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?

Give some examples of teamwork.

How would you handle it if your boss was wrong?

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Bonus Questions


  • Why should we hire you?
  • How do you cope with stress on the job?
  • Would you work holidays/weekends?

Daily Interview Tip

Some people of incredible technical calibre struggle under such close scrutiny in a job interview. Often it is a psychological thing. People know there are so many external factors influencing the decision and by giving too much thought they set themselves up to fail, forgetting that excellent preparation, coupled with an ability to think on their feet, can help them overcome the sternest of objections from interviewers. Have you done this kind of work before? In other words speak to how your past work experience matches up with the job. Rather than just saying you possess particular experience or a skill, prove it. Practise your story-telling techniques to show how you achieved a result or used your skills.