Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I fit in?
Learn more about each of our career areas or Find Your Fit to find out what sections of LLA you are most qualified to enter.
What happens after I submit my application?
It will be reviewed, and you will be contacted if we want to schedule an interview. All applications are kept on file for one year.
Can I apply for all open positions at one time?
No. Your application will be considered only for the position (or positions) for which you specifically apply.
Do I have to be a CPA?
No. Some positions require a CPA, and others do not. Some positions do not even require a degree in accounting. Learn more by viewing available career areas or viewing the Find Your Fit Tool, to find out what sections of LLA you are most qualified to enter.
How long do I have to complete the CPA exam (assuming it is required for the job or career path)?
There is no specific time limit. However, a CPA certification or other certification may be required for the position you are applying for and/or advancement within specific career tracks. Within these career tracks, you would be encouraged to make continuous progress toward taking and passing the CPA exam (or exam for another primary certification that may be required for the job and/or career track).
Is it necessary to pass the civil service exam?
No, all LLA positions are unclassified (non-civil service).
What kind of training can I expect?
On-the-job training is the principal method of training new auditors. In addition, you will attend classes on work papers techniques, recent laws passed by the legislature, governmental accounting, understanding the audit process, audit evidence, Excel, Lotus Notes, etc. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) training is provided to all employees each year.
Will I have to travel?
Some audit assignments require overnight travel within Louisiana.
What is the typical work-week like?
There is no typical work week. You could be working in town on an audit, or you may be out of town. You may be reviewing previous working papers or reports from other states and organizations. You may spend time traveling to an audit site and then evaluating evidence obtained during the audit process, or you may go to interesting places such as a state prison or wildlife management area to make site observations. You may be involved in interviewing high-level government officials one day and testifying before a legislative committee the next. You may be involved in drafting critical sections of very important audit reports or discussing your audit findings and ways to correct the cited deficiencies with state agency heads or legislators. As we said, there is no typical work week!
Will I work alone or on a team?
If you are an auditor, you will work with a team, and there will be an auditor-in-charge (AIC) who will train you during the audit.
What is the dress code?
Business conservative attire is required for meetings with legislators and their staff, formal interviews with agency management, etc. Business appropriate attire is acceptable for all other situations.
What kind of hours will I work?
We offer flexible work schedules. With supervisors approval, employees may select a work schedule that allows them to work anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. for a total of 80 hours in a two-week pay period.
Are there opportunities for advancement?
Staff Auditor 1s are eligible for promotion to Staff Auditor 2 after one year, depending upon performance and experience. However, advancement beyond Staff Auditor 2 is competitive. In addition, to be promoted above Senior Auditor 1, you will likely be required to obtain a CPA credential or other primary certification (e.g., CIA, CISA, etc.) appropriate to the service area.
What about compensation?
Our salaries are competitive, and we review them regularly to make sure that they stay that way. Employees are eligible for annual salary increases based on satisfactory performance. Additional increases may be received for obtaining professional certifications such as the CPA or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.