Monday, May 27, 2013

How to answer accounting interview questions on basic Debit and Credit?

Why on the earth I'm writing on debit and credit?
There were couple of requests from my friends to write a summarized  article on this topic. Most of the accounting job interviews contains at least few questions on debit and credit.

There are thousands of articles in internet on debit and credit. But I thought I should write a summary version customized to Sri Lankan interviews, so that it could be useful for someone who do not have much time to prepare for an interview.

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Since there are much detailed articles already in the net, I've taken most of the below examples directly from some sites and the relevant link is given under each quoted paragraphs. Please refer to those separate sites for explanations and more details. But if you already know your theory and just need a revision, this article is sufficient.

Which Accounting standards use in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lankan Accounting Standards should be used and it is almost inline with International Accounting standards.
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What are the basic concepts of debit and credit?

Rules for debits and credits.

(Obtained from the site

 Some examples for debit and credit

1. The owner brings cash from his personal account into the business (Capital)

Dr Cash
Cr  Capital

2. Office supplies are purchased on credit( Expenses)

Dr Office Supplies
Cr Accounts Payable

3. Wages payable are paid (Liabilities)

Dr Wages Payable
Cr Cash

4. Revenue is earned but not yet received (Revenue)

Dr Accounts Receivable
Cr Revenue


5. Gain on disposal of assets (Assets)

 Assume that in the above example the sale proceeds were only $100,000. The carrying amount at the date of disposal was $200,000 so there is a loss of $100,000 since carrying amount exceeds sale proceeds.

The following journal entry is passed to record loss on disposal.

Dr Accumulated Depreciation1,800,000
Dr Cash100,000
Cr Loss of Disposal100,000
Cr Equipment


6.  Raw materials purchased, Raw materials moved in to WIP and then goods are completed - initial book keeping entries for inventory (Inventory)

Raw Materials Inventory$100.00
Accounts Payable

Work in Process Inventory$100.00
Raw Material Inventory

Finished Goods Inventory$100.00
Work in Process Inventory

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7. Selling inventory for cash (Inventory)

Cost of Goods Sold$100.00
Finished Goods Inventory


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8. Recording of Income tax expense (Income tax)

Dr Income tax expense
Cr Income tax liability

9. Recording the Issue of shares (financial instruments)

Dr  Bank
Cr  Share capital
Cr  Share premium

9. Recording the Bonus issue (financial instruments)

Dr Share premium
Cr  Share capital

10. Acquisition of an asset using a capital lease -Lessee (Leases)

Dr Fixed assets
Cr   Lease obligation

Dr Depreciation expense
Cr  Accumulated depreciation

11. Paying capital lease payments - Lessee (Leases)

Dr  Lease obligation
Dr   Interest expense
Cr   Cash

Its hard to write all possible entries in one sheet. But you should be able to get some idea along with the examples above.  I will keep adding more entries as and when I get time.

Good luck :)

List of international financial reporting standards

Please go through below link and at least have a basic idea what the existing standards are.

Anyone interested in trying your knowledge before the interview?

Do the below quiz.

Conclusion note to interviewers  

If I interview someone, I would never ask "what is the double entry for this particular transaction". But many interviewers in Sri Lanka do so. "Any good accountant knows the accounting standards by heart", one of my former bosses once argued with me on this. I agreed with him. But I told him, "its not vice versa sir" ! Everyone who can memorize and repeat a whole damn standard is not a good accountant. Therefore put some equal weightage to other important characteristics of a person when you recruit. Debit, credit can be taught. Standards can be referred to books. But its hard to change a person, his attitudes and values.

p.s - Accounting experts out there - Apologies if there's any mistakes. You are most welcome to correct it :)

1 comment:

Bảo Vũ said...

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