8 Tips to Prepare for your Articleship Interview

8 Tips to Prepare for your Articleship Interview

The way you answer to the interviewer matters alot. If they ask you something which you know, say it with confidence. If you don't know answer to any question, tell them you will definitely be learning it.

Articleship is an important part of the CA course in India. Every CA student is mandatorily required to undergo this training for a period of three years. Applying for Articleship, however, can become a painful experience for some CA students if they don’t know how to go about it well.

Based on my discussions with the people who have been closely involved in interviewing the CA students for Articleship, here are the important tips for CA students applying for Articleship:

1. Your CV
It is the most important document for Articleship and jobs. The interviewer looks at your CV to get their initial impression about you.

2. Adequate Explanation
You should be able to explain to the interviewer clearly whatever is mentioned in your CV. If your CV is made by someone else for you simply to paint a good picture of you and the things mentioned in it have no practical trace in your life, then you can get into trouble. So be clear about what you mention in your CV.

3. Basic Accounting & Auditing Questions
You need to be able to answer the basic accounting and auditing questions. For example, how to pass so-and-so journal entry. This is because you will be practically working on it in your Articleship.

4. Confidence
The way you answer to the interviewer matters alot. If they ask you something which you know, say it with confidence. If you don’t know answer to any question, tell them you will definitely be learning it. Do not try to pretend that you know everything. They are good that catching the things that the applicants make up.

5. Communication Skills
The interviewers see your communication skills, both oral and written. Developing / having good oral and written communication skills are a must as you’ll be giving updates, taking notes, writing reports etc., as part of the work in your Articleship.

6. Work Experience
If you have prior work experience, well and good. Mentioning this in your CV is no doubt a must. This will drive your chances of being accepted for Articleship way higher. Additionally, if you have done odd jobs, mention them briefly as well. Mention the skills and valuable experiences you learnt from it.

7. Side Courses
… such as orientation programme etc., if you have done anything like that, mentioning them in your CV briefly gets you a good point. Also mention what you learnt from each of such side-courses.

8. Gaps in Studies
If you have a gap in your studies (failed in exams), then you can say ‘Yes, I struggled in passing the exams but I work really hard and I’m determined to finish my studies and become CA.’ This will show your seriousness and commitment and assure them that you’ll not leave the course and hence the Articleship in the middle of it.

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