Controller Sample Job Interview Questions

Job interviews for this position will not even be granted if you do not hold at least a Bachelors Degree in Accounting or Finance, 7 to 1 years of experience in accounting.  Be prepared to show that you  have strong communication and presentation skills since you will need to discuss financial information with senior management.


This position will need to build a good relationship with Engineering and Manufacturing departments.  How will go go about building this type of relationship?

We need expertise to improve accuracy of inventory valuation across ledger systems.  How will you do this?

Have you ever created policy or practices to improve the audit of the physical inventory?

What were some of the toughest decisions you had to make as a Controller in the last year? Tell me about them. What alternatives did you consider?

Have you ever worked to reduce transaction errors to insure proper impact on perpetual and G/L records?

Have you ever had to observe gauges, instruments, or products to make sure things were right? Tell me about a time when you had to do this.

We  looking for ways to improve the completing production line audits to confirm labor costs.  What best practices would you implement here?

Describe your exposure to the an inventory environment.

How to you reduce the discrepancy between actual costs to estimates and analyzes variances?

How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?

How do you determine how much influence you'll need to use to get others to do the job right? How do you show this? Give an example.

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Bonus Questions

  • How could you tell when things were not going well at your last job? Give some examples of how you knew things were not going well with the details of a (process, function, operation, activity).
  • Describe a situation in which you failed to gain your professor's or peer's support for an idea. What was the situation, and how did you try to gain support?
  • Why were you fired?

Daily Interview Tip

Employers are increasingly using social media to check out candidates. Make sure that what people can see out about you online matches the details on your CV. Write down your questions for the interviewer before the day of your interview so that you are ready. For phone interviews, because you don't get the feedback or body language information that help in the face to face situation, it might be useful to ask questions such as "is that what you needed to know?" or "do you want me to go into more detail?"