Payroll manager Interview Questions

"When interviewing for a position as a payroll manager, be prepared to talk about tough situations that you have resolved in the past as well as you knowledge of the tools currently used in the process such as Microsoft Excel and other financial software. Payroll is a crucial part of any business and so employers will be looking for candidates who portray confidence and trustworthiness in their trade. CPP certification is a huge advantage in the hiring process as well as knowledge of payroll regulation on local, state, and federal levels."

Payroll manager Interview Questions

"When interviewing for a position as a payroll manager, be prepared to talk about tough situations that you have resolved in the past as well as you knowledge of the tools currently used in the process such as Microsoft Excel and other financial software. Payroll is a crucial part of any business and so employers will be looking for candidates who portray confidence and trustworthiness in their trade. CPP certification is a huge advantage in the hiring process as well as knowledge of payroll regulation on local, state, and federal levels."

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Human Resources & Payroll Manager was asked...November 4, 2015

Have you managed the entire payroll process from start to finish?

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Yes, I have over 7 years of payroll management experience and I have mastered the entire process from back to front. Less

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BRAVO! Building Services

What would you do if on your first day you came in and had 60 emails and 20 voice mails and the phone was ringing off the hook?

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I would make an assessment on what required priority. I.E. someone did not get paid? Handle priorities first and advised everyone else to contact their immediate supervisor and/ or give me 24-48 to get back to them. Less

Quality Systems

Have you ever had to terminate anyone and how did you handle it?

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I spoke to the employee a few times and documented the conversations. I put the person on a performance plan. However, in the end the actual termination was handled by HR with me sitting in on the process. Less

RFI Comm. & Security Systems

Everyone was kind in the interviews. They have FOX NEWS playing in the lobby while waiting for your appointment which was rather daunting. i.e. "How can I ever work for someone with a FOX NEWS brainwashed mentality. That part was the scariest of all. They make you take a basic accounting principals written exam and then a 'Personality / Culture Examination' They won't tell you but I guess I failed the culture exam because after round 3 of interviews with the CEO and Board, they loved me but after the 'Culture Exam' I didn't hear back for a month. They did low ball the pay rate during discussion. In the end, I am happy that I wasn't selected. You see, my neighbor watches FOX NEWS religiously and we get into some heated arguments... I cannot imagine keeping my mouth shut when the CEO is of the same mindset. If you really want to work for them, learn how to cheat on the personality / culture fit exam.

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Really? Fox News is where you draw the line? And the North Korea comment is just unbelievable. Less

So you judge someone's business ethics and personality by what they watch on tv. Sounds like you have some bitterness and other liberal issues you need to let go of. Focus on getting the job!! Make some money and trend your own garden. Life is Too $hort. Less

I'm happy that I didn't go to work for someone who plays FOX NEWS in their lobby... yikes ! That reminds me of North Korea... Where all TVs must be turned on to hear 'the great leaders' comments 24/7 Less

General Dental Council

How would I deal with an irate employee

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Keep calm

Apologize the customer irrespective of whose mistake it is!! Slowly analyze the problem and once you come to conclusion speak the truth and make him understand about where the mistake has been taken place and show him the possible ways to rectify / correct the error. Make sure to assure the customer if mistake has been happened from our end confirm him / her that it will not repeat again in future. Less

Gave an example

Whole Foods Market

How would my time be managed between the two locations?

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I would use prioritization.

I would manage my time between the two locations by listening to radio in my car while driving to the other location. Less

Greater Omaha Packing

They asked what I knew about using very specific systems. Kept saying the person that was in the role before created a huge mess.

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I have only worked with one system.

Failed to answer the question. Never talk down about your past coworkers.

PLDT

Tell me about your self?

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• I am highly effective at being able to work under pressure. For example, in my current job I was always given three time-sensitive tasks to complete each week. If I failed to deliver on each task, the company suffered, so I learnt to multi-task effectively and play my working day to ensure each task was completed on time and to the correct standard. Less

Lunds & Byerlys

Behavioral based questions. "In your past experience, tell us about a time where you received less than positive feedback about how you handled a situation".

Bronte Construction

Experience in construction payrolls

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Mentioned the companies in construction I did payroll for and what I did to improve them. Less

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