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    Hi everyone! I am a graduate who wants to get into accountancy. Now here's the thing - after graduation, I worked for a property management firm for a year as a purchase ledger clerk, and completed an OU module in bookkeeping and accountancy.

    I've done quite some research into the accountancy profession, mainly about the different qualifications, but I am not sure how to best answer this interview question:

    How do you think working for a practice is going to be different from your previous experience?

    Now, because I've never worked for a practice before, I don't exactly know! Well, I can think of a couple of obvious things, i.e. liaising with clients rather than with contractors, having a broader range of more challenging tasks, having to undertake more training etc., but I feel that not being able to answer this question appropriately has prevented me from getting a job in the past, as well as an internship. What do you think they are expecting to hear? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    We don't have your previous experience. Only you know how it's different.

    Generally, that question seems like they want to know you are committed to working in practice and have done your research on what that entails. Make sure you end with something that makes it clear you are looking forward to the challenge of working in a practice etc.

    FYI it is against the rules to discuss specific interview questions, we can't explicitly answer the question for you, you must figure it out yourself.
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    Thank you for your reply. If you read my post, I said above that I worked as a purchase ledger clerk for a property management company. Also, maybe I phrased my question in the wrong way. I wasn't trying to get someone to answer an interview question for me. I am looking for insight from people who've worked in practice to tell me what it's like. Without that knowledge, I can't even seem to be able to get an internship...

    A typical high street general practice will provide a range of services for their clients: accounts and tax are central but they will also do bookkeeping, VAT returns, payrolls, prepare business plans, provide businessadvice, help business startups etc etc. A key difference between working in practice and working in industry is the variety. Client understanding of accounts and tax varies hugely as does the quality of bookkeeping - ranging from a bag ofincomplete bank statements and receipts to a well run Sage system. The ability to communicate with this range of people is vital as is the ability to as is the ability to quickly get to grips with their way of doing things. Rather than deal with the a process or a section of a company the accountant deals with the clients whole business, advising on tax as well as business matters.
    Hope this is of some help. Good luck
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