While I get MEC and Year End is bad everywhere, my current company's monthly close is a straight up fire storm disaster and people could work themselves to death without coming close to meeting deadlines.

Is it appropriate to ask in an interview if the interviewers or team could share what their month end processes are like? Or a day to day, month to Month? Are there any other questions I can ask to gauge to see if there's some extreme overtime on the horizon?

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First, OT can come from multiple causes besides a poorly-designed & run MEC - being short-staffed, for example, or not having good systems.
What you CAN do is talk about the benefits you've seen from improving the MEC, everything from better coordination to better financials, to less OT, to a streamlined year end audit. Going further, talk about HOW you've seen MEC processes improved, and where YOU have made such improvements.
If the ideas resonate with the interviewer, or if they give you deer-in-the-headlights looks, you'll have an idea of what you're looking at.
Suggestion: be the guy / gal who comes in and FIXES those issues, and you'll be a superstar with both the boss and your coworkers.

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We have 4 different accounting systems to close and you couldn’t calculate dealer reserves until after A/R closed. Guess the never heard of estimating and accruing and truing up after close. our department spent days after year-end close sitting around until 7-8pm to see if we had any adjustments. Very dysfunctional. I didn’t stay long.

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I always ask this. Unfortunately, I have been told one thing, but it turned out to be horrible. I think they figured if you are in the door, you won’t leave.

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That's always their HOPE anyway. But, just remember, if something seems hinky or even a little wonky or more than a little strange... use your freewill and agency to say nope, huh-uh, not for me, and slide outta there. Nothing says you owe your alleigence to anyone for any reason, 'sppecially if it requires you to change your core values and beliefs to do so. I don't let anyone have THAT much control over me. Ever. Just me.

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Start the monthly close during the month. Why wait till after the 31st? Depreciation can be done during the month.

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The last two times I did that, I got all sorts of pushback lol. Bank recs, I already do them during the month so they're fine.

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Have they considered outsourcing their MEC process?

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No

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If it's a concern for me, I would ask the questions; what is it like day to day in the role? Is there a lot of overtime in the role, and if so, is it on-going or at certain times of year? If it is not what you expected or dues not meet your needs, then you should part ways. You should probably know that within a month.

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If not sooner.

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Yes, you should absolutely ask to all who may have that information. Nothing like jumping ship without a landing..

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