Accountant Test

An accountant test supports your recruitment process by ensuring you shortlist top-quality candidates for your accounting vacancies.

  • What is an accountant test?

    An accountant test is sent during the pre-screening stages of recruitment to candidates who have applied for an accounting role. It helps assess a range of skills that an accountant would need to be successful, such as numerical reasoning, attention to detail, good situational judgement, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and a range of problem-solving skills.

    Using multiple-choice questions, each candidate is given a test score and evaluated. A high score suggests the candidate is likely to surpass minimum requirements and expectations in the role.

About the Accountant Test

An accountant is responsible for keeping and interpreting financial records, such as budgets, tax returns, and accounting ledgers.

An accountant test helps assess a range of the skills required to be a successful accountant.

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  • Why should you use an accountant test for recruiting?

    In order to shortlist the most suitable candidates for your accounting position, it’s important to use fair and unbiased ways of deciding who your best candidates are.

    Traditional methods like resumes and online applications leave room for biased hiring, and it can also be challenging to differentiate candidates, particularly as many of them will demonstrate a similar level of experience.

    An accounting test removes these challenges and provides the recruiter with the ability to make better-informed hiring decisions. The results from the test will give a clear insight into how well suited each candidate is, creating a more streamlined hiring process.

    The test will highlight how adept a candidate is at the essential skills required for accounting positions, such as a strong numerical aptitude, good attention to detail and interpersonal skills. It also includes communication styles, work behaviours and critical thinking capacity.

    Applicants that meet the requirements of the role can be shortlisted, while those who do not display the necessary skills can be removed from the process.

    An accountant test would be suitable for the following roles:

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Results for the Accountant Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses accountant skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable (e.g. Microsoft Excel), soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. numerical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. integrity). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be an accountant were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our accountant test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


Predictor of job success

Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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    Fully accredited

    All our Accountant tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    For all levels

    We offer Accountant tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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    Automated actions such as alerts and reminders ensure a smooth candidate experience.

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    Receive candidate results in real-time so you can make decisions in hours, not days.


Make better hires

Improve hiring with bias-free, data-driven decisions.

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    Analytics dashboard

    Our full array of candidate performance metrics will provide actionable data on each of your candidates.

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    Candidate comparison

    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Accountant Test expert

Written by an Accountant Test expert

Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Accountant Test FAQs

What are the key skills for an accountant?

Accountants need a range of key skills to be successful in their role, including:

  • Numeracy
  • Situational Judgement
  • Business acumen
  • Organisation
  • Teamwork
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • IT knowledge
What types of accountants are there?

There are a range of accountant types including forensic accountants, auditors, investment accountants and project accountants. This test would be suitable for many of these types of roles.

What is the cost for Picked's accountant test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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