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# Auditor Interview Questions

"Employers are looking for auditors who are comfortable with internal procedures and regulations to ensure the quality of their audits. Expect to be faced with many technical questions that test your mathematical and accounting knowledge, as well as your experience with auditing systems. In addition, prepare to role-play scenarios where you must deal with stressful tasks, such as angry clients, under-performing colleagues, or a work load too large to handle. Ultimately, employers are looking for auditors who are passionate about ensuring that others are complying to practices and work well in teams to accomplish goals."

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### Quality Assurance at Eze Software was asked...

Feb 18, 2010
 You are in a dark room with no light . You need matching socks for your interview and you have 19 grey socks ans 25 black socks. What are the chances you will get a matching pair? 21 AnswersIt would be 1- (prob of getting both greys + prob of getting both blacks) prob of getting both greys = 19/44 * 18/43 = 342/1892 prob of getting both blacks = 25/44 * 24*43 = 600/1892 Probability of getting a pair = 1- ((342+600)/1892) = 950/1892You could give the precise answer as above (be SC) or, more simply, you could tell them you grab three socks as two of them will match for sure.actually if you pulled out three socks there is still a chance you could get all grey or all black..Show More ResponsesFor me, there is NO chance that I will get a non-matched pair. I don't know about you, but I keep my socks bundled together as a pair in my drawer. Therefore, when I pull out a pair of socks, even in the dark, I am CERTAIN that they are matching. The problem had 19 grey & 25 black, meaning there will be 1 individual left from each color. If I felt individual socks in the dark instead of a bundled pair, I would not pick those. Which means I would always have a matched pair.This is fairly simple. You need to pick 3 socks as stated above to be sure of a match. So after picking the first sock, its a 50-50 shot the second will be a match.There is no stipulation to choose only two socks. If you pick three then you will have a pair in there somehwere; even if you have three-of-a-kind, you can discard one to make a pair.0.047The problem with taking 3 socks is that the question clearly stipulates there is NO LIGHT. Taking three socks is a novel idea but you would STILL not be able to judge the color of the socks without light. therefore you must follow the route laid out by the first poster, SC. (No need to repeat it)According to Murphy's law, the chances are inversely proportional to the importance of the interview.how about, "uh oh..... you must be trying to tell me something."I'd just do one of three things. 1st turn on the light 2nd wear long pants so that my socks don't show or 3rd grab them all and find a matching pair wear its lighterThe answer is simple, I have black on the right side of the drawer and grey on the left side of the drawer. I reach to the side that has the color that I need...does this mean I am a little OCD? The answer is really good!I would choose no sock then just tell the interviewer that it's "very European" not to wear socks ... unless with sandals.Show More ResponsesSC calculated the correct probability of getting WRONG socks if allowed to ONLY take 2 single socks from a mix of 19 single grey and 25 single black socks. The correct calculation is 942/1892 is the actual chance of getting a pair of either colour (don't care if they match the suit - since I don't know what colour suit I'm wearing, as it's dark, just that they match each other). This is 49.7%. Since this is less than an even bet, it is probably time to look for a creative solution (after providing the correct answer of course). I'm disappointed none of you checked the maths before providing the standard '3 socks make a pair' response - which I prefer anyway - or the selection of brilliant lateral thinking responses. (My wife kindly pairs my socks as I' colour blind anyway - so they always match each other - but seldom match my clothing.) Tara has obviously not read the question - 3 grey or 3 black socks does provide a matching pair. If I want a matching pair which ALSO matches my suit - then I need to be allowed more socks - 21 if I want a black pair, 27 if I want a grey pair - or of course 27 in the worst case if I don't know what suit I'm wearing, and it happens to be grey.Don't lose sight of the actual question. "What are the chances you'll get a matching pair" First pick one sock, the color doesn't matter. Either Grey or Black. Now when you pick the second sock there are only 2 colors so you have a "50/50 chance" that it will match the first one. Thus answering the question "What are the chances......"There are (25 choose 2) unique combinations of black + (19 choose 2) unique combinations of grey out of a total of ((25+19) choose 2) unique combinations. 25 choose 2 = 25! / (2! * (25 - 2)!) = 300 19 choose 2 = 19! / (2! * (19 - 2)!) = 171 44 choose 2 = 44! / (2! * (44 - 2)!) = 946 (300 + 171) / 946 = 0.4979 = 49.79% probability, same as concluded by Mickey's correction of SC. Sorry 2easy, time to brush up on your probabilities.One thing you can do with questions like this to either check your answer or to sometimes get the answer very quickly is to take the situation to the extreme. In this case, doing so is a very easy way show 2easy that his solution isn't right. Here goes... What if there were 200 billion gray socks and 2 black socks. What are the chances of picking 2 socks and getting a matching pair? Almost 100%, right? You'd have to be unlucky enough to pick one of the two black socks out of 200 billion in order to get a non matching pair. So the 50/50 solution clearly isn't right.Pick one sock at random without looking. The chances of getting a gray sock are 19/44 on the first draw and 18/44 on the second. So the cumulative probability would be 0.431818 * 0.409091 = 0.176653. The probability of picking a black sock on the first draw is 25/44 and 24/44 on the second. The probability of picking 2 black socks is 0.568182 * 0.545455 = 0.309917. So the probability of picking a matching pair is 0.48657.seriously!! interviewer first checks the socksThe first guy seems right, only that you don't need to do a (1 minus). You just need to add up the probabilities of both grays and both blacks.My socks are in bundles, the odd single socks are spares from having lost the mates. Reaching in grab one bundle. The odds are in your favor of getting a pair. Don't over complicate it folks. Not bundling is a sign of not being much organized.

### Quality Assurance Analyst at Workiva was asked...

Jan 13, 2013
 I really can’t remember many of the questions I was asked throughout the interviews but I was given “homework” to complete and have emailed back that evening after the interview. 1. Summarization with who I had my interviews with. 2. Two reason why they shouldn't hire me. 3. 5 unconventional uses of a brick. 4. Flowchart of how to troubleshoot/ QA a broken toaster. 5. The most funny joke you know!! 3 AnswersMan... I wish these comments existed back when I applied! This entire process is a horrifying waste of time, and it seems to be the resounding situation that everybody goes through. This could almost verbatim describe my experience, subbing out a few words for others. This place is a miserable waste of time.I know why you guys hated the interview process... it's because you didn't get the jobs. So sorry! Anyway, I've got a really good idea for both of you... Why don't you just stay at Wells Fargo!Wow, bitter much? You obviously work at WebFilings and are taking these reviews wayyy too seriously. With all of these bad reviews, maybe you should learn to change your system instead of backstabbing those that had bad experiences. I know all too well, because I as well had a bad experience, even with an offer in hand.

### Audit Associate at PwC was asked...

Nov 1, 2010
 Tell me about yourself3 Answersjust have to prepare 1 min self intro. Oh, they do care about leadership experience a lot.Look up elevator speechwould anyone share wih some insights of pwc's panel discussion during the second round interview? Thanks in advance

### Quality Assurance Analyst at Verint Systems was asked...

Oct 22, 2010
 How do you measure 4 gallons with only a 5 gallon and a 3 gallon bucket?5 Answers1.Dump 3 gal into 5 gal 2. Fill 3 ga and empty into 5 gal again 3. This will leave 1 gal in the 3 gal 4. Dump the 5 gal 5.Add the 1 gal from the 3 gal to the 5 gal 6. Fill the 3 gal again 7. Dump the 3 gal into the 5 gal (where there is all ready 1 gal) 8. Now there are 4 gallons of water in the 5 gallon bucket.Shift some water from the 5 gallon bucket to 3 gallon bucket to make both the buckets have same amount of water. when both the buckets have same amount of water. That means both contain 4 gallons of water.From the full 5 gallon bucket, you get the 3 gallons needed to make the smaller bucket full. You now have 2 gallons remaining in the big bucket. Then you empty the 3 gallon bucket and drop the residual 2 gallons from the big one into it. Then you mark the 2 gallon level in the 3 gallon bucket. Now you can drop the two gallons back into the big bucket, then go by the mark to collect two more gallons in the small bucket and drop again into the big bucket, whence you obtain 2+2 = 4 gallons.Show More Responses1. Fill 5 gal bucket 2. Fill 3 gal using 5 gal. This leaves 2 gal in the gal bucket. 3. Empty 3 gal 4. Pour remaining 2 gal from 5 gal bucket into 3 gal bucket. 5. Fill 5 gal bucket 6. Fill up 3 gal bucket using 5 gal bucket. This will leave 4 gal in the 5 gal bucketFill both buckets with half of its total volume and combine the content of both :)

### Summer Audit Intern at KPMG was asked...

Dec 1, 2010
 Why do you choose PwC over E&Y, KPMG, Deloitte?3 AnswersActually even the employees in Big 4 can't tell you what is the difference among them.KPMG has the biggest Forensic division out of the four.I have not chosen PwC. I am hear still deciding whether to choose PwC. If I were choosing PwC, it would be because of x, y, and z reasons. And, then it would depend on other factors.

### Audit Intern at KPMG was asked...

Nov 7, 2010
 Tell me a time when you were in a tough situation with a group project and how you dealt with it?2 AnswersI can't remember my exact answer but a basic answer could include a group member not showing up to meetings or doing his part and how you addressed the issue yourself instead of relying on a professor.I think we interviewed there at the same time at Philly. Have you hear back from them yet?

### Internal Auditor Compliance at Goldman Sachs was asked...

May 5, 2011
 What does Goldman do?3 AnswersAdvising Investments Financing Securities ServersServicesWin win win no matter what

### Audit Intern at McGladrey LLP was asked...

Oct 1, 2010
 What is one of your weaknesses ?2 AnswersTurn a strength into a weakness... Forexample, "I am a perfectionist, I may sometimes over do things to make sure that it's right"Too trite and unimaginative. Choose something more creative but that is not a job requirement. E.g. Presentation skills. Then talk about what you are doing to correct this weakness.

### Quality Assurance Tester for FPQA SONY Playstation at Sony PlayStation was asked...

Nov 3, 2012
 Most Unexpected Question: - Can you work well with others? Then interviewer followed up with an explanation on why it was important for an employee to be able to do so for that job.2 AnswersI told the interviewer that I can, and also mentioned that I am patient working with others and can adapt.I don't see how it can be an unexpected question! They basically wanted to know whether you are a "team player" or not. It is really important for them to know whether you hold the abilities to work with peers from different technical or non-technical backgrounds. The more flexible you are adapting yourself with others, the more change you have in getting the job.

### Internal Audit Rookie at Under Armour was asked...

Mar 25, 2011
 if we could ask your friends/family for 3 adjectives that describe you what would they say?2 Answersthis was the one question the entire interview that tripped me up, everything else was very straight forward and relevant to the joblook at the job description under what they need from you and use those qualities to describe yourself.
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