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Interns in accountancy in Manchester

Internships in accountancy at Alexander Knight & Co in Manchester

We are delighted to welcome Alan Su to our team as he begins his internship programme at Alexander Knight & Co. Since we launched our practice in 2012 we have always invested in the next generation of accountants.

This summer, in 2019, we have introduced a more formal internship programme for people who wish to launch or progress a career in accountancy in Manchester and Cheshire.

If you are in college, sixth form or university and you are trying to get a foot in the door in the finance industry then you’ll know how challenging it can be.

The competition is intense. However, there are some things that you can do to stand out from the crowd. Here are some of our key tips:

Polish your CV

First things first, you need to have a clean and clear CV – with no spelling mistakes. Make sure that you proofread your resume for any spelling errors. Correct any spelling, style, or grammatical mistakes. Then, check it again. It is better to get someone else to proof read it too.

Be truthful and realistic on your CV. Don’t stretch the truth. That time when you worked in the school tuck shop doesn’t count as “financial management”. Don’t be tempted to exaggerate the roles you have played in organisations or it will surface in interview.

Think outside the box

Be alert to internship and work experience opportunities all year round – not just during the summer months. Getting experience  at anytime of the year in a good accountancy firm is always worthwhile.

Get advice – and go direct

Careers advisers at schools, colleges and sixth forms are normally pretty good these days at guiding students on the availability of internships. Don’t just rely on them though.

To uncover really good internship opportunities, check the websites of accountants because many of them will have a careers page which offers details of their work experience or internship programme. Even if some of them don’t list one, the chances are they might have one, they just don’t advertise it. Don’t be shy to pick up the phone and speak to people to find out who the correct person to send your CV to is.

Apply on time

More formal internship programmes have strict deadlines for applying. Make sure you submit your application on time. Pay close attention to the submission process and don’t miss anything out. If anything is ambiguous, double-check with the employer so that you are fully clear on what is expected. Many applications get rejected because candidates don’t complete their application properly.

Prep for your interview

Going to an interview unprepared almost certainly guarantees that you won’t land the position. Obviously, you should be well presented, smart and arrive on time for your interview. Find out as much as you can ahead of time who will be interviewing you so that you are familiar with their role in the company.

Be proactive in asking questions about the company you are applying for – what is their growth strategy? How do they go about finding new talent? What is their range of clients?

Some of the more popular open-ended interview questions posed by employers include:

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why did you choose the A-levels/degree you did?
  • Why are you interested in becoming an accountant?
  • Tell us about a time when you resolved a problem.

Alison perhaps add some better ones!?

Be flexible!

Internships offer a varied range of duties and learning opportunities. Whether your task is to input data into a spreadsheet, support an audit team or attend a client meeting, make sure you do it enthusiastically and professionally. Employers are always on the look out for new talent to enhance their organisation. If you follow these simple tips you could be the next superstar they are looking for.

To be considered for our accountancy internship programme for 2020 email


We’re hiring!

Accountants Hale
Are you a newly qualified (or part-qualified) accountant? 

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a newly qualified – or part-qualified accountant – to join our growing practice in Hale, Greater Manchester.

Alexander Knight & Co is based at modern Grade A office space in the heart of Hale village. We have an entrepreneurial culture and work with some of the brightest and fastest-growing businesses in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Working in a supportive and friendly environment you will be involved in a wide variety of accountancy services for our client base.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is Chartered, Certified or AAT qualified/part-qualified  and looking for ongoing personal and professional development and support.
Please send your CV and a covering letter to
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