WIRE is more expensive and faster than EFT.

15 :: Tell me how do u Transfer from AP to GL?

“Payables transfer to GL program” is used to transfer from AP to GL.

16 :: Explain payment Method in Accounts Payable?

A funds disbursement payment method is a medium by which the first party payer, or deploying company, makes a payment to a third party payee, such as a supplier. You can use a payment method to pay one or more suppliers. Oracle Payments supports several payment methods for funds disbursement, including the following:

☛ Check
☛ Electronic
☛ wire
☛ Clearing

17 :: Explain about Wire Payment Method?

Wire Funds transfer initiated be contacting the bank and requesting wire payment to the bank of a suplier.A payment method where you pay invoices outside of Payables by notifying your bank that you want to debit your account and credit your supplier’s account with appropriate funds. You provide your bank with your supplier’s bank information, and your bank sends you confirmation of your transaction. Your supplier’s bank sends your supplier confirmation of the payment. You then record the transaction manually.

18 :: Tell me what is the process of creating an Invoices and transferring it to GL?

☛ 1. create batch
☛ 2. create invoice
☛ 3. create distribution
☛ 4. validate the invoice
☛ 5. actions -à approve
☛ 6. if individual create accounting click ok
☛ 7. If batch go to batch create accounting.
☛ 8. Create accounting hits Payable Accounting(Transfer) ??Program which will create accounting.
☛ 9. Run Transfer to GL Concurrent Program
☛ 10. Journal Import
☛ 11. Post journals
☛ 12. Hits balances.

19 :: Tell me what is meant by Distribution Sets?

You can use a Distribution Set to automatically enter distributions for an invoice when you are not matching it to a purchase order. For example, you can create for an advertising supplier a Distribution Set that allocates advertising expense on an invoice to four advertising departments.
You can assign a default Distribution Set to a supplier site so Payables will use it for every invoice you enter for that supplier site. If you do not assign a default Distribution Set to a supplier site, you can always assign a Distribution Set to an invoice when you enter it.

Use Full Distribution Sets to create distributions with set percentage amounts, or use Skeleton Distribution Sets to create distributions with no set distribution amounts. For example, a Full Distribution Set for a rent invoice assigns 70% of the invoice amount to the Sales facility expense account and 30% to the Administration facility expense account. A Skeleton Distribution Set for the same invoice would create one distribution for the Sales facility expense account and one distribution for the Administration facility expense account, leaving the amounts zero. You could then enter amounts during invoice entry depending on variables such as that month's headcount for each group.

20 :: Tell us what was your average accounts receivable days outstanding?

If relevant, discuss any corrective action taken to reduce this figure.