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Your first step within a public accounting career can be a big one and it often starts while still in school. Our college recruiting program is design to provide you with insights and opportunities as early as your sophomore year. From our summer leadership conference, to our internships and finally our full-time staff opportunities, you will have the chance to start building your career well before you graduate.

To help you interview successfully at Armanino, here is an overview of the interview process at our firm:

Step One: Getting Started

The Armanino Interview Trail

Campus Interview
Armanino regularly arranges interview schedules through university career services and placement centers each fall and spring for full-time positions, and each winter for our summer internships. You will find our recruiting brochures and other contact information available to you at these locations. Our first-round interviews are usually on campus.

Information Sessions
Whether you are a graduate or an undergraduate student, Armanino offers information sessions through either the career services or placement center, or one of the student accounting organizations. They are informal events, giving you the opportunity to meet Armanino professionals and get real answers to your questions.

Direct Contact
If you are unable to visit with us during one of our on-campus visits, email a copy of your resume to careers@armaninollp.com and let us know.

Step Two: Planning

An interview is a business meeting, not a confrontation. Reduce anxiety caused by trying to anticipate what the interviewer is looking for. Listen to the question the interviewer is asking and focus on your distinctive skills and experience. Here are some additional suggestions that should help you to minimize anxiety and make your interviewing experience the best it can be:

Assess Your Skills
Take an inventory of your experiences from jobs, charitable activities, clubs, athletics – anything important to you throughout your life. Can you think of at least one skill you developed from the activity or experience? Think about the experiences that have had a profound effect on you, not what you think looks best on your resume. Think about how you have used that skill in various situations. Try this for about a half dozen experiences or activities and see how easy and impactful your list becomes! Do not be afraid to understand and talk about your weaknesses – everyone has them. This simple exercise is the most important advice you will ever get.

Review Your Resume
Make sure that your resume is mistake-free, just like clients would expect of your work. Make sure the spelling and grammar is correct and that it truly represents the facts you want to communicate to the interviewer.

Dress For Success
Know your audience and avoid making personal statements with jewelry, hair product, and other accessories. Be comfortable, but wear a suit and no, it need not be exclusively gray or black.

Be Timely
Do not be late and if you are, apologize. Things happen that are not in your control, but plan to be early. And relax!

Practice Makes Perfect
If your campus has a mock interview program, participate in it. Every interviewer is different, so multiple practice interviews will help you to become comfortable with the unexpected. Also, friends are a handy resource to practice with. Let them ask the questions and try to express yourself freely.

Research The Employer
We are hiring talent, not someone who knows the most about us. However, you do need to understand who the employer is and what services and career paths are available. Visit websites and talk to alumni, faculty and other professionals in the business world.

Step Three: The Interview

First Impressions Count
Offer your hand and introduce yourself! Treat the meeting as if it were the most important meeting of your life—be excited about the opportunity!

Pay Attention
Listen to the interview. Ask or have the interviewer elaborate on what you do not understand. Do not go off on tangents or let your mind wander.

Take Your Time
Organize your thoughts. Ask or have the interviewer reiterate a question if you do not understand it. Answering quickly in of itself is not an advantage.

Body Language Counts
Treat the interviewer as if he or she were the most important person in the world. Maintain eye contact and watch the nervous habits, like tapping or fidgeting.

Keep the Glass Half-Full
No one knows you better than you. Be positive about your life’s experiences, whether in school, at work or with your extracurricular activities. If it’s important to you, it will be important to the interviewer.

Be Confident
You are your best advocate, so be comfortable and express yourself as if you are in command. Be nothing other than truthful.

Prepare Your Own Questions
Remember that you are interviewing us as well. Is this a place you can be excited about going to each day? Prepare questions to learn more about what is important to you.

Completing the Interview

  • Finish the way you started – offer your hand and thank the interviewer for his or her time.
  • Get a business card. If you were not offered one during the interview, make sure you do not leave without it.
  • Remember to say “thank you” and be gracious.
  • Exercise good manners by writing a brief thank you note – promptly. Email is good; a note or letter is better.
Step Four: The Office Visit

If you have a successful campus interview, Armanino will invite you to visit their office for a second round interview. Here, you will meet individually with our partners, managers and staff people at all levels who will have an interest in you and your career. If you have made it this far, you are a strong candidate, so consider these points very carefully:

Each Interview Stands Alone
Multiple interviews can make the day seem long and tedious. While you may view your visit as having many interviews, the interviewers are only focused on one person – you. Be sharp; be ready, and enjoy the moment.

Be Inquisitive
It may be a cliché, but the only stupid question is the one you do not ask. Go ahead and ask questions that will help differentiate your opportunities and give you the insight to make a decision about where to start your career.

Step Five: After The Office Visit

Right after the office visit, your adrenaline may still be pumping along with some apprehension that occurs from the uncertainty of receiving an offer.

Take a moment to do two important things:

  • List out specific aspects of the firm, like training, culture, practice areas [of interest to you], chemistry with interviewers and other things that may both positively and negatively impact your career.
  • Do not focus on your relationship with the recruiter unless you will have a continuing working relation ship with them. This is rare.

Note that I did not mention compensation.This is because the variance from one firm to another for an entry-level position won’t differ significantly.

Send a follow-up “thank you” note to each of the interviewers. Email is fine, but a handwritten card is better. The best notes mention a part of the discussion you and the interviewer shared. After all, who isn’t impressed by a candidate who remembers what you talked about? Also, make sure you get the names and titles (if used) correct. Misspelled names, reference to the incorrect firm, and wrong titles happen frequently—I’m not kidding.

Step Six: Offer of Employment

An opportunity is priceless. What could be better than receiving an offer to join a first-rate firm? If you are a soon-to-be college graduate, you might even have multiple offers. Nothing is better than having options. It’s your career, so take the time you need to make a decision you are proud of, but consider the following etiquette tips to make sure that you maintain the reputation you have worked so hard to build.

Tip #1: Return Calls Promptly
Be courteous. If you receive multiple offers you may have a lot of follow-up by each firm. Make sure that you return phone calls promptly.

Tip #2: Talking About Compensation
If there are differences in compensation between offers, it is okay to bring it to the attention of a potential employer. However, for an entry-level position it is not a good idea to make it a significant bargaining point. Remember that many others have been offered the same salary and benefits package.

Tip #3: After Making Your Decision
Once you make a decision, contact the firm representative directly and promptly – whether by phone call, email or letter, make sure you bring closure to the process.

Tip #4: Declining An Offer
If you decline an offer, provide candid feedback underlying your decision and try to stay on good terms. You never know what path your career may take—things happen in the future.

Remember, each firm has its own process and advice about the interviewing and hiring process. This is the process that Armanino follows. We hope they help you to find your way to the job of your choice – and maybe to Armanino.

Leadership Conference

The Armanino Leadership Conference is intended to give sophomore and junior college students who are majoring in Accounting, Business or Information Systems insight into career opportunities in public accounting/consulting and the corporate culture of Armanino. 

Designed to provide student with professional development that they can begin using immediately, the conference provides workshops around leveraging personal strengths and applying them to successful teams. Students will also gain insight from the firm's top senior leaders, including Managing Partner, Andy Armanino, where they will discuss their roads to partner and give personal examples of what qualities to emulate and pitfalls to avoid. Finally, attendees of the conference will have numerous opportunities to network with Armanino professionals at all levels, as well as, fellow peers who share an interest in personal/professional development, leadership and the accounting and consulting industry.


Your internship in audit, tax or consulting provides you with the same exposure to Armanino as our staff-level hires, with one key difference: Intern Week. During Intern Week, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about all of our service areas (accounting and consulting), network and experience the inner-workings of a top-ranked accounting firm. You will also be able to participate in a community service project and attend various social events.


Staff Accountant in Audit or Tax
As a staff accountant specializing in audit or tax, you’ll be able to put your basic accounting knowledge and research capabilities to use, working with a small team to deliver big value to our clients. You’ll also be able to develop some soft skills (effective organization and communication), while actively working toward the completion of your CPA certification. Some of your other day-to-day responsibilities may include: 

Audit Staff Responsibilities:

  • Performing audits and reviews 
  • Engaging in internal audit consulting 
  • Learning accounting-specific database software 

Tax Staff Responsibilities:

  • Preparing corporate, partnership, trust and individual tax returns 
  • Completing in-depth online tax research 
  • Enhancing your tax planning and accounting skills 

Staff Consultant
As a staff consultant, you’ll work both independently and with small teams. You’ll learn about Armanino’s key service areas, identify potential problems and implement solutions for key client issues. You’ll also be able to develop effective organization and communication skills during your day-to-day responsibilities, which may include: 

Consulting Staff Responsibilities: 

  • Supporting business process design, compliance consulting and systems implementations 
  • Gathering system functional requirements 
  • Analyzing, designing, developing, testing and deploying critical business solutions 
  • Learning accounting-specific database software