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WHAT TO EXPECT During the SME CPA Recruitment Process

At SME CPAs, our people are the firm’s greatest asset. We are committed to a strong candidate process that identifies those individuals who will become true advisors and trusted business partners for our clients. The following information includes helpful tips and insight into our recruitment process. Thank you for considering a career at SME CPAs!

The Application

Our career site lists our current openings. Browse our page and identify the position of interest. Once the position of interest is selected, press the “Apply for this Position” button and attach your most updated resume. All applications should be submitted online. If you don’t see the job you are looking for, or if we don’t currently have an opportunity in your area of interest, you can submit a resume for future consideration as well at the bottom of our page.

Application Screening

The Firm Administrator will screen all applications for candidates with requisite skills and qualifications.  

Phone Screening

If you have the requisite skills and qualifications, the Firm Administrator will follow up with you about your specific background and reasons you are pursuing an opportunity with SME CPAs. This is to ensure our position would be the right fit for you and your career goals.

In Person Interview

Once a candidate has passed the initial screenings, an on-site interview will be scheduled. Once the interview is scheduled, you will receive a confirmation e-mail including: our address, where to go/who to ask for when you arrive, reminder of the date/time of the interview and the names of the Interview panel.

SME CPAs utilizes interview panels to include several individuals from the firm in our process, and to give our candidates the experience of meeting various personalities at the firm. We know that while we are interviewing you for our role – you are also feeling out our firm and our culture!

Our interviewers come to the interview prepared with behavior-based interview questions and excited to meet and learn more about our candidates. Our interviews are collaborative, conversational, and welcoming. This should be a positive, enjoyable experience for all! Depending on the nature of the position, a second interview may be scheduled. 

Interview tips:

  1. Come prepared with questions to ask our interview panel –Having questions prepared shows us you are interested in our company and our role.
  2. Show up 5-10 minutes early– Showing up on time shows us that you are going to take this role seriously.
  3. Develop rapport with our interview panel – At SME CPA, we look for employees who are going to be a good culture fit. Try to take some time to get to know the employees on your interview panel to start building rapport.
  4. Be positive and enthusiastic – At SME CPAs we have a collaborative and outgoing firm. During your interview, show that you are going to bring a positive personality to our team!
  5. Tell the truth – You want to make sure you are being completely honest during your interview. It is important to ensure that you are truly the right person to fill the role.
  6. Dress professionally – We offer a smart-dress at our firm. However, during an interview, it is important to put your best foot forward.
  7. Review common interview questions and practice answering them – It is always best to practice before showing up to your interview. This will help you feel more confident and prepared.
  8. Look over your resume– Be prepared to support past accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the position.


The interview panel will review the candidates to select who is the most qualified for our position and the best fit for our firm. We truly value the opinion of our team members and know that having buy in from our team will set up our new hire for success!


The Firm Administrator will contact the selected candidate to present our offer and share many great benefits and perks of working for SME CPAs. A formal offer letter will follow.

Once a candidate accepts the offer, the onboarding process will begin. 


The onboarding process includes a drug screen, and in-depth planning from HR and our department leaders to build a customized training plan/orientation for each new hire. Each new hire is paired with a Buddy (a go-to person to help them acclimate to the firm), and their training is carefully and thoroughly planned to help set them up for success.

Congratulations and Welcome to SME CPAs!

SME CPAs Offered Benefits

  • Flex Time
  • Holidays
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, STD, LTD, Life Insurance
  • Dress for Your Day Dress Code
  • CPA Exam reimbursement
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Continuing Education
  • Bonus for New Employee & New Client Referrals
  • 401(k)
  • Firm Special Events

Contact Us

Have a question or want to discuss your specific need? Contact Us or submit your inquiry using the form below.