Informational Interview

The primarily purpose of this information interview is to get more information relating to your professional field. It would be a great opportunity to learn more about the job that you are dreaming of. Also it is able to get advice from a professional from a different perspective through this type of interview.

The Contact

  • Name: Megan Lai
  • Title/Position: Audit Associate
  • Industry: Accounting

Questions about the Contact

I was most interested in how she started her career in a public accounting firm and why she chose to start her career as in a public accounting firm rather than in other corporation. She graduated with a master degree in accounting and it was a great opportunity she got the interview and finally make it. This position does have busy and low season and some travel requirements. She enjoyed the fast paced working environment. She liked to work in this company and it does have great job training and learning opportunities that she learned a lot.

Questions about Communications Practices and Writing

Could you please describe the typical kinds of writing you do and tell me a bit about each?

Being an audit associate, she needs to write a lot of reports and emails. Most of the reports need to follow certain standard format, and need to use professional accounting words and phrases. She also writes a lot of email to colleagues and clients. Emails tend to be in business format which is very formal.

What do you find most challenging about your day-to-day writing? What challenges do recent graduates face as they move from “academic writing” to “workplace writing”?

The most challenging part of her day-to-day writing is grammar. It would be very important to be error free in professional reports. When preparing financial reports, it needs to very formal. And the tone would be also important when writing emails. She believes graduates face challenging in writing formal writing that fits business workplace.

How would you describe the balance between written and oral communication in your workplace?

She believes both written and oral communication are very important in workplace. Oral communication can be more challenging because you are directly interactive with other person. You have more time and be able to do more revision in written communication.

Questions seeking Advice for you

Background, Skills, Resume, Job Search and Interviewing

She believes passing the CPA exam is very important for graduate pursuing a job in accounting field. It shows your qualification and you are ready to devote yourself into a career in accounting. She also said that improving my communication skills.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

I think the most important thing I learned was communication skill is extremely important in workplace. She gave me some advices on how to revise my resume after she knew I would like to look for in auditing. And she also recommended to apply for jobs in other accounting functions. It would limit my opportunities if I only focus on auditing jobs. Overall I thought the interview was a great help to me, to learn more about accounting field.