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Payroll Administrator Interview Questions and Helpful Advice
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:10:37 AM »
  

If you have got an interview for a Payroll Administrator coming up then you must understand the role of a Payroll Administrator and have some previous experience in a financial or HR Assistant role. As a payroll administrator your role will be to do the administration work of a payroll run such as gathering timesheets, hours, working out any overtime hours, deductions such as holidays, sickness, maternity  or staff deductions etc. You will need to be very organised and thorough and understand the complex workings of payroll and have some experience of using payroll software to a good standard.

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Before going to your interview go through your own CV with the job description for the role or at very least the advert in which you applied for and highlight any areas that you are very comfortable in doing and the areas that you feel you may need some work on improving. Consider how you could make these improvements.

As well as processing the payroll each week/month and keeping very accurate employee records in line with the HR department, you will need to understand payroll to be able to explain any queries that employees have over their pay, tax or national insurance etc and for this you will need strong communication skills.

Payroll Administrator Interview Questions

During your interview you could be asked questions such as:
  • What experience have you had of payroll software and what type?
  • What deductions have you been used to calculating each payroll run?
  • What types of queries are you used to dealing with each month?
  • How many staff have you done payroll for and how long did the run take?
  • How do you plan your month?
  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What motivates you?
  • What is your weakness?
  • What makes you a better candidate than others?
  • Why do you want to work with us?
You could be asked industry specific questions during your interview to find out what you know about the industry or if you have worked in that industry before what you have learnt and how it overlaps etc.

Good luck.

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